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.
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, 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historical documents — and are constantly adding new, premier
- 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
section at GenealogyToday.com. Free/$
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.
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
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
- 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
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.
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. $
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
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
- 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. 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. $
- 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
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.
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
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)
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
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
Bremen (Germany) - New York Passenger Lists - Search the
Bremen Chamber of Commerce's database of passenger lists
1920-1939, of over 120,000 passengers.
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.
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.
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
- 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
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.
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
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 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,
- 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
FamilyTreeSearcher.com. - This site has an awesome search
engine tool that allows multiple database results...with ONE
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
- 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
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
Genealogy. From the Digital Librarian, an extensive
alphabetical list of genealogy resources available on the Web.
Some entries are annotated.
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
Detective. Links to genealogy research tools, guidance, and
- 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,
- Genealogy Register.
This site is a portal to over 300 genealogy Web sites, all
- 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.
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
Geneanet. Free database of over 50 million records.
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.
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
- 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
Index to Loyalist Muster Rolls - Search their extensive
collection of orderley books, lists of regiments and muster
- 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).
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
- 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.
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
Meta-Search Engines.- Comb the web for your family tree with
this powerful tool that can search up to 8 search engines
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
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.
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. $
Women Ancestors. The majority of the pages located at this
site have been contributed by descendants or relatives of the
NZ Genealogy Search Engine -Search a private directory of
links to New Zealand passenger lists, family trees & surname
Obituary Daily Times - This Rootsweb database contains over
6.5 million records from obituaries around the world and is
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
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
- One-Step Web
Pages, by Steven Morse. A more effective search engine to
access immigration records, census, and vital records, and some
- Online Books from Google.
Search the full text of books.
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.
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
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 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 Surname List/RSL (Surname Listings)
Rootsweb Civil War Rosters - This database contains over
32,000 records with over 10,300 distinct surnames.
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
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
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.
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)
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
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.
Search. Search Tool for tracking down people in the United
- VitalChek Network Inc.
Order vital records with your credit card and view each state's
laws on access restrictions.
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.