Genealogy Links: Category Index
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The site has information on more than 50 million grave markers.
Cemetery records from thousands of cemeteries around the world.
Ancestry’s US Federal Census Records
This site offers the entire run of US censuses from 1790 to 1930.
Every-name indexes are linked to images of the census pages. Many
public libraries subscribe to Ancestry Library Edition and, as a
cardholder, you can access the census records for free.
Resources on this site, completely free, include a transcription of
the 1880 U.S. census and the 1881 censuses of Canada, England and
Wales. FamilySearch Beta
is adding US federal census records and will eventually have
every-name indexes linked to pages images for all years from 1790 to
Indexes cover the censuses of 1790 through 1820 and 1860 through
1920. There’s a partial index to the 1930 census. Most census years
have just head-of-household indexes, but the 1880 census has an
every-name index. Subscribing libraries provide free access to this
service from within a library or from home. Log in on your library's
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Census Records: 1940
The 1940 census is available for free on the following websites:
Directories and Public
Your long-lost relatives may have old family papers
and photographs and knowledge of your ancestry. Use online directories
and public records databases to find your relatives’ contact
This database provides name, date of birth and place of residence.
Information on this site includes name, age, place of residence and
family members. Basic information is free.
Pipl searches social networking sites, phone directories and other
- Yahoo! People Search
Search for U.S. phone and address and e-mail directories or do a
reverse phone number search.
You can now use DNA to prove family relationships.
- Ancestry.com DNA testing
Ancestry does both paternal lineage (Y-DNA) and maternal lineage (mtDNA)
- Family Tree DNA
Search the directory of surname projects. For a fee, you can have a
DNA test that may indicate how closely you are related to other
people with the same last name.
Search this Y-DNA database by last name or for genetic matches if
you’ve already had a test.
These databases contain millions of names submitted
by thousands of genealogists. Individuals are linked together in
families so, once you make a connection, you might instantly extend your
pedigree back several generations. Online family trees aren't always
accurate, so be sure to verify the information.
- Ancestral File
Closed to new submissions, this file on FamilySearch has 36
- Ancestry Member Trees
Anyone can build an Ancestry Member Tree for free, but you need a
paid subscription ($19.95/month or $155.40/year) to search all the
trees. You can attach photos and invite family members to view your
tree and contribute to it.
- Ancestry World Tree
A huge file with over 575 million names, this file offers many
useful search options and includes notes and sources.
- GenCircles Global
"SmartMatching" technology produces unusually accurate matches when
searching the 85 million-plus names in this file.
Enter your family information online or download and install Family
Tree Builder, a free, full-featured genealogy program, to organize
your family history information offline and publish it to your
family site with one click. This multilingual site has family trees
from all over the world. Up to 250 names, free. Unlimited names,
- Pedigree Resource File
This file has 300 million names, and you can search it on either
FamilySearch or Progeny
Software’s site. The online version of the PRF is just an index.
The disk version ($19 for a set of 5 CDs or $13 per DVD) contains
complete information, including notes and sources.
- RootsWeb’s WorldConnect Project
This file is nearly identical to the Ancestry World Tree. Data
submitted to either file also appears in the other one.
It works much like desktop genealogy software, but also lets you
collaborate with relatives on an online family tree.
- Finnish Institute of
Migration Emigrant Register $
You can search this index to nearly a million names in Finnish
passport and passenger records from 1850 to 1960 for free.
Registration for about $21 a year gives you full access to the
- American History and Genealogy
Similar to the USGenWeb Project, this site is linked to pages for
each state and county. You’ll find research help for each locality
and even record transcriptions.
Genealogy’s biggest subscription site offers US, Canadian and
British census records, immigration records, military records,
newspapers and more. The US Deluxe Membership costs $19.95 a month
or $155.40 a year. LARL provide free access to Ancestry Library
Edition, which includes most databases available with a US Deluxe
This free site from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
provides free access to birth, marriage, death and census records
from around the world.
- Fold3 $
Access census, military and naturalization records, as well as city
directories and other resources for $11.95 a month or $79.95 a year.
This virtual library features digital images of over 28,000 family
and local history books, all US census records from 1790 to 1930,
the PERSI index to genealogical periodicals, Revolutionary War
pension files and the Freedman’s Bureau bank records on former
slaves. Subscribing libraries provide free access, usually from
within the library or by logging in from home with your library card
- National Archives
Online databases include 20th century military records, Native
American records and New York passenger lists from 1846 to 1851.
You’ll also find guides to other family history resources at the
Resources here include the Social Security Death Index, the RootsWeb
Surname List to help you find other people researching the same
families, mailing lists and the WorldConnect Project of family
information submitted by researchers.
