Cyndi's List

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Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet is a categorized and cross-referenced list of links for genealogical research. The site contains roughly 332,000 links in more than 200 categories. Cyndi's List supplements operating expenses with affiliate advertising.

History[edit]

The list was first created as a short list of genealogy bookmarks that was shared with the members of the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society[1][2] at the September 1995 meeting.[3] The web site opened in March 1996; by the end of that year, it had more than 10,000 links.[4] In 1998 it obtained its own domain name.[4] The site has since received numerous awards[5]

The creator of the site, Cyndi Howells, is the author of three books on genealogical research and the Internet, including a printed copy of Cyndi's List.

In 2012 the links directory of Cyndi's List was duplicated by a rival website.[6]

Structure[edit]

The links are categorised into sections which are then subdivided. The top level divisions are:

  • Computers & the Internet
  • Ethnic Groups & People
  • Help from Others
  • History
  • Immigration, Emigration, Migration
  • Localities
  • Marketplace
  • Memorabilia
  • Military
  • Miscellaneous
  • Occupations
  • Records
  • Religions
  • Research Tools & Reference Materials
  • Wars

There are several other indexes, and a search facility using Google.

Bibliography[edit]

Books by Cyndi Howells:

  • Howells, Cyndi (1999). Netting Your Ancestors : Genealogical Research on the Internet. Genealogical Publishing Company. ISBN 978-0-8063-1546-1. 
  • Howells, Cyndi (2000). Cyndi's List: a Comprehensive List of 40,000 Genealogy Sites on the Internet. Genealogical Publishing Company. ISBN 978-0-8063-1556-0. 
  • Howells, Cyndi (2004). Planting Your Family Tree Online: How to Create Your Own Family History Web Site. National Genealogical Society Guides. Thomas Nelson, Inc. ISBN 978-1-4016-0022-8.  (More details on NGS website)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society
  2. ^ Ancestry store (2001). "Cyndi's List". Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  3. ^ Ragan, Robert. "Classic interview with Cyndi Howells". Treasure Maps Genealogy. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  4. ^ a b Cyndi's List. "Historical timeline". Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  5. ^ .Cyndi's List. "Awards and recognition". Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  6. ^ Cyndi's List Files Lawsuit Against Another Genealogy Web Site

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