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You'll find a wealth of information on these genealogy related sites -- this week's winners of the "Best of the Internet for Genealogists Award." These sites may link to the web version of this column, and display the award logo found there. 

PIERCE COUNTY GEORGIA Historical & Genealogical Society
Preserving Our Heritage for Future Generations. You'll love their online Resource Library.

Editor Diana Church, reports that queries are being submitted from US and 
international locations, with about 500-600 New Queries posted each month. In October 1999, there were 21,889 unique user sessions by individuals who were searching for their German ancestors. 

This site encourages the worldwide exchange of genealogy information about German emigrants and immigrants, in any language. Genealogists can submit queries about individuals migrating from Germany in any time period or Search queries by country, surname, ship name, immigration year, places of origin or destination. An extensive list of related Links and Books on German 
genealogy and migration topics is also available.

An Ongoing Project of the Illinois State Archives & 
the Illinois State Genealogical Society

"Since 1985 the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) has cooperated with the Illinois State Archives to create an index to Illinois marriages occurring prior to 1901. Today more than one million marriages, or two million names, are included in the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index. Volunteers, using software developed by the Information System Services Department of the Illinois Secretary of State's office, have entered hundreds of thousands of marriages at home on their personal computers. These records are then uploaded to a database on the Secretary of State's mainframe computer."

THE ISLAND REGISTER - P.E.I.'s Premiere Genealogy Site
The Island Register... is a different site - started back in 1997 when there was
no other Prince Edward Island, Canada genealogy site online, and as such
has evolved to be a hub for all Prince Edward Island historical and
genealogical research.

It contains over 300 P.E.I. lineages, passenger lists, histories, online
books, censuses, provincial directories, book reports, an extremely
active and effective queries page, home pages for the PEI Genealogocal
Societies, Sir Andrew Macphail Society, Abegweit Branch, UEL Assn.,
Fenceviewer and Constable lists, tons of links to P.E.I. sites, A PEI
Ships database of Arrivals/Departures linked to extant passenger lists
both on and off the Register site, and much more. There are over 1000
html pages on the site, and all are fully searchable.

PURFÜRST of Saxony, Germany
Donald Lee Purfeerst is researching the German surname of PURFÜRST, as well as the anglicized variations PURFURST, PURFUERST and PURFEERST, wherever they occur in the world. Thus far, outside of Germany, he has identified no more than 15 family groups in England, Canada and America and am currently pursuing families in Sweden and Italy. This makes them a fairly rare surname. Each group is depicted separately on this web site, but are connected to a common pedigree chart wherever he has proven an ancestral connection.

The web site has about 1200 different surnames. There is a site search engine to assist in locating anyone by name or by geographical location.

For the most part PURFÜRST ancestors were found in the area around the Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach city of Neustadt a/O (on the Orla river) which is some 60 miles south west of Leipzig. In addition to Neustadt a/O, Donald has located family members and spouses in the cities of Auma, Cahla, Erfurt, Netschkaus, Neuenmeister, Plothen, Pößneck, Reichenbach, Schöndorf, Schmiertz, Schmolln, Triptis, Volksmannsdorf, Weira, Wildenthal, etc.

MAP OF NORWAY - from the SourceGuide

ANCESTORS FROM NORWAY - Guide to Genealogy Research
John Føllesdal writes "This web site is dedicated to my great- great- great- grandfather Daniel Olson who, in 1832, purchased the Føllesdal farm and began using the Føllesdal farm name as his surname. It is my hope that the information and the links presented on this website will help you in your search for ancestors from Norway."



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