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Useful Genealogy Internet Links

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Bookstores Calendars Computer Security
Currency / Foreign Exchange Database Sites Family Tree or Pedigree Sites
Foreign / Ethnic Sources Genealogical Societies General Genealogy
Hereditary Societies Historical Societies Libraries and Archives
Local History Maps and Geography Postal Information
Publications, Newspapers & Materials Search Engines Software
Soundex Calculators and Information Surnames Telephone Numbers
  Vital Records  

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Bookstores On-Line Bookstore
Search by author, title, and subject. Check lists of best sellers and reviews in many sources. Includes Bibliofind to provide searches for rare and out-of-print books.
A site that searches over 40,000 booksellers for new, used, rare and out-of-print books
Barnes and Noble
Another large on-line bookstore with many features.
The Big Link
A service of BookSearch Inc., finds the rare and out-of-print book using a private database of titles, plus contacts at bookstores and dealers of rare and out-of-print books. It also inspects found items, places them in archival-quality protective jackets, wraps them in kraft paper, and mails them to you.
The "Old & Rare Bookstore" of Monterey is on-line, will search for antique volumes as well as appraise collections, libraries, or single books.
Mines Road Books
Located in Fremont, specializes in local history.

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Many calendar features available at this site: 10,000 year calendar; year-at-a-glance; calculator for number of years, months, and days between two dates; converter between two types of calendars; printable perpetual calendars; and more.
Perpetual Calendar
Simple monthly calendar calculator.
Time and
Features include current calendars; customizable calendars; date finder; days calculator; and more.
Date Converter
From Calculates birth dates from death dates, converts dates in several different calendars.

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Computer Security

The official government listing of virus hoaxes.
SARC - Virus Encyclopedia
The Symantec AntiVirus Research Center's comprehensive guide to viruses and hoaxes.
Home Firewall Guide
"Every computer with an always-on broadband connection (cable, DSL) to the Internet should use anti-virus and personal firewall software for protection from hackers and script kiddies." (Henry Stephen Markus, Seattle, Washington)
Norton Anti-Virus Software
Symantec has anti-virus software, as well as Internet security software.
McAfee Anti-Virus Software
McAfee is the second biggest anti-virus software company. Their software is sometimes bundled with new computers.
Steve Gibson's Security Test Site
Here you can find some free tools for testing your computer's security.

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Currency / Foreign Exchange

Currency converter
This includes an interactive calculator which allows you to scroll and select the both currency being converted and the currency into which its being converted. This is the most recent day's conversion. It is very comprehensive.
Currency converter
Another choice to compare rates.
International Currency Express, Inc.
When you need to send money to foreign countries, you can order a "bank draft" on-line.
International Currency Exchange
An alternate site when you need to send money to foreign countries, you can order a "bank draft" on-line.
Inflation calculator
What would your grandfather's estate be worth in today's dollars?

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Database Sites

Ellis Island Database
Database of immigrants who came through Ellis Island, New York, from 1892 to 1924.
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
A database being developed in partnership by the National Park Service, Genealogical Society of Utah, the Federation of Genealogical Societies and others to contain records of every soldier and sailor known to have served in the Civil War on either side.
Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records
The U. S. Department of the Interior includes the Bureau of Land Management, which has an excellent database. Updated web site is easier to use.  Includes images of title records issued between 1820 and 1908.
This web site is being upgraded constantly and is completely free. You may search historical records of many types from many countries, family trees and the Family History Library catalog.
This is a popular family network on the web. You can search various records from one search page and records are added almost daily.
Obituary Daily Times
An index to over 8.2 million obituaries with 2500 more added every day. Primarily for deaths since 1995. The search engine will find any word in the index, for example, "Pleasanton."
The Tombstone Transcription Project
A nationwide effort, hosted by RootsWeb, to document tombstone surveys. The Alameda County page has links to all seven of the L-AGS gravestone inventories.

