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Genealogy Resources

Databases and
 Internet Resources

Only about 1% of genealogical records are online. You still need to use Interlibrary Loan, document delivery and travel to do research at libraries, courthouses and cemeteries. What isn't online? a. Court Records (Too voluminous); b. Vital Records (Most state vital records are not online except for AZ, GA, KY, MO, OH, UT, and WV); c. Newspapers (scattered issues in scattered websites with inadequate search engines, but there are developments in this area); Military Records (Too voluminous); and, Land Records (Too voluminous).

As you use online sources, you need to differentiate between primary and secondary sources, between databases and digital images; and between abstracts and full documents. Remember to get source citations and to print everything for documentation.

Genealogy Search Engine

  • Mocavo.com. A free search engine geared toward genealogists and people interested in learning more about their family history, launched on 16 March 2011.

Commercial Databases

  • Ancestry.com.  Ancestry.com is the world’s largest online resource for family history, and it keeps growing and adding valuable materials for family researchers of all types. Some free materials, but most is by subscription only. $

  • Archives.com. Archives.com, a new website launched in July 2009, helps every day people and advanced genealogists trace their family trees. Our intention is to become a leader in the space, and to be a steward of the genealogical community. We've already compiled a database of over one billion fully searchable records and historical documents — and are constantly adding new, premier collections. $

  • Family Link. Is a family of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyLink.com, WebTree.com, and the We're Related and MyFamily applications on Facebook. Create your family tree and connect with genealogists all over the world. $

  • Family Tree Connection. Genealogy Today. Part of Genealogy Today, a web site that hosts free and subscription-based databases (others include New England Early Genealogy and Town Reports Online), this resource provides access to secondary sources like yearbooks, city directories, Masonic rosters, and church records. Browsable by U.S. regions or record type, it grows by 250,000 names each year and is around 1.5 million names. This web site will be transitioned to the subscription data section at GenealogyToday.com. Free/$

  • FindYourFamilyTree.com. Every month, thousands of people worldwide freely submit their family trees to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church then publishes these genealogy records in a growing collection of CDs and DVDs called Pedigree Resource File. FindYourFamilyTree.com, an independently-owned website, allows you to search these same records online so you may first find your ancestors for free before you decide to buy the set. Free/$

  • Fold3. Is a subscription database whose primary focus is U.S. military records. It does provide access to a substantial number of digitized newspapers for varying time periods. $

  • Footnote.com An online repository for original historical documents, combined with the ability for users to make comments, annotations, and upload their own documents. Collections feature documents relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and WWI, WWII, U.S. Presidents, historical newspapers, and naturalization documents. This is a place where original historical documents are combined with social networking in order to create a truly unique experience involving the stories of our past.  Now owned by Ancestry.com. $
  • Gale/Cengage Learning Databases. The company creates and maintains more than 600 databases that are published online, in print, as eBooks and in microform. The databases are available through libraries. $

  • GeneaLinks.com. Features a marriage records database, surname registry queries, and links to genealogy and history sites in a categorized directory of well-known and not-so-well-known genealogy and history sites. The full access genealogy search on the website is powered by Archives, a paid database service. Marriage Records -- The free marriage records registry contains free marriage records with the name of the groom, name of the bride, location of the marriage and date. States Genealogy -- State genealogy information including links to census, military, and other genealogy resources for each state in the United States. Genealogy Directory -- You can find records, queries, and historical information for your genealogy research. In addition to records, you can also find suggestions from professional genealogists for methods of searching for your family and surnames. Free/$

  • GenealogyBank. Produced by NewsBank, Inc. Chester, Vermont. Newspaper database and more.  Over 4,500 newspapers from 1690 until today provide first-hand accounts about your ancestors that simply can't be found in other sources. Includes millions of obituaries. $

  • Genealogy.com. Generations Network. Made up of Family Tree Maker, Genealogy Library, World Family Tree, U.S. Census Records, and International and Passenger Records through different subscription levels. $

  • Genes Reunited. You can search Genesreunited.com’s records for free, but you must pay to see any details of those records (England and Wales only). Search over 757 million names and start connecting with family past and present. Access to records available by subscription (Standard and Platinum levels). $

