Amazing research web sites you should visit at least once
History and/or Genealogy Collections. (Photographs, Artifacts, Documents)
American Centuries--View from New England – Memorial Hall Museum online, with an online collection of historic artifacts and documents from New England (searchable).
American Memory, Library of Congress – a searchable database of historical photographs and documents.
Colonial Williamsburg Multimedia – slideshows of colonial life
Connecticut Online – a collaboration between the Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut State Library, the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, Mystic Seaport, and the New Haven Colony Historical Society. 14,000 images of photographs, drawings and prints which may be searched or browsed in a variety of ways, including by keyword, subject, creator, title and date.
Cornell University’s “Making of America” – a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.
D.A.R. Genealogical Research System – helpful databases to look up the family trees of known patriots of the American Revolution.
Debbie’s Lineage Research Corner: Genealogy Checklist – a truly amazing list of genealogical resources.
Digital History – materials to support the teaching of American History in K-12 schools and colleges. The site includes an online U.S. history textbook, over 400 annotated documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection and includes primary sources on slavery, Mexican-American, Asian-American, and Native American history; also U.S. politicial, social and legal history.
FamilySearch – Search for your ancestors in millions of historical records. You can also search in the catalog, books, genealogies, and the Wiki.
Gilder Lehrman Institute of America – (searchable) more than 60,000 documents detailing the political and social history of the United States. The collection’s holdings include manuscript letters, diaries, maps, photographs, printed books and pamphlets ranging from 1493 through modern times.
GoogleBooks - discover and browse books online. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given them permission, you’ll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it’s in the public domain, you’re free to download a PDF copy.
Google News Archive Search - search and explore historical archives. In addition to helping you search, News archive search can automatically create timelines which show selected results from relevant time periods.
Harvard University VIA (Photographs) – visual resources at Harvard University, focusing on artistic and cultural materials.VIA includes catalog records for objects or images owned, held or licensed by Harvard.
ID A PHOTO – Browse through lost photographs by location or surname. Submit some of your own.
Internet Archive: Subject New Hampshire – the famous Waybackmachine archive provides historical documents of interest to New Hampshire researchers.
Internet Archive: Subject United States Census – ALL of the United States Census records online, FREE.
Internet Archive: Universal Newsreels – In the pre-TV era, people saw the news every week in their neighborhood movie theaters. Newsreels were shown before every feature film and in dedicated newsreel theaters located in large cities. Universal Newsreel, produced from 1929 to 1967.
Michigan University’s “Making of America” – a searchable collection (digital library) of documents and photographs that are NOT restricted to Michigan.
New Hampshire Political Library – online library and archives, educating audiences about the tradition of the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire presidential primary.
New Hampshire State Papers – the provincial state papers of New Hampshire, originally published between 1867 and 1943; these archives are downloadable in PDF format. You probably want to view the index first (the first link on that page).
New Hampshire Underground – archeology in New Hampshire; sadly no plans to update.
New York Times Search Engine – search the New York Times newspaper for current (1981-today) and archived issues (1851-1980). Some articles are free in both HTML and PDF format, others available for a small fee.
NPS Historic Photo Collection – The National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection is comprised of more than two million images which cover a wide variety of subjects: Park architecture, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Native American heritage, NPS personnel, roads and transportation, scenic views, and much more.
NYPL Digital Library – NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 550,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more. Searchable.
Old Photographs – A private web site with a collection of old photographs, many presented in “themes.”
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology – online collections and exhibits. Browse a special collection or to perform a search according to your own interests. Especially suited for those researching New England Native Peoples and other cultures.
University of New Hampshire – Milne Special Collections (searchable)
Historical Societies and/or Libraries
American Historical Association – the professional association for all historians
Manchester (NH) Historic Association – online database and web site
Bartlett Historical Society – this organization works to preserve the history of the villages of Bartlett, New Hampshire (Bartlett, Glen and Intervale)
Book Notes New Hampshire – Occasional notes on New Hampshire’s book community from the Director of the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library
Hampton’s Lane Memorial Library – local history for Hampton New Hampshire (seacoast) ; articles, records, documents, photographs
Merrimack Public Library Blog – news from the reference department of the Merrimack (New Hampshire) Public Library
American Ancestors formerly New England Ancestors aka New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) – both free and subscription (membership) -based databases that include New England families and individuals. Free resources primarily SSDI.
