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Offline Rojo Chispas

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Suggested research sites NOT connected to ancestry dot com
« on: Sunday 02 October 16 01:52 BST (UK) »
I began my genealogy research of the Harrell, Neill and Johnson clans in the USA in the early 1990s with the help of a local LDS church. I was able to complete a majority of the my information from family, bibles and genealogical notes the family acquired. Then in the 2000s I did a half year stint with ancestry dot com when they had sale. I recently signed up for another six months. I also use Ancestral Quest and Family Search. I keep getting nag ads from ancestral for more money, Fold3, a newspaper source etc. I am looking for genealogy resources that you have found helpful that IS NOT connected to ancestry dot com. Especially helpful would be newspaper and access to the National Archive which ancestry seems to have a lock on. Thank you

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Re: Suggested research sites NOT connected to ancestry dot com
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 02 October 16 03:26 BST (UK) »
Various genealogy subscription websites have agreements with the UK and USA Archives to host their records but you can search for and purchase copies of the UK records directly from the Archives if you choose.  I would imagine it is the same for for the US.

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

https://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/online-catalog-guide.html

The British Newspaper Archive is owned by Findbypast but you can subscribe to it directly.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/

....plus lots of other links here which you might like to look through

http://www.rootschat.com/forum/useful-links/

If you are only interested in USA sources then have a look through the list here:

http://www.rootschat.com/forum/us-resources-offers/

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Re: Suggested research sites NOT connected to ancestry dot com
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 02 October 16 03:31 BST (UK) »
A lot depends on where you want to search, what info. in which areas etc. i.e. there are many to choose from but without knowing your particular needs it's impossible to say.

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« Reply #3 on: Sunday 02 October 16 05:21 BST (UK) »
I rarely hear of Google as a research site.

An example below. Isabella Wilkinson is my 1st Cousin, 2 Removed.

http://www.xn--familiertter-2jb.no/5/12590.html


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« Reply #4 on: Sunday 02 October 16 05:36 BST (UK) »
Hi there,

Welcome  :)

RootsChat's USA board includes the following sub-board full of live links to Resources.... :)

http://www.rootschat.com/forum/us-resources-offers/


Oops,  Debra has already listed this link.  :-[

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« Reply #5 on: Sunday 02 October 16 07:06 BST (UK) »
Good Morning Rojo and a warm welcome to Rootschat
as Annie has stated - we need more info .
If your USA clan have been traced back to coming from the UK we may be able to help depending on which county they came from - for an example you have Harrell Neil and Johnson - if they came from Lancashire there are Online Parish Records

http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/Search/indexp.html

Harrell = 231 records   
Neil = 2,519 records
Johnson = 52,618 records

just one example of County Parish Records

it would be to your advantage to post each family surname and to which country you have traced them to  :) Good Luck in your future research - hopefull Rootschat members can help when you have posted family surnames country of origin
oakes,liverpool..neston..backford..poulton cum spittal(bebington)middlewich,cheshire......   sacht,helgoland  .......merrick,herefordshire adams,shropshire...tipping..ellis..  jones,garston,liverpool..hartley.dunham massey..barker. salford

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« Reply #6 on: Sunday 02 October 16 15:56 BST (UK) »
Thanks for all the  replies. The Harrell side of the family supposedly were Welsh coalminers when they came to the USA.Unfortunately I understand from a Harrell DNA group there is 15 different lines in the USA, my particular line #6 R1A1 and has a separation of some 20,000 years of the R1A1 of the majority Harrell line. Naturally, there is literally hundred of Johns, Williams, James etc first names to choose from, especially hard when you have a bunch of them living next door to one another in a census with wives and children with similar names. So my Harrell line stops early 1700s and is based on family records. So im stuck in the USA for the Harrell line.
For the Johnson line, all I have is my g grandfathers name and his father. Apparently he he from England as an indentured slave (servant).
The patri Neill line was not so hard, Ive gone back to 12th century Ireland and the Nialls. What is interesting ive only got 8% Irish in the DNA and 87% Northern Europe.
How they got to the USA and in what capacity is unknown. The vast number of name changes within the current family from Niall, Neal, Neill, O'Neal, O' and so on might suggest all sorts of things.
At this point my interest is the USA only for all three of the families. The Welsh coalminer story I can believe because that is exactly what a majority of my matri family did in Indiana, Ky and Va., that and farming.

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« Reply #7 on: Sunday 02 October 16 16:43 BST (UK) »
.... but you can search for and purchase copies of the UK records directly from the Archives if you choose.  I would imagine it is the same for for the US.

After the NA's partner - Ancestry, Findmypast etc have digitized a particular database, and made it available online, the NA no longer make it available to the general public in Kew. The main advantage to the NA is that they can store the hundreds of filing cabinets, thousands of boxes etc in deep storage, and not in very expensive London real estate.

They satisfy their duty to the public by providing free access to Ancestry, FindMyPast in Kew.

Ken