Places to Go: The Links Page

Havemann Family Links

Robert K. Havemann set a world's record in the 1970's for the fastest diesel car in the world, and is working to "set a new Land Speed Record for compression ignition powered vehicles" -- 300 MPH. Read all about it.

Steve Austin T. Havemann and James Grant A. Havemann were born in South Africa and now live in Paraguay, South America. Steve hosts The Havemann Family Genealogy at . It's a private place that is open by invitation only; you need a username and password. If you do not have these, send email to Steve. Drop in for a visit; you can see what we look like. If you wish, you can upload a photo too, or just leave a note to the rest of us!

There are several of the South African Havemanns listed on Joe Botha's Website.

Brief History of German Township, Ohio -- one of the settlers was Dr. William A. Havemann from Saxony, Germany.

Haveman Family Genealogy Forum -- they spell it with one 'n'. No relation that we know of yet.

Are you a Havemann, or are you researching the name? We'll be happy to link to you -- just ask. You can also be listed in the researcher index, and you're welcome to submit a query. And why not sign our guest book too?

Frame Family Links

The Frame Family site is for researchers of the FRAME surname in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia.

Genealogy Goodies

Exciting Sites

Is there anyone who hasn't tried the LDS Church's new Family Search site? It offers lots of LDS resources online for the first time. And the Ellis Island site can handle the traffic now, too.

The Journal of Online Genealogy -- all about Web sites, CDs, the latest in digital storage, and much more.

The Genealogy Home Page is the granddaddy of genealogical sites.

Reference Aids and How-to

Where in the world is...? To find a town anywhere in the USA, try Rootsweb's TownCo or the government Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)site.

The Reference Desk offers links to an amazing variety of research tools, including on-line dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Old Photos & more: Dover Books offers an amazing collection of rare and republished Americana from photos of old New York to woman's life in colonial days. The Bronx Historical Society has some books for sale with old Bronx photos, too.

Helpful Hints for Successful Searching is a very helpful site. You'll find how-to info on getting the elusive SS-5, decoding a Social Security number, NY vital records info, an easy-to-use guide to NY arrivals, and more.

If you're researching Irish ancestors, it's worth a trip to the New York Emigrant Savings Bank Project. "The New York Emigrant Savings Bank -- opened in 1850 and run by Irish immigrants for Irish immigrants -- contain records for emigrants from California, Michigan, Florida, upstate New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Alabama and Missouri." You may also want to read the User's Guide to the Emigrant Bank Records which explains just what you can find.

Branching Out OnLine is not merely a collection of links; it's a tutorial on how to "discover how to truly exploit the resources available online. Learn more about how to research effectively, maximize the time you spend at the library, archives or courthouse and save time on phone calls across the country." So says the site's creator. Check it out!

About.Com's Genealogy forum always has some new content (and links) to offer.

Online Telephone Books deserve a page of their own, so here it is.

Genealogy Calendars

For national and regional events, consult the calendar maintained by the Federation of Genealogical Societies and click on "Current Events."

Don't miss the "Events and Activities" calendar at Cyndi's List.

The US GenWeb site's calendar includes events on a state and county basis. offers a "perpetual calendar" -- handy for your research. We also have one here. Or calculate the days between two dates at the Calendar Home Page.

Convert to and from Roman numerals with this calculator. It handles both the old style (Julian) and new style (Gregorian) dates which also gives day of the week, so you can find (for example) that a marriage on 2nd September 1830 happened on a Thursday.

NJ Genealogy Sites

New Jersey Courthouses -- a county-by-county list.

How to Find a Place in New Jersey

NJGenWeb: Check here for links to NJ genealogical and historical societies, genealogical events, mailing lists, and much more -- even Fidonet BBSs still online in the Garden State.

Branches of the LDS Church in New Jersey: Addresses for NJ and surrounding states. You can copy-and-paste the address into the Altavista Map site and get driving directions!

Cemetery Information

Cemeteries, Graves, and Ancient Burials -- an interesting list of links to sites about rubbings, Victorian mourning items, "heathen monuments," symbols, and more.

Links to resources on cemetery history and preservation -- includes links which discuss preservation; publications; specific cemeteries; and still more links!

