"Genealogy Research Forms"
GENEALOGY – PATHFINDER Genealogy research takes patience and perseverance and is not for the easily discouraged. An amateur genealogist may need some guidance on what resources are available and how to use those resources. This pathfinder will inform you about some resources that you can access through Rogers Memorial Library. PRINT RESOURCES In the Rogers Memorial Library Collection you will find a number of books that will help you with your genealogical research. Basic Research Genealogy for the First Time by L. Best, Call # 929.1 Bes This helpful book has lots of charts and pictures. It includes a flowchart of the research process and a number of forms that can be copied and used by the researcher. It discusses different sources and their usefulness. Unpuzzling Your Past. (4th edition) by E. Croom, Call # 929.1 Cro This is a good, basic, step-by-step guide to starting your family history search. This book touches on interviews, records, search strategies and many other suggestions for the novice genealogist. Tracing Your Ancestry, by F. Helmbold, Call #929.1 Hel Although this book is rather old, it neatly sets forth the basics of tracing your family’s roots. This book emphasizes contacting family members to assist in the process and has lots of suggestions for preserving the history of older living family members. The Bare-Bones Guide to Genealogy, by M. McGlone, Call # 929.1 McG In less than 100 pages, this little book lays out the basics of conducting family history research. More Advanced Research The Genealogy Sourcebook, by S. Carmack, Call # 929.1 Car This book focuses not only on identifying your ancestors, but also on what life was like in the past and how people lived. From interviewing older relatives to reviewing birth records and other courthouse records, this book leads you through the process of exploring your family history. They Came in Ships, by J. Colletta, Call #929.1 Col This book focuses on searching ships’ passenger lists and other records that allow access to documents that list those who arrived in the United States by sea. The Sleuth Book for Genealogists, by E. Croom, Call #929.1 CroTaking a Sherlock Holmes-type approach to genealogical research, this book teaches the researcher how to ask questions and follow clues to ferret out the information necessary to complete a family history search. Genealogy Online. (7th Edition), by E. Crowe, Call #929.1 Cro This book teaches the amateur genealogist not only to search internet resources such as the Library of Congress, but to subscribe to research lists and use other useful internet sources. The Researchers Guide to American Genealogy. (2nd edition), by V. Greenwood, Call# 929.1 Gre This comprehensive, textbook style volume includes lengthy coverage of the primary sources available for genealogical research. It includes a discussion of probate records, land records, census schedules, wills, court records and other important resources. E-BOOKS Rogers Memorial Library has access to a number of e-books on genealogy. To access these e-books, just go to the Online Catalog, enter the title of one of the listed resources and input your library card number and password. The Beginner's Guide to Tracing Your Roots : An Inspirational and Encouraging Introduction to Discovering Your Family's Past by D. Marelli.This book traces the four year quest of the author to trace her family history. Set out in diary form it is easy to read and contains many hints about resources and strategies to deal with “dead ends”. How to do Everything with Your Genealogy by G. Morgan This book explains how to start your family history research and the tools to use in pursuing this research. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy by C. Rose and K. Germain Ingalls This resource contains hints for searching public records and for interviewing older relatives and other members of your family. The Genealogist's Handbook : Modern Methods for Researching Family History by R. Wright, III Local, state and national sources of information are listed in this resource. In addition, the process of genealogical research is discussed. Terminology, formats and procedures are discussed. This book includes sample forms. LIBRARY DATABASES Rogers Memorial Library subscribes to several databases that are very helpful in pursuing genealogical research. The databases may be accessed by clicking on the research tab at the top of the Rogers Memorial Library homepage. Many of the databases are available from home by logging onto www.myrml.org with your library account number. HeritageQuest Online To access this database from the library research webpage, click on the “Suffolk s- Resources” link and then choose “Biography and Genealogy” from the list of databases. HeritageQuest is the fourth database listed. This database contains census records dating back to 1790, books and publications dealing with family and local histories, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records and Memorials, Petitions and Private Relief Actions of the U.S. Congress. Although this is an invaluable resource in researching family history, you should be aware that this database indexes only the names of the “head of the household”. This may make it difficult to trace female members of your family. New York Times Historical To access this database, follow the directions listed above for HeritageQuest Online. Directly below the link for HeritageQuest Online, you will find a link to New York Times Historical. If your family research involves either New York residents or prominent people, an article or obituary for such person may be in the New York Times Historical. Obituaries go back to 1851. Suffolk Historic Newspapers This database may be accessed by following the