Read and search for free, many different types of records, including newspapers, periodicals, emigration and immigration forms, census reports, voting records, and archives from libraries, cemeteries, churches and courts.
Adopting.org (http://adopting.org) Includes a birth-family search guide. AfriGeneas (www.afrigeneas.com) A site devoted to African-American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular. American Civil War Home Page (http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/warweb.html) Links to many online documents including biographical information, battles and campaigns, rosters and regimental histories. American Civil War Research Database (www.civilwardata.com) More than 2.6 million soldiers' records, plus regimental rosters, officer profiles, and photographs. $25 per year. American Family Immigration Center (www.ellisisland.org) Access ships' passenger manifests. Free access with registration. Ancestor Detective Watchdog (www.ancestordetective.com/watchdog.htm) Lists Web sites which provide misleading or inaccurate genealogical information. Free charts and forms can be found at www.ancestordetective.com/freebies.htm Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com) Free family tree software, plus fee-based access to collections of original records, newspaper archives, and more. The site offers more than 1.3 billion names in over 3,000 databases. New records are added to the site every week. Free charts and forms can be found at www.ancestry.com/save/charts/ancchart.htm Ancestry-GenPage Finder (www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/directories/gpf/main.htm) searches millions of genealogical records. Ancient Faces (www.ancientfaces.com/cgi-bin/index.cfm) Includes photographs, documents, stories, recipes and more, located under individual surnames. AOL Golden Gate Genealogy Forum (www.genealogyforum.com/) Parts of this forum are accessible without an AOL membership. Biography Guide (http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp) Congressional biographies from 1774 to present. Branching Out Online (www.didian.com/branch/) A tutorial on learning about online research techniques and genealogy sites. Excellent for beginners. Clooz.com (www.clooz.com) A database for organizing and storing all of the "clues" to your ancestry. Serves as an electronic filing cabinet to assist you with search and retrieval of facts discovered during your genealogical research. CompuServe Genealogy Forums (www.rootsforum.com) Access to research tools, message boards, chat rooms. Cybertree Genealogy Database (www.kuhnslagoon.net/cybertree/howto/index.html) Includes a list of words and phrases whose original meanings were different than today's. Also, obscure nicknames and abbreviations. Cyndi's List (www.cyndislist.com). One of the most popular directories for genealogists. At the time of this writing, Cyndi Howells' site had more than 108,000 links compiled into 150 categories. Cyndi's List of Genealogy Myths, Hoaxes and Scams (www.cyndislist.com/myths.htm) Cyndi's List of Libraries, Archives and Museums index (www.cyndislist.com/libes.htm) Cyndi's List, What's New? A daily e-mail providing an update of new sites added to Cyndi's List. To subscribe, send an e-mail to: email@example.com. In the body, include just the word: subscribe. Daughters of the American Revolution Library (www.dar.org/library/default.html) "One of the largest genealogical libraries in the world." 160,000 books, 300,000 genealogical files, 60,000 microfilm records, 15,000 volumes of unpublished genealogical records. Dear Myrtle's Daily Genealogy Column (www.dearmyrtle.com) Books, message boards, genealogy supplies, or subscribe to Myrt's mailing list. Distant Cousin (www.distantcousin.com/) Several online genealogical databases, including marriages, military rosters, tombstone transcriptions, and ships passenger lists, which can be searched for free. Eastman's Genealogy Newsletter (www.rootsforum.com/newsletter) Online genealogy expert Dick Eastman publishes this free newsletter, "A weekly summary of events and topics of interest to online genealogists." Ellis Island Records (www.ellisislandrecords.com/) Click "Passenger Search" to search passenger records of millions of individuals who immigrated to the U.S. between 1892-1924. Copies of original ship manifests are available for purchase. English Origins (www.englishorigins.com/) Indexes and abstracts to marriages, wills, witness depositions, and apprentice records. Access costs six pounds (approximately nine dollars) permitting up to 150 records to be retrieved over 48 hours. Everton Genealogy Center (www.everton.com/learn/index.php) Research