Online Course: Intro to Genealogy

Lesson One Resource List

Online Resources

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Geographic Nameserver.

    Online database from which you can obtain the county in which a town is now located by entering the name of the town and the state abbreviation.

RootsWeb. Roots Surname List Country Abbreviations.

    List of three-letter abbreviations for foreign countries and for the counties and other subdivisions of several countries.

U.S. Geological Survey. Geographic Names Information System .

    Online database from which you can obtain the county in which a town is now located. For “Feature Name” type in the name of the town. Choose the name of the state, and choose “populated place” from the “Feature Type” list.

Printed Resources

Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources. Edited by Alice Eichholz. Rev. ed. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992. Also available from the NGS Bookstore with a member’s discount.

    List of counties in each state with the year in which each county was organized and the county or counties from which it was formed.

Arnold, Jackie Smith. Kinship: It’s All Relative. 2d ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994. Also available from the NGS Bookstore with a member's discount.

    Description of family relationships with a number of family relationship charts and diagrams.

Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. County Courthouse Book. 2d ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1995. Also available from the NGS Bookstore with a member’s discount.

    List of county courthouses with the year in which each county was organized and the county or counties from which it was formed.

National Genealogical Society. Pedigree Chart. Available from the NGS Bookstore.

    Four-generation pedigree chart illustrated in the lesson.