directions listed for Heritage Quest Online above, and then choosing the link directly below the New York Times Historical link. This database consists of copies of the following publications: Long Islander (Huntington) - 1839-1859 Corrector (Sag Harbor) – 1858-1871 South Side Signal (Babylon) – 1870-1883 Long Island Traveler (Cutchogue) - 1883-1893 Port Jefferson Echo (Port Jefferson) - 1892-1904 County Review (Riverhead) – 1903-1923 These publications may be searched for obituaries or other information about a family member or a historical event. Ancestry.com To access this database, scroll to the bottom of the Research webpage on the Rogers Memorial Library Website. Click on the link to Ancestry.com. Please remember that this database can be accessed only when you are in the library. This database has a wealth of information and is easy to use. You can focus on specific record collections or search all collections. In addition to census records, there are immigration records, ships passenger lists, birth and death records and a number of other searchable records. This database also has pictures, maps, stories and publications. Charts and forms are provided to assist the researcher in organizing his or her search. WEB RESOURCES The World Wide Web has a variety of useful resources that can assist you in your genealogical research. When using websites, it is good to be aware that not all websites are free and not all websites are reliable. Be cautious and look for websites that end in “.org” or “.gov”. Listed below are a few websites that may be interesting and useful. FamilySearch Website - http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp This free website is provided by the Church of Latter Day Saints which has been compiling family histories for over 100 years. Some of the information needs to be verified, but the records are easy to read and are extensive. There are also birth and marriage records extracted from civil and church records. Ellis Island Website - http://www.ellisisland.org/ On this website you can search the arrival records of Ellis Island from 1892-1924. This site also contains useful forms and helpful information about family history research. Castle Garden Website - http://www.castlegarden.org/ Prior to the opening of Ellis Island, immigrants arrived and were processed through Castle Garden. The records from 1830 to 1892 are searchable. National Archives Website - http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/ This website offers good information and instruction for genealogy research. There are records, forms, tutorials, publications and numerous links to other sites. This site is an extremely useful resource provided by the U.S. government. Library of Congress Website - http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/ The Library of Congress has an extensive onsite genealogy collection at the Library of Congress. Although all items are not available on the web, there is a collection of historical documents and photographs available through the American Memory Project. USGenWeb Project - http://usgenweb.org/index.shtml USGenWeb is a site created in 1996 and maintained by volunteers. There are lists of local sources for records, county and state histories, chat boards, research tips and much more. This is a site worth exploring. Cyndi’s List - http://www.cyndislist.com/ Cyndi’s List is a website that categorizes and cross references genealogical resources on the Internet. This website has extensive lists of links, most of which are free of charge. The resources should be evaluated individually for authority. Don’t forget to cross-check the information taken from this site whenever possible. MISCELLANEOUS There are numerous resources available for genealogical research in Suffolk County, in New York State and on the World Wide Web. The following are just a few more resources for family history research. Genealogical Censuses The Suffolk County Library System has an extensive collection of census records for use by the residents of Suffolk County. Just ask your Reference Librarian to assist you in requesting these materials. For more information, go to http://www.suffolk.lib.ny.us/govdocs/census.html. New York State Library http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/gengen.htm If you are planning a trip to Albany, the New York State Library has a large collection of genealogical resources including family histories, records, local histories and city directories. NativeWeb http://www.nativeweb.org/resources/genealogy_tracing_roots_/american_indian_and_firs t_nations_genealogy/ This website offers links to genealogy resources for many different Native American Nations. JewishGen - http://www.jewishgen.org/ This extensive database lists information for the Jewish genealogy researcher. It is a worldwide database and has learning tools, discussion groups and family trees. United Kingdom, Scotland, Wales and Ireland Genealogy - http://www.genuki.org.uk/ This site has links to libraries, churches, county genealogical societies and archives of counties in Britain, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. U.S. Civil War Center - http://www.civilwarhome.com/links5.htm#Gene This site has lists of links to different resources to help you trace an ancestor that fought in the Civil War. There is also a tutorial giving tips on how to perform research with respect to this event. FINALLY…. Finding your family history may be time consuming and occasionally a bit frustrating, but in the end, it is extremely rewarding. We suggest that you try all kinds of resources and keep asking questions. And remember that your helpful Reference Librarians are available to help you out with your research. Above all, have fun! Prepared by Terry Lucas, Reference Librarian