- The USGenWeb Project
Maintained by volunteers, this network of sites includes a page for
each state linked to county pages. They typically include research
guides and transcribed records. Many county pages also have a
surname registry and a place to post queries. If there’s a site-wide
search engine, be sure to check for the names you’re researching.
- WorldGenWeb Project
Similar in organization to the USGenWeb Project, this site is a
network of genealogy sites for many countries.
The U.S. Collection, $39.95 a year, has about 5,000 family and local
history books, including titles from the Genealogical Publishing
Company, and selected titles from NewspaperARCHIVE.com.
Germans from Russia
- Janet’s Germans
from Russia Research
If your German ancestors made a detour to Russia before coming to
North America, you just might find them mentioned on this site.
You’ll find passenger arrival lists for New York from 1891 to 1922,
Baltimore from 1907 to 1912, Galveston from 1909 to 1913 and
Philadelphia from 1909 to 1912.
- Odessa Digital Library: Ship
and Immigration Records
An indispensable resource for anyone researching genealogy of the
Germans from Russia, this extensive site brings together cemetery,
census, church and land records, as well as family histories,
village histories and more. You’ll also find declarations of intent
from Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, lists of German emigrants
and passenger arrival lists for several American and Canadian ports.
Archives in Germany
Contact information for many German archives
Background and Index for Full Names Finding Aid: Full Names from the
Pal-Index (Palatine Index), 1727-1775, by Charles M. Hall
This index covers about 6,000 Germanic emigrants from
Alsace-Lorraine, Switzerland and southern Germany.
- Bremen Passenger Lists
Bremen started keeping passenger departure lists in 1832, but most
were lost in war or discarded. Only this site’s 2,851 lists naming
637,880 passengers survive.
- Cyndi’s List:
Web site links
- Emigration &
Immigration Records & Links
- Emigration from Southwest
Germany (Auswanderung aus Südwestdeutschland)
this index includes records from the 18th through the 20th
centuries. Most of the Baden records cover 1850 to 1880. The
Württemberg and Hohenzollern lists contain more than 53,000 names,
mostly from 1800 to 1860.
This site, from the German Society for Computer Genealogy, has many
useful resources for German family history, including contact
information for German genealogical societies, archives and
libraries. German genealogical societies often maintain indexes,
collections and lists of members’ surname interests.
German-Bohemian Immigrant Surname Database
The German Bohemian Heritage Society compiled this database of
Bohemian immigrants and the people who are researching them.
- German Emigrants
Database (Deutsche Auswanderer-Datenbank)
Drawing on passenger lists of ships leaving German ports for the
United States, this database names 4.4 million emigrants and covers
the years 1820 to 1833, 1840 to 1891, 1904 and 1907. Eventually it
will cover 1820 to 1939.
Covering most of Germany’s provinces, these gazetteers give each
town’s parish and civil registration offices—the key information you
need to find church and vital records.
- Germanic Genealogy Society
- IGI Index: Deutches
lets you narrow your IGI search to a specific batch number, which
usually covers the records of a specific town or church. That’s a
handy feature if you’re searching for a common last name and know
the town where your family lived.
Internet Sources of German Genealogy
- The National Archives
Access to Archival Databases: Data Files Relating to the Immigration
of Germans to the United States
This database lists more than four million passengers, mostly
German, who arrived in the United States between 1850 and 1897. To
search the file, click on Passenger Lists and the Search button next
to “Germans to America Passenger Data File, 1850 – 1897.”
The Olive Tree Genealogy: List of Ships to Philadelphia Pennsylvania
This list includes links to passenger lists on this site and
elsewhere, drawing on transcriptions from Rupp, Strassburger & Hinke
and other sources.
German Emigration Records, Lists & Indexes
Palatine Project: Reconstructed Passenger Lists, 1683-1819
This impressive site uses sources from both colonial America and
German-speaking countries to reconstruct passenger lists in the
first large wave of German immigration.
Pennsylvania German Pioneers
Most of Strassburger & Hinke’s book, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, a
list of German immigrants arriving in Philadelphia between 1727 and
1808, has been transcribed online, but on sites scattered across the
Web. This site is a directory of those transcriptions. There’s no
index to names, so you’ll have to browse.
Pennsylvania German Pioneers – Ships from Germany to Philadelphia
Like the previous site, this one has links to online transcriptions
of lists of German passengers arriving in Philadelphia. This site
covers 1727 to 1775.
ProGenealogists’ German Genealogy Research
- Resources for German
Genealogy on the Internet
- Access to
A catalog of more than 9 million items held by 418 local archives in England and Wales
- British Library Integrated
- The British
A result of a partnership between the British Library and
brightsolid, this site will eventually have 40 million newspaper
pages. You can search the newspapers for free. Two days of access
(500 credits) costs about $11. An annual subscription gives you
unlimited access and costs about $128. Genes Reunited Platinum
members can add the British Newspaper Archive to their current
subscription for about $64.
