Nothing beats traveling to see local records and cemeteries with your own eyes. But, for many, a great deal of the work tracing a family tree can be done on-line. The rule of thumb, however, is to check and double check your information because not everything on the Internet is true. [GASP] The lineage of Jeffrey Ferris has been researched fairly well and there is a lot of Ferris family tree information available.
Bombs and Bones – the most extensive list of the Jeffrey Ferris lineage as researched by the author and with contributions from many members of the Ferris family. Lots of notes, and the site often spells out the many contradictions or disagreements in the very earliest records. There are, however, a few errors, and everything should be confirmed with primary sources if at all possible.
The site uses outdated frames technology so it may not be viewable in some web browsers. Here are the links to the text files on the descendants of Jeffrey Ferris’s five children.
Partial genealogy of the Ferris family by Charles E. Crowell
This document is all text, and you may need to use your browser’s search function (CNTRL F) to find what you are looking for.
The Jeffrey Ferris family tree at My Heritage that I have been building.
Greenwich, CT Vital Records 1640 – 1848, Surnames F to H, From the Barbour Collection, Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
The Barbour Collection consists of abstracts of town, church and other original records in Connecticut. The Barbour Collection is incomplete and known to contain some errors.
The Political Graveyard Index to Politicians – Ferris
This page lists Ferrises who were involved in politics, and not just from the Jeffrey Ferris lineage. There are some errors of fact, dates and such, and it does not place the individual into a family tree. You’ll have to do that.
Here are some general sites that may help.
Family Search – The free genealogy site from the LDS church. Many of the facts are supported by images of the original source documents, such as census rolls, marriage licenses and draft registrations. The images often contain more information that the text suggests so it is always worthwhile to inspect the image if it is available.
RootsWeb is the free side of Ancestry.com. It consists of free family tree information provided by others as well as links to the “pay” site’s information.
Find a Grave is just what it says. There are millions of graves listed, by geographic location, cemetery name and you can search by the name of the deceased. Many of the graves are accompanied by photos of the individual and of the grave stone. Here again, examine the photo of the grave stone to confirm the text. There are errors in a small number of the transcriptions from the grave stone to the text.