The well-known source of genealogical websites, Cyndi’s List at http://www.cyndislist.com, should be frequently checked for “what’s new” in order to easily access the latest resources for family history research. For example, this month’s list, at http://www.cyndislist.com/whatsnew/12-01-2013, includes links to the free Ancestry.com Learning Center articles on “next steps” after information is found on the U.S. censuses of 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880,1890 (and alternative sources), 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930. Be sure to scroll down the very lengthy list to access the free FamilySearch wikis on U.S. census articles, as well as on individual states and counties.
A link to a helpful article originally written by Carol L. Maki and Michael John Neil for “Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources,” also is available from Cyndi’s webpage, or can be accessed directly at http://ancstry.me/1d6JWB6. This Ancestry.com Wiki is titled “Census Records for Illinois.”
Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing JBGriffis@aol.com