The merged online catalogues of many major University, Specialist,
and National Libraries in the UK and Ireland, including the British
Transcriptions of the Civil Registration index of births, marriages
and deaths for England and Wales
Extensive resources for genealogy in the United Kingdom and Ireland
Library of Wales
Includes an index to pre-1858 wills and administrations proved in
Wales, with images of wills. Also, an index of applicants for
marriage licenses, 1616-1837.
This online version of the wonderfully detailed Landranger maps of
England, Scotland, Wales, and
Northern Ireland even shows houses and farms by name (although you
can’t search on house or farm
- Scotland’s People*
Scotland’s official online source for church records provides
indexes linked to images of birth, baptism and marriage records from
1553 to 1854. The site now has images of death and burial records,
too, but many have not survived or were never kept in the first
- Society of
Like the Ordnance Survey site, this Web site locates a place on a
Landranger map of England, Scotland,
or Wales (but not Northern Ireland). Unlike the Ordnance Survey
site, Streetmap supports searches on
house and farm names.
- UK Census Collection
Ancestry.com has indexes linked to images of the censuses of
England, Wales and the Channel Islands from 1841 to 1901, and
transcriptions of Scottish censuses from 1841 to 1901.
For handy guides and reference materials for both beginning and
advanced genealogists, click on the Research Helps tab to access
Articles. You can view and print research outlines for many
countries, US states and Canadian provinces, as well as
genealogical word lists and guides to statewide indexes and
Guidance. This guide helps you identify resources for the
place and time period you’re researching.
the Wiki. Free family history research advice contributed by
- Ask a Question.
Use the forum to ask and answer questions on family history
research and FamilySearch.
Online Classes. Learn how to research your family history in
the U.S. and several other countries.
- Family Tree Magazine
Educational resources include online articles, classes and research
This very useful site created by professional genealogists features
many useful resources. From the Research Tools tab, select Articles
& Education to access how-to articles; Links Library to access the
Genealogy Sleuths; Our Online Data to search several databases; and
Country Websites for guides to research in several countries.
- Roots Television
This innovative site features videos on many topics, including DNA
research, homeland studies and how-to topics, as well as blogs and
vlogs (video logs).
- Ancestry's Immigration & Travel Collection
Databases in the U.S. Immigration Collection include lists of
colonial immigrants, passenger arrival lists for all major U.S.
ports (mostly beginning in 1820) and some naturalization indexes.
Important databases include U.S. Passport Applications from 1795 to 1925; Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956; and U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972.
- Castle Garden
Castle Garden, America’s first official immigration center,
processed passengers landing in New York City before Ellis Island
opened. This new site has information on 11 million passengers
arriving from 1820 to 1892.
- Ellis Island Records
Search a database of 22 million immigrants, passengers and crew on
New York City passenger arrivals from 1892 to 1924. Then view
digital images of the lists.
- Emigration &
Immigration Records & Links
- FamilySearch Beta
Databases on this test site include New York Passenger Arrival Lists
(Ellis Island), 1892-1924; New York, Southern District Index to
Petitions for Naturalization, 1824-1941; and New York, Southern
District Naturalization Index, 1917-1950.
- Immigrant Ancestors Project
This database sponsored by Brigham Young University’s Center for
Family History and Genealogy draws on emigrant records created in
the countries of departure. The project’s current focus is emigrants
from England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland
- Immigrant Servants
- Immigrant Ships
Volunteers have transcribed millions of names from 11,000
manifests—and you can search them all for free on this site. You’ll
find passenger lists for everything from the Niña, Pinta and Santa
Maria in 1492 and the Mayflower in 1620 to the SS Marconi carrying
Yugoslavian passengers to Australia in 1966.
- Magellan - The Ships
- New York Arrivals
Virtual Jamestown: Registers of Servants Sent to Foreign
- Cyndi's List of Genealogy
Sites on the Internet
More than 282,000 links
Millions of genealogy links arranged by surname and place
Genealogy Records and Resources
Joe Beine has gathered links to the best online databases in several
categories, including census, vital, military and immigration
records. You’ll also find links to Canadian death records and
passenger lists research guides.
Professional genealogists created this guide to helpful online
databases in several areas, including vital records, naturalization
and passenger lists and cemetery sites.
Boston Passenger Manifest 1848-1891
The Massachusetts Archives created this index to immigrants arriving
by ship at the port of Boston between January 1848 and July 1891.
Eventually the database will have over a million names.
