Links – Handy Genealogy Aids and Tools

Handy Links to Genealogy or Genealogy related Aids, Tools and Calculators

Calendars, Date Calculators

BCGS – Perpetual Calendar 1800-2050. Print and/or save a copy of an authentic vintage, useful and easy to use office calendar. (.pdf file – save to your computer or use on-line.)

Tombstone Birthday Calculator, OVS – Genealogy. Calculates birth date from death date and age on tombstones or death certificates or obituaries.

Rosetta Calendar. Scott E. Lee. Converts Gregorian, Julian and Hebrew dates.

For more calendar and conversion links, see Cyndi’s List – Calendars and Dates

Miscellanous Calculators, including birthdates, cousins, Soundex for genealogy

Genealogy Calculators and Utilities, Age, Birthdate & Cousin calculators, Soundex and Metaphone calculators, and more at Ancestor Search. [Soundex is a phonetic coding system used to group together surnames that sound alike (as pronounced in English), but have variant spellings. Metaphone is an improvement on Soundex which takes into account some other languages, and ‘common’ non-English terms and family names.]

One Step Webpages, Stephen P. Morse. Language and calendar calculators and converters, relationship and Ahnentafel calculators, Phonetic matching and Soundex generation, and much more. [An Ahnentafel lists direct ancestors and numbers them sequentially.]

Measurement Calculators

Metric, Imperial and US conversion calculators,

Australian converters for cooking, driving, measurement, even paper sizes.

Measurement Converters for Mass and Weight (Metric, Avoirdupois (U.S.), Troy, Apothecaries, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, old French, old Russian, ancient Greek and Roman, Biblical, etc.); Distance and Length (Metric conversion, British Imperial and U.S., old Russian, old French, old Spanish, Japanese, Thai, ancient Greek and Roman, nautical, typographical, astronomical, etc.); Capacity and Volume (Metric conversion, U.S., British Imperial, Japanese, Thai, old French, old Russian, ancient Roman, Biblical, etc.); Area ( Metric conversion, British and U.S., Japanese, Chinese, Thai, old French)  – and many more,

How Many? A Dictionary of Units of Measurement (new and old), Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For more on weights and measurement, see Cyndi’s List – Weights and Measures

Currency Converters

Currency Converter (current only),

Historical currency conversion (US, Britain, some others), Economic History Association.

A History of the Canadian Dollar by James Powell, currency in Canada 1600 on, Bank of Canada.

Name Variants

NameX searchable thesauri (mostly British names)

FamilySearch Labs Standard Finder, search for standard and variants terms for names, locations, and dates.

Rootsweb Soundex Converter (See more above, especially Stephen P. Morse’s One Step Webpages.)

For more info on Soundex, and also other sound based name conversions (Reverse Soundex, NYSIIS, Daitch–Mokotoff Soundex or D–M Soundex, and Metaphone, see Wikipedia’s Soundex article.

Translation/Pronunciation Tools

Tip – Check to see if your favourite browser or other programmes have translation plug-ins or apps. (like Chrome).

14 languages – charts with Common genealogy words, wownloadable and printable. Relatively Curious:

Babylon, Bing, and Google (in alphabetical order) all offer free translations. There are various apps for mobiles or browsers. Have another favourite? Let us know by e-mailing:


Bing Translator. Text and web pages:

Google Translate. Text and web pages:, audio/pronunciation guide. Search or browse for words or submit new ones; contribute an audio file yourself:

Pronounce Names, the Dictionary of Name Pronunciation – look up or submit an audio file for a name, and/or request a name be included:

Hear Names, Elizabeth Bojang:

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About DRogers

M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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