  • Geni.com. Geni is the leading collaborative genealogy platform. Geni users from around the world work together to build a single, comprehensive family tree. Users can build a private tree of their close relatives to connect to the shared public tree. Of the over 100 million profiles that Geni users have created, more than 60 million of them are connected together in Geni's World Family Tree, also referred to as the Big Tree by many users. Access to database is free. Geni’s Pro subscription service allows users to find matching trees and merge those into the single world family tree, which currently contains nearly 60 million living users and their ancestors. $

  • Genline: Research Swedish Genealogy Online and Discover your Swedish Ancestry and Heritage. An online archive that contains images of the original Swedish Church Records from 1500 to 1860 and some information from 1860-1900. These include births, marriages, deaths and household examinations (similar to yearly census) records. $

  • Godfrey Memorial Library. Extensive collection of essential resources to help in genealogical and historical research. Locate your relatives back in time through many city and business directories, vital records, printed census records, state, county and local histories as well as numerous family histories, family bible records, and service and pension records. Thousands of resources from across the U.S. are available both in the library and online. International resources are also available. $

  • HeritageQuest. Contains the U.S. Federal Census images from 1790-1930 (including name indexes for many years), digitized books (22,000 family and local histories), PERSI index (which covers more than 2.1 million genealogy and local history articles), Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, Freedman's bank records (1865-1874) which was founded to serve African Americans, U.S. Serial Set which contains Memorials, Petitions, and Private Relief Actions of the U.S. Congress in the LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set. $

  • inGeneas.com. The inGeneas Database offers you an extensive array of the following: Canadian passenger, Canadian immigration, Canadian census, Canadian vital statistics (birth, marriage and death), Canadian land, Canadian military and Canadian miscellaneous records from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
     
  • LinkMyFamilyTree Genealogy. Surnames, census, cemetery, birth and marriage details. Free/$ for upgraded membership.

  • Myheritage.com. MyHeritage.com was founded by a team of people with a passion for genealogy and a strong grasp of Internet technology. Use of MyHeritage.com Research is free. They don't sell genealogy data or subscriptions. They just obtain the results, count them, and make it easy for you to reach them directly, saving you the labor of running hundreds of queries yourself in various genealogy databases. Viewing individual search results obtained through MyHeritage queries may require subscription or payment according to the terms of the specific Web site on which the results were found. Free/$

  • MyTrees.com. Search the world's largest genealogy, pedigree-linked database. Over 1 Billion Names. Build your Family History with a Family Search from Birth Records, Marriage Records, Death Records, and - of course - Family Trees. Data freely given is freely shared. Company policy is to freely share data whenever the costs for that data allow us to provide it free of charge. Ancestry Archive Index is totally free. $

  • New England Historic Genealogical Society. Includes church records, newspapers and periodicals, city and town directories, court records, census, tax, and voter lists, diaries and journals, land records, military records, and published genealogies and biographies for historical New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont). Some of the databases available online include the Massachusetts Vital Records through 1910 and New York Probate Records (1787-1835). $, plus a variety of free databases for registered users.

  • Newspaper Archive. NewspaperARCHIVE.com is the world's largest online newspaper database featuring over 120 million newspaper pages. Our a newspaper archive dates back from 1609 to the present. Plus our database expands by one newspaper page per second for a total of around 2.5 million pages per month. $

  • 19th Century U.S. Newspapers. 19th Century U.S. Newspapers provides access to primary source newspaper content from the 19th century, featuring full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century, with an emphasis on such topics as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration and Antebellum-era life, among other subjects. $
     
  • OneGreatFamily.com. OneGreatFamily. This resource claims to be "the world's largest online family tree," including millions of names and records. The company makes it very difficult to cancel subscriptions. $

  • The Origins Network. British, Scottish and Irish record collections dating back to the 13th century, as well as rare and unique photos and books. $

  • WorldVitalRecords. Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, WorldVitalRecords.com provides easy and affordable access to over 4.2 billion names from family history records collections worldwide. Collection of birth, death, military, census, and parish records. Thousands of databases, including exclusive access to Everton's Online Library, and International Parish Register Collection, International Marriage Record Collection, Quintin CDROM Library, and SmallTownPapers Collection. $

Other Databases

  • Access Genealogy. This Web site is a portal to genealogical databases, but also a collection of unique databases maintained at the Access Genealogy Web pages.
     
