. . .my genealogy pages. My name is Loretta Wallace and my hobby...passion, ok, ok,...addiction, is genealogy research. My goal for these pages is to share my family surnames and other searchable databases I've acquired over the years and to provide links to some of the more off-the-beaten-path genealogy sites which have on-line searchable databases. Because I was born in Philadelphia and most of my ancestors settled here and in other towns along the east coast of the US, I've included a lot of Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic states resources. Also included are links to other sites that provide searchable data and assistance to researchers who are searching elsewhere. If you're researching your anonymous ancestors who lived in Philadelphia, be sure to visit The Philadelphia Story listed under PA resources. If you happen to be Irish, then my page The Celtic Connection is one you'll find useful!
110 Surnames:A list of all my known direct line ancestors, going
back 17 generations to circa 1300AD, looking to add more!
Surname Index:This page contains the GEDCOM to HTML index of surnames of 2,593 individuals in 1,829 families
in my family database. These surnames are from Pennsylvania, Colonial New England,
New York, New Jersey, Maryland, DC and Iowa and are of Irish, English, German, French
and Dutch descent dating from circa 1300AD to the present
Persons Index:This page contains the GEDCOM to HTML alphabetical
index of the 2,593 persons in my family database.
Click the album to take a peek at some great vintage ancestral photos!
Ancestors Anonymous Searchable Databases
The following databases are exclusive to this web site. I acquired these and others while doing my own and professional research over the past 20 years. I have additional bible records, baptismal records, marriage records and other searchable databases that will be added as time permits.
- Irish Baptismal Records: 168 Roman Catholic Baptismal records from County Tyrone, Ireland circa 1830 thru 1866
- Grove Headstone Inscriptions: Surnames A thru Z
A complete list of inscriptions from Grove Methodist Episcopal cemetery in Chester County, PA circa 1800 thru 1896.
Resources by Country
- WorldGenWeb Project An important contribution and major benefit to researchers all over the world!!!! The mission of the WorldGenWeb Project is to create and maintain an online web system that facilitates the free exchange of historical and genealogical research and resource information by anyone in the world. The eventual goal is to have every country in the world represented and hosted by hosts who either live in that country or are familiar with that countries resources. This site contains links to sites representing almost 50% of the nations of the world. This is a MUST visit site for both beginner and seasoned researchers alike. The volunteers who host the various pages have made monumental efforts to supply researchers with all known sources of genealogical data and databases available for that geographic area. This effort is an extension of the US GenWeb Project below and is a work in progress.
- FEATURE LINK
The Celtic Connection: A comprehensive page of Irish resources, libraries, records centers, searchable ships lists, baptismal, census and townland databases, surname lists, bulletin boards, clans and surname societies, designed to assist you in discovering your Irish ancestors.
Resources by State
- US GenWeb Project: An impressive, organized and important project consisting of home pages for each state broken down by counties with comprehensive resources, searchable databases, names, addresses, maps, surname queries and much more! This project has been extended to the above WorldGenWeb Project.
- Vital Records Information United States: This page contains information about where to obtain vital records from each state, territory and county of the United States. See the guidelines for information on how to order vital records. If you are looking for vital records from a foreign county, see the links from this page to foreign vital records web sites. A very comprehensive and useful site!!
- Delaware Families Project: Qualifications and Project Description: Documenting all the families living in Delaware between 1787 and 1800
- Chicago's Irish Families 1830-1900 Database The information in this database was compiled by Thomas M. Cook in the unpublished manuscript "Chicago's Irish Families 1831-1900." The information he compiled was put into the present database and hosted online by Ancestry.com to make his compilation more readily accessible to family historians worldwide. The manuscript, and now the database, consist of 7,200 biographical sketches giving the Irish origins of immigrants in Chicago.
- Jones County Iowa GenWeb Page: Part of the US GenWeb Project, a great site for those researching ancestors in Jones County
- United States Resources; New York: Historical & genealogical societies, surnames, archives, libraries, local history, mailing lists, military, Family History Centers, books and more
- Ohio River Valley Families Genealogy Website $$$
Searchable genealogy database focused on early settlers of the Ohio River Valley. All individuals are lineage-linked through marriage or blood lines. On-line since 1995, orvf.com is not a general repository for unrelated individuals. In addition to birth, marriage and death dates/locations, pedigree and descendant charts, the website provides gedcom downloads, burial locations, military service, obits, occupations, causes of death and links to thousands of headstone photos taken by the webmaster
- Berks, Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton Counties: Bits and pieces of church and cemetery records, all searchable databases
- Commonwealth Libraries: State Library of Pennsylvania, Records of Interest
- Old Eagle School Graveyard: List of interments, 1767-1895 at Old Eagle School, Tredyffrin, Chester Co., PA
- FEATURE LINK
The Philadelphia Story: A comprehensive page on the history of Philadelphia and it's neighborhoods with an exhaustive list of addresses and phone numbers of archives, libraries, societies, churches, cemeteries and links for researching your Philadelphia ancestors
- Professional Pennsylvania Genealogists
- Tim's Tips for Researching in Pennsylvania
- Watson's Annals of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania: A Collection of Memoirs, Anecdotes, and Incidents of the City and It's Inhabitants and of the Earliest Settlements of the Inland Part of Pennsylvania from the Days of the Founders. Intended to Preserve the Recollections of Olden Time, and to Exhibit Society in its Changes of Manners and Customs, and the City and Country in their Local Changes and Improvements. by John F. Watson Published in 1857, Written circa 1830-1850
Tools, Tips & Techniques
- Directory of Cemetery Lists, Burial Records and Tombstone Inscriptions on the Internet: Searchable Databases
- Obituary Daily Times (Gen-Obit) Search: The Obituary Daily Times is a daily index of published obituaries. It is distributed FREELY, usually once a day through, and has approximately 1500 to over 2000 entries a day. Searchable Datbase.
