Basic Research Guidelines
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Tips For Doing Genealogical Research
RootsWeb's CEO, Robert Tillman, offers the following observations and tips on doing genealogical research:
1. Only a small fraction of genealogy-related information is on the Web. Most is in the form of books, documents (many hand written), photographs, microfilm and microfiche held by tens of thousands of libraries, genealogy societies, churches, local, state and national government archives, and other organizations. Much of the best information is located in the attics, file cabinets, book shelves and computers of millions of individual genealogists. If you are frustrated in searching the Web for genealogy information on the Web, there is good reason. Most of what you are looking for is not yet there.
2. The quickest way to make progress in genealogical research is to connect with someone who is further along or is more experienced than you are. I recently asked my father to document as much as he could remember about his family history. He surprised me by saying that he had just received from a distant relation a family tree printout containing details on 150 individuals in our line going back to 1850. This information likely will save me many weeks or months of research.
3. The primary purpose and function of RootsWeb is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research. Most resources on RootsWeb are designed to facilitate such connections. Genealogy on RootsWeb is a vast cooperative research project, possibly the largest group software application in existence. The hundreds of gigabytes of data on RootsWeb are a byproduct of millions of online genealogists sharing research.
4. The best ways for you to connect to others on RootsWeb are to ask for help, make it easy for others to find you, and give others help.
Below are my suggestions for connecting to others on RootsWeb. All features cited below are free.
. A mailing list is simply the e-mail party line. Every e-mail that a list subscriber sends to the list is distributed to all other list subscribers. There are more than 17,000 genealogy-related mailing lists on RootsWeb divided by surname, U.S. county and state, country, ethnic group, and topic. Subscribing to a mailing list is one of the best ways of connecting to people who share your interests. If you do not find a mailing list covering your topic of interest, start one at http://resources.rootsweb.com/surnames/adoptrequest.html
Post a message to a GenConnect message board at http://cgi.rootsweb.com/~genbbs/. A message board is a computerized version of the old-fashioned bulletin board. There are more than 140,000 message boards on RootsWeb related to surnames, locations, and topics. By posting a message to the appropriate message board, you create a record through which other researchers can find you. If you do not find a message board covering your topic of interest, start one at http://resources.rootsweb.com/surnames/adoptrequest.html.
Post your family surnames on the RootsWeb Surname List (RSL) at http://rsl.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/rslsql.cgi.The RSL is a registry of more than 788,000 surname entries that have been submitted by more than 165,000 online genealogists. Associated with each surname are dates, locations, and information about how to contact the person who submitted the surname. The RSL is one of the primary tools on RootsWeb that online genealogists use to contact each other.
Upload your family tree (GEDCOM file) to the RootsWeb WorldConnect Project at http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/
. The RootsWeb WorldConnect Project is a database of family trees submitted by thousands of RootsWeb researchers currently containing more than 14 million ancestor names. With your family tree posted here, other researchers with common ancestors can find you.
Add Post-ems to the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) at http://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi and to the RootsWeb WorldConnect Project at http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi A Post-em is the electronic equivalent of a yellow sticky note. It allows you to attach your email address, a link to another Web address or other information to the record of any individual in these two databases. Search for your ancestors and leave your calling card attached to their names.
Build your own genealogy Web site on RootsWeb. Request free unlimited Web space on RootsWeb at http://cgi.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/acctform.cgi
. RootsWeb hosts more than 11,000 Web sites, most related to genealogy. Building a basic Web site is not as difficult as you might imagine. Millions of people have done it. You can get help from other RootsWeb Webmasters on the mailing lists and message boards devoted to this subject on RootsWeb.
Add a link to your Web site to RootsLink at http://resources.rootsweb.com/~rootslink/search.html
. RootsLink is RootsWeb's Web address registry, where users can add and categorize a genealogy link from anywhere on the Web. Currently, there more than 4,000 links on RootsLink.
Link your Web site to the relevant surname, county, state, and/or country resource cluster at http://resources.rootsweb.com/utilities/addsite.html
. Thereafter, a link to your Web site will appear at the top of whatever surname, county and/or state resource cluster(s) you have chosen. Users specifically interested in the information on your Web site will see this link whenever they use the RootsWeb surname resources at http://resources.rootsweb.com/surnames/ or the RootsWeb U.S. county and state resources at http://resources.rootsweb.com/USA/
. This feature is ONLY available for Web sites located at RootsWeb.