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Family Tree or Pedigree Web Sites

Ancestry World Tree
This site "contains more than 200 million names in family trees submitted by our users." You can contribute your family tree, also. Family Tree Files
Completely free, create an account and start searching other family trees and build your own.
Download their free software to create your own family tree or do it online.
This site has "more than 239 million names on file." You can submit your family tree here also.
Misbach Enterprises
You can download blank pedigree charts

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Foreign / Ethnic Sources

From the publisher of works on Jewish genealogy, this site includes information about their journal, books and microfiche available, the Consolidated Jewish Surname Index, and links to other Jewish genealogical sites.
Federation of East European Family History Societies
Includes information and links to societies and newsgroups interested in Eastern Europe genealogy and family history.
German Genealogy Home Page
Includes beginner's tips, general help, regional research, German emigration to America, and a collection of other links.
World GenWeb Project
Similar to the US GenWeb Project, except that it is based on geographical regions and countries of the world.

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Genealogical Societies

San Francisco Bay Area
These are links to genealogical societies in the San Francisco Bay Area and even some from the Sacramento area. Many of them post their activities schedules on their Web pages. By checking these links regularly, L-AGS members may find events they want to attend.
California State Genealogical Alliance -
Serves as a statewide association of independent genealogical societies, individual, and non-profit organizations to further genealogical endeavors throughout the state.
California Genealogical Society -
Statewide, based in Oakland
Contra Costa County Genealogical Society -
East Bay Genealogical Society -
Genealogy Society of Vallejo-Benicia -
Hayward Area Genealogical Society -
MACGEN - Macintosh Genealogy Group -
Computer interest group for Mac users
Marin County Genealogical Society -
San Rafael
Monterey County Genealogy Society -
Napa Valley Genealogical & Biographical Society -
Placer County Genealogical Society -
Roseville Genealogical Society -
Sacramento Genealogy Society -
Citrus Heights
Sacramento German Genealogical Society -
San Joaquin County Genealogical Society -
San Mateo County Genealogical Society -
San Mateo
San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society -
San Ramon
Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society -
Santa Clara
Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group -
Santa Clara
Solano County Genealogical Society -
Sonoma County Genealogical Society -
Santa Rosa
Tracy Area Genealogical Society -
These are links to national genealogical societies.
Federation of Genealogical Societies
National Genealogical Society
New England Historical and Genealogical Society

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General Genealogy Information
A site with links to other sites which provide genealogy and history databases for the San Francisco Bay Area
Cyndi's List
Excellent place for finding sources of information. Well organized by subject and locality.
This site contains the largest database of surnames on the web, along with lots of other genealogical information.
U.S. GenWeb Project
This project is an excellent effort to have genealogy-related information from every county in the United States on the web. The web sites are compiled by volunteers, and much of the country is covered.
Many links to information for researchers, from beginners to experts. Includes a subscription to many databases they have put on-line.
Another site that has information for researchers. Includes many databases, some available for free, some available by subscription.
The Steve Morse Website
Steve Morse has developed enhanced search forms for the Ellis Island Database, the 1930 U.S. Census, the 1930 Census Enumeration Districts, and more.
Genealogy Home Page
Comprehensive guide to genealogy resources on the Internet. Includes a page listing most of the genealogy newsgroups with links to their FAQs.
Treasure Maps
The how-to genealogy site. Includes tutorials on the U.S. Census and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and links to commercial sites.
Includes pedigree-linked database, on-line genealogy program, and searchable databases. Must register and subscribe to view records.

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Hereditary Societies

Daughters of the American Revolution
Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence.
General Society of Mayflower Descendants
Any person able to document their descent from one or more of the Mayflower Pilgrims is eligible to apply for membership in the Mayflower Society.
Sons of the American Revolution
You must have an ancestor who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783.

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Historical Societies

California Historical Society
The state's official historical society.
Hayward Area Historical Society
Sharing the history of Castro Valley, Hayward and San Lorenzo.
Livermore Heritage Guild
Our local history repository in the old Carnegie Library Building. Contains history and lore of the Livermore Valley.
The Museum on Main
The museum in downtown Pleasanton, managed by the Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society, containing archives of historical documents and artifacts.
The Dublin History Center
A large and expanding historical site containing St. Raymond's Church, built in 1859 as the first house of worship in the Tri-Valley, the Pioneer Cemetery, old Murray Schoolhouse, and the Kolb Ranch buildings that were recently moved to the premises. Archives of documents and artifacts are available.

