Index to Online Sources
Inside and Outside of Kent County
LDS is in the process of digitizing their book holdings,
mostly family histories to date
and they are putting them online at BYU (Brigham Young University), fully searchable by any word.
http://www.lib.byu.edu/ then click home page, follow the links - Find Other Materials/On Line Collections at BYU/Text Collections tab/ Family History Archive.
If you have a common surname, use the "Search All" box with "search full text" checked.
Comprehensive Photo Collection of Downtown Grand Rapids - this site not working presently.
This is a website where you can link to - the University of
Michigan has completed almost all of the Michigan County Histories including
some of our local histories: 1881 Chapman, 1891 Baxter, 1906 Goss, 1878
Everett, 1918 Fisher, and White's Old Grand Rapids, 1925 and volume III of
White's by Fuller mainly of biographical sketches of Grand Rapids residents,
http://name.umdl.umich.edu/BAD0958 - For the 1881 Chapman's pages for Kent County
50 Photos of Downtown Grand Rapids - www.grandrapids.50webs.com
Rockford Register, 1871-1941, the newspaper of Rockford, Kent County, MI Searchable but not browseable database of obituaries and Biographies http://userdb.rootsweb.com/news/
Kalamazoo County Cemetery Website - (2006) This is a project being done by the Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society to eventually place on the website below the indexes of burials as well as photos and record transcriptions of all gravestones in the county. http://www.rootsweb.com/~mikalam2/
Michigan's National cemeteries online - Ft Custer, 21,804 burials and Great Lakes, 1,139 burials - http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/mi/mitable.htm
Grand Rapids site showing detailed plat maps of most
cemeteries in Grand Rapids, etc.
Genealogy Free Sites
Genealogy Market Place - A website for societies, authors and regular genealogists to buy and sell their genealogy books. This is not a commercial site. A free site provided by an individual. www.genealogyclassifieds.com
Animated Maps - Links to rotating animated maps showing all the county boundary changes for each year overlayed with past and present maps so you can see the changes in county boundaries and State Dept. of Transportation maps.
Census Maps - Links to rotating animated maps showing all the county boundaries for each census year overlayed
with past and present maps so you can see the changes in county boundaries. http://www.mycensusmaps.com/
New URL for FGS Index (family group sheets) for Ottawa
County family information contributed to the Michigan GenWeb -
If you want to check another Michigan county, just replace "kent" with the other county name. The exceptions are double-word names such as Grand Traverse in which you would type in - 'grand_traverse' in place of "kent".
Link to the Canadian Genealogy Centre which provides electronic access to the genealogical resources of Canada. http://www.genealogy.gc.ca/
Canadian County Digital Project - pilot project digitalizing county maps published between 1874-1881 plus an index of the land owners. http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/search.htm
Canadian County Digital Project - A pilot project digitalizing county maps, about 40 of them between 1874 and 1881.
1911 Canadian Census (not yet complete)
http://allcensusrecords.com/canada/ Choose 1911
The images for 1911 are also online at Library & Archives Canada but are no searchable by name, only by geographic location -
United Kingdom - Great Britain
Online site for maps tracing the origins of names in medieval Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England.
United Kingdom -
The geographical origins of virtually all British and Irish family names.
(These maps are not free.)
For a website that will locate and obtain Birth, Marriage and Death certificates for the UK - England, Wales,
Scotland and Northern Ireland - http://www.bmd-certificates.co.uk
University of Cambridge has a free online course for
learning how to read and transcribe 1500-1700 English handwriting.
Digital library project of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation - every known issue of the Virginia Gazette from 1736-1780. http://research.history.org/DigitalLibrary.cfm
Vital Records site - http://www.vitalrec.com
Genealogy links - http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA
Arizona FREE searchable birth and death records.
Births: 1887-1928 Deaths: 1878-1953
Family Tree Magazine's 101 Best Websites for 2004 http://www.familytreemagazine.com/101sites/2004/
DNA Resource - http://www.familytreedna.com/ For information on projects and on obtaining your dna.
Created: 11 December 2003
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