Volunteer. RootsWeb hosts many of the largest volunteer genealogy projects on the Web. Volunteers locate, transcribe, and publish genealogical data and help new users. Through this work they meet other genealogists with similar interests. Information on volunteer opportunities can be found at:
FREE BIRTH, MARRIAGE AND DEATH INDEX (ENGLAND AND WALES)
MESSAGE BOARD/MAILING LIST ADOPTION
IMMIGRANT SHIPS TRANSCRIBERS GUILD
OBITUARY DAILY TIMES
USGENWEB CENSUS PROJECT
USGENWEB TOMBSTONE TRANSCRIPTION PROJECT
USGENWEB ARCHIVES CENSUS PROJECT
USGENWEB ARCHIVES PENSIONS PROJECT
USGENWEB ARCHIVES DIGITAL MAPS PROJECT
- Search all of RootsWeb. (See the 12/26/99 issue of RootsWeb Review at ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/review/19991229.txt for an example, usable as a research template, of searching all major RootsWeb databases. See the 1/5/00 issue of RootsWeb Review at ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/review/20000105.txt for a detailed explanation of how to search the RootsWeb Mailing List Archives.) Contact others with common interests who have taken the steps suggested above to make themselves easy to find.
- Finally, keep in mind that a large part of the fun of genealogy is the relationships you develop with people along the way. Be kind, courteous, helpful, slow to take offense, quick to forgive, and you will be rewarded.
Useful Research Links
Following are some links to some useful research data and sources on the internet.
Links of a more general nature… (GOSE Related Links Below)
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SurnameWeb's Genealogy Search Engine - Similar in some respects to RootsWeb, Surname Web is a great place to search for ancestral information that may be located on the web. http://other.surnameweb.org/search/
Surname Web - Search Engine - If you couldn't find your ancestor on the regular Surname Search Engine, this secondary site will give you more search options. http://other.surnameweb.org/search/
Check out CyberRoots DAILY on SurnameWeb or subscribe to their email edition
- "The latest genealogy online information. Miss a day, miss alot!" http://www.surnameweb.org/roots.htm
Also.. "AccessGenealogy" on SurnameWeb - Under development, sister site to the above, whose purpose will be to "provide the simplest of access to non-surname specific genealogy sites, and genealogy data on the web. A growing site worth visiting. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/
What's NEW in Genealogy...Today - Some good info presented somewhat like a news page. http://www.genealogytoday.com/browse.html
Cyndi’s List - Huge, almost overwhelming, (but well organized) collection of genealogical links. Well worth taking a look at. Once you get the feel for how it's organized, you'll probably be making this site one of your favorites. http://www.cyndislist.com/
Genealogy Online / Gensite - Some good links and a search engine. http://www.genealogy.org/gensite/
Search Name Databases at Ancestry.com - One of the largest commercial genealogy sites on the web with a big database worth checking.
Vital Records Information
Cemetery Records Online - http://www.interment.net/
On Line Cemetery Inscriptions
The Obituary Link Page http://www.geocities.com/cribbswh/obit/
CENSUS ONLINE AND OTHER DIGGINS http://www.imagin.net/%7Etracers/census1.htm
Genealogy Surname Research War Records Links
The USGenWeb Project
STATE GENWEB PAGES
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Links more specific to GOSE Research… (Personal Web Page Links Below)
Pennsylvania Dutch http://midatlantic.rootsweb.com/padutch/
Family History & Genealogy Website
Want To Learn About How The County Boundaries Of Virginia Have Changed Over The Years And How That May Affect Your Genealogy Research?
Click On This Link: The Evolution Of Virginia County Boundaries
Links To Specific US GenWeb Virginia County Sites: Virginia Counties Of Interest To Gose Researchers
Virginia Genealogical Society
Historical resources page for the Upper New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia
WYTHE COUNTY, VIRGINIAGENWEB PAGE
CHURCHES and THEIR CEMETERIES
in WYTHE COUNTY, VIRGINIA
Kegley Books - Various excellent publications containing data, records, photos and stories dealing with Wythe County, Virginia history including many Goses and related families.
ZION CHURCH CEMETERY, on CRIPPLE CREEK,http://home.naxs.com/cameronnet/zion.htm
OTHER CEMETERIES IN THE AREA - (Wythe County, VA)
HOMEPAGES WITH WYTHE COUNTY, VIRGINIA, CONNECTIONS
WYTHE COUNTY, VIRGINIARESEARCHERS
Russell County, Virginia 1860 Censushttp://rhobard.com/census/index.shtml
Russell County Top Ten Lists- George Gose, son of immigrant Stephan, appears on this list. Associated with the above 1860 census site.
Lutheran Cemetery - Burke's Garden, Tazewell County, Virginia - Numerous Gose ancestors and related persons buried in this cemetery.
Surnames of Kentucky
Historical Maps of Kentucky and Her Counties
Kentucky History and Genealogy Information
To View Photos Of And Information About Strasbourg & Alsace
Click On These Links: http://www.strasbourg.com http://www.visit-alsace.com/
Links to Personal Pages containing Gose Family Genealogy…
The immigrant Stephan Gose & Descendants:
http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/m/e/i/M-S-Meinhart/GENE9-0015.html Page 5, No. 332
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