  • Access to Archival Databases (AAD). NARA's searchable database containing electronic records. The following topics have specific genealogical sources in AAD: Passenger lists of immigrants to the Port of New York 1846-1851, WWII POWs and casualties, Korean War POWs and casualties, Japanese-American internees, Vietnam War casualties, and more.
     
  • Across the Generations: Exploring U.S. History through Family Papers
    Family papers contain a wealth of useful genealogical information, as well as providing a window onto evolving social conditions, on-going economic change, new political trends, and cultural shifts over time. This web exhibit was produced by the Sophia Smith Collection and the Bodman Family Foundation.
     
  • African American Cemeteries Online. A database of African American cemetery interments from 30 US states.  
     
  • African-American Censuses Online.  Search African-American censuses in Alabama counties.
     
  • Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy: 1719-1820 . This website provides a searchable database for African-Americans from the Louisiana area.

  • Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The ACPL Genealogy Center is a unique and valuable resource for the Northeastern Indiana community and the entire genealogical community at large.  We have one of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world. Our staff specializes in genealogy and is always available to help. 
     
  • America's Obituaries & Death Notices. The largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices. Searchable nationwide or by state; must be accessed through a public library onsite or online, depending on your library.  From Newsbank.
     
  • American FactFinder. Database of census information from the U.S. Census Bureau.
     
  • American Local History Network. ALHN is a nonprofit public benefit corporation whose purpose is to serve as the hub of a network of freely-accessible, independent historical and genealogical Web sites maintained by volunteer webmasters. All their sites are categorized by State or Topic. Most databases are unique, and has become an important portal to genealogical databases online.
  • Ancestors at Rest. Find your ancestors in death records. Search free death records such as coffin plates, death cards, funeral cards, wills, church records, family bibles, cenotaphs and tombstone inscriptions on AncestorsAtRest.com.  Find links to other death records like cemeteries, vital stats, and obituaries.
     
  • AncestorSuperSearch.com - Search over 1.4 million English birth, marriage and census records 1755-1891.
     
  • AncestralFindings.com. Search vital records, family surnames, and learn more about genealogical research methods.
     
  • Ancestry.com - over 2 billion names in 3,000 databases in this; the largest retail database on the net. A wealth of information at this site, some by paid membership, some for free.
     
  • Ancestry.com - Immigration Databases  - Over 10 million US passenger & naturalization records from 15th-19th century, including 19th century NY passenger lists. (Requires paid subscription)
     
  • Ancestry Library. Ancestry Library is a subscription database available free-of-charge from any NARA location nationwide. It offers searchable ancestor databases of over 600 million names, as well as specialized databases, including census images. Ancestry.com is available to individual researchers by subscription.
     
  • Ancestry's Newspaper Obituary Database - Search this huge collection of millions of obituaries from over 100 newspapers from around the world. (Requires paid membership)
     
  • Archival Research Catalog (ARC). ARC is a NARA database and contains online copies of some records that can be useful in genealogical research. The following topics have specific genealogical sources in ARC: African American history, court records, Federal employees, immigration, military records, and Native Americans records.
     
  • Best Websites for Helping Genealogists. This web site, provided by the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NARAGA) is a portal providing web-based resources to assist genealogists.
     
  • Birth, Marriage, and Divorce Records. Directory of online birth, marriage, and divorce indexes arranged by state and county.
     
  • Bremen (Germany) - New York Passenger Lists  - Search the Bremen Chamber of Commerce's database of passenger lists 1920-1939, of over 120,000 passengers.
  • British Newspaper Archive. The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and brightsolid online publishing to digitize up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection over the next 10 years. Search millions of articles by keyword, name, location, date or title and watch your results appear in an instant.
     
  • Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online, 1841-1902. This web site, which is a collaboration between the Brooklyn Public Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, makes over 70 years of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle available to the web-browsing public. Searchable by keyword, date, and content type, this archive includes an introduction to the paper's history as well as a timeline of important changes to the paper.
     
  • Castle Garden Immigrant Database Online. An online database of information of about 10 million immigrants (with 2 million more in progress) for the years 1830 through 1892, the years before Ellis Island opened. All these records are extracted from the original ship manifests. The site's "Quick Search" allows a search by first name, last name, date range, place of origin, occupation, and name of ship. The "Advanced Searches" offer the ability to search the database using more fields, but without ancestor's name. An Advanced Search currently costs $45.
     
  • Cemetery Records Online - search over 3.7 million names from more than 7,500 cemeteries worldwide.
     
  • Censuses  - Search one of the largest collection of US censuses maintained by US GenWeb in three ways: by name, by year of census or by state.
     
  • Censuslinks.com - Search one of the largest collections of online censuses;  over 5,000 censuses mainly for the U.S. but also some European countries.
     
  • Colonial Connecticut Records, 1636-1776. Sponsored by the University of Connecticut Libraries, this site offers the Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, searchable and indexed.

  • Connecting Family Dots - Many birth records, marriages, deaths, obituaries, military records, etc., all laid out in very organized tables, perfect for the eyes of the family researcher.
     
  • Death Indexes and Records. Directory of online death indexes arranged by state and county. Includes death records, death certificate indexes, death notices, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery records.

  • Death-Record. Death-Record.com contains over 89 million deaths that have been announced to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Each detailed page of the deceased person contains personal information including social security number, date of birth, date of death, and country of residence. The SSA does not have files for all deceased persons, so if an individual is missing from Death-Record.com, this does not mean that person is still living. One of the main purposes of this SSA death records file is to verify deaths, thereby inhibiting fraud. The USA PATRIOT Act demands the verification of customers and the maintenance of records used to confirm customer identity. For instance, pension fund managers, insurers, the government, or anyone accountable for sending payments, needs to know if the recipients of the money are still alive.
     
  • Debt of Honour Register - Maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, this searchable register provides details on the 1.7 million Commonwealth forces who died in the First or Second World Wars, including British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand personnel.

  • EllisIsland.org. On April 17, 2001 the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation launched the American Family Immigration History Center® (AFIHC), on Ellis Island and the World Wide Web, which makes the 25 million arrival records and over 900 ships of passage pictures in the Ellis Island Archives available to everyone. More than 22 million passengers and members of ships' crews entered the United States through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924.
     
  • Ellis Island Alternative Database Search Engine
     
  • Ellis Island Database One-Step Search Tools. This site presents an overview of search forms to use, and assists searches of the Ellis Island immigration databases.
     
  • Ellis Island U.S. Immigration Records - Search over 22 million names of US immigrants who arrived as passengers and crewin the port of New York between 1892 and 1924.
     
  • Encyclopedia of Genealogy - The Encyclopedia of Genealogy serves as a compendium of genealogical tools and techniques. It provides reference information about everything in genealogy except people.
     
  • Everton Library Online Membership. Includes family group sheets, pedigree files, Social Security Death index, advanced ancestor search, newspaper archive elite (12+ million searchable pages), past issues of Everton's Genealogical Helper, African-American newspapers, American counties to 1900, etc. Subscription service.
     
  • ExpertGenealogy.com. This site specializes in providing direct links to International databases.
     
  • Family History Internet Sites. Compiled by Kip Sperry.
     
  • Familysearch.org. FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. For over 100 years, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide. Patrons may freely access our resources and service online at FamilySearch.org, or through over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
     
  • Family Tree Connection. A variety of databases that come with free subscription from Genealogy Today.
     
  • Family Tree Maker.com. Provides a 470 million name database as well as community message boards, genealogy help, how-to articles, and bibliography.
     
  • FamilyTreeSearcher.com. - This site has an awesome search engine tool that allows multiple database results...with ONE search.
     
