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Ancestry.com
This is the site that got the whole thing started for me. It offers census records, military records, and more. As a subscription-based site, it is not inexpensive, but it's a good investment in your hobby and ultimately an incredible time saver. Your local Mormon Family History Center or public library may offer free access to the site.

Cyndi's List
Don't let the fact that this site is privately maintained fool you. It is a comprehensive index of web-based genealogical resources.

US GenWeb
US GenWeb provides free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.

Closson Press
Closson Press prints an amazing array of very specialized genealogy publications including reprints of primary sources.

Family Search
Operated by the Church of Latterday Saints (aka the Mormons) this site offers great guidance on conducting genealogical research. It also supplies access to the Family History Library's online catalog and a means to locate the family history center nearest to you.

Ellis Island
Ellis Island offers a free online searchable database of ship manifest records. If your ancestors passed through Ellis Island, you may find information about them here.

Roots Magic
I use the Roots Magic program to keep track of my ancestoral records. I tried every genealogy program that I could find, and none were as feature-filled and easy to use. The user interface is attractive and well-designed, and the price is reasonable.


BEAVER COUNTY

Beaver County Genealogy and History Center
Located on the second floor of the Carnegie Free Library of Beaver Falls, the BCGHC is a wonderful place to visit. In addition to surname files, the Center houses archives of newspapers, church records, city directories, maps, local reference books, and more. The staff are friendly and helpful.

The Center's genealogical society holds monthly classes/informational talks at the Mormon Family History Center on the third Wednesday of every month.

The Center's web site contains a listing of all of the surname files located at the Research Center for Beaver County along with a number of other useful resources.

Beaver County Family History Center
The Beaver County History Center offers free access to Ancestry.com and can procure records from the Center's main library for a small fee. It is located at:
 
114 Church Dr.
Monaca, Beaver, Pennsylvania, United States
Phone: 724-774-3670
Hours: W-Th 10am-9pm

US GenWeb Beaver County
This site provides links to a surname index whereby you can contact others researching your surname and other county resources.

Linkpendium Beaver County
Linkpendium is a virtual treasure trove of Beaver County-related genealogical resources.

Kindred Trails Beaver County Genealogy
Kindred Trails supplies links to general categories of records available for Beaver County. Note that many of the links direct the user to Ancestry.com.

Beaver County History Online
The appearance is a bit rough, but the content is exceptional!

Beaver County Genealogy Forum
Hosted by Genealogy.com this message board is reasonably well-trafficked.

History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania Vol. 1
The complete title of this work is History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania : and its centennial celebration / by Joseph H. Bausman. Published in 1904, the (searchable!) full text (with illustrations!) is available online through the remarkable Historic Pittsburgh digital collection. See also Vol. 2 of the same title.

Historic Pittsburgh
Historic Pittsburgh is a comprehensive collection of local resources that supports personal and scholarly research of the western Pennsylvania area.

The Darlington Digital Library
The Darlington Digital Library contains materials pertinent to Western Pennsylvania and the Ohio River Valley. It includes 1,700 books, 1,735 manuscripts, 853 maps, and more.


ITALY

POINT
POINT which stands for Pursuing Our Italian Names Together is a nationwide network for those interested in researching their Italian heritage. The Pittsburgh Chapter has it's own site as well.

Italy World Club
The Italy World Club is a guide to and resources for tourism and genealogy research in Italy. Surname lists are provided for many of the towns included in the site.

Lazio in Detail
In addition to information about the people and places in Lazio, this site also includes a surname search engine.

Villa Santo Stefano
Villa Santo Stefano is a really small town, but it is lucky enough to have a great web site. Here you'll find everything from current events and news to history to personal profiles of important citizens.

San Rocco Festa
The San Rocco Festa is a popular event both in Santo Stefano, Patricia and Beaver County (Aliquippa), my ancestral and current homes respectively. See this page's sidebar for the link to the official San Rocco Festa web site.

 

 

1 Jul 2008

BCGHC
The Beaver County Genealogical Society and the Research Center for Beaver County merged on July 1st, 2008.

27 Aug 2006

SAN ROCCO FESTA
The Santo Stefano web site has a link back to the Beaver County San Rocco Festival!