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More Useful Websites for Genealogy and History Researchers
Posted 19 January 2009
Compiled By: Fawne Stratford-Devai   Biography & Archived Articles


  • Diseases and Cause of Death: Antiquus Morbus
    Antiquus Morbus is a glossary of archaic medical terms, diseases and causes of death. The primary focus of this web site is to help decipher the Causes of Death found on Mortality Lists, Certificates of Death and Church Death Records from the 19th century and earlier. Bookmark this website because it is updated often as new information and examples are received.


  • Canada and USA: Acadian Roots
    Expulsion of the Acadians. By Lewis Parker The Acadians (French: Acadiens) are the descendants of the seventeenth-century French colonists who settled in Acadia (Canadian Maritime provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island and some in the US state of Maine). In the Great Expulsion (Great Upheaval) of 1755, around 11,000 Acadians were deported from Acadia under the direction of British colonial officers and New England legislators and militia. Many later settled in Louisiana, where they became known as Cajuns. There are a number of helpful genealogy sites for those with Acadian Roots:

    • The Acadian & French-Canadian Ancestral Home has been online for more than 10 years. The site houses a great deal of data relating to the Acadian Deportation, lists of exiles, lists of prisoners, ships' lists, census records, family genealogies and more.


    • Acadian Roots is home to even more data and genealogical information. Visit this site for parish records, a variety of New Brunswick resources, lists of prisoners, census records and more.

    • Acadian Genealogy Homepage was the first Acadian-Cajun resource site for genealogists on the internet (1991) and includes details of Acadian-Cajun genealogy CDs (which must be purchased) and provides links to thousands of family-history sites.


    • Cajuns: Genealogy Site for Cajun, Acadian and Louisiana Genealogy, History and Culture includes a great deal of genealogical information, militia rosters, and more resources Cajun, Acadian, Colonial French and Spanish Louisiana, Creole and Louisiana genealogy, history and culture.

  • Canada: Innu people of Labrador and eastern Quebec - Tipatshimuna-Innu stories from the land
    The Virtual Museum of Canada together with the Canadian Heritage Information Network, have worked together to create an online exhibit about the Innu people of Labrador and eastern Quebec, focusing on their activities before the settlement of the Europeans. An overview of the Innu people can be found by clicking on "Introduction" from the main menu. For an interactive view of two typical journeys by two different families, click on "Travel" in the menu where you can select the journey by either clicking on the map or choosing from the menu at the side of the map. The site also includes a number of short films that were taken in the 1920's to '40s and a great deal of information from Innu objects to artwork, biographies of elders and much more.


  • Maps: Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
    The Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin has been an impressive online presence for many years. The variety of maps on this site are quite staggering - from ancient to modern and all are free. Begin your explorations from the main page selecting Online Maps of General Interest (by category and country) and if you cannot find what you are looking for on the main site, there is an extensive list of links to other online maps directly from this site. When you are browsing from the front page you will notice Online Maps of Current Interest at the top which change regularly. One of the hottest maps of current interest is a link that takes you to the Washington Post Map of the inauguration of President Barack Obama.


  • United Kingdom: The National Archives Podcasts If you ever wished you could visit The National Archives in England and learn from their onsite expert lectures now you can do it from the comfort of your home. The list of podcasts is growing steadily and includes such topics as the 1911 Census, Child Emigration to Canada, Divorce records, Merchant Navy Operational and Service Records, Custom and Excise Service Records, Victorian Women Prisoners and much more.


  • War Veterans: International War Veterans' Poetry Archives
    The International War Veterans' Poetry Archives (IWVPA) website is a living and growing memorial, dedicated to all warriors who paid the supreme sacrifice for their Country during all occasions where, whilst wearing the uniform of their country, they were placed in harm's way. The site was created by and for war veterans and contains poetry and short stories written by veterans. The poetry and story submissions can be from veterans of any nation but must pertain to war, veterans or the consequences of war.


  • World War One: the Great War
    The Guardian newspaper in Britain has put together a fascinating collection of slideshows, articles, and links to a variety of websites devoted to World War I. The website is based on a seven-part series from the Guardian and Observer on the history of the first world war. From the left site of the page you can view the "Series" section to read about "The western front", "The road to war", "Life in the trenches" and more. The site also contains video clips of veterans talking about their time in the trenches and historians commenting on the legacy of this tremendous conflict.


Note: For more links to useful genealogy and history websites, visit Fawne Stratford-Devai's biography page where you will find links to many more articles from this series.

About Fawne Stratford-Devai
Fawne Stratford-Devai's work on Land Records and early Ontario records is well known in the genealogy community. A published author of several Canadian and UK research books, she has also contributed articles to the Ontario Genealogical Society's newsletter "Families" as well as writing for the online family history newsletter the "Global Gazette". Biography


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