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  •  Yeah, lots of website make you pay. (4+ / 0-)

    It's frustrating, but then again, it's not cheap to collect, digitize, organize the information/collections and run a website.

    But still, there's an incredible amount of free stuff out there, like at familysearch.org.  That's still one of my favorite go-to places.  And they keep adding more digitized collections every day.

    btw, I wonder if people realized that not everything posted at familysearch.org is indexed.   So when people plug in names, not all records available on the website will pull up.  There's tons of stuff digitized that you have to "browse" yourself (and hope that the digitized records themselves have digitized indexes - most of the time I've found they do).

    •  Ditto on ancestry.com (4+ / 0-)

      Plenty of material there isn't indexed either. And that which is indexed has errors: It's always worth a peek at the original records rather than just what comes up on an index search.

      Of late, I've been concentrating on one particular last name. This past week, I've been through the entire Connecticut volume of the Barbour collection as digitized on Ancestry, finding a fair amount of material that did not come up on searches. One thing I've found is that the family name in question is concentrated in only a few towns, maybe half a dozen or so.

      This is in conjunction with my ongoing project of photographing cemeteries. After taking the pictures, I try and link as many of them into my tree as I can, in addition to posting them on findagrave.com. It's easier if I have a good network of names to find connections to on my tree, which is more like a little cluster of trees grown up with a bunch of vines.

      About that one last name: I took all the people on my tree with that last name, and reviewed all the hints. Now, I've just finished the Barbour Collection which I did next. There's a lot of new names - I had about 80 when I started this project, and it's now up over 350. I'm going through all the new ancestry.com "hints" that came up from everything added from Barbour. Once that's done, I'll be going through the relatively new set of Connecticut Church Records on ancestry.com. After which there will be more hints generated. Once I'm done with that, I'll be ready for a new project. By the time I'm done I'll have a substantial archive of individuals and connections for that name. If I can't link the individual directly, I also try and link their spouse in.

      There's someone I'm going to give some genealogical research time to for Christmas. I'm thinking I'll call it 10 hours. But once I get started, I'll probably run over that.

      Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

      by Land of Enchantment on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 11:38:27 AM PST

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