Cemeteries of Newark, NJ

Cemeteries of Newark, NJ including the recently uncovered scandal of "Potter's Field."

Where in the World is...?

Find a place in the world today at these map sites

The Topozone is "the Web's center for recreational and professional topographic map users" -- the Web's first interactive topo map of the entire United States.

AltaVista Maps -- enter an address and get a map.

Geographic Names Information System

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names - an international thesaurus

Microsoft Expedia Maps

MAGIC: Map and Geographic Information Center -- includes both "electronic geodata in the public domain" as well as scanned historic maps.

TerraServer -- this is a fun place; you can access satellite photos of almost anywhere.

Nostalgic Stuff

New York's vintage advertising murals -- painted on the sides of old buildings -- are slowly but surely disappearing. The Fading Ad Campaign is preserving them through photography: "These images provide a visual archaeology which remind us of a by-gone era in advertising and illustrate past styles and social trends in New York City."

Here's a collection of Ghost Ads from Stillwater, Minneapolis, Alexandria, Fargo and New York, courtesy of James Lileks.

If you like that kind of history, be sure to visit the Forgotten New York site as well. It will "show you the past in lampposts, advertisements, bridges, buildings, signs, and things you pass every day in the street that bear silent witness to the NYC that once was."

Burma Shave! The famous roadside signs of the 1920s through the 1960s are reportedly making a comeback. Whether you remember them or not, check out these collections -- some of the slogans were quite clever. Three favorite sites list Burma Shave signs, Burma Shave slogans, and more Burma Shave Signs.

Do you remember Freedomland? This NJ amusement park was, in its heyday, billed as "The World's Largest Outdoor Family Entertainment Center."

Software I Like

Here's a site which offers a wide variety of genealogy shareware programs and utilities here, including GedStrip, a privacy utility. (Here's a site which discusses genealogical privacy issues, too.)

I create my family group sheets with an excellent shareware program calledGED-GEN. If you like the ability to control every aspect of your group sheets, see this one.

Opera Software Fed up with humungous, resource-eating, slow Web browsers? The answer is the small, fast Opera browser. It loads and runs twice as fast as the Other Two, and it has features they don't (such as a unique zoom function). Every function can be accessed completely from the keyboard (a plus for people who can't use, or hate using, a mouse). It's standards compatible, and fully customizable. Shareware.

Pegasus Emailer If your current email program doesn't do all the things you need, it's time to look at Pegasus Mail. It's a first-class mailer, and not simply because it's completely, totally free. Versions are available for DOS, Windows, and Macintosh, and it works with Novell Netware as well as the TCP/IP interface (most ISPs offer it). It does extensive mail filtering -- easy-to-use filters will help you eliminate 99% of your spam. A very active mailing list offers fast, excellent support.

Speaking of spam, get some pointers from Junkbusters. They offer free software (Unix, with Windows coming) which will selectively delete banner ads from Web pages and help you manage "cookies." Plus, there's tutorials on how to stop junk mail and email, and more.

TextPad I really, really like TextPad. It's an extremely powerful text editor, yet so easy to use you'll never struggle with Notepad again. There are just too many features to list, but my favorites include block cut-and-paste; drag-and-drop editing; easy case changing; an unbeatable search/replace (with regular expressions); and clip libraries (great for HTML editing). It's available with a variety of foreign-language interfaces and spell checkers. Download either the 16-bit or 32-bit version, and see what you've been missing. Shareware.

Miscellaneous Goodies

Kevin and Kell! Take a break and read the comics. Kevin and Kell is guaranteed to make you laugh.

Sluggy Freelance! Sluggy Freelance is a hysterically funny online strip, especially if you enjoy the science fictionish humor. If you want to catch up, check out the new viewer's guide. You'll be glad you did.

One of my new favorites is General Protection Fault - The Comic Strip.

Looking for some historical context to add to your family history? Visit This Day in History.

UCC If you're planning a trip, or want to make a purchase from another country, you'll find the Universal Currency Converter a big help. The "full" version converts among 180 currencies from over 250 geographical locations, including the Euro, using "a live, real-time rate feed containing data from foreign exchange markets all around the world."

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