- Jul 21, 2006Hi List,
There's a great new resource for genealogists on the web that I
wanted to tell you about. It's called Linkpendium.com and it's
Free! I was going to write an article about it but I found that
Dick Eastman had already written a nice article about the site in
his newsletter at
. Since Dick has always given me permission to post his articles to
mailing lists I'm taking the liberty of including it here in it's
FYI: Linkpendium.com links back from it's York County page
http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ME/York/ to our list homepage.
I hope you find this site helpful in your search.
York County Families Listowner
One of the great unsung genealogy resources on the Web is
Linkpendium. It is a compendium of links to U.S. genealogy-related
information on the World Wide Web. Its home page proclaims that it
presently contains links to 4,987,236 genealogy sites.
Linkpendium was developed by Karen Isaacson and Brian Leverich, the
same two people who created RootsWeb some years ago. RootsWeb was
eventually acquired by MyFamily.com, the same company that operates
Ancestry.com and Genealogy.com. Obviously, Karen and Brian have not
been sitting on their hands since their RootsWeb days. They seem to
be indexing all sorts of genealogy information on the Internet.
Linkpendium has been online for close to three years now but
doesn't seem to receive much publicity.
At first glance, Linkpendium would appear to be a competitor of
Cyndi's List (which I love and use often). However, once you enter
Linkpendium, you quickly realize that it is a very different kind
of service. Cyndi's List contains 150 different categories,
including Beginners, Biographies, Births & Baptisms, Calendars,
CD-ROM disks, Clothing & Costumes, Family Bibles, Famous People and
many, many more categories. On the other hand, Linkpendium focuses
on U.S. state, county, and local resources as well as surnames.
Linkpendium doesn't have links to genealogy software or to
calendars. As a comparison, I would suggest that Cyndi's List
contains a broad range of categories whereas Linkpendium is much
more focused. In addition, Linkpendium seems to go much deeper into
those areas of its interests.
The Linkpendium links to family surnames are extensive. All the
links point to other web sites, and the quality of those other web
sites obviously varies. I found that quite a few of the links that
I tried led to message boards that seem to be inactive. A few led
to very active messages boards on RootsWeb, GenCircles, and
Linkpendium's real strength is its pointers to resources at the
county level of all U.S. states. I suspect that is where the
majority of links are to be found. Indeed, I looked at Penobscot
County, Maine, as it is one county where I have significant
expertise. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of links there,
including many that I had never seen before. The list included
links to many cemetery transcriptions as well as to city
directories, published town histories, buildings listed in the
National Register of Historic Places, land records, libraries,
museums, mailing lists, maps, online obituaries, genealogy and
historical societies, and quite a bit more. In my casual perusal of
several other counties in other states, I saw similar lists.
Linkpendium also has excellent lists at the state level in addition
to those listed under each county. However, the site seems to focus
heavily on county resources. I found no information for locations
outside the U.S.
In short, if you are looking for U.S. genealogy or history web
sites and resources, Linkpendium should be on your checklist of
places to look. You will find many links there. In fact, you will
find more than two million of them.
To see for yourself, go to http://www.linkpendium.com
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Searsport, Maine 04974
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