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Libraries and Archives

Pleasanton Public Library
Online catalog for the Pleasanton Library. The catalog includes the L-AGS holdings.
LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City
Search the catalog by Locality, Surname, Call Number, or Author
Library of Congress Home Page
Has loads of historical information, archives of manuscripts, and you can search the catalog on-line.
National Archives
Repository of many types of records. Order search forms on-line.
Melvyl Homepage
This site accesses the University of California library system, including Sutro Library, but it is easier to use the link below to go directly to Sutro.
Alameda County Library
Online catalog for branches of the Alameda County Library System.
Livermore Public Library
Livermore Library has microfilm of the local newspapers back to the 1890s. Online catalog is available via a link in the drop-down box at the top right of the page.
Historical Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library
Source of PERSI, the Periodical Source Index - an index of their collection of North American historical and genealogical periodicals. This site includes entry to their catalog.
California State Library - Sutro Library
From this site you can search just the Sutro holdings or all of the other branches of the California State Library.

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Local History

Tesla Coal Mines
A description and information about the Tesla area of eastern Alameda County, California.
Local History on  
Livermore, Pleasanton and Tri-Valley history. Includes Historical Photos; Historical Publications; History Timeline; People in Local History, History on the Web; and Historical Buildings and Sites.
Tri-Valley History Council
The Tri-Valley History Council is a network of local history centers, historic sites, libraries, museums and genealogical societies whose fields of interest include the eastern part of Alameda County and the southeastern part of Contra Costa County, California.
Tri-Valley Directory of Historical Resources and Places of Interest
A comprehensive description of historical sites and history-oriented organizations in the Tri-Valley, created in 2011 by Terry Lee Berry for the Tri-Valley History Council.

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Maps and Geography

Interactive site finds places and gives driving directions. For the U.S. and foreign countries.
Live Search Maps - Microsoft
An outstanding global mapping with 3D viewing, etc.
Google Maps
A good map program by Google
Google Earth
Satellite images and mapping by Google
The Gold Bug
Located in Alamo, provides historical information and software for genealogical research, academic study, or just to satisfy your curiosity. Includes geographical and map related links.
Animated - Growth of a Nation
This is a ten minute movie which depicts the geographic history of the United States from the beginning of the nation to fifty states. Geographic elements are interactive, as is the timeline. Includes a time line of U. S. History.
1895 Atlas of the United States
Scroll down to find the state of your interest, then choose "State Map" or "County Maps." If you don't know the county, use the "Index to Data" link. Great resource of colorful maps to add interest  to your genealogy book.
U.S. Geological Survey - Mapping
Maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey, this site houses the Geographic Names Information - put a name into the search engine and it will return information about that place, including the latitude and longitude and the callout of the USGS map on which the name appears. You can then link to a map to pinpoint the location. Other information available here are Educational Resources and the National Mapping Program as well as links to geologic, water, and biological information.
Color Land Form Atlas of the United States
An interesting site showing the landforms of a particular state. County lines can be added. Slow to load the images.
Enter a place name and this site will return a short description, a link to a map site where you can then customize the map to show the routes, boundaries, towns, etc.
Using Maps in Genealogy
This is a reprint of a pamphlet from the USGS detailing how maps can help in genealogy research.
TopoZone - The Web's Topographic Map
Topographic maps down to scales of 25,000:1 for the entire US.
Worldwide Directory of Cities and Towns
Almost 3 million names from every corner of the world.
NGA GEOnet Names Server (GNS)
Database of named features (not just towns) on foreign maps. Maintained by US military.

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Postal Information

U.S. Postal rates and Zip Code Finder
Includes rates for mailing to other countries as well as within the United States. Find a Zip Code and other services offered by the US Postal Service.