  • Federal Township Plats of Illinois, 1804-1891. The passage of the Land Ordinance of 1785 created the rectangular survey system for the mapping and subsequent sale of the western public lands of the United States. In 1803, the first survey of lands began, which would later become the state of Illinois.
     
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies. Provides links and resources supporting genealogy research.
  • FreeBMD. FreeBMD is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed records. It is a part of the FreeUKGEN family, which also includes FreeCEN (Census data) and FreeREG (Parish Registers).
     
  • Funeralnet - Search Funeralnet's US obituary database.
     
  • Genealogical Journeys in Time   Site featuring over 400 pages of Genealogy Surnames, Queries, Family Surname Resources, Coats of Arms, Research Tips and Guides, etc.
     
  • Genealogy. Links to genealogy research tools, guidance, and web sites.
     
  • Genealogy. From the Digital Librarian, an extensive alphabetical list of genealogy resources available on the Web. Some entries are annotated.
     
  • Genealogy. From the Open Directory Project, this site indexes over 6,600 genealogy sites on the Internet. They are categorized by subject and geographic region. Links to foreign-language sites are also included.
     
  • Genealogy Detective. Links to genealogy research tools, guidance, and web sites.
     
  • Genealogy of the UK  A guide to finding online genealogy resources for the UK, including archives, libraries, surname lists, parish registers, cemeteries, directories, war memorials, electoral rolls, censuses.
     
  • Genealogy Register. This site is a portal to over 300 genealogy Web sites, all directly linked.
     
  • Genealogy Today. This site provides news, links, and tools for genealogists.
     
  • Genealogy.com. Offers tips on starting genealogical research, web links, and a 470 million-name searchable database.
     
  • GenealogyBank.com  Includes newspapers, the American State Papers, the U.S. Serial Set, digital books and more.  Much of their data comes from the American Antiquarian Society of Worcester, Mass.  NewsBank.  Searches are free, but charge to see full documents.
     
  • Genealogylinks.net  Over 30,000 links to cemeteries, ships lists, censuses, marriages, military databases for UK and Ireland, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

  • GenealogySearchAustralia.com.au - Genealogy Search Australia, the free Australian Genealogy Search Engine and Directory for the most useful Australian and International family history and ancestry sites. Extensive lists of convicts, bushrangers, ships, passenger lists, censuses, cemeteries, genealogical clubs and societies and family history sites.
     
  • GenealogyToolbox.com. Resources on this site include a list of over 70,000 links to genealogical resources on the Internet, news and articles on family history research, a guide to genealogical software, and a site to register your genealogy home page.

  • Geneanet. Free database of over 50 million records.
     
  • GeneaSearch.com. Includes a searchable database, family newsletters, books from societies and individuals, queries, announcement of new sites, and information for beginning researchers.
     
  • Germans-from-Russia to US & Canadian Ports - a database that allows you to search by ship or passenger name, port of arrival, town/country of origin.
     
  • Godfrey Memorial Library. Has an extensive collection of essential resources to assist genealogical and historical research. Resources include newspapers, city and business directories, vital records, printed census records, state, county, and local histories, as well as numerous family histories, family bible records, and service and pension records.
     
  • The Great Migration Study Project. Sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the goal is to compile "comprehensive genealogical and biographical accounts" on every one of the 20,000 people who settled in New England between 1620 and 1643.
     
  • Hamburg Emigration Lists - a database of personal data of 5 million people (Russian, German, Jewish, Austrian) who emigrated via Hamburg, Germany from 1850 to 1934; 80% of whom were traveling to the United States.
     
  • HeritageQuest. Provides online searches of the Federal Population Census, articles about genealogy, and books describing family histories. $
     
  • History, Genealogy and Education. This site, maintained by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) gives information about the Immigration and Naturalization (I&N) Historical Reference Library collection and services.
     
  • Illinois Veterans Databases. From the Illinois State Archives, these databases cover all veterans from Illinois who participated in America's wars from the War of 1812 to the Spanish-American War. Included on this site is the Database of the 1929 Illinois Roll of Honor, which is a list of burial places of military veterans buried in Illinois as of 1929.
     
