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Caveat: Because so much of the material published on Gypsies and Travelers on the Internet is misleading due either to stereotyping, antiquated perspectives on ethnicity or culture, poor scholarship, excessive political correctness or other biases and, in some cases, outright fabrication, the Gypsy Lore Society does not make any claims for the accuracy of materials presented on any sites other than its own. The reader is on his/her own for evaluating the soundness of information. In order to assess the worth of any item of information the reader should always ask the following questions about any claims an author makes:

  • What facts or data were used to support the claims made? Were they personal observations, carefully screened primary historical sources, or did the author use only secondary sources, or worse, just make unsupported pronouncements?
  • How were those facts obtained; were rigorous, systematic data-gathering methods used?
  • Are the claims consistent with findings of the best scholars in the field? If not, how adequate is the support used to bolster the author's divergent perspectives?
  • Does the author seem to have an axe to grind? That is, does he/she seem to be excessively favoring a single point of view instead of examining all sides of an issue?

ASK MATT
Email any specific inquiries into American Gypsy or Traveler history, culture and genealogy to Matt T. Salo at the email address above.

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BIOGRAPHIES
A bibliography of biographies and autobiographies about and by Gypsies may be found at https://sites.google.com/site/salopress/gypsies-and-travelers----biographies-and-autobiographies. The web page links to a short bibliography of studies of Gypsy autobiographies. Intended as an aid to further research, the bibliography is compiled largely from other bibliographic sources and inclusion on the list does not imply that the compiler, Sheila Salo, has independent knowledge of the authors' or subjects' ethnic identity or the authenticity of their narratives.

GYPSY COLLECTIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
http://sca.lib.liv.ac.uk/collections/gypsy/intro.htm
The Gypsy Collections at the University of Liverpool comprise the pre-1974 Gypsy Lore Society Archive, and the Scott Macfie Gypsy Collection of books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, sound recordings and press cuttings. The holdings encompass over 50,000 items in various media.

ITINERANT ROOTS
This is a mailing list for family researchers who are seeking genealogical information on ancestors in the "itinerant" professions such as circus, theatre, music, music hall, vaudeville, fairs, Gypsies, Travelers, etc. 

PAVEE POINT
http://ireland.iol.ie/~pavee/index.htm
Pavee Point is an organization supporting human rights for Irish Travelers, through working for solidarity, social justice, development and human rights.

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
http://educate.si.edu/migrations/gyp/gypstart.html
The exhibition "Gypsies in the United States" contains selected photographs and text from the Carlos de Wendler-Funaro Gypsy Research Collection 1920-1975.

TRAVELLER'S REST
http://www.travellersrest.org
Facts and Fiction about the Irish Travelers in the US.

IRISH TRAVELER NOTES AND RESOURCES
http://www.pitt.edu/~alkst3/Traveller.html
Information on the contemporary Gammon lexicon.

THE ROMANY AND TRAVELER FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY
http://website.lineone.net/~rtfhs

ENGLISH CENSUS OF 1881 FOR GYPSIES AND ENGLISH, SCOTTISH & IRISH TRAVELERS
http://atikokan.lakeheadu.ca/~pgashins/Travellers1881.html

THE COMMISSION ON NOMADIC PEOPLES
http://www.qeh.ox.ac.uk/cnp/
http://www.uni-koeln.de/phil-fak/voelkerkunde/nomadic_peoples/
The Commission promotes cooperation between language groups, disciplines, academics and researchers, and the widening of the empirical base of the concept of nomadism to include different types of mobile populations across the world. The Commission facilitates communication among specialists on nomadic and pastoral peoples and those working to improve the status of nomadic peoples. The Commission publishes the journal, Nomadic Peoples, and encourages the maintenance of a high standard of scientific discussion on nomadism.

ROMANY, GYPSY AND TRAVELER RESOURCES
http://www.entertainer-genealogy.org.uk
The prime purpose of this site is to provide resources for those who are researching ancestors who were in the "itinerant" professions. In this term I have included actors/actresses, music hall and vaudeville artistes, traveling showmen, Romany/Gypsy, circus, menageries, the bioscopes, tinkers and traveling tradesmen.