Web Resources

Chronicling America.  The Library of Congress, 2016, chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.      Accessed 1 Nov. 2016.

This website is a significant digital resource that allows users unrestricted access to digitized historical newspapers published from 1789-1922. Use is intended for non-commercial, educational and research purposes. Information on American newspapers published from 1690 until the present is also available. The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), working with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress, maintain and produces this permanent internet based database. This resource is free to the public and accessible from any computer or device with an internet connection. Family historians seeking to flesh out details on a time period, location, or family members will find this resource invaluable. Chronicling America can be used to find information on “persons, places or events” or “news of the day”. The “Help” link provides detailed instruction on how to use the site.

Ingle, Cyndi. Cyndi’s List, 2016, Cyndi’s List.com, 1996. Accessed Nov. 2 2016.

Cyndi’s List is a free genealogy research site which provides an alphabetized categorized and cross-referenced index to online genealogy resources. The website, created and maintained mainly by Cyndi Ingle herself from her home in Washington State, was officially launched in 1996.  Ingle is the author of three genealogy books, is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and belongs to a number of genealogy and local history societies accross the United States. In addition, she often speaks at professional conference and seminars on topics ranging from how to maximize her website resources, to research preservation and “Googling for Your Grandma.” The site offers over 180 categories and 650 page, with pages for U.S. states and counties, Canadian provinces, and counties in the United Kingdom. Cyndi’s list, which began as bookmarks a local genealogical society, is updated monthly, with each category noting the date of the most recent update.  According to the site’s statistics, 1,500 new links are added, 600 links are updated and corrected and 300 links are deleted each month.For the purposes of the bibliography, the categories   “Oral Histories &InterviewsScrapbooks” ,“Storytelling & Folklore”,  and “Photographs and Memories” “Writing Your Family’s History”, will be the most helpful to family historians.

The Digital Public Library of Americawww.//dp.la. 2013.Accessed October 15, 2016.

Based at the Boston Public Library, the award winning website offers a variety of benefits to users and information organizations. Named one of the best websites for genealogy by Family Tree Magazine in 2016, it provides access to and dissemination of digitized “cultural heritage” items that would be otherwise unavailable or hard to find, isolated in “silos” of information. According to FAQ page, “The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an all-digital library that aggregates metadata — or information describing an item — and thumbnails for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. DPLA brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.” All content is “open access” which means it is free for use and repurposing, with some having a degree of restriction.  Users can search and browse collections from multiple angles, such as maps, timelines, and faceted search. The site also provides an App library, with apps ranging from playful, such as “Historical Cats” that tweets out random feline images from the collection, to “Color Browse” which enables searching the collection by color of the image, to the simply titled, “DPLA Images”, which allows image searches of the collection. The DPLA also showcases materials in storytelling exhibitions, which will be of particular use to family historians seeking relevant social history to enhance family narratives.