Everyone is talking about the link site “Linkpendium” in their blogs and newsletters. It is being developed by the founders of RootsWeb and has over 10 million genealogy links. So I had to check it out: http://www.linkpendium.com/
At the home page I had the option to do my search by state or by surname.
Since I have been researching the Kenney family from Bourbon County, Kentucky I decided to start by searching Kentucky genealogy. Bourbon County had a list of 790 links. On my first try I chose “Family Record Collections” from the Bourbon County Genealogical Society and immediately found four links with family records for the Kenney family – a wealth of information.
Next, I did a search by surnames. I selected “K surnames”, then selected “Ken families” with 10,060 links and then selected Kenney family with 116 links. The links were broken down by state and also a worldwide group of links. Kentucky had several biographies I am going to check out on a return visit.
Then I checked out the new State-By-State Genealogy Search Engine on the left side of the home page. The page provides hints for doing a search.
- Smith will search for all Smiths in the state
- John Smith will search for all pages in which “John” OR “Smith” appear
- “John Smith” (with the quotes) will search all pages with “John” NEAR “Smith” (this is helpful if a middle name or initial appears in between)
- Smith -John will search all pages with “Smith”, but NOT “John”
My first search I used Kenney and chose Kentucky as my state. It resulted in 233 matches. Next I narrowed my search to “James Kenney” using the quotes and it resulted in 9 link matches. I chose to check out Miscellaneous Estate Records for James Kenney. It took me to a page listing the estate records where slaves were mentioned. There it was….a listing of the slaves that James Kenney owned at his death. This is information I would never had found without using the state search engine on Linkpendium.
I encourage you to add this site to your favorites list. I have found family history, estate information and even email contacts of possible cousin contacts all in less than an hour’s time on Linkpendium.