General Genealogy Sites
and the Internet
- About.com Genealogy
- Has tips, discussion groups, and weekly articles on genealogy.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ancestor Hunt - Free
Genealogy Search Engine. Search for ancestors and locate
your family surnames in some of the best and largest databases
of genealogy records online. Birth, death and marriage records,
census records, immigration records, military records, search
message boards, trees and surname sites.
Ancestry World Tree - Search over 200 million names free.
Be sure to try the advanced search engines for your search terms
to get more valid results for your surnames.
- Branching Out Online
- A good tutorial to learn about online genealogy techniques for
Connecting Family Dots - Tons of birth records, marriages,
deaths, obituaries, military records, etc., all laid out in very
- Daughters of the American
Revolution - Learn about it's excellent library in
- DistantCousin Genealogy
- Is an online archive of genealogy records and scanned images
of historical documents from a wide variety of sources, such as
newspaper obituaries, city directories, census records, ship
lists, school yearbooks, military records, and more. There are
more than 6 million genealogy records from over 1,500 sources
online. There are no fees or memberships.
- Ellis Island -
American Family Immigration History Center
- 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.
ExpertGenealogy.com. This site specializes in providing
direct links to International databases.
Family Finder Search - Search 1 billion names in genealogy
data sets and databases including the 1900 census. This free
genealogy search can reveal an enormous amount of resources to
check in your research.
- Family Search -
LDS Family History Library Catalog
FamilyTreeSearcher.com. - This site has a search engine tool
that allows multiple database results with one search.
Free People Search International - Free People Search is
your international directory to people locating services, free
email search, 411 search, online detectives, genealogy, and
Free-Reference Genealogy - A directory.
Genealogy Encyclopedia. When tracing an ancestry it is
common to encounter records filled with obsolete, archaic, or
legal terms that can be difficult to interpret. Misinterpreting
these terms can make the difference between linking persons to
the right generation, parents, spouse or children. Understanding
exactly what is stated in any record is vital before attempting
to move to the next generation. Inexperienced or impatient
genealogists undervalue the quality of their research by
applying present-day definitions to documents created in an
earlier century. Take the time to use the glossaries provided
here and other excellent dictionaries, genealogical reference
books and encyclopedias to interpret documents correctly.
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 Gateway to the
- Genealogy Home Page
- Genealogy Links.
This Web site is a portal to over 45,000 Genealogy Links (U.S.,
England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Finland, Germany,
Italy, Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand).
Genealogy Links on the Web
- Genealogy Register.
This site is a portal to over 300 genealogy Web sites, all
Genealogy Resources on the Internet
- Genealogy Web
Directory - A large directory of Genealogy resources and
Genealogybuff.com STAR Sites - Reviews of the absolute best
- Geneanet: Genealogical
Database Network - free database of over 50 million records.
- GenWed.com - A directory
of free marriage records, obituaries and other vital records.
Search this growing resource for early marriages.
- Helm's Genealogy
- I Dream of Genealogy
- Offers free genealogy databases and links to resources online
and a document retrieval service.
- 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.
John's Genealogy Portal. John Kangas decided to place links
to his favorite databases online.
- Kindred Trails -
Worldwide genealogy and family history resources.
- Library of Congress
- Linkpendium. A
great genealogy resource, is focused strongly on U.S. state,
county and local resources, as well as on surnames. Its major
emphasis is its resources at the county level of all U.S.
states. It includes over 5 million genealogy sites.
National Archives & Records Administration
- Notable Women
Ancestors - Some are famous - some are not. Provides
information on women who have been overlooked or ignored in
Tree Genealogy - Free ship's passenger lists, church
records, land records, family surnames and much more will help
you find that elusive ancestor. Created by Lorine McGinnis
Schultze in February 1996.
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 - Search the
databases at RootsWeb to find numerous free genealogy records
stored on their site.
Surname Helper - Free genealogy search engine which searches
assorted genealogy pages. Indexed by surname.
- U.S. GenWeb
- Porter, Pamela Boyer. Online Roots, How to Discover Your
Family's History & Heritage with the Power of the Internet.
Nashville, Tennessee: Rutledge Hill Press, 2003.
- Schaefer, Christina K. Instant Information on the
Internet: 50 States and the District of Columbia. National
Genealogical Society, 1999. This book gives the addresses (URLS)
of web sites for genealogical research in each of the fifty
states and the District of Columbia. Organized by state it
provides Internet listings for each state's vital records,
archives, historical society and library. Any National Archives
Records Center located within the state and many regional and
local sites for other individual state resources.