Here are a some links I have found useful in my Casbon journey
- Meldreth History http://www.meldrethhistory.org.uk/index.aspx
My ancestors came from this small village in south Cambridgeshire, England. The Meldreth Local History Group has created a very nice website that gives a good overview of village life through the ages.
- Porter County, Indiana – A Part of the INGenweb Project http://www.inportercounty.org/ The Casbons who emigrated from Meldreth to the United States ended up in Porter County. This is one of the best county genealogy sites I have seen. It is loaded with history, biographies, maps, reference materials, pictures, and a lot more.
- Porter County’s Past: An Amateur Historian’s Perspective http://www.porterhistory.org/ A blog written by the same man who put together the the Porter County, Indiana website. It will be of interest to all the Indiana Casbons.
- Ainsworth, Indiana http://ainsworthindiana.blogspot.com/ Another blog, written by a resident of Ainsworth, in Lake County, right next door to Porter County, Indiana. This is a fun, quirky blog that focuses on local families, old newspapers, photos, and more. A kindred spirit.
- Aylesworth.net http://www.aylesworth.net/ a genealogy website dedicated to the Aylesworth family. The Casbons in Indiana have close ties to the Aylesworths, and many of our ancestors are listed on this site. The site can be challenging to navigate, but your efforts will be rewarded.
- British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/ A good source of reference material on British history, with historic maps, historical descriptions of locations, and much more
- FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/
This is a fantastic resource for doing family history research. It provides access to billions of records and images, allows you to build a family tree online, provides instruction on family history research, and much more. Best of all, it’s free!
- Ancestry http://home.ancestry.com/
If you haven’t heard of Ancestry, you must have turned off your television long ago. Probably the best known genealogy website in the United States. Most services require a paid subscription, but you can sign up for a free guest subscription and build a family tree.
- FindMyPast http://www.findmypast.com/ FindMyPast is very similar to Ancestry, but with more of a focus on the United Kingdom. It is the best source for British census results. It requires a paid subscription for most of its datasets.
- Cyndi’s List http://www.cyndislist.com/ The full name is Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet. You could call this the Grand Central Station for genealogy websites. A good place to start for any research.
- GeneaBloggers http://www.geneabloggers.com/ A blog for and about genealogy blogs. An online community and resource for genealogy bloggers.
- The British Newspaper Archive http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/ An extensive collection of over 15 million newspaper pages from the 1700s forward. You can search for free but paid subscription is required for access to full text.
- Trove http://trove.nla.gov.au/ Trove is an all-purpose information resource for Australia. It is hosted by the National Library of Australia and contains millions of connections to practically anything that can be put into digital format. My top source for Casben information.
My local library has also been an invaluable resource. They have access to a wealth of genealogy resources including library editions of Ancestry, FindMyPast, historic newspapers, MyHeritage, Fold3 (military records) and many more. Free to library patrons. See if your library has access to these…if not, request that they get them!