General Genealogy Resources
Over the years, I have relied upon the same resources time and again. Most of my research is centered on New England and Nova Scotia, and these resources reflect that. They are the most useful in my research and I return to the websites week after week:
New England Genealogy Resources
The New England Historic Genealogical Society – the oldest genealogical organization in the U.S. with extensive holdings both in their library and online. For anyone with predominantly New England ancestry, like me, the $89.95 annual membership is well worth it. They also have records for the rest of the U.S., as well as Canada and many other countries.
Ancient Landmarks of Plymouth Project – a transcription of the book by William T. Davis. If you have any family in Plymouth, Massachusetts in the 1800s or prior, it is well worth searching the index for their surname(s) and reading the entries.
Canadian Genealogy Resources
Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics – a free searchable database of births, deaths, and marriages in Nova Scotia. Absolutely recommended for anyone with ancestors or family in the province. There are some gaps in the coverage, but you will not find a more comprehensive online resource for Nova Scotia vital records.
Library and Archives of Canada – known for the widest variety of microfilm and digital holdings for all of Canada, it can take time to learn your way around the site. The digitized microfilms are not indexed, so you’re in for the long haul if searching through them, but you can do it from the comfort of your own home.
Heritage Charlotte – a site that looks back on Charlotte County’s history and includes links to cemeteries, censuses and more.
New Brunswick Genealogical Society – the site for the society includes forums, families histories and their First Families Index.
Provincial Archives of New Brunswick – this fantastic resource includes land records, vital records, newspaper statistics and much more. This is my first stop when researching families from New Brunswick. The newspaper index is especially wonderful.
Other pertinent sites include Ruby Cusack’s, which has some hidden gems buried within if you take the time to dig.
Resources for Mayflower Descendants
The Pedigree Chart is the place most family historians begin. Using yourself as a starting point, these charts allow you to go back a few generations, recording names and dates, and places of birth, marriage, and death. It doesn’t go in depth. Instead, it gives an overview of yourself (or the ancestor listed on the first line), parents, grandparents, and so on.
Some people make extensive use of Family Group Sheets to focus on a specific set of parents and their children. This isn’t a form I use much, but it can be handy if I need to utilize lateral/sideways research techniques.
A Correspondence Log can be handy for tracking emails and letters you write in your search for information.
Various other forms that are useful as you delve deeper into researching your family history include the Research Worksheet, Research Calendar, Research Journal, and Research Checklist.
Most of these forms are available at Family Tree Magazine’s website or via a Google search.
Extreme Genes – a fun podcast hosted by Scott Fisher and with great guests! David Allen Lambert shares interesting family history news on every episode.
Generations Cafe – a deeper dive into genealogical research, ethical and social aspects, and more by Amy Johnson Crow.
The Genealogy Guys – George G. Morgan and Drew Smith give monthly updates on various databases, events, and news. They interview a different genealogist every month on their Genealogy Connection podcast.