  • The Immigrant Ancestors Project, sponsored by the Center for Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University, uses emigration registers to locate information about the birthplaces of immigrants in their native countries, which is not found in the port registers and naturalization documents in the destination countries. Volunteers working with scholars and researchers at Brigham Young University are creating a database of millions of immigrants based on these emigration registers
     
  • Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild - Over 3,800 ships passenger lists have been transcribed, passenger and crew names and ship name, departure point etc from all lists can be searched here.
     
  • Index to Loyalist Muster Rolls - Search their extensive collection of orderley books, lists of regiments and muster rolls.
     
  • Intelius.com.  Search engine for tracking down people in the United States.
     
  • Interment.com. This is a grave index that should be used along with Cemetery Junction, Find-A-Grave, and others. This site has an index to records for 4,056,102 burials in 8,905 cemeteries from around the world.
     
  • Irish Convicts to Australia - search the National Archives of Ireland Transportation Records Database 1836-1888 (1788-1835 transportation records were destroyed by fire).
     
  • Irish Passenger Lists - to US and Canada - search an extensive database of Irish passengers arriving (during 1800s) in US and Canadian ports
     
  • JewishGen - Jewishgen has the largest collection of Jewish genealogy online, including "Family Tree of the Jewish People" database (information on 2 million people), ShtetLinks (over 200 communities) and the Jewishgen Family Finder (over 200,000 surnames & towns).
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  • Kindred Konnections. Has over 230 million pedigree linked names with submitter information. The online pedigrees are not merged, but maintained by individual patrons. There are additional databases of birth, marriage, death, and census records that are automatically searched along with the pedigree linked data. Segments of pedigrees can be downloaded.
     
  • Learning Space: Genealogical Resources. This page has links to a number of useful resources on genealogy and family history that may of help to you if you wish to research your family tree. Some of these resources are free to use; others are subscription services, although many of these offer free access to their indexes while charging for access to records. Most of the links given here have a UK bias; many of the larger genealogical sites are international but in practice dominated by the huge interest in the USA.
     
  • Library of Congress
     
  • Linkpendium. An online compendium of genealogical links. It describes itself as "The definitive directory to genealogical and other resources on the Web."

  • Locate Grave. LocateGrave.org allows you to search for gravesite locations of family members and friends that have passed. The dataset contains almost seven million entries. A majority of the data is form U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which tracks graves marked with a government grave marker. You can search by several metrics including first name, last name, date of birth, date of death, cemetery, cemetery state, and cemetery city.
     
  • Maps: Alabama Historical Map Index. This site is created and maintained by the Department of Geography, University of Alabama.
     
  • Maryland State Archives Census Indexes. Created and maintained by the Maryland state archives, this site allows searches of four different historical Maryland censuses.
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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Geographic Nameserver. Online database from which you can obtain the county in which a town is now located by entering the name of the town and the state abbreviation.
     
  • Meta-Search Engines.- Comb the web for your family tree with this powerful tool that can search up to 8 search engines simultaneously.

  • Military History Online. User and community built database.  A webzine of contributed articles on military history.
     
  • Military Indexes and Records. Includes World War I, World War II, Korean and Vietnam wars.
     
  • Morse, Stephen P. "Deep Linking: Getting the Most Out of Existing Search Engines." Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly 22, 1 (March 2007): 29-39.
     
  • NameTraq. This web site identifies surnames in the news. It searches more than 1600 news sources and includes more than 25,000 surnames in the United States.

  • National Archives : Resources for Genealogists. Use the resources at the National Archives to explore your family's ancestry.  Very few records are online, so doing actual research on your ancestors is very limited here. However, this web site can help you prepare for your visit to the National Archives. This includes finding microfilm roll numbers for records you may want to search or order copies of. You can also read articles about the records, and perhaps get ideas for new types of records to investigate.
     
  • National Genealogical Society. This web site for a national genealogical association provides "How to get started" guidance and a virtual library.
     
  • National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. Provides resources for genealogists including an online catalog.
     
  • Newseum - Newspaper Front Pages. Read today's headlines from more than 300 U.S. and international newspaper front pages.
     
