SOME HELPFUL GENEALOGICAL LINKS OF GENERAL INTEREST AND INCLUDING MANY DATABASES
Selected by Ron Moore
CYNDI'S LIST OF GENEALOGY SITES ON THE INTERNET
The place to start!
My favorite internet search engine. Try it and you'll
LEGACY FAMILY TREE
They advertise this program as the most comprehensive easy to
use family history software. I readily agree since I have used many other
genealogy software programs over the years and have now used this one for at
least two years. I enjoy the ease of editing new information as I get
it. I originally purchased mine, and I am still using version 3.0 and now they
are giving it away free! It is easy to gedcom to and is at least worth a trial.
They now have a more deluxe edition which they are selling and which you can
purchase. It makes nice charts and does everything you want to do in a
genealogy software program including making references and notes. You can also
add photos or tape recordings. Try it since it is free and you won't be sorry.
I guess I should upgrade to the Deluxe Edition.
Features new databases added every weekday in addition to
other world databases and maps, with some free and others by subscription.
They have many old and valuable reference books and some that were not
even indexed in the original publication, but this format allows every
name to be retrieved. You need to watch for the variant spellings since
this is not a soundex type search. Ancestry also has PERSI as one of their
databases. (Periodical Source Index). Searchable Census Indexes are also
available for searching. Their newest big feature is many of the actual
US Census records which may be viewed in their original script. Their aim
is to eventually have all census schedules for the entire US. Check to
see if the ones you need or now available.This may save you a trip to
You may do an Ancestry database search here. Some are free and
others require a subscription. Rates are reasonable and you may subscribe
here. It doesn't cost anything to try it out and see how many hits you
receive for a given name. Just put the name of the person you are
searching for in this search engine. You may narrow the search by
requesting a certain locality, a keyword and a specific record type. Over
one billion names may be searched in this database.
Search all US states for free on-line help and searchable
databases for each county. You will find a map of the US and click on the state
of interest, then look for the list of counties. There is also a map of the
state which includes all current counties. Their policy is to keep this
information free to all as long as it is for personal use, but they do accept
donations to help pay the overhead which is considerable for such a tremendous
operation. The people who maintain these pages donate their time, so be sure to
express your thanks and be courteous if you ask them to do a special favor such
as to look up something in a county resource
US GENWEB ARCHIVES SEARCH ENGINE
You will find many hidden databases here for each state and locality
Search the US GENWEB Free Archives Digital Library
The purpose of Roots Web is to make large volumes of data available to the
on-line genealogical community at minimal cost and to provide support services
to on-line genealogical activities such as USENET newsgroup moderation, mailing
list maintenance, surname list generation, etc. They ask for your support to
keep their services free to all. This certainly is a worthy project
Many of the Roots Web Lists have been archived so that you can search them.
This database is free but you will need to sign up for access. This is a good way to find
others who may be researching the same line as you are.
LDS FAMILY SEARCH GENEALOGY SITE
This huge free database is the one that many of us have been looking
forward to for many years. You can search your ancestors by putting a name in their
search engine, or narrow your search by also putting in the spouses name. You will then need to
decide which of the many hits you receive, that are actually your family. This site is still
undergoing tests and there may be changes. It is anticipated that the various databases may
include the very popular International Genealogical Index (IGI), Ancestral File (AF) and the
Family History Library Catalog
If you had ancestors who came to America in the late 19th or early 20th century
(1892-1924), did they come through Ellis Island? If they did, you may be able to
find them in this large on-line Ellis Island Database being developed by the
American Family Immigration History Center. It may help you to identify when
they immigrated, where they came from, the ship they arrived on and in some
cases they went back to the old country and returned again and this may also
help you identify where they were living in America and if they had become a US
citizen. In order to search the database, you need to register, but it is free.
Lineages' Web Site is a major genealogy reference library and resource center built
and maintained by professional genealogists who understand the needs of beginning researchers
and experienced family historians. There are free genealogy queries, Next of Kin, Records Vault
with many free searchable records for the United States. It also has access to the most extensive
gazetteer on the Internet. Many of their services are free, but if you need extra help or the
services of a professional genealogist, they have people that can assist you for a fee.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE ARCHIVES
This is ARIAS
ARIAS stands for Archive Record Information Access System.