for beginner, experienced and advanced researchers. Everton's Family History Newsletter (to subscribe, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the message: subscribe. Family Chronicle Magazine (www.familychronicle.com/index.html) How-to articles written for family researchers. Family Finder Search (www.genealogy.com/ifftop.html) Part of genealogy.com, includes access to the Social Security Death Index. FamilyHistory.com (www.familyhistory.com) Access to several bulletin boards and databases. Family History Center (www.lds.org/familyhistory) Hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this site is an excellent place to start your online genealogy research. Family History Newsline (www.everton.com/userdb/login.php) Sign up for this daily newsletter with genealogy tips and related information. Back issues are available at www.everton.com/FHN/weekly_index.php Family History Research Log (printable) www.lds.org/images/howdoibeg/Research_Log.html Family Origins Genealogy Software (www.familyorigins.com/) Store, organize and analyze information; more than 60 ways to print your family tree. FamilySearch.org (www.FamilySearch.org) Internet Genealogy Service sponsored by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Excellent place to get started with online genealogy. Download free Personal Ancestral File software by clicking Order/Download Products > Software Downloads Free. Family Tree Finders at SodaMail (www.sodamail.com/site/ftf.shtml) A daily e-mail column on genealogy topics. Free BMD (http://FreeBMD.rootsweb.org) Stands for Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths. Free Internet access to the Civil Registration index information for England and Wales. More than 23 million unique records. Geneaology.com (www.genealogy.com) A division of A&E Television, the focus here is genealogy software and Internet-based products. Purchase FamilyTreemaker software, and fee-based access to databases and CD-ROMs. Genealogy Library.com Online, subscription-based collection of personal family histories, newspaper articles and other U.S.-related resources. $49.99 per year or a one-month trial subscription for $9.99. www.genealogylibrary.com Genealogy Pages (www.genealogypages.com) Browse this collection of genealogy links by category or search the entire collection. GenealogySearch.com (www.geneasearch.com/) Genealogy Today (www.genealogytoday.com) Announces and rates genealogy Web sites. Invites visitors to vote for their favorite sites. GeneaSearch (www.geneasearch.com/) Links to many other genealogy Web sites and helpful resources. GenForum (http://genforum.genealogy.com/) Access to numerous online genealogical discussion groups. GenGateway (www.gengateway.com) Searches to more than 50,000 records. If you're new to genealogy, check out the Beginner's Gateway for links to genealogy guides and helpful articles. GenServ (www.genserv.com) A collection of more than 16,000 family history GEDCOM (Genealogical Data Communications) files. To access the system, you have to submit your own GEDCOM. Free two-month trial, then $12/year. GenSource (www.gensource.com) Access to several genealogical databases. Site content is submitted by individual genealogists, so accuracy is not guaranteed. GENUKI (www.genuki.org.uk) Genealogy in the UK and Ireland. Global Genealogy Supply (www.globalgenealogy.com) Shop online for genealogical maps, forms, software, etc. Gypsy Links (http://sca.lib.liv.ac.uk/collections/gypsy/links.htm) Links to Gypsy lore and genealogy. Headstone Hunter (www.headstonehunter.com) People volunteer to help each other with cemetery research. Heritage Quest (www.heritagequest.com) Census, Source document and related documents. Claims to be the largest genealogical data provider in the United States. HistorySeek Search Engine (www.historyseek.com) A directory search engine specifically for genealogists and other history enthusiasts. International Black Sheep Society of Geneaologists (http://blacksheep.rootsweb.org/halberts.htm) Be aware of geneaology-related scams Italian Genealogy Home Page (www.daddezio.com/) Includes records from more than 2,000 ship arrivals from Europe between 1609 and 1960. Janyce's Root Diggin' Department (www.janyce.com/gene/rootdig.html) Good place for novices to start their online genealogical exploration. JewishGen.org (www.jewishgen.org) Mailing lists, transcribed records and more relating to Jewish genalogy. Legacy.com (www.legacy.com/NewspaperMap.asp) Use the ObitFinder to search recent obituaries by name, keyword and location. Libdex (www.libdex.com) A worldwide directory of library home pages. Library of Congress (http://lcweb.loc.gov/) Click the American Memory link. Mayflower Web Pages (http://users.aol.com/calebj/mayflower.html) Access the Mayflower passenger lists and related information. Migrations (www.migrations.org) Contains a database of migration information submitted by genealogists, and links to additional resources about migration. Missing Links and Rootsweb Review. A weekly review of genealogical research worldwide, plus success stories, book reviews and more. To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to email@example.com. MyGenealogy.com (www.mygenealogy.com) Create and save your own family tree on the Web. MyFamily.com (www.myfamily.com) Create your own family Web site in minutes. National Archives Information Locator (NAIL) (www.nara.gov/nara/nail.html) A fascinating prototype database, NAIL contains more than 3,000 microfilm publication descriptions, and hundreds of thousands of archival documents and images. National Genealogical Society (www.ngsgenealogy.org) Founded in 1903, the NGS, this 17,000 member organization is devoted to collecting, preserving and disseminating information about genealogical and related data. Native American Genealogy (http://hometown.aol.com/bbbenge/front.html) Excellent resource for Native American research. Next of Kin (www.lineages.com/NextOfKin/default.asp) Free and fee-based research information and services. Newberry Library - Genealogy (www.newberry.org/nl/genealogy/genealogyhome.html) A privately funded research library with a special focus on genealogy. Fee-based services are available to genealogists through the mail as well as in person. New England Historic Genealogical Society (www.newenglandancestors.org) Libraries, research and educational resources. New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (www.nygbs.org/) Information on genealogy, biography and history with a focus on the people of New York State. Obituary Searches (www.4obituaries.4anything.com/) Search newspaper obituaries, online obituaries, cemetery records. Online Genealogical Scams (www.ancestry.com/library/view/columns/eastman/3538.asp) Excellent article, well worth reading. Repositories of Primary Sources (www.uidaho.edu/special-collections/Other.Repositories.html) A listing of over 4,800 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources. Rootsweb (www.rootsweb.com) The oldest and largest free genealogy site, supported by ancestry.com. Search & Research Publishing Corporation (www.searchresearchpub.com) Produces CD-ROMs with archives of early vital records of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts going back to descendants of the Mayflower. Society of Genealogists (www.sog.org.uk/) U.K. based, this nonprofit organization provides research material, guidance and support for those interested in tracing their family histories. Surnames.com (www.surnames.com) Includes a surname search and genealogical organizations in the U.S. Surname Web (www.surnameweb.org) Access a database of names submitted by others, as well as links to other sites. Treasure Maps: The How-To Genealogy Site (www.amberskyline.com/trasuremaps) Provides hands-on, how-to information for online researchers U.S. Census Bureau (www.census.gov/) Includes a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) file about genealogy. U. S. Resources (www.rootsweb.org/roots-1/usa.html) For each state, where Family History Centers are located; how you can obtain vital records, etc. Hosted by RootsWeb. USGenWeb Archives (www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb) Hosted by rootsweb.com, the USGenWeb Digital Library was developed to present actual transcriptions of public domain records on the Internet. USGenWeb Project (www.usgenweb.com/) A non-commercial project of volunteers working to provide Web sites for genealogical research in every county and state of the U.S. VitalChek (www.vitalchek.com) Contains a list of states and counties from which you can order vital records. Prices vary from $5 to $15 per record. Virginia Digital Collections (http://image.vtls.com) Search colonial Virginia records, Bible records, court records, and more. Wholly Genes Software (www.whollygenes.com/) Software for genealogists. World GenWeb Project (www.worldgenweb.org) Dedicated to providing genealogical and historical records and resources for world-wide access. Yahoo! Genealogy Page (www.yahoo.com/Arts/Humanities/History/Genealogy/) Large collection of links to genealogy guides, related topics, and personal genealogy Web sites. YourFamily.com (www.yourfamily.com) Locate family home pages or submit your own. To search, click the Family Homepages button, then enter a surname