The first eight
websites are free and the last two are subscription based. There are many more
good websites but these are just a few that will get you started.
Cyndi’s List http://www.cyndislist.com
listing of more than 150 genealogical categories with over 200,000 links to web
sites. An excellent starting point for any genealogical research on the net.
U.S. GenWeb Project
This is a massive web
site run by volunteers. There is a web site for each of the 3,125 counties in
the United States. These county pages contain county histories, biographies,
census, cemetery, marriage, birth, and bible records, and lists of local
newspapers, among other things. What appears on the site depends on what the
local volunteers have put there. Some counties have volunteers to do look-ups in
local collections. The project also includes a digital library (archives) of
actual transcriptions of public domain records.
World GenWeb Projects
This project is
divided into fifteen world regions arranged by country and usually run by
someone living in that country. Each country is divided into individual
provinces, states, or counties (terms vary depending on locale). You can search
these sites to find maps, how-to information, history, translation help, vital
records, passenger ship lists, property records, other useful information, and
to make contacts with people living in the country you are researching.
This is the Family
History Library web site. It contains hundreds of thousands of genealogical
records from all over the world from their Ancestral File and the International
Genealogical Index. The U.S. 1880 census and the British and Canadian 1881
censuses has been recently added. This site also has dozens of excellent source
guides written by experts that can be printed out. The online catalog of
material in the LDS Library in Salt Lake City, UT is also available. Much of the
material in the library has been microfilmed and can be can be ordered by your
local Family History Center and read there.
This is the
Internet’s oldest and largest free genealogical web site and contains millions
of names and genealogies. RootsWeb’s Guide to Tracing Family Trees, an online
tutorial, is written and compiled by Julia M. Case, Rhonda McClure and Myra
Vanderpool Gormley. RootsWeb also hosts other databases and projects:
RootsWeb Surname List http://rsl.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/rslsql.cgi
The RootsWeb Surname
List (RSL) is a list or registry of 806,397 surnames. Associated with each
surname are dates, locations (showing migration), and information about how to
contact the person who submitted the information.
This is a free
listserve/mailing list for people interested in genealogy. You can subscribe to
one of the many listserves and automatically receive messages and queries
submitted by people researching in your area of interest (surnames, places, and
subjects). You can respond directly to the list for all subscribers to see or
you can respond privately to individuals on the list.
quickly growing web site contains an index to over 8 million obituaries in the
United States and Canada. The project started in the late 1990s and has
volunteers contributing material daily.
Bureau of Land Management
General Land Office (GLO) site contains two million land patents and provides
live database access to federal land conveyance records for thirty-two states
issued between 1820 and 1908. This does not include the original thirteen
colonies, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, and Hawaii. Land patents document the
transfer of land ownership from the federal government to individuals. To search
for land patents go to “Search Land Patents” at the top of the BLM homepage.
National Archives and Records
are the most numerous users of the Washington, DC, research rooms and the
thirteen regional facilities of the National Archives and Records Administration
(NARA). This web site provides information about many of the finding aids,
guides, and research tools that can prepare you for a visit to one of their
facilities or for requesting records from NARA. The site contains information
about federal census, court records, military records, naturalization records,
visa, alien registrations, and some passport records, African-American, and
Native American materials. You can find a guide to the records that have been
microfilmed by NARA. These films can sometimes be borrowed from your Family
History Center or purchased from the National Archives.
8. Ellis Island
web site contains a searchable database of over 22 million names of immigrants,
passengers, and crewmembers that came through Ellis Island and the Port of New
York from 1892 to 1924. The transcriptions were done by volunteers of the The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
last two websites are commercial, subscription based.
A large commercial
database with over 500 million genealogical records. They now have over 4,000
databases and 2 billion names with new databases added each day. Some databases are free to view but
only subscribers can view the majority of the material. One of the most useful
databases is the images of the U.S. 1790-1930 census records. Also useful is the 1890 Census Substitute.
The Library version
of Ancestry.com is AncestryPlus which is available through Gale Research.
also has several military records databases, the British Records database
(includes directories and parish records from 1680-1830), and the Mexican Parish
Records (for 1751-1880 including 400,000 names). Other useful indexes include
the Social Security Death Index, and American Genealogical-Biographical Index.
10. Heritage Quest Online
This database is only
available in libraries but can be accessed from home with a library card.
Heritage Quest Online contains images of many census records, 1790-1820,
1860-1870, and 1900-1930. These records are indexed and you may search by first
name, last name, place, age, sex, and birthplace.
Heritage Quest Online
also has searchable the full-text of 25,000 family and local history books.
Ask Janna and Daniela to look on Heritage Quest for you. Click on Help Me! to ask your question.