Cyndi's List

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Cyndi's List
Available inEnglish
FoundedSeptember 1995
HeadquartersMilton, WA
IndustryGenealogy
URLwww.cyndislist.com


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 website 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 Ingle, formerly Cyndi Howell, 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 in November 2007 were:

  • 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 were several other indexes, and a search facility using Google.

As of October 2019 there were around 250 categories, ranging from "United States" (165,618 entries, with by-state and other subdivisions), "United Kingdom & Ireland" (31,478 entries, subdivided) and "Personal Research" (11,503 entries) to "Schwenkfelder" and "Privacy and Open Access" (both 13 entries) and "Genealogical and Historical Data Standards" and "Heirlooms & Keepsakes" (both 4 entries).[7]

Bibliography[edit]

Books by Cyndi Howells:

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society
  2. ^ Ancestry store (2001). "Cyndi's List". Retrieved April 14, 2008.
  3. ^ Ragan, Robert. "Classic interview with Cyndi Howells". Treasure Maps Genealogy. Retrieved April 14, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Cyndi's List. "Historical timeline". Retrieved April 13, 2008.
  5. ^ .Cyndi's List. "Awards and recognition". Retrieved April 14, 2008.
  6. ^ "Cyndi's List Files Lawsuit Against Another Genealogy Web Site". Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter (EOGN). December 2012. Archived from the original on April 27, 2013.
  7. ^ "Genealogy Categories". Cyndi's List. Retrieved October 2, 2019.

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