- Naming Patterns in the 18th and 19th Century
- Nicknames: Lost all trace of your ancestor? Check out these nicknames they may be listed under
- Cyndi's Genealogy Home Page Construction Kit: Tips, hints, links and more to help you create your personal genealogy home page! This page was designed to be a quick start guide to creating & designing a genealogy web page of your own
- Powell Roots and Branches How-To: Great page with complete instructions telling you how to "plant your family tree on the WWW"
- Shirley Hornbeck's This and That Genealogy Tips: Includes: Christmas Traditions; Citizenship Requirement Acts 1790 and 1796; National Archives and Medical Records; Finding Graves in National Cemeteries; Lineal, Collateral, Allied Lines; Official Census Dates; Early Census Information; Revolutionary War Grave Marker Information; 9 Myths About Our American Ancestors; Black & Pennsylvania Dutch; How to Send a GEDCOM; Copy/Paste From PAF; How to Save a Portion of ROOTS; What to Save; 19th Century Naming Patterns; Dutch Naming Patterns; Legal Trivia; Confusing Definitions; Finding Maiden Names; Some Military Definitions; Civil War Records from National Archives; Missing Records at County Courthouses; Original Social Security Applications; U. S. Marshalls and the Census; Calculate Age at Death; Calculate Birth Dates; Old Tombstone Carvings and Meanings of Carvings; Read Difficult Tombstones; Copying Photographs; Information in Wills; Dates of Wars; War Information; Lineage of American Presidents; CGRS, CALS, CAILS, CG, CGI, CGL; Lost Towns in America; Preserving Old Documents; Social Security Administration's Letter Forwarding Service; Some Medical Terms for Genealogists; Marriage Bonds; Female and Male Given Names; Old Style Dates; Census Records; Obtaining Census Records 1930-1990; Social Security Helps in Finding Living Relatives; View Original Census Records; Locating Air Force Retirees or Active Duty Members; Indentured Servitude; WPA Works Project; Land Survey; Evidence and Proof; "She is a Witch!"; Approximate Age of Ancestors Fighting Wars; What You Can Expect to Find in Each U. S. Census; Cousins Removed; Crests; German Phone Directory On-line; Yeoman/Freeman; Mend Torn Documents/Books; Straighten Rolled Documents; Photos of Ships; Transporting Felons from England; Bonds in Genealogical Records; Enclose an SASE; GEDCOM - Convert text and .txt Attachments to .ged; An HTML Pedigree Chart and a Family Group Record Sheet; Twenty Ways to Avoid Genealogical Grief; What To Do When The Courthouse Has Burned; Social Security and the Soundex; Occupations: Some Definitions; Reasons For Poor Microfilm Quality; Reading Microfilm: Another Method; Social Security Numbers; Symbolic Wedding; Passport Application Information; Immigration and Naturalization Through Castle Carden and Ellis Island and Where to Find Records; Dower Rights; Glossary of Diseases; Internments in National Cemeteries; Records of the American and West Indian Colonies Before 1782; Africian-Americans and the Census; Tips on Corresponding; Immigration; Oral History.....and more!!!!!
Just For Fun
- The Name Game Check out this page of bizarre, unusual and hilarious names I have noticed and jotted down while searching the US Federal Census.
Great Genealogy Sites to Visit
- Addie's Genealogy Home Page Many searchable databases here, birth, death, marriage records, ships lists etc.
- Ancestry.com: Searchable databases including the Social Security Death Index
- Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites On the Internet: 264,800+ links categorized and cross-referenced, in over 180 categories
- Genealogical Database Index: The Genealogical Database Index contains links to all known genealogical databases searchable through the Web. It is limited to searchable databases and does NOT include links to sites devoted to a family unless a database is available for searching
- The Genealogy Home Page: A comprehensive page of genealogy help, guides, libraries, software, maps and more...for beginners and pros alike
- Kindred Konnections: A 12 million surname searchable database, list of professional genealogists, associations, social security death index, 1871 Cornwall Census and more
- Mayflower Web Pages: The complete internet site for Mayflower history and genealogy
- Notable Women Ancestors A unique and interesting site devoted to our sometimes neglected women ancestors
- The Olive Tree Genealogy Home Page: Dutch surnames, ships lists, militia muster rolls and more
- RSL; Roots Surname List: A listing of about 1,191,037 surnames submitted by 194,000 researchers, a searchable database
- Yahoo's List of Genealogy Sites
Genealogy is My Hobby!
Ancestry Connections Surname Registry