Genealogy Resources on the Internet

Primary Sources | Volunteer Projects | Government Goodies
Free full-text History/Genealogical Books and Magazines | Some of the Best Commercial Sites
Native American Genealogy Resources | African American Genealogy Sources

Primary Sources

  • Search the US GENWEB Archives
    The USGenWeb Digital Library offers actual transcriptions of public domain records. You will find copies of census records, marriage bonds, wills, and other public documents.
  • Archives
    State archives are putting more records online every day. This link will take you to a simple alphabetical list of all the state archives.
  • Archival Internet Resources
    This service from Tulane University is an archival "meta index," or index of archival indexes. From here you can find almost every major database of archival resources around the world.
  • Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States Land Patent Records Site
    created by the Bureau of Land Management to provide live database and image access to more than two million federal land title records for the Eastern Public Land States, dating back to 1820. Search Federal Land Patents databases, print out copies, and request certified Land Patents.
  • Census Links Online
    As of June 14, 2002, this site had 17,092 links to Census Records.
  • Census Project
    is an all-volunteer USGenweb project to transcribe census records in a standard format in order to make them available to genealogical researchers on the Internet.
  • CensusLinks
    Another Census site. Be sure to check all three, since sometimes one has a link the other has missed.
  • Ellis Island American Family Immigration History Center
    Research records of passengers who came to America through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924.
  • Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
    Provides online access to the passenger lists of many ships carrying immigrants to the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. You can search for passenger lists by name of ship, port of departure or arrival, or by date.
  • Marriage Project
    This USGenweb project provides actual transcriptions of Marriage Applications, and other Marriage Records, as found recorded in the county court house and state archives. Check back often. Records are added daily
  • Pensions Project
    provides actual transcriptions of Pension related materials for all Wars prior to 1900. This is a fairly new project. Not much here yet, but it’s one to watch.
  • Tombstone Transcription Project
    this USGenweb project has links to nearly every U.S. County. This address will take you to the main page. Click on "view the registry" to see a list of states. At the state level, you can browse the cemeteries or search for a surname.

Volunteer Projects

  • RootsWeb
    The granddaddy of all genealogy sites. The Rootsweb Project has two missions: 1. To make large volumes of data available to the online genealogical community at minimal cost. 2. To provide support services to keep it all growing. Many of the best sites in this guide are hosted by Rootsweb.
  • WorldConnect Project
    Connecting the world one Gedcom at a time! 69.7 million names on file. Easy to search and navigate
  • U.S. GenWeb
    This link takes you to the main page, then you can choose the state and county of your interest. Easy to navigate. No ads.
  • The World Genealogy Web Project
    provides links to genealogy resources and information from countries all over the world.
  • Genealogy Mailing Lists
    are a great way for genealogists to meet each other and share information. This is complete index to RootsWeb’s 22,058 genealogy mailing lists.
  • Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
    A very comprehensive list of links to all kinds of Internet resources for genealogy. The links are arranged into categories such as adoption, cemeteries, heraldry, military resources and more. Links can also be viewed by geographical location
  • FamilySearch Online
    The Church of Latter Day Saints allows free searching with this online version of FamilySearch
  • Glossary of Ancient Diseases
    A great place for finding out what diseases used to be called. Olive Tree Genealogy also has other helpful lists, including obsolete occupations.
  • National Genealogy Society
    Information about the society, how to join, resources available through the NGS, and more can be found here.

Government Goodies

Free full-text History/Genealogical Books and Magazines

  • William & Mary Quarterly.
    This well known treasure house of Virginia history and genealogy has been transcribed by USGenWeb volunteers.
  • USGenWeb Special Collections
    provides an entry page to scanned out-of-print books on family studies, historical books and various journals permanently stored in the USGenWeb Archives for free access.
  • The Online Books Page
    at the University of Pennsylvania includes more than 17,000 online books searchable by title, author, & subject. Or, choose subject and browse down to History.
  • Project Gutenberg
    is the very first free electronic text database. It actually began in 1971.
  • The American Colonist’s Library
    Primary source document s. Don’t click on the survey – it’s an ad. Scroll down for a chronological list of documents 500 B.C to 1800 A.D.

Some of the Best Commercial Sites

    Although you must be a subscriber in order to access the full site, is worth a look. Pedigrees are always free, and you can download entire gedcoms at no charge. The site also contains online newsletters and information about genealogy, tips for beginners, and more.
  • Family Tree Maker
    Some information requires a subscription or a CD purchase, but this is still a good place to visit. There are hundreds of useful "how-to" articles, a search options that leads you to user home pages featuring your surname, and other free features.
  • Heraldry on the Internet
    This site is designed to help you conduct heraldic research on the Internet.
  • Higginson Book Company
    specializes in reprinting genealogy and family history books. Most of these are "out of print" through regular sources and hard to get through interlibrary loan. Scroll down the main page to find options for browsing by surname or locality.
  • Name Distributions
    Enter a surname into the form and you’ll get a map of the United States showing the distribution of people with this surname within the 50 United States.
  • Professional Genealogists
    Provides contact information for professional genealogists all over the world, sorted by the genealogist’s specialty.

Native American Genealogy Resources

African American Genealogy Sources

This is the online version of a booklet compiled by staff members of the Callaway County Public Library for “Genealogy on the Internet” classes held at the library

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