Family History and Genealogy Services

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Genealogy Resources

General Genealogy Sites
 and the Internet

  • 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 beginning genealogists.
  • Connecting Family Dots - Tons of birth records, marriages, deaths, obituaries, military records, etc., all laid out in very organized tables.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution - Learn about it's excellent library in Washington, D.C.
  • DistantCousin Genealogy - Is an online archive of genealogy records and scanned images of historical documents from a wide variety of sources, such as newspaper obituaries, city directories, census records, ship lists, school yearbooks, military records, and more.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.
  • 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
  • - 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 much more.
  • 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 Web
  • 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
  • Genealogy Links on the Web
  • Genealogy Register. This site is a portal to over 300 genealogy Web sites, all directly linked.
  • Genealogy Resources on the Internet
  • Genealogy Web Directory - A large directory of Genealogy resources and services.
  • STAR Sites - Reviews of the absolute best genealogy sites.
  • Geneanet: Genealogical Database Network - free database of over 50 million records.
  • - A directory of free marriage records, obituaries and other vital records.  Search this growing resource for early marriages.
  • Helm's Genealogy Toolbox
  • 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 other publications.
  • Olive 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.
  • 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 - 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

Print Resources

  • 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.