  • NewspaperArchive.com - search an online database of scanned newspapers of over 1,500,000 pages from US & Canada. $
     
  • Notable Women Ancestors. The majority of the pages located at this site have been contributed by descendants or relatives of the women.
     
  • NZ Genealogy Search Engine -Search a private directory of links to New Zealand passenger lists, family trees & surname databases.
     
  • Obituary Daily Times - This Rootsweb database contains over 6.5 million records from obituaries around the world and is updated daily.
     
  • Odessa - a German-Russian Genealogical Library - Search an extensive database (over 240 megabytes) of documents relating to the emigration of Germans from Russia including US census records 1795-1814, Bessarabian records, German-Russians interred in US cemeteries, St Petersburg archives, village histories and war documents.

  • Ohio River Valley Families Genealogical Database Master Index. Searchable by name or location of early Ohio Valley Settlers with GEDCOM downloads, military and burial records plus ancestor and descendant charts. This database contains 116770 people, 116770 names, and is derived from a 1275073 line GEDCOM file as of August 2012.
     
  • OMII Genealogy Project and Kidron Heritage Center. Information about a Swiss Mennonite and German Amish genealogy project, and access to three databases containing information about more than 425,000 persons.
     
  • One-Step Web Pages, by Steven Morse. A more effective search engine to access immigration records, census, and vital records, and some Jewish databases.
     
  • Online Books from Google. Search the full text of books.
     
  • Online Genealogical Database Index - GenTree

  • Online Searchable Death Indexes: A Genealogy Guide. This website is a directory of online death indexes listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices & registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery & burial records. You can also find information here about searching the Social Security Death Index online.

  • The Original Record. Search rare and obscure sources from Britain and its colonies which have been indexed by surname. The search results are linked to scans of the original document which are available for download on a pay-per-view basis.
     
  • Origins.net. Provides searches of census and other data for Irish, British, and Scottish genealogical research.
     
  • PRETRIEVE - Public Record Search Engine. Find public record information on individuals and businesses. Enter a name and city, and you'll find links to databases containing public records.
     
  • The Public Records Online Directory is a Portal to official state web sites, and those Tax Assessors' and Recorders' offices that have developed web sites for the retrieval of available public records over the internet. For example, some Recorders' offices have marriage and birth records available online. Although not every county and parish has data online, many have home pages, and where neither is available a phone number has been provided.
     
  • Rand Genealogy Club.  This Web site is operated by employees of the Rand Corporation, a non-profit institution famous for its "think tank" role in American scientific endeavors. The Home Page lists the categories and provides direct links to Web sites, a very good "who's who" of genealogical resources which can be used a a check list for mandatory web surfing.
     
  • RootsWeb. Rootsweb is the oldest and largest free online community dedicated to family history. You'll find millions of members communicating on thousands of message boards in this expansive environment for learning, collaborating and sharing with others. The primary purpose and function of RootsWeb.com is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research. RootsWeb houses tens of thousands of websites for the genealogy community. RootsWeb is funded and supported by Ancestry.com. Search Engines and Databases found at RootsWeb
    • RootsWeb Surname List/RSL (Surname Listings)
    • MetaSearch (Multiple Databases and Files)
    • U. S. Town/County Database (Locations)
    • WorldConnect Project (Family Trees)
    • Index of All Search Engines and Databases
    • Family Trees (WorldConnect)

  • Rootsweb Civil War Rosters  - This database contains over 32,000 records with over 10,300 distinct surnames.
     
  • RootsWeb. Roots Surname List Country Abbreviations. List of three-letter abbreviations for foreign countries and for the counties and other subdivisions of several countries.
     
  • Schools - Colleges - Universities. Alumni and Genealogy Education. Worldwide comprehensive resource of educational institutions, past and present students, alumni, associations, faculty, friends and military personnel.
     
  • Search Systems provides links to state public records databases. It does not charge for assembling the information. But individual states may charge for searches.
     
  • The Ships List
     
  • Ships Passenger Lists - Australia  - .State of Victoria: search the Public Record Office of Victoria's Index of Inward Passenger Lists 1852-1911..
     
