Ethnic Interests

By David A. Fryxell Premium

Access Genealogy
We like this site for its wealth of American Indian records; recent additions include school records, Indians in the 1890 US census, and the 1839 Drennen Rolls—the first enumeration of Indians after the Trail of Tears. But its 250,000-plus pages are also worth a look even if you have no tribal connections, for records ranging from wills to town histories to military databases.

This home for user-submitted records in African-American genealogy looks like anything but amateur hour. It handsomely hosts documents ranging from deeds to book excerpts to old ads about runaway slaves.

Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy 1719-1820
Search a database of 100,000 Louisiana slaves, the product of 15 years of research by Rutgers University history professor Gwendolyn Midlo Hall.

This leading publisher of Jewish genealogy research offers a digital newsletter, Nu? What’s New? ($12 per year). Free content on the site includes the Consolidated Jewish Surname Index of 699,084 surnames in 42 different databases containing more than 7.3 million records.

Digital Library on American Slavery
Search thousands of slavery-related county court and legislative petitions, wills, estate inventories and civil suits, filed in 15 states and Washington, DC, from 1775 to 1867. The documents mention 80,000 slaves and 8,000 free people of color, plus 62,00 white owners and non-owners of slaves.

Now as good-looking as it is useful, this site affiliated with the Museum of Jewish Heritage recently added the 1.5- million-entry Yizkor Book Master Name Index. Its Family Tree of the Jewish People now boasts data on nearly 5 million people. And don’t overlook the Family Finder database of 450,000 surnames and towns, ShtetLinks for 200-plus communities, and the Online Worldwide Burial Registry.

OK/IT Genweb
Researchers with American Indian roots should seek out this US Genweb site. Rather than covering a single state, it focuses on the “twin territories” of Oklahoma and Indian Territory. It has help using the 1900 Oklahoma census, 1903 postal routes, migration and removal information, timelines, trails and roads.

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 From the September 2011 Family Tree Magazine