Genealogy is currently one of the most popular hobbies in the Unites States and one that I have dabbled in for the last 20 years. Even if you have no interest in genealogy, you are probably aware of Ancestry.com; the world’s largest online resource for family history. With nearly 4 billion historical records, it provides a wealth of resources for those interested in research their lineage here and abroad.

However, it is not the end-all-be-all of genealogy resources. And it is most certainly not my favorite resource. Oh no no no, not by far.

Genealogy resources exist in every town, county, and hamlet in the world. Anyone interested in conducting any real, in-depth, genealogical research is going to need to contact municipal agencies, places of worship, cemeteries, historical societies, public libraries with local history collections, etc.

My favorite web sites are genealogy resources; the German Genealogy Group and the Italian Genealogical Group. The two groups have worked together to make important records available to all members of the genealogy community. One example of an important database they created is the New York City Death Records, 1891-1948 database. And this is just one of many databases of New York City Vital records they have online.

Over 12 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island to make this country their home. Many of them resided in New York City for at least a brief time. Whether their descendants stayed right here in the City of New York or up and moved to far off locations, they now have access to these indexes from anywhere in the world FOR FREE because of these two genealogy groups!

Granted, copies of the actual death certificates would need to be obtained online through the New York City Municipal Archives for a current fee of $17 each but access to the indexes is FREE and can be just as helpful as the actual documents.

I ❤ the GGG and IGG.

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