10 Best Cutting-edge Web Sites

10 Best Cutting-edge Web Sites

Stay informed about the latest technology for genealogists with these sites.

Ancestry Insider
Not just Ancestry.com but also FamilySearch get expert scrutiny from this anonymous blogger, often the first to note what’s new with these genealogy giants.

Dear Myrtle
Myrtle has been guiding genealogists since 1995, but she’s by no means behind the times, with her own “Family History Hour” podcast and chatty blog.

Best described as collaborative online sticky notes, Diigo isn’t specifically for genealogists, but it’s a nifty free tool nonetheless for bookmarking and annotating sites, for yourself or to share with other researchers.

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter $
Longtime genealogy tech watcher Dick Eastman delivers “straight talk” on all kinds of family history topics; for $19.95 a year, you get access to Plus Edition articles from industry experts. Eastman’s blog is also a jumping-off point for his free Encyclopedia of Genealogy.

Family Tree DNA: www.ysearch.org and www.mitosearch.org
Visit these sibling databases to search and compare your DNA profile with others’, even if you tested with a different company. The Ysearch tool covers 52,715 surnames in 69,327 DNA records.

Genealogy Gems $
Billed as “Your Online Family History Radio Show,” Lisa Louise Cooke’s site spools more than 60 podcasts as well as videos. Premium members ($29.95 a year) get access to subscribers-only episodes and videos.

Genealogy Guys
Claiming bragging rights as the oldest genealogy podcast site, the Genealogy Guys offer more than 160 newsy programs.

Live Roots $
An innovative approach to genealogy metasearch, Live Roots goes beyond the big sites to scour hundreds of different libraries and data providers, by keyword or surname. Some hits require a $32.95-a-year subscription package that includes Family Tree Connection, Town Reports Online, Military Roots Project and the GenWeekly News and Information Service. Others include the option of getting live assistance for a “nominal” fee.

One-Step Web Pages
Steve Morse keeps building better ways to search sites such as Ellis Island, Castle Garden, censuses and, most recently, the new Cook County site.

Roots Television

From genealogy lectures to lighter fare, the free videos here let you watch and learn on your computer screen—or with a little tinkering, your TV (follow the instructions at eHow).
For additional help finding your family tree online, try Family Tree Magazine‘s Trace Your Roots Online CD, which offers sites, tips and tools for genealogy on the web. Available from Family Tree Shop

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