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While getting ready for a class I’m teaching I came Screen Shot 2017-08-17 at 3.17.47 PM.pngacross a resource that I hadn’t used for a while. Is is called Linkpendium. It is a directory to everything on the web regarding genealogical information. This directory has over 10 million genealogy links.

Linkpendium was developed by the founders of RootsWeb. Since so many subjects fall within genealogy, the links seem almost endless. I won’t take time here to list everything that you  find.  For that you will want to go to the site itself; however, I will identify a few categories: Census records, Church records, Court records, Ethnic sites, Immigration and Naturalization records, Land records, Libraries and Archives, Maps and Gazetteers, Military records, Newspapers, Obituaries and Funeral homes, Surname websites, Tax lists and Vital records–and there are more.

To use  Linkpendium start with the Family Discoverer, which is the search engine at the top of the page which searches nearly 3 million indexed pages.

  • My search today for ‘Fanny Bliss Tuttle” led me to a different county in New York than I had been researching for this family.  It was a website on Jefferson County [New York] Migrations. I probably would never have found this information without a Linkpendium search.
  • It then led me to early maps from the 1868 Beers Atlas for the towns that Fanny lived in, in New York, and Massachusetts, and a Gazetteer which helped with the historical context of the area she lived in.
  • There is also a Locality Directory search. Using Berkshire MA as an example, I was able to find a County Court Records Directory, a link to an article in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and a special Revolutionary War Pension Census. I actually found an article that I had written a few years ago on the FamilySearch Wiki, and a link to my own website.
  • There are records for other countries as well, however, mostly they are for the UK and Ireland.
  • It also provides links to message boards within RootsWeb where discussions may be taking place regarding your ancestor.
  • As usual with a linking site like this one, you will want to keep a research log to track the many places you will be visiting.

Happy Hunting!

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