Category Archives: Follow Friday

create a post in which you recommend another genealogy blogger, a specific blog post, a genealogy website or a genealogy resource. Tell us why they are important to the genealogy community and why we should follow

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Follow Friday: Histopolis.com

I found this site last week while doing a search for Vogel Center Cemetery as I mentioned in another post.  I was amazed by the level of detail and the sheer amount of data.  Digging further reveals that Histopolis has over 125,000 links to genealogy sites.  Um, that’s alot!  Their database includes over 125,000 cemeteries and information on over 200,000 towns, cities, states, etc.  Amazing.

It’s easy to use.  Give it a try.  You’ll want to automatically add it to your favorites!

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Follow Friday: Place Standardization and GPS

Two website that I’ve found extremely useful in the last few days have been GPS Visualizer and the new FamilySearch StandardFinder.  These are both gems!

GPS Visualizer

GPS Visualizer is super simple to use.  Just add the address, city, state, whatever and it will bring it up on a map – Google or Yahoo.  It not only finds the correct addresses but GPS coordinates as well.

StandardFinder

StandardFinder lets you get that defined location.  Genealogists love details.  We thrive on it!  Place names are commonly broken down  into the following: city, county, state (province), country.  So Missoula, Montana (where I’m from) would be broken down to Missoula, Missoula, Montana, United States.  Where StandardFinder comes in is if you don’t know the full place name.  Like I said…a gem!

Hopefully these help you out as much as they have me!

Teaser:

Stay tuned for next Friday because I have one that’s going to blow your socks off!

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Follow Friday-Renee’s Genealogy Blog

My friend and genealogy hero, Renee Zamora, is the owner of Renee’s Genealogy Blog and winner of the coveted “Family History Expo Blogger of Honor”.

One of the things that makes her my “genealogy hero” is she shares what she knows.  She goes behind the scenes on why she does genealogy a certain way (very helpful for newbs!).  She also spreads all the latest genealogy news.  Lastly, although disabled, she doesn’t let it slow her down.  Being disabled myself, I respect that.  I look up to her.  Therefore, she’s my first Follow Friday pick!