General Genealogy References

­I learn best by reading (and taking copious notes). Here are portions of our browser bookmarks and other resources you may find useful!

American History

  • Thirteen Colonies, on wikipedia—population from 1625 to 1775 is particularly useful for context when researching early arrivals.
  • See also American Battlefield Trust Maps in Maps Section below.

American Revolutionary War

Archiving Photographs & Documents


Genealogy – American

  • See also Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 in Maps Section below.
  • See also North Dakota Department of Health Public Death Index in Records Section below.

Genealogy – Canadian

  • See also Tremaine’s Map of the County of Durham, Upper Canada, 1861 in Maps Section below.

Genealogy – Irish

Genealogy Resources

  • Cyndi’s List—”Cyndi’s List has been a trusted genealogy research site for more than 20 years. Cyndi’s List is free for everyone to use and it is meant to be your starting point when researching online.”

Genealogy Standards

Genealogical Proof Standard, 4th Edition Revised, by Christine Rose, 2014—the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) is applied “to measure the credibility of conclusions about ancestral identities, relationships, and life events.”

Genealogy Standards, Second Edition, by Board for Certification of Genealogists, 2019—”Accuracy is fundamental to genealogical research. Without it, a family’s history would be fiction. This manual presents the standards family historians use to obtain valid results.”

Georgia History

  • Ray City History Blog—”an incomplete sketch of the people, places, and historic events of Ray City, Georgia. A local history project of the Ray City Community Library.” Essential to learning about our Knight branch.


  • American Battlefield Trust Maps—maps of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War; includes numerous animated maps.
  • Irish Townlands—search for a townland, civil parish, barony, electoral division or county in Ireland based on data in OpenStreetMap.
  • Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920, by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, 1987—”The Map Guide shows county outline maps at ten-year intervals, the old county boundaries being superimposed over the modern lines. These maps are designed for historians, genealogists, and demographers who use the name lists and statistics of the censuses, but will help anyone seeking some sense of county boundary changes.” This is also an interesting history book in its own right, illustrating in maps the expansion of the U.S. from sea to shining sea.
  • Old Maps Online—”the easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world.” Unless we know where, it is hard to interpret the who, what, when, and why.
  • Tremaine’s Map of the County of Durham, Upper Canada, 1861, drawn by John Shier Esq. P.L.S. C.E., assisted by Mr. John F. Ward, published by Geo. C. Tremaine, Toronto—map of the townships of Cartwright, Cavan, Clarke, Darlington, Hope, and Manvers. Note: The high resolution, digital version of this map was kindly provided to us by the University of Toronto Libraries, Map and Data Library.


On-Line Libraries

  • Chronicling America—”Search America’s historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.”
  • Open Library— this website’s “goal is to provide a page on the web for every book ever published.”


  • North Dakota Department of Health Public Death Index—provides date and county of death, gender, age, date of birth, and state and county of residence at death.
  • RootsIreland—”offers a unique database of more than 20 million Irish records. It contains data from 34 county genealogy centers on the island of Ireland. The main sources on the site are Irish Catholic and other (denomination) church records of baptisms, marriages and deaths which are the most important source for tracing Irish ancestry.”