14 of My Favorite Databases, Tools, and Websites
1. U.S. Special Census on Deaf Family Marriages and Hearing Relatives, 1888-1895
You will need to be subscribed to Ancestry's US Records or access from a library which has a subscription. I have found a wealth of information on collateral lines in this database which has led me to other records for my direct lines.
2. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
You will need to be subscribed to Ancestry's US Records or access from a library which has a subscription. Often overlooked by many, City Directories offer an insight into the lives of townspeople. See my previous blog post--In Praise of City Directories.
3. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
You will need to be subscribed to Ancestry's US Records or access from a library which has a subscription.
4. Famly Search Catalog Search for Area of Interest County Records available onlineMake sure you are logged on to the FamilySearch website. Enter your Location(Country, State, County--for the US) in Place Search and select Online Availability option.
5. AncestryDNA--the largest autosomal DNA database. Once you receive your results, you can download your raw data and upload to other sites such as MyHeritage, FTDNA, and GEDmatch to compare with others who have uploaded or tested there. Be sure to read each site's User Policy/Terms of Service. AncestryDNA is the site I recommend testing at especially if you are an adoptee or have unknown direct ancestors at the parent or grandparent level.
7. DNAgedcom-- available as a client software for retrieval of match info from the other testing sites and also web-based analysis. See the website for more info on its current offerings and price.
8. Interactive Shared cM Project with Relationship Probabilities--the latest version of a helpful interactive tool by Jonny Perl using Blaine Bettinger's Shared cM Project info and the probability chart by TheDNAGeek.
9. DNA Painter--Jonny Perl's tool for Chromosome Painting.
12. Visual Phasing Spreadsheet--Visual Phasing an autosomal DNA analysis technique where you use chromosome comparison of 3 full siblings' atDNA results to find which segments came from each of their 4 grandparents This is particularly helpful when trying to determine which lines you share with a DNA match. You can find the Visual Phasing Spreadsheet by Steven Fox in the Files section of the Visual Phasing Working Group at Facebook. Members of that group are very helpful. Also more information about visual phasing in the series Visual Phasing: An Example(part 1 of 5) on Blaine Bettinger's blog.
14. Google Docs/Sheets/Slides--The Google office products which help me to organize share and make notes and charts of my research analysis.