--- <fplum@j...> wrote:
> A lot of times new members will ask where to look for family. A
> place I would like to recomend is USGenWeb.
I totally agree-This is "the" starting point for new online
researchers- and for those that don't understand USGenWeb, it covers
all states and all counties- some good-some bad, meaning very little
information on a county site. Each county and state page is
maintained by a volunteer or maybe more than one, but each person is
doing this for their love of genealogy and trying to assist others.
Anyone with records or information ( not copyrighted } can
transcribe for the county/state, as well as for the Archives- Please
remember that public records are not copyrighted, only the form in
which they are presented- As to the census transcriptions, they are
very important, and finding transcribers and persons to buy the film
or books is very important. The census is basically an index to the
It is projects like this that keep you from having to go read the
film yourself, as we used to do- plus-if you have ever been on a
research trip, you know how expensive it is now to go spend days
I now subscribe to a couple of online places, the cost is less that
two days of vacation...and I still have to write to courthouses, etc.
Don't forget about the American History and Genealogy Project.
They too are doing things. What you don't find on one county site,
might be on the other one.
Anyway, it might be time for all of you to help- in some way
This group is dedicated
> to transcribing as much genealogical info as possible and making it
> available to all researchers for free. Thier most ambitious
> is the USGenWeb Census project. It was through this section that I
> was not only able to verify information sent to me by a church
> secretary about a greatgrandfather that I had no information on,
> found I had granduncles that I never knew existed. There is a
> problem though. All of the work transcribing is voluntary. Less
> than 10% of all census is finished or started because of lack of
> volunters. We complain about the cost of subscriptions to the
> organized genealogy sites, well somebody is trying to do something
> about it, what will you do? This organization does not have enough
> money to purchase the images to post on thier website, so a few
> organizations and individuals are donateing a few images to them.
> There are a few images available. If you have images available
> please donate. If you have access to images or would like to
> download some from them and can transpose the info into .txt for
> everybody please donate your time and talent. This is a worth
> cause for those who are serious about genealogy, and I urge you to
> help them. Meanwhile for those asking where do I look for
> ><> Forrest <><
> "I don't believe I'll ever see,
> a finished genealogy!"
> (Except the Bible)