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Geographical Location Tools

  • RootsWeb Town Search 1.0 : Find the County for a U.S. Town or City

  • Look for places in the 1891 census : A database containing the names of places encountered in the 1891 census. It has a fairly wide coverage of places, but does not contain the smaller ones. You can use it to help locate places, or to find out the film on which the 1891 census records can be found. Data available for England, Wales and the Isle of Man.

  • The JewishGen ShtetlSeeker. Locate towns in Eastern or Central Europe, by name or location.

  • Converting between 1920 and 1930 Census EDs in One Step. This page lets you obtain an Enumeration District (ED) for an address in selected large cities in the 1920 US census if you know the ED for that address in the 1930 census, and vice versa.

  • Obtaining Enumeration Districts for the 1900 to 1940 U.S. Census in One Step (Large Cities). Starting in 1880, all information in the census is arranged by enumaration districts (ED) and stored on microfilm rolls. In order to know which microfilm roll to look in, you need to know the ED in which the person lived. This One-Step form allows you to determine the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 of 1940 ED if you know the person's address.

    Date and Calendar Tools

  • Birth Date Calculator. This calculator is a useful tool for genealogists. It is designed to calculate the birth date when the age at death and the date of death are the only facts known. As we all know this is often the only information recorded on older headstones.

  • Birth Date Calculator. Calculates birthdate from death date and age of death in year-month-day format.

  • On what day of the week were you born? : Enter your birthday, then hit the "Update" button to find out.

  • Exact Age Finder : Find out precisely how old you are, in various units! (Days, Hours, Minutes, Seconds.)

  • Make a customized calendar.

  • 10,000-Year Calendar Free Download. Five formats available : tif, pcx, gif, xls, and pdf.

  • Java Perpetual Calendar. This calendar will work for any Gregorian year, from 1582 till the present, as long as you have a java enabled browser.

  • Perpetual Calendar. Select any month, and enter any four-digit year (0001-9999).

  • Free Excel Yearly Calendar Template. This spreadsheet will show 12 months on a single page, beginning with the month and year of your choice.

  • Calendar Magic. Freeware. Full year and monthly calendars for 23 different calendar systems. Date conversions among the 23 calendar systems supported. And much more.

  • Jewish Calendar Conversions in One Step

  • JOS Calendar Conversion. The JOS Calendar Converter can convert a civil (Gregorian calendar) date into the equivalent date on the Hebrew calendar, and vice versa.

  • Date Converters. Calculate birth date from death date and age at death in day/month/year format. Convert dates from various calendars : Gregorian, Julian, Hebrew, Islamic, Persian, French Republican, Mayan, and more.

  • Interesting dates related to your birthday. Birthday-Calculator : Find out when you are 10000 days old or maybe 1 billion seconds old?

  • Any Year Calendars. These calendars never expire because they don't list any holidays or days of the week. Good for recording birthdays, other vitals, etc.

  • Calculate duration between two dates. This service calculates the duration, counting the day count and the number of days, months and years between two dates. Among other things, it can be used find how many days old you are and the weekday you were born.

  • Calculation of the Ecclesiastical Calendar. Calculate the date of Easter and other Christian celebrations for any year after A.D. 325.

  • Calendars Net. Display and edit your own calendar of events. Let others post and view events . . . or not. Link your calendar to your web site. View and print out calendars by the day, week, month, or year.

  • Date calculator: Add to or subtract from a date. This service enable you to add or subtract days, months and years to a date to calculate a past or future date.

  • Easter Day. Find the date of Easter Day in any year.

  • Perpetual Calendar. Calendar creator for any month between A.D. 1 and A.D. 2400.

    Name Variants

  • SoundExR. Use this handy Soundex converter to help you with your census search. SoundExR is a SoundEx index generator that takes a name and simultaneously provides three different SoundEx codes as the name is being typed.

  • Surname to Soundex Converter. A handy converter that will show you the soundex code for any surname : Enter a surname, click on submit button and the soundex code will appear.

