Monday, June 23, 2008
USGenWeb Web site Highlights
The U.S. Genealogy Web site at http://www.usgenweb.org is one of the very best FREE genealogy sites to find out information about a U.S. state or a county within a state. The web page says:
"Welcome to The USGenWeb Project! We are a group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone.
"Organization is by county and state, and this website provides you with links to all the state genealogy websites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties. The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects at the national level and this website provides an entry point to all of those pages, as well.
"Clicking on a State Link (on the left) will take you to the State's website. Clicking on the tabs above will take you to additional information and links."
There is a web site for every county in every state in the United States. Each state and county web site has a volunteer coordinator that keeps their page up-to-date.
Some county pages have a tremendous collection of transcribed books, cemetery transcriptions, maps, vital records, biographies directories, etc. for example, check out Jefferson County, New York or Dodge County, Wisconsin. Each county web site is different in format and content.
There is a search engine available to search the US GenWeb Archives at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~usgenweb/ . You can search archives for each state or for each project. Or you can search the entire Archives for your surname, a specific person, a locality, etc. using the Search box at http://usgwarchives.org/gsearch/googlesearch.html. There are helps, tips and tricks for searching the Archives at http://usgwarchives.org/gsearch/help.html.
USGenWeb Archives has links to the following projects:
* Census Images
* Immigration and Naturalization Project
* Marriage Project
* Maps Project
* Obituary Project
* Pensions Project
* Special Collections Project
* Court Cases Project
* Tombstone Transcription Project
Some of these projects are just starting out and need volunteers to submit information or help organize the project.