- Texas State Library and Archives Commission: We categorized this site as Best for Military Researchers for its online index of 54,634 Lone Star State Confederate pension applications and Texas Adjutant General Service Records (1836 to 1935). But Ive also found it helpful for other records: This archives was the source of information on my great-grandfathers brief stay in the state penitentiary for bootlegging. I was impressed with the online information and staff responses to my research questions.
- WeRelate: This is a community Web site just for genealogists that works on the “wiki” principle, where users generate and update the content. Created by the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy in partnership with the Allen County Public Library, the free site has pages for 1.5 million people/families.
Users can upload GEDCOM files, upload and annotate scanned documents and photos, share family stories and biographies, and generate maps of ancestors’ life events.
Read more about using this and other genealogy wikis in the March 2009 Family Tree Magazine (on newsstands and FamilyTreeMagazine.com Jan. 13).