History Lessons & Tools
Best of History Web Sites – an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1000 history web sites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more.
Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue – Project Gutenberg EBook of 1811, Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by Captain Grose et al. – Fashionable SLANG of the times.
History Matters – designed for high school and college teachers and students, History Matters serves as a gateway to web resources and offers other useful materials for teaching U.S. history.
Online Entymology Dictionary – explanations of what our words mean and/or how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.
Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society - the wondrous, the curious, the singular, the esoteric, and the sometimes hazy frontier between the plausible and the implausible.
The American Experience - American Experience Online (PBS) premiered in November of 1995 and has produced over 100 feature sites. These sites encourage in-depth exploration of the issues surrounding each documentary subject beyond the television screen.
World Wide Words – international English from a British viewpoint. Explanation of terms.
Google and Yahoo aregreat, but not always the best, depending on your personal needs. Try a few of these on for size!
Gigablast – the Green Search Engine
Icerocket Blog Search -a unique search engine built just for blogs and bloggers. Track, trends and more!
Internet Wayback Machine – did you ever wonder what a web site looked like a year ago? was it around five years ago? Now you can find out (you must know the URL).
NEW Search Engines – rated, if you are feeling adventurous.
RSSMicro: RSS Feed Search Engine – 65,000,000 feeds, blog posts, and news articles fully searchable
Windows LiveSearch – customizable search engine
WorldCat – search for books, videos, music and documents in libraries (searchable by title, subject, person)
Yippy – formerly called “Clusty” a search engine states that it does not save or share your personal information.
Zuula Search – Search engines often return very different results for the same terms. So checking multiple search engines will give you the best results, and Zuula makes it easy. Currently, Zuula offers Web, Image, Video, News, Blog, and Job searches.
Blog and Web Site Helpers
Babel Fish Language Translator – Through the magic of Altavista, you can translate a word, a block of text, or add translation to your web site or blog. Languages include English to Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and some vice versa.
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School – they help law students at Harvard Law School, lawyers, policy-makers and others who practice in this area, and the public at large, to learn about cyberspace issues
FEEDJIT – Live traffic widgets for blogs and web sites
Keyword Spy – shows the last ten keywords used to reach your blog or web site, your ad rank for those words, and number of competitors. Currently set for Cow Hampshire.
Google Ranking Factors – “over 200 SEO factors” that Google uses to rank pages in the Google search results (SERPs). What are the search engine optimization rules? [Updated article! Google’s 200 Ranking Factors: The Complete List, a must read!]
Internet Traffic Report – The Internet Traffic Report monitors the flow of data around the world. It then displays a value between zero and 100. Higher values indicate faster and more reliable connections.
Quantcast Internet Ratings – the only open internet ratings service. Find ratings on the top web sites and blogs, or see how your own rates. Learn your full network reach.
ResearchBuzz – News about search engines, databases, and other information collections.
SEO Tools – more blog and web site tools than you can shake a stick at!
Shrink Links – have a humongously long link you need to shrink? I don’t know how they do it, but it works. [Another link which is my personal favorite is tinyurl.] [Did you ever need to upload a quick photo to show someone, tinypic is great].
The Blog Herald – the latest and greatest information in the blogosphere. Blogging news and helpful articles.
W3C Link Checker – Enter the address (URL) of a document that you would like to check, and it produces a list of good and bad links on that page.
Widgetbox - world’s largest widget directory. Need a special blog widget? Make one here.
Minority History and Current Events
Huffington Post - history is happening right now
Indian Country Today – current news affecting Native Peoples
Museum of African American History – Boston MA museum. See the Online Exhibits under the “Exhibits” tab.
Webmaster’s Blog: Native American Resources – historical events impacting Native Peoples
Quick Practical Tools
New Hampshire Zip Codes – for those of us who still use ‘snail mail’ here is an interesting way to look up New Hampshire mail’s zip codes.
Social Media Must-Haves
Facebook | Facebook Blog
Twitter | Twitter Blog
Pinterest | Pinterest Blog
Historypin | Historypin Blog
Google+ | Google+ Blog
Youtube | Youtube Blog
Top 15 Most Popular Social Networking Sites