  • Soundex Code Generator. This Soundex Code Generator is used to convert a name to its corresponding four character Soundex code.

  • RootsWeb's Soundex Converter. The Soundex system is a method of indexing names in the 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 US Census. Soundex can also aid genealogists by identifying spelling variations for a given surname.

  • Name Thesaurus. The SurnameThesaurus has nearly 200,000,000 entries for almost 5,000,000 distinct surnames. The Forename Thesaurus has over 10,000,000 entries for almost 1,000,000 distinct forenames. The name Thesaurus uses NameX technology to identify name variants with significantly higher precision and recall than Soundex or Metaphone.

    Historical and Economical Context

  • Peers and Contemporaries tool from OurTimeLines.com : Another way to gain perspective on your ancestors is to learn who their peers and contemporaries were. This tool makes it very easy to do that. Simply enter the birth year and the name, and it will generate a list of peers and near-peers for you.

  • Free Personalized Timelines This web site generates personalized web pages for you. They show how your life (or the life of anyone else you choose - for instance, your descendants and ancestors) fits into history as we know it.

  • dMarie Time Capsule. Free On This Day in History Report for the years 1800 through 2001.

  • Anyday in History : Get a list of historic events & birthdates that occurred on a any selected day of the year

  • The Inflation Calculator. A form adjusting any given amount of money for inflation, according to the Consumer Price Index, from 1800 to 2003.

  • How Much is That Worth Today?
      United States : Comparing the purchasing power of money in the United States (or colonies) from 1774 to any other year including the present.
      Great Britain : Comparing the purchasing power of money in the Great Britain from 1264 to any other year including the present.

  • Currency Converter (UK). Use the currency converter of the National Archives of England and Wales to find out how yesterday's prices compares to today's prices or how today's prices compares to yesterday's prices.

  • Computing 'Real Value' Over Time With a Conversion Between U.K. Pounds and U.S. Dollars, 1830 to Present. This calculator will compute the "real value" of the price, cost, or value of something over time and convert it from British Pounds to U.S. Dollars, or vice versa. For example, you can ask what is the value in dollars in the year 2000 (desired year) of something that was valued at five pounds in 1850 (initial year).

  • Inflation Calculator (Canada). The Inflation Calculator uses monthly consumer price index (CPI) data from 1914 to the present to show changes in the cost of a fixed "basket" of consumer purchases. These include food, shelter, furniture, clothing, transportation, and recreation.

  • Scots Currency Converter. Scotland had its own currency, the pound Scots, prior to the Act of Union in 1707.


  • Email Address Encryption Tool : If you display your email address at the bottom of your web page, spammers using email harvesting robots will find it. However, you can hide your address from robots while still allowing visitors to your web site to contact you.

  • Lineascope. Lineascope is an online application for capturing, analyzing, and presenting chains of genealogical information and evidence. It’s also useful for planning and tracking research.

  • Relationship Calculator. Simply keep pressing the simple relationship buttons to build up complex relationships.

  • Getting Road Maps and Aerial Photos in One Step

  • Ask a Librarian at the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room of the Library of Congress. They cannot undertake research in family history or heraldry, but they can answer many general questions.

  • Citation Machine. The primary goal of this tool is to make the proper crediting of information property so easy that it becomes a habit, not a laborious task.

  • If you represent an organization which serves the genealogical community at large - or if you serve a smaller community (perhaps you produce a family newsletter, host a website, organize reunions or some such thing) -- and find yourself shy of necessary funds, consider applying for a small grant, courtesy of Honoring our Ancestors

  • Online Clan Jigsaw Puzzles from Electric Scotland : Carmichael, MacIntyre, Campbell, and more.

  • The Adventure Train : A game based on Canada's railway history. 1) Identify a mystery object related to the railways. 2) Solve some riddles to take this object from Halifax to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.

  • Auctions for Genealogists : One-click search results.

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