Projects and WebRings
help researchers learn more about doing genealogical research in that area
“dedicated to the free use and access of public domain genealogical information”
create “local repositories of information that researchers world-wide can access”
this does not mean direct answers to questions about your personal research
USGenWeb Project began in June 1996
WorldGenWeb Project began in October 1996 (currently 400 Web sites)
non-commercial, non-profit, volunteer organizations
not the same as genwebs (which are searchable collections of GEDCOM files)
more structured than WebRings
more required elements for project Web sites than WebRings
more prohibited elements for project Web sites than WebRings
volunteers are researchers who either live in, or are familiar with, genealogical research in that area
volunteer coordinators decide content beyond the required and prohibited elements
content varies greatly from county to county and state to state
World GenWeb Project http://www.worldgenweb.org/
Ш eleven regions
§ currently, most large countries have GenWeb Project sites
· divided by geopolitical subdivisions (such as powiats in Poland)
USGenWeb Project http://www.usgenweb.org/
Ш State GenWeb Project Sites
§ County GenWeb Project Sites
by text lists (fastest method)
(These items are not necessarily included on each Web site.)
links to or addresses of county/state/country public records offices
record availability and lists of published resources
links to maps and geographic resources
information about the history and culture of that county/state/country
library addresses and/or links
archives addresses and/or links
address of local Family History Center
information about pertinent historical and genealogical societies
information about e-mail mail list discussion groups
query pages (for posting and searching)
family reunion lists
free, limited look-ups
Queries posted at most county
project sites are automatically indexed
into the Surname Helper, part of GenConnect at RootsWeb.
Surname Helper ( http://surhelp.rootsweb.com/srchall.html )
includes a search engine that allows researchers to search for a surname by country.
If you need help, the USGenWeb’s “Help for
Researchers” Web page is located
USGenWeb Project Archives:
National USGenWeb Archives search engine
State USGenWeb Archives search engine
includes actual transcriptions of public domain records
types of records transcribed
Ш census records
Ш marriages bonds/licenses
Ш wills and probate records
Ш tombstone inscriptions
includes the USGenWeb Archives Census Project and online census images
USGenWeb Tombstone ProjectѕThis project encourages anyone to transcribe tombstones in cemeteries and donate copies of their cemetery surveys to this project. All it takes is a word processor file.
USGenWeb Digital Map LibraryѕThis project’s goal “is to make available to genealogists useful, readable, high quality maps.” These include historical maps as well as custom maps designed from the results of genealogical and historical research. As with all USGenWeb projects, these maps are freely accessible online.
USGenWeb Archives Pension ProjectѕThis project endeavors “to provide actual transcriptions of pension related materials for all wars prior to 1900.”
Special Collections ProjectѕThis
project is for those materials that do not fit into the standard state/county
archives division; in other words, they cover multiple states and counties.
USGenWeb Kidz ProjectѕThis project’s goal is to interest young people in genealogy.
USGenWeb Lineage ProjectѕThis project lists researchers interested in the descendants of one ancestor who lived in the U.S. and was born before 31 Dec 1850.
Genealogical Events ProjectѕThis
is a calendar of genealogical events.
World GenWeb ProjectѕThis project is currently seeking volunteers to translate World GenWeb Web pages into many languages.
A WebRing is a group of Web sites that share a theme or topic. They use a small navigation utility program to add a navigation box to each member site. This links the WebRing sites together so that you can surf from site to site around the ring.
A high school student designed the first WebRing on the Internet in May 1995. Today there are tens of thousands of WebRings with millions of member sites. This is an interesting way to bring searchers to your genealogy Web site.
Anyone can start a WebRing. There are fewer requirements and prohibitions for member sites of WebRings than there are for GenWeb Project sites. Two Web sites that have directories of WebRings and help you create new ones are Yahoo!WebRing and RingSurf.
RingSurf ( http://www.ringsurf.com/ )
Yahoo!WebRing ( http://dir.webring.yahoo.com/rw )
forward using the NEXT link
back using the PREVIOUS link
jump forward five sites
jump backward five sites
random selection using the RANDOM link
see a ring directory and choose a site from the list
Cyndi’s List (see her category “Web Rings for Genealogy”)
Search engines Web Ring vs. Web ring vs. Webring vs. webring