Favorite Resources

These are my favorite internet resources for researching in Illinois, Ireland, and Puerto Rico. There are SO MANY resources out there and I have used many, but these are the best ones for my individual family research.

FamilySearch.org – free and provided by the LDS church

Ancestry.com – best for connecting to other users’ family trees; been a user since 2003 but lately I’m becoming disenchanted with this company

MyHeritage.com – Ancestry.com’s focus for overseas is the UK, mainland Europe, and Scandinavia; MyHeritage.com seems to have a broader international audience with user-submitted family trees

Genlighten.com – I love this site which connects you to people who offer look-up services in the localities of your ancestors; the providers are available to visit their local record repositories, libraries, cemeteries, etc.; this site is free to join and you pay the individual for their services

Illinois State Archives Database – these are only indexes for records and show vital information like name, the date of the event, and the record number in order to purchase a copy of the record itself; orders are processed by volunteers and may take a few months, so be patient

Cook County Genealogy – instantly download vital records from Cook County, Illinois; I use this site for newer records that are not available from the Illinois State Archives, but it is not comprehensive so some records in the time period offered that I look for are not always found at this site

Irish Family History Foundation – RootsIreland.ie has revamped the way they require users to search and view trancriptions of records; recently, some transcribed records include links to a microfilmed image of the actual record!

Placenames Database of Ireland – has both the Irish and English versions of the place names and includes street names

Enciclopedia de Puerto Rico – history of the island as well as histories for each of the municipalities

Puerto Rico En Breve – a lot of general information about the history of the island

Municipality of Peñuelas – not a huge place compared to other metropolitan areas in Puerto Rico; this website took a long time to get fully developed and now it has current information as well as a section about the history of Peñuelas

Catalan to English Dictionary – not a complete dictionary for the full Catalan language, but works well for most general vocabulary words




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Old Family Photos – Friday Favorites Week #52

This is the last one of my Friday Favorites photo series! It was tough to stay focused and organized throughout the year, but it was fun to share some old family photos. Hope you enjoyed them too.

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