• rootsweb.com ( mailing list and message boards)
• cyndislist.com (seemed to be the most popular site for Jackie!) A
• Many sites allow you to perform searches, access their library, and
Software and Subscription Programs
Reunion is a genealogy software program -- a "family tree program"
-- for the Macintosh.
Reunion received the highest rating for genealogy software in MacWorld, MacAddict,
and Mac Home Journal magazines.
Reunion helps you to document, store, and display information about your family
-- your ancestors, descendants, cousins, etc. It records names, dates, places,
facts, plenty of notes, sources of information, pictures, sounds, and videos.
It shows family relationships in an elegant, graphic form -- people and families
are linked in an easy-to-understand fashion.
Reunion makes it easy to publish your family tree information -- even if you
want to share it on the Web. You can automatically create common genealogy
reports, charts, and forms, as well as birthday calendars, mailing lists,
questionnaires, indexes, and other lists. Reunion even calculates relationships,
ages, life expectancies, and statistics.
Reunion also creates large, high-resolution, graphic charts allowing complete
on-screen editing of boxes, lines, fonts, and colors. Wall charts are one
of its specialties.
• Go to: http://www.genhomepage.com/software.html for a much larger
list of online software.
• Free software: familysearch.org (from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day
Saints). The largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy
records in the world.
( Learning Centers: Census Records Vital Records Family Trees Immigration
Records Military Records Directories & Member Lists Family & Local
Histories Newspapers & Periodicals Court, Land & Probate Finding Aids
• Social Security Death Index
• LDS (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Oakland are excellent places to research.
• Gedcom files are readable by both Mac and PC users.
• Railroad retirement for folks who worked for the railroad and had
no social security number.
• Ellis Island: ellisislandrecords.org
• Censustools.com: Free Genealogy Spreadsheets! Archive Census, Cemetery
and Manifest Data
• Spreadsheets for Census Data
Ever try entering extracted census data into your genealogy program's primitive
text editor? The mess and frustration led me to create my first spread¬∫sheet
in 2001 so I could elec¬∫tron¬∫i¬∫cal¬∫ly
preserve my data in an easy to view format. 40+ free genealogy spreadsheets
later, CensusTools continues to grow, providing researchers with quality creations
to electronically record, preserve and archive family history data.
Record and Analyze
Using a spreadsheet is a great way to record your genealogy
data in a format similar to the original source. All of my census spreadsheets
faithfully reproduce actual census document formatting, providing you with
a professional appearing product suitable for printing or including in your
published family history. CensusTools spreadsheets are also valuable analysis
tools. The Tracker series allows a researcher to analyze all available census
data for an individual on a single worksheet! At a glance and in a very professional
appearing report, you can trace the important aspects of your ancestors' lives.
Your pile of census data, difficult to analyze and evaluate scattered about
in a pile of extraction sheets, comes alive when properly organized!
U.S. Federal Census
Starting with just a 1790-1920 U.S. Federal spreadsheet, the CensusTools
collection expanded to include 1930, available separately and included in
the 1790-1930 file, and several U.S. special census records. Complimenting
the Federal spreadsheet files are the 1850-1860 Slave Schedules, 1850-1880
Mortality Schedules, 1883 List of Pensioners, the 1890 Surviving Veterans
and Widows Schedule and Dawes Roll.
Often overlooked as a genealogical resource, many individual states conducted
their own census operations, usually at 10 year intervals between federal
enumerations. Of particular interest are records from 1885 and 1895 which
can help bridge the 1880-1900 federal gap caused by the loss of most of the
1890 records. CensusTools currently offers state spreadsheets for Iowa 1836-1925,
Kansas 1865-1925, Massachusetts 1855-1865, Minnesota 1849-1895, New Jersey
1855-1915, New York 1825-1925, Rhode Island 1865-1935 and Wisconsin 1836-1905.
Each set collection features the main spreadsheet as well as a Tracker and
CensusTools went international with the release of spreadsheets for Canada
1851-1901, England 1841-1901, Ireland 1821-1911 and Scotland 1841-1891, all
similar to the U.S. Federal in design.
The CensusTools Cemetery Data spreadsheet enables a researcher to record
data in two generic formats. The "Cemetery Listing" worksheet is
formatted to record multiple burials in a single cemetery. By using the "Family
Listing" worksheet, family members buried in different cemeteries can
be grouped together.
Passenger Manifest Data
Though there is no standard format for passenger ship records, the CensusTools
Manifest spreadsheet includes common, genealogically significant data fields
to record your immigrant ancestor's arrival in America. This spreadsheet also
includes two worksheets, a "Ship Listing" and a "Family Listing",
similar in purpose to the Cemetery spreadsheet.
The CensusTools Genealogy Research Log is a tremendous resource which allows
the user to check off data types researched for any person in their database.
There are over 125 data types listed, from the obvious like birth certificates
to the obscure such as tombstone rubbings. In addition, there is a column
listing 40 online data sources with links provided for easy access. Say goodbye
to the frustration of forgetting what data types and sources have already
been reviewed for an ancestor!
Family Group Report
The CensusTools Family Group Report can be used in place of commercial genealogy
software. Finished worksheets can be shared with family and friends via e-mail,
printed for hard copy records or book projects, or exported from Excel in
HTML format for a web page presentation.
All CensusTools spreadsheets were created with MS Excel and saved in Excel
97 format. A version of MS Excel for PC or MAC at least as recent as 97 is
required to use the spreadsheets. My compatibility page provides more details.
PDF versions of all worksheets are available for anyone without access to
MS Excel or to those who just want high quality extraction sheets.
Caveat!! Some information is not correct. You need to be careful with online
information. Ex: a name could be spelled incorrectly but you know you have
the right person by other date.
Start with census data, however, the 1890 census was totally destroyed by
Follow these links for the rest of the story!
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