USGebWeb Cheat Sheet

USGebWeb Cheat Sheet

USGenWeb Quick Links • Census Images <> • Church Records <> • Court Cases Report <> • Digital Map Library <> • Document Preservation <> • How...

USGenWeb Quick Links

 Census Images

 Church Records

 Court Cases Report

 Digital Map Library

 Document Preservation

 How to Write and Post a Query

 Index of State Pages

 Lineage Researchers

 Maiden Names and Naming Patterns

 Marriage Project

 Obituary Project

• Old Occupations

• Tips for Finding an Obituary

 Tombstone Transcription Project

 USGenWeb Archives Newsletter

 USGenWeb Archives Search Engine


• WorldGenWeb


 7 Steps to Study Ancestral Places

 Growing Pains: USGenWeb and RootsWeb

 Navigating USGenWeb

Hacks and Shortcuts

• Utilize countywide search engines. Some county coordinators have installed an on-site search engine that will search all of the pages within their county. You can use the search engine to quickly locate your surname or surname variants. 

• Remember to check state pages. Although most research gems live on USGenWeb’s county pages, be sure to check the state page for the place your ancestors lived, as well. The state-level pages often have links to special projects, queries too new to be indexed, lists of local researchers who’ll do lookups, contacts for state-level records and statewide databases.

 Search “unknown counties.” Make sure you visit the Unknown County Query section of a state’s page. Here, you’ll find surname queries left by researchers who knew only which state an ancestor was in, but not which county.

• Do an extended search. Don’t rely on just the state or just the national USGenWeb search engine—make sure you run the same searches using both. To be thorough, run a Google search of the entire site for pages with information related to your family. Model your Google search string after this one: “your search term”

Customer Support

If you have a comment or question about the county pages, e-mail the county coordinator, whose e-mail address is typically on the county home page. If you’re experiencing technical problems, look for a link to e-mail the webmaster. Note that unless you see information stating otherwise, county coordinators and project administrators aren’t able to help with research-related questions.
From the September 2010 Family Tree Magazine 

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