  • Social Security Death Index (SSDI) - This database of the U.S. Social Security Death Index (SSDI) contains over 66 million records and is updated monthly.
     
  • Source List for Genealogy Research. Created and maintained by Don Dale at the University of Kansas, this site links to many resources for those interested in genealogy.
     
  • Stephen Morse. Stephen Morse has linked to a number of other websites of valuable records, but improved their usefulness by providing additional ways to search that make one's work more efficient. The site links to most passenger lists, the RootsWeb Social Security Death Index, and other sites using his enhanced search capacities.
     
  • Telephone Directories. Portal to worldwide telephone directory Web sites; includes all types of directories such as reverse, telephone numbers, e-mail, etc.
     
  • Top Search Engines and Directories. Genealogy and Family. History Internet Portals and Browsers Worldwide search engine information and databases for webmasters, research specialists, genealogists and family historians.
     
  • Unclaimed Persons. The purpose of this site is to provide information to the public regarding a deceased loved one for whom next of kin has never been located.
     
  • UK & Ireland Record Search - .Search over 3,500 links to mainly online records (censuses, cemeteries, ships passenger lists, parish records etc) for the UK & Ireland. One of the largest link databases to UK & Ireland records online, maintained by Genealogylinks.net.
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  • United States Civil War Center - Search the Louisiana State University's 7,000 page Civil War database.
     
  • US Federal Censuses Online 1790-1930- Search over 425 million names in the following US Federal censuses 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910 and 1920. (From Ancestry.com - paid membership)
     
  • United States Colored Troops Database of over 230,000 names is searchable by surname.
     
  • USGenWeb. US GenWeb Project is a group of volunteers working together to provide websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This project is free access for everyone.
     
  • US GenWeb Archives Search - search the largest database of US genealogical data online (65,000 pages), inc cemeteries, censuses, military and many other records.
     
  • U.S. Town/County Database
     
  • USGenWeb Project. Site from which the fifty state GenWeb projects can be accessed. An individual state project can be accessed directly by adding the two-letter state abbreviation to the USGenWeb address, e.g., OHGenWeb <http://www.usgenweb.org/oh>. These state projects will eventually have pages for each county. Some county pages provide information on the availability of birth records and other records that provide birth information.
     
  • U.S. Geological Survey. Geographic Names Information System . Online database from which you can obtain the county in which a town is now located. For “Feature Name” type in the name of the town. Choose the name of the state, and choose “populated place” from the “Feature Type” list.
     
  • US Search. Search Tool for tracking down people in the United States.
     
  • VitalChek Network Inc. Order vital records with your credit card and view each state's laws on access restrictions.
     
  • VitalSearch Company Worldwide has vital records indexes from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Some are free, or link to Ancestry.com, and some require vitalsearch.com membership. Subscription gives better service.
     
  • War MemorialsSearch this collection of war memorials for Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire.
     
  • Way Back Machine. Internet Archive. Browse through 85 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. To start surfing the Wayback, type in the web address of a site or page where you would like to start, and press enter. Then select from the archived dates available. The resulting pages point to other archived pages at as close a date as possible. Keyword searching is not currently supported.
     
  • World Vital Records. Provides access to research helps and has a wide variety of international records, including more than 60 pairsh registers, Scottish death records, UK marriages, and Irish prisoner records. There are more than 300 newspapers with 100,000 pages added a month, and over 500 online databases, including vital, military, land, pension records, reference materials, family histories, maps, gazetteers, and international coops. There will soon be over 10,000 databases online.
     
  • World War 1 Document Archive - Maintained by Brigham Young University, Utah, this large database includes official war papers, memorials, links to other online resources. Don't expect documentation on ancestors names, but do expect to access a vast array of war documents.
     
  • World War I Service Cards Database. Database of over 145,000 service cards of Army and Marine soldiers from Missouri between 1917 and 1919.
     
  • Yahoo's listing of Genealogy Sites
     
  • ZabaSearch. Free People Search and Public Information Search Engine Contains mix of outdated and current data, plus birth month and/or year for some individuals.