Monday, July 6, 2009

Useful Websites for Genealogy Research - July 2009

This is my list of new to me and useful genealogy websites for the month of July:

* The Biblio web site at has used, rare and out-of-print books available. This site has over 50 million listings and is used by used book dealers and store owners. A check of "genealogy" in the Subject field revealed over 31,000 matches, many of them for $1.

* The California Digital Newspaper Collection at has over 200,000 pages of California newspapers spanning the years 1849-1911.

* The 101 Best Websites for 2009 were listed, in ten categories, by Family Tree Magazine at

* There are County Formation Maps on the web site. These County Formation Maps use the Animap system (by permission of Goldbug, the Animap providers) and are probably the best online resource for finding how states and counties developed over the years from colonial to modern times.

* The 1911 England and Wales Census is available at You can search the index for free, but images are pay per view.

* 19th century British Library newspapers are online at, provided by the British Library, in partnership with JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) and Gale, part of Cengage Learning.

* There are hundreds of Irish genealogy databases at Most of these databases are searchable, and some are free to access. Others require a small membership fee to access the information. Available databases cover every Irish county, including directories, cemetery transcriptions, census records, surveys, maps, and more.

* A searchable index for millions of Alien Registration Files, compiled since 1940, is available at

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