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Family association sites are similar to one-name study sites in terms of content, but they usually have an organizational structure (such as a formal association, society, or club) backing them. The association may focus on the surname as a whole or just one branch of a family. The goals for the family association site may differ from those for a one-name study. The maintainers may be creating a family history in book form or a database of all individuals descended from a particular person. Some sites may require you to join the association before you can fully participate in their activities, but this is usually at a minimal cost or free.

The Wingfield Family Society site (, shown in Figure 4-3, has several items that are common to family association sites. The site's contents include a family history, newsletter subscription details, a membership form, queries, mailing list information, results of a DNA project, and a directory of the society's members who are online. Some of the resources at the Wingfield Family Society site require you to be a member of the society in order to access them.

Another family association site to check out is The McKusick Family Association at They have information about the organization, genealogical findings on the descendants of John McKusick and Mary Barker, information about the clan tartan, and reunion facts.

To find a family association Web site, your best bet is to use a search engine or a comprehensive genealogical index. For more on search engines see the sections "Focusing on genealogically focused search engines" and "Browsing Comprehensive Genealogical Indexes" later in this chapter.

Figure 4-3:

The Wingfield Family Society site.

Figure 4-3:

The Wingfield Family Society site.

What about blogs?

Since previous editions of this book were published, the Internet has been inundated by blog-ging, or Web logging. A blog (also known as Web log) is an online, personal journal of sorts — a site where an individual or even a group of people with a common interest can record their daily, weekly, monthly, or whatever-timed-interval thoughts and experiences. The field of genealogy is no exception! There are many genealogy blogs now available and they cannot be categorized under just one of the groupings we've covered so far in this chapter. In other words, they don't all fit into personal genealogical sites, nor do they all fit into family associations or organizations.

One example of a blog that is genealogical and geographic in nature is the Texas History and Genealogy Blog (texashistoryblog. As you might imagine, it covers a wide range of topics relating to Texas. At irregular intervals, the host of the blog posts various types of information ranging from cemetery transcriptions, to information about upcoming conferences, to historical markers, to things to see when driving through Texas, to other Web sites or articles that she thinks will interest readers.

A couple of other blogs that are more like personal genealogical sites are Mike's Genealogy Blog ( and Bob and Reb's Genealogy Blog (www.orrell Both of these blogs have research findings of the blog hosts.

When you are ready to share your knowledge with the world, you might consider setting up your own genealogical blog. We provide the specific steps for doing so in Chapter 13.

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