Saturday, January 14, 2012

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy - Paid Genealogy Tools

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This week I am answering our Abundant Genealogy question at each of my blogs because they focus on completely different sides of my genealogy ~ Ireland & Newfoundland in the case of Keough Corner and Norway, Slovenia & Sweden in the case of Scandia Musings & More.  Both sides do meet up when they get to America but that's another story!

And now ~ for the question
Week 2 - Paid Genealogy Tools:  Which paid genealogy tool do you appreciate the most?  What special features put it at the top of your list?  How can it help others with their genealogy research?

Right now I am focused on my Newfoundland research and so there are two paid genealogy tools that I truly appreciate and they both have helped me make connections with my Newfoundland roots.

Family History Society of Newfoundland & Labrador
FHSNL is a not-for-profit organisation that helps researchers locate genealogical information.  FHSNL publishes a quarterly journal (all 26 years worth of back issues are available online for members), maintains a research centre, and its holdings include a collection of cemetery transcriptions, genealogies and family histories submitted by members and the general public.  FHSNL also has information regarding ongoing Newfoundland DNA projects.  FHSNL's website has an interactive forum for genealogical queries.  This is a terrific distance research website and the quarterly journals have given me a real flavor for the people, places and customs of my Newfoundland ancestors (and current relations).

This project located over 1700 cemeteries, documented their locations and took  221,000 photographs of headstones - all in an effort to preserve burial markers and provide an exhaustive database which can be searched by cemetery and/or individual name.  The website provides excellent information about the project, the cemeteries, the headstones, and Newfoundland burial traditions.  Once you know the communities your families are from, you can to purchase the appropriate CD to further your research.  The database is available online at Stonepics as well as at Newfoundland's Grand Banks.  I have had an amazing amount of luck reviewing the gravestones for the villages and towns my ancestors were from and connecting the dots to find more recently deceased relations and the cost of the CDs is quite reasonable.

If you have Newfoundland roots, check out these two excellent paid genealogy tools.  Slainte

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