Best genealogy websites featured in magazine

AJC file photo

AJC file photo

Family Tree Magazine has again published its annual “101 Best Websites for Genealogy.”

In its September issue, the magazine divides the websites into various categories: U.S. government, state governments, newspaper sites and others. Most are free sites, and those with a fee are marked.

Here are some that I was not familiar with or that have an interesting theme:

  • is fee-based, says it has 200 million U. S. records, yet is also strong in the United Kingdom and British Commonwealth records.
  • The International African-American Museum Center for Family History ( opens in 2020 in Charleston, S.C., but its resources online are well worth checking, including many digitized records.
  • The Free UK Genealogy site ( contains indexes to nearly 350 million records.

  • While many are familiar with the USGenWeb, the international version is called WorldGenWeb ( and is worth checking for free websites.
  • The Harvard University Library Open Collections Program (, includes millions of pages of digitized manuscripts from the collections, a great resource.
  • In the states category, check out Alabama Mosaic (, which should bring to light some great material from Alabama as it approaches its 200th anniversary of statehood.

There are many more featured in the article, so check the issue on newsstands now, or at

Jewish Genealogical Society hosts workshop

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Georgia (JGS) is scheduled to host a workshop on August 26, starting at 2 p.m. at the Breman Museum, 1440 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. Museum doors open at 1 p.m. Jeremy Katz, archives director at the museum, will conduct a workshop on preserving your family history. Attendees may bring family items to be examined for preservation. The event is free to JGS members. Nonmembers must pay museum general admission fee. For questions, email

Obituary accuracy? Can we count on it?

Genealogists and historians rely on obituaries for accurate information on the deceased. Sometimes, those are the only details of a person’s life. Recently, I noticed a long obituary of a prominent person in my hometown newspaper that did not give her maiden name, her place of birth, nor her parents’ names. Not very useful for future researchers.