Bill's Genealogy Blog

Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living at Onoway, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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I am a retired online school teacher. During July 2007 - January 2010, and September 2011 - March 2014, I provided part-time support for https://familysearch.org This is very rewarding. I have helped many with the free Personal Ancestral File 5 (PAF5) software. I continue to help others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
Since April 2010, I was an assistant director of Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. In recent months I was director of this FHC. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click http://mormon.org/

Sunday, January 13, 2013

100 Top Genealogy Websites

Genealogy In Time Magazine has just published their annual 100 Top Websites list. These are the genealogy websites that are most frequently used. They also do an analysis of the trends, in particular certain large companies that are coming to dominate the field. But even among the free sites there are interesting trends.

I took advantage of the opportunity of trying out some of the free sites that I hadn't tried before. It never hurts to add a few new tools to your tool chest. Maybe give some of them a try.

100 Top Websites


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Angels Among Us

I had a frantic phone call this morning. My daughter had a flat tire on her way to church, and was stranded on the highway miles from anywhere. I grabbed a jack and X-wrench, since I didn't know whether her old car had these necessities. I also put on "grubbies" and grabbed a toque and some leather gloves.

When I reached her car, I found a burgundy-colored Dodge crewcab behind her with the hazard lights flashing. A young family had stopped to help her. The father had the car jacked up but my daughter's wheel wrench would not fit the lug nuts nor would theirs. My X-wrench worked perfectly. In 10 or 15 minutes we had the temporary spare tire installed and the shredded tire stowed in my trunk.

These nice people had made a special effort to help a stranded motorist. I hope I think of them the next time I read the parable of the good Samaritan, because they really exemplified this lesson that Jesus taught.

If you read this message and recognize yourselves, thanks again! People like you make this world a much nicer place for all of us.

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