Many of you know I have a few "irons in the fire". Yesterday was a very productive day for me which is rare! I am quite often distracted by BSOs (Bright Shiny Objects - code in the genealogy world for "oh look, a squirrel!").
On this AIG website under the "MORE" in the menu bar you can scroll down to General Genealogy/ Resources and find the menu item "FORMS". (I know that's a lot of pop out menus, but I have a lot of info to share) Or you can use that Search feature in the top right corner.
I've added and updated the Forms with some lessor known census document samples. Sometimes we forget there are other census out there than just the Federal Census taken every 10 years. Those I've added are just a few that I have used on a regular basis to solve issues but each state had their own census taken in between the federals and several times throughout history.
As well, there were Veteran Schedules taken, Indian Census, Voters Schedules taken after the civil war, and so many more. Check out these downloadable PDF files. Most of them have Source information printed on them so please make sure you don't alter them or sell them - that would be a problem.
Many of you may already be familiar with the USGenWeb organization through the years. If you aren't, there are some valuable resources you have missed out on. Not only is this a gold mine in resources, but each state and county has their own page as well. Volunteers (like myself) adopt a page and keep the links and donations flowing with free resources shared by other volunteers and researchers.
Each page has information such as bibles people have submitted, marriage records that researches have dug out of the dust piles, photos of personal collections, biographies written by researches, local resources such as churches, cemeteries, town histories and I can't even begin to tell you how valuable some of these things are when they are not anywhere else on the internet! Trust me. Check out a state/county where you research today!
I am over the Perry County Alabama ALGenWeb page. You can find this at: algw.org/perry/index.html
I've added some lost files of transcriptions from cemeteries using the WayBack Machine. These websites are pages that have been archived on servers and no longer remain on the world wide web. Eventually, they may disappear completely. Whenever you have a website that has a 401 File Not Found (Page Not Found) make sure to check the WayBack Machine! It can be a lifesaver! AND - if you do find what you are looking for there, make sure you save a copy to your hard drive of the information you want or need (properly noting the source and originator).
This upcoming week, I hope to be able to make a few updates on other projects that I have going. I've been bouncing through the Bank Robbery Story and reviewing some things. I've also GOT to get over to the local Historical Society building. I've made a commitment to help them and I've been so busy this summer that I've yet to start this project. One thing about school resuming and fall showing up is that you have a little more time during the day to just yourself and that is one of my goals this month!
Anyone who hasn't volunteered lately should get out and do so! Find your Local society or organization and do some socializing! Find a niche to fit into that works for your schedule and abilities. It's definitely key to Enjoying your Adventures in Genealogy! Make it a great one!
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