Best Genealogy Websites Rated

If you missed this in July, you can still go to the Familytree Magazine site to browse their choices as the best genealogy websites of 2014.

They have divided them into these and other categories:

Best Genealogy News Websites
Best Tech Tools for Genealogy
Best Canadian Genealogy Websites
Best Historic Newspapers Websites
Best Websites for Vital Records
Best African-American Genealogy Websites
Best State Genealogy Websites
Best Websites for Immigrant Research
Best UK & Irish Websites
Best Continental European Genealogy Websites
Free Web Content
Best genealogy websites for beginners
Best state research websites
Improving your Google search.

You are sure to find sites you have missed or have not visited in a long time.

Just click on this url (or copy it into the address bar of your browser):

Aid for Finding Discussion Groups

GenerousGenealogists has added another “service” to help with your genealogy research. On our home page we offer links to active, helpful genealogy discussion groups. Should you know of others that you believe we ought to list, please submit them to me directly, off list. (
Thanks to Mark Rabideau and Shirley Patrick for sharing this with us.

Mocavo News: A Young Genealogist’s Discovery Surprises Etymologists, Debunking Genealogy Myths & New Moca vo Learning Center

If you haven’t investigated, you should give it a look. Here’s a recent email (actually an image of part of an email) that I received because I am a subscriber and asked to be notified of certain search names that Mocavo searches for me while I’m off at Peralta’s or other fun places.


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General Research Links Page Change

When you click on general research links on our links page, it will now take you to the page below. (

An Online (and FREE) Genealogy Searching Aid offers halp with your online searches while you are sleeping, reading, or just off having a good time. This picture

Picture of email

Mocavo Search Results Example

is part of an email displaying results of a research request entered into mocavo (after the Free signup for a Mocavo account). The results are compiled while you are doing other things (on the computer or off) and sent to your email address. Clicking on the link takes you to a page where you can go to each item found and see if it helpful in your research. Since Mocavo adds new places to search on a regular basis, the search will be repeated in the future and sent to you. This is a great feature of this search engine/service.

FREE Internet Archive Search Guides

Over at DonsLIst there are some really good finding guides to the FREE Internet Archives. Here’s a screen of some of Don’s aids.

Here’s the clickable link to the page above:

Some Subscription Services Available Free at Longview Library

The subscription services and are available to use at no charge for in-library use for Longview, Texas Library patrons who have a Longview Public Library borrower’s card.

According to the library website, “You may get a borrower’s card at no cost if the following is true:
You live in Texas.
You are 18 years of age or older.
You can provide proof of Texas residency.
You have a valid state ID or driver’s license.”

You can see other digital databases available on the library website at These include Archive of Americana and the TexShare databases among many others.

This information was shared this week at a meeting featuring Longview Public Library’s genealogy librarian Linda Laminack.


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