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Publications, Newspapers and Genealogy Materials

Ancestry Magazine
Under the "Learning Center" tab, you can search articles in Ancestry Magazine, Genealogical Computing, columns by noted genealogists and research tips from fellow researchers.
Family Tree Magazine
Friendly genealogy magazine and web site. Includes articles, how-to's, bookstore and more.
Newspaper Finder
Find a newspaper currently being published in any locality worldwide.
City Directories of the United States of America
This site will answer these questions: does a directory exist for a locality? If it does, where can it be found?
The Independent
Weekly Livermore newspaper published every Thursday.
The Tri-Valley Herald
Daily newspaper covering the Livermore, Amador and San Ramon Valleys, and increasingly, the nearby cities of the Central Valley.
The Valley Times
Daily newspaper covering the Livermore, Amador and San Ramon Valleys.
California Digital Newspaper Collection
The California Digital Newspaper Collection contains over 600,000 pages of significant historical California newspapers published from 1846-1922, including the first California newspaper, the Californian, and the first daily California newspaper, the Daily Alta California. It also includes early editions of the Livermore Herald.

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Search Engines

Search engines allow you to find web sites. Each searches different groups of sites and each searches in a different way.   

    General Search Engines

This site allows you to look through several of the search engines listed below at the same time. You can easily limit your searches by entering your topic and then choosing "a phrase," "all of these words," or "any of these words."
It is set up with clearly branching subject indexes. You can search within a subject or in all of Yahoo.
Yahoo for kids! Useful information on many subjects.
Relevancy rankings often locate sites not listed by other search engines.
Great for finding people with web pages or in web pages.
Another searching option that searches Google, Live Search, Yahoo, and
A fast search engine.
A fast search engine that finds often-cited links.
"KartOO is a metasearch engine with visual display interfaces. When you click on OK, KartOO launches the query to a set of search engines, gathers the results, compiles them and represents them in a series of interactive maps through a proprietary algorithm. KartOO uses FlashPlayer to draw interactive maps." Very interesting representation of search results - try it, you may like it.

    Genealogy Search Engines

FamilySearch Family History Web Sites
From the web site, enter search terms and choose types of sites to search for. Site Search
Finds sites with keywords such as names and types of records.
Search multiple genealogical databases from this one site.

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An interactive list of genealogy related programs and web sites. Users can aadd their own reviews of software and web sites.
Ancestral Quest by Incline Software.
Brother's Keeper for Windows by John Steed.
Family Tree Maker by
Legacy Family Tree by Millennia Corp. Basic program is a free download. Also has Deluxe Version.
The Master Genealogist by Wholly Genes.
Personal Ancestral File by the LDS Church.
Reunion by Leister Productions for the Macintosh.
RootsMagic by RootsMagic, Inc.

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Soundex Calculators and Information

Soundex Indexing System
An explanation of Soundex coding from the National Archives
Soundex Converter
If your genealogy program does not have a soundex converter, here is an easy to use converter from RootsWeb.
Yet Another Soundex Converter
This site can convert entire lists of surnames all at once.
Soundexing and Genealogy
Gary Mokotoff's article on soundexing includes the history and his proposed modifications.

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From RootsWeb, enter a surname to search for in several databases.
Search Your Surname in the USA
This is another site which displays the distribution of a surname in the U.S. It uses phone books for its database.

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Telephone Numbers
An online resource for finding information on businesses and retailers. Includes driving directions, hours of operation, Web links and customer reviews.
Go Toll Free
The Internet 800 directory.
Yahoo! People Search
Find business or individual e-mail, white page and yellow page information. Also reverse look-up search.
Search for people and businesses.
From AT&T. Search Yellow Pages, White Pages and Reverse Lookup.

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Vital Records

United States Vital Records Information
Resource for locating vital records in the United States.
Where to Write for Vital Records
From the Centers for Desease Control and Prevention.
Order birth certificates, copies of death, marriage, and divorce records.
Social Security Death Index 1962-Present
Data on more than 68 million Americans who have died since 1962.
Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records - A Genealogy Guide
This website gathers together links to online death indexes by state and county. Included are death indexes, obituary indexes, probate indexes and cemetery & burial listings.
California Vital Records On-line
California Birth Records
California birth index from 1905 to 1995.
California Death Records 1905-1939
Commercially-posted images of state-published microfiche.
California Marriage Records 1949-1985
Source for California marriage records.
California Death Records 1940-1997
9 million records of deaths in California from 1940 to 1997. RootsWeb database with highly flexible search capability.

Information about individual state's vital records on-line has been discontinued here due to the increasing number of states with such information. We suggest you use Cyndi's List for information about which states have records on-line.

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