Tuesday’s Tip – Useful Websites, Genealogy Tools

When working on your genealogy, do you find that there are certain calculations that you do over and over?  Are there words that you have to look up?  Are there forms that you like to use?

These are some of my favorite websites — I have their bookmarks in a folder called Genealogy Tools:

http://www.searchforancestors.com/utility/
This website has a number of calculations that I find extremely helpful, including the following:  Age Calculator, Birthdate Calculator, Cousin Calculator, Day of Week Calculator, Easter Holiday Finder and Inflation Calculator.

I have these 3 from the site bookmarked separately:

Tombstone Birthday Calculator
http://www.searchforancestors.com/utility/birthday.html
Often gravestones give the date of death and the age in years, months and days.  Use this tool to calculate the birthday.

Day of the Week Calculator
http://www.searchforancestors.com/utility/birthday.html
This tool is especially helpful when working with newspapers.   Notices in the paper often give a day of the week that an event occurred but not the actual date.  Use this tool along with the date of the newspaper to calculate the event’s date.

The Inflation Calculator
http://www.searchforancestors.com/utility/inflation.ht
This calculator works for years 1913 to 2011.

http://www.westegg.com/inflation/
This calculator’s range is 1800 to 2010.

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Index of Old Occupations
http://rmhh.co.uk/occup/index.html
This is a site from the United Kingdom.  There are additional links here that you may want to explore.

Latin Words for Genealogy
http://freereg.rootsweb.com/howto/latinwords.htm
Included here are some basic terms found on Baptism, Marriage and Burial documents

English Equivalents of Foreign Given Names
http://rootsweb.ancestry.com/~scoconee/names.html

Behind the Name:  the etymology & history of first names
http://www.behindthename.com/

Genealogy Charts & Forms
http://helpdesk.rootsweb.com/get_started/charts_forms.html
Here you will find all kinds of downloadable charts and forms, including U.S., U.K. and Canadian Census forms with column headings you can actually read!

Genealogy Relationship Chart
http://genealogy.about.com/library/nrelationshipchart.htm

WolframAlpha computational knowledge engine
http://www.wolframalpha.com/
Ask a question, such as when is Good Friday 2013?   Enter a math calculation; try the image input.  I haven’t used this site much yet but it looks like it has a lot of potential!

Best of all, all these websites are free!  I hope you find them useful.  Do you have any you would like to add?  Please leave a comment or e-mail me at 1footplanted@gmail.com.

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