Find it on the web
• Telephone Directories on the Web <www.teldir.com>: Access to online phone books from more than 150 countries
• Maps on Us <www.mapsonus.com>: Free, customizable US maps
• MapQuest <www.mapquest.com>: Free, customizable US and world maps
• Map Blast <www.mapblast.com>: Free, customizable US and world maps
• Tiger Mapping Service <tiger.census.gov>: Search for US place names and generate free maps from census data
• USCenWeb Project <www.usgenweb.org>: Links for genealogy information in all 50 states, with many individual counties represented
• WorldGenWeb <worldgenweb.org>: Crowing site aiming to do for the world what USGenWeb does for US genealogy
• Where to Write for Vital Records <www.cdc.gov/nchs/howto/w2w/ w2welcom.htm>: US government guide to vital records in all 50 states
•Vital Records Information <vitalrec.com> Locations of vital records throughout the US, plus links to foreign data
• Online Library Catalogs <www.familytreemagazine.com/articles/librarylinks.html>: Search the catalogs before you go
• FreeTranslation.com <www.freetranslation.com>: Instant translation from English into Spanish, French, Italian, German or Portuguese
If you’re not up to planning a family history vacation on your own – particularly for a first trip overseas — check out these travel companies and organizations that specialize in genealogy trips:
Box 550, Bountiful, UT 84011-0550, (800) 401-7802 or (801) 397-0686, <www.eurofocus.com>. Private tours of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland and Alsace, France, plus assistance with tours to Italy, Scandinavia and Great Britain.
ROUTES TO ROOTS
136 Sandpiper Key, Secaucus, NJ 07094, (201) 866-4075, <www.routestoroots.com>. Specializes in Jewish heritage tours to Eastern Europe; offices in Poland and the Ukraine.
2112 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103, (215) 665-1233. Specializes in Jewish heritage tours of Italy.
ASHTON DRYE ASSOCIATES
95 Squire Dr., Orchard Park, NY 14127, (800) 785-7785. Specializes in arts-related tours, but developing genealogy tours of Great Britain as a sideline.
Suite 210, 85 S. Washington St., Seattle, WA 98104, (800) 424-7289, <www.mircorp.com>. Tours of Eastern Europe and the Far East; offices in Russia.
2325 NW Market St., Seattle, WA 98107, (800) 891-4706, <www.eplaces.com>. Custom tours worldwide.
P.A.T.H. FINDERS INTERNATIONAL
2225 Crestline Blvd., Olympia, WA 98502, (360) 754-2093, <www.terminal.cz/~pathfinders>. Specializes in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
75 Federal St., Boston, MA 02110-1941, (877) 426-8056, <www.elderhostel.org>. Wide variety of tours both in the United States and abroad, aimed at older travelers.
HISTORY AMERICA TOURS
Travel resources toolkit
• Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources edited by Alice Eichholz (Ancestry)
• The Handybook for Genealogists, 9th ed. (Everton Publishers)
• Searching on Location: Planning a Research Trip by Anne Ross Balhuizen (Ancestry)
• The Educated Traveler newsletter, Box 220822, Chantilly, VA 20153, (800) 648-5168 or (703) 471-1063, <www.educated-traveler.com>
• Door-to-Door 2000 Deluxe mapping software, TravRoute, 1000 Herrontown Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540, (888) 872-8768, <www.travroute.com>. Windows 95 or later, includes global positioning and Windows CE features