Time Travel Toolkit

By David A. Fryxell Premium

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

A Web of Online Dictionaries <www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/rbeard/diction.html>: Links to dozens of dictionaries in languages from Afrikaans to Zulu


Tour Tips

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.


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.


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.


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.


Box 797687, Dallas, TX 75379, (800) 628-8542, <www.historyamerica.com>. US tours and cruises with historians.

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

Street Atlas USA 7.0 mapping software, DeLorme, Box 298, 2 DeLorme Dr., Yarmouth, ME 04096, (800) 452-5931, <www.delorme.com>. Windows 95 or later, includes global positioning, Windows CE and Palm Pilot features; version 6.0 for Macintosh

From the June 2000 issue of Family Tree Magazine