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Dayna’s Genealogy Toolkit

Dayna Jacobs, AG®

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This toolkit is full of my go-to links that are (mostly) not record repositories, but rather are tools to help me find, interpret, and organize my research and records. I think you’ll want to keep them handy, too.

Abbreviations & Acronyms for Genealogy – What do they mean?

Abbreviations, Acronyms, Initialism & Postnominals in Genealogy – By NGS

Age Calculator – Calculate age based on the DOB and another date, by Cornell Univ.

Ancestor Search – Google search templates for genealogists, by Randy Majors

Archive Grid – Enter a zip code to identify nearby archives, find collections

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries – Identify U.S.  county boundaries at any point in history

BLM-GLO Records – Find U.S. federal land patents and locate parcels on a map

Census Enumerator Instructions – For U.S. censuses 1850-1940

Cheat Sheet – Boolean Genealogy Searches – Online searches made easy from OGT

Cheat Sheets – By Thomas MacEntee – A variety of helps

Cheat Sheet – Table of Wars and Ages of Servicemen –  Determine which war your ancestor might have been involved with

Citation Creator – EasyBib – Help for source citations

Cloud Convert – Convert files from one format to another

David Rumsey Digital Map Collection – Excellent map resource

DNA Painter – Tools for genetic genealogy

Earth Point township and range tools – Locate land in the public domain

Easy Google Genealogy Searcher – Google search templates for genealogists

Evernote – Organize your research

Family Relationship Chart – From the National Genealogical Society

Free Forms and Charts – Family Tree Magazine

Geographic Names Info System (GNIS) – Supercharged online gazetteer

Genetic Affairs – Tools for genetic genealogy

GPS Visualizer – Create .csv files of places in GNIS and import them to Google Earth

Historical Map Archive – A look back in time

Historical U.S. Counties on Google Maps – By Randy Majors

Internet Archive – For digitized county and family histories

Learning Center – Free online courses at FamilySearch

Linkpendium – Links to genealogy resources organized by locality

Map of US – Interactive map of the U.S. and county boundaries by year

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) – Order land entry files and pension files

Newspapers – Library of Congress: Chronicling America

Newspapers by Locality – From the Ancestor Hunt

Obituary links by locality – From the Ancestor Hunt

PhotoTree – Help with photograph types and dating

QuickSheets – From The Ancestor Hunt

Research Guides – From the Newberry Library

Research Report Template – Download this editable template from OGT

Research Wiki – FamilySearch – Huge knowledge base for researchers

Resources by Locality – From the Ancestor Hunt

The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy – Online version of a classic

Timeline Template – Download this editable template from OGT

U.S. History Timelines and Chronologies

Vital Records – Where to write

Worldcat – Find libraries and items for interlibrary loan

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I am an Accredited Genealogist® professional living in California. I have been researching and teaching since 1988.

4 thoughts on “Dayna’s Genealogy Toolkit

  1. I am so glad you are with us while you are away… Glad you are enjoying your genealogy across the globe with all your chicks (us) Thanks for all you do….. !!!

  2. Wow!!!!!! Thank you SO much!  This is the most incredible collection of resources I’ve seen!! A few of these things I’ve already pinned on Pinterest, when you gave them to us individually; now I have this wonderful resource! Blessings to you! Anita Brown Bennett From: On Granny’s Trail To: Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 1:02 AM Subject: [New post] Dayna’s Genealogy Toolkit #yiv0131899541 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv0131899541 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv0131899541 a.yiv0131899541primaryactionlink:link, #yiv0131899541 a.yiv0131899541primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv0131899541 a.yiv0131899541primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv0131899541 a.yiv0131899541primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv0131899541 | The Fairy Tale Genealogist posted: “Dayna’s Genealogy ToolkitDayna Jacobs, AG® www.ongrannystrail.comAbbreviations & Acronyms for Genealogy – What do they mean?Animated Atlas – U.S. History TimelineArchive Grid – Enter a zip code to identify nearby archivesAtlas of” | |

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