ARIAS is designed to facilitate civilian access to archival records created
by all branches and levels of the Pennsylvania State Government. This
currently includes Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card Files,
World War I Service Medal Applicant Cards, and Spanish American War
Veteran Card Files of US Volunteers. The actual card files can be searched
live. More records are planned for the future.
Ultimate Family Tree Gedcom Database
You may search the names free, but it takes a subscription to access the data
You can now do an on-line search of books and microfilms
available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. If you
are going there to do research, this is a great way to save time
by already having call numbers of material you are searching.
This library has the largest genealogy collection in the world. This is
also a good way to determine what has already been published on
a line you may be researching. You can also determine which
records have been microfiled for each county in the US and most
countries of the world, and can then go to a Family History
Center near you and order those films to review
This Library located in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, has
the second largest genealogy collection in the world, the largest being
the Genealogy Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Here you can search their
on-line card catalog. This is one way to determine what may have already
been published on a line you are searching. If you are planning to travel
there, this is a great way to save time in your research by already having
call numbers for information you may want to look up.
Melvyl is the On-Line Card Catalog of the various
Universities that make up the University of California.
Included in this list is the California State Library in
Sacramento and the Sutro Library in San Francisco. The
Sutro Library has the largest genealogy collection west
of Salt Lake City. The Sutro Library participates in
interlibrary loans, at least in California. You can
search all libraries or any individual one
NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY ON-LINE CARD CATALOG SEARCH
The Library of Virginia's Digital Library Program (DLP) is an
internationally recognized effort to preserve, digitize, and provide
access to significant archival and library collections. The DLP transfers
rare and unique Virginia materials into an integrated, user-friendly
electronic research environment. Since its inception in 1995, the Program
has digitized more than 2.2 million original documents, photographs, and
maps, and produced more than 80 fully-searchable databases, indexes, and
electronic finding aids. You may find some documents such as births, deaths,
marriages, wills, court records, land records and some electronic card
Three new databases added each working day. You can search the databases
for any name free, but you need to be a subscriber to access the information. The US Cenus index is on-line and the actual 1850 US Census has now been added and can be searched for the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island,Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. More states are promised soon
This tremendous database is from the US Bureau of Land Management, Eastern
States, General Land Office. Patents are from 1820-1908 and include the states of
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas,
Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida. With this database you can search for any
names in a given state, determine where the property was located, when it was acquired
and get its legal description. You can also determine who owns adjacent properties. If
you wish a certified copy of a land patent, you may purchase it on-line. This site is
best viewed with Netscape 4.0 or Internet Explorer 4.0. More records will be added in
the future. I am certain you will enjoy searching this one!
They claim to be "American's Oldest Genealogy
Bookstore Devoted Entirely to Genealogy and Related Subjects." They
have a searchable on-line database and feature books on general
research, ethnic groups, states and regions.
New database in progress. There is now a master index for all indexes of their large collection of genealogy and local history books which can be searched free and they are now working on the body of their collection, putting many of these books on-line to be searched, but this will require a subscription to access the data
GenUtil is a shareware application that 1) calculates an age based on
a birth date and any other date; 2) calculates a birth date based on a
death date and an age (e.g. cemetery record that gives the age in
years, months and days); and 3) calculates a Soundex code for any
The program is small and can easily be downloaded to a floppy or
directly to your system if you wish. The download is a zip file
and takes only a few seconds. If you try it and like it, the
author, Linda Dil, asks you to send her $5. I have moved mine to my
desktop for easy access.
Use to find people or current owners of property. There is a charge for service with some free searches. Also a lot of other data can be found here, mostly on living people, but there is also a death index
I Found It! is a directory of genealogy related sites on the world wide web. Your search criteria are compared to
information about the site provided by the owner. Try this free genealogy search engine.
Search forum for your surnames. Search queries for
others who may be researching the same family. There is also an area
for regional US states and counties. Messages stay up indefinitely.
The forum also supports a chat area. Everything is free and is
supported by advertisers. A great place to find lost cousins who are
searching for lost cousins!
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