In its November-December issue, Family Tree Magazine has published its annual list of the 75 best state-focused genealogy websites.
The issue is on newsstands now and is available via the website familytreemagazine.com. Rick Crume, a well-known genealogy expert and frequent contributor to the magazine, compiled the list. It includes the Georgia Archives (georgiaarchives.org) and the Digital Library of Georgia (dlg.uga.edu). Both websites contain enough material to keep you busy for a long time. For the state of Alabama, Crume lists Alabama Mosaic (alabamamosaic.org), a large site of digitized records from all over. He does not mention the Alabama Archives, but it’s well worth checking out, in my view.
This time, the list includes not just states, but U. S. territories — American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico.
The above mentioned issue of Family Tree Magazine has an eight-page insert on Jewish genealogy. It focuses on the Jewishgen.org website and all it has to offer. The magazine covers places, records such as the Yizkor Books, the Hebrew alphabet and Jewish naming traditions. The last page is devoted to books, websites and organizations. People in Georgia who are researching their Jewish heritage ought to check with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Georgia (jewishgen.org/jgsg), which is part of the Breman Museum.
The ownership of two major French genealogy sites recently changed, so this is a good time to mention what great sources of information they are. Filae.com has had a controlling interest purchased by myheritage.com. The site claims it has a billion French records. The other site is Geneanet.org, which has been purchased by Ancestry.com, but will remain a stand-alone service.
Contact Kenneth H. Thomas Jr., P. O. Box 901, Decatur, Ga., 30031, or www.kenthomasongenealogy.com.
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