- A Database of Advertisements
for Irish Immigrants Published in the Boston Pilot
Between 1831 and 1921, the Boston Pilot ran a “Missing Friends”
column with advertisements from people looking for friends and
relatives who had emigrated from Ireland. Created by Boston
College’s Irish Studies Program, this free database includes key
details from the ads. So far, more than 31,000 records from 1831 to
1890, 1893, 1901 and 1913 are online.
- Famine Irish Passenger
Record Data File
Part of the U.S. National Archives’ Access to Archival Databases,
this database has information on 604,596 people who arrived in the
United States from 1846 to 1851. About 70% listed their native
country as Ireland, but others came from Canada, Brazil, Saint
Croix, Russia, Morocco, the United States and countries throughout
Famine Migration to New Brunswick 1845-1852
This file lists more than 23,000 passengers arriving in the port of
Saint John, one of the most important gateways for Irish Famine
- BLM General Land Office
If your ancestors were homesteaders, check out this database on the
initial transfer of land titles from the federal government to
individuals. You can view images of more than two million federal
land title records issued between 1820 and 1908.
Every book and manuscript that could help in your
family history research isn’t online yet, so check library resources,
Memory, Library of Congress, Selected Civil War Photographs,
These 1,118 photographs, mostly made under the supervision of Mathew
B. Brady, include battle sites, officers and some enlisted men.
Browse the subject index for battles and a soldier’s name, regiment
Civil War Pension Index Cards
This transcription of Union pension index cards also covers some
veterans of the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection
and World War I. Enter the soldier’s name and, optionally, narrow
your search by typing his state of enlistment in the Place field.
Eventually, you’ll be able to view images of Union pension records
at Footnote (with a subscription) or at Family History Centers for
- Civil War Soldiers and
The National Park Service, the Genealogical Society of Utah and the
Federation of Genealogical Societies collaborated on this database
of 6.3 million Civil War soldiers. The National Archives’ General
Index Cards to both Union and Confederate soldiers’ service form the
basis of the database. The site also has regimental histories,
battle descriptions and records of prisoners on both sides.
- Daughters of the American
The DAR Patriot Index summarizes key facts on over 100,000
Revolutionary Patriots whose service has been proven. If you don’t
have access to the three-volume set, take advantage of the Patriot
Index Lookup Service,
www.dar.org/natsociety/pi_lookup.cfm. Fill out the form and a
volunteer will reply by e-mail. If someone has joined the DAR based
on descent from your Patriot ancestor, get a copy of the membership
application. It costs $10 and instructions are at
National Archives ARC Gallery: Civil War
You can page through thumbnails of hundreds of Mathew Brady’s Civil
War-era photographs. Click on a category, such as Battlefields. Then
click on Refine Search and search on a term, such as Antietam. You
might have luck searching on the name of the commanding officer of
your Civil War ancestor’s regiment.
- The On-Line Institute
for Advanced Loyalist Studies
In addition to an index to Loyalist muster rolls, this free
site has regimental documents, land petitions and postwar settlement
- Sons of Union Veterans of the
Civil War Grave Database
This database lists the burial places of both Union and Confederate
- The Spanish-American War
This site includes unit profiles, rosters and photos, and tells how
to research a Spanish-American War veteran.
- Dalby Database
This massive index compiled by John Dalby covers more than 875,000
names from 2,074 Minnesota cemeteries.
- FamilySearch Beta
The site includes the Minnesota births from 1850 to 1989; marriages
from 1849 to 1950; deaths from 1835 to 1990; state censuses of 1875,
1885 and 1895; and wills from 1849 to 1918.
- Iron Range
Databases on this site include Alien Registration Records of 1918
and Minnesota Naturalization Records (from the 1800s to the
- Minnesota Historical Society
Resources include indexes to Minnesota births from 1900 to 1934,
deaths from 1904 to 2001 and state census records from 1849 to 1905.
- Minnesota Official Marriage
Most Minnesota counties are covered in this index and records go
back as far as 1850 and up to the present day.
- Archives of Michigan
Naturalization Record Indexes
Search the site for 'naturalization.'
ICPR Naturalization Search
- Kings County
Clerk’s Office Index To Brooklyn Naturalization Records 1907-1924
Iron Range Research Center
If your immigrant ancestors settled in the “land of 10,000 lakes,”
check out this index to Minnesota naturalizations and 1918 Alien
Registrations records. It covers over 865,000 records in all of
Minnesota’s 87 counties.
- New York City Naturalization Records
Dakota Naturalization Records Index
A cooperative effort of the State Historical Society of North Dakota
and the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, this database
contains over 212,000 names. You can request copies of
naturalization records for $5 per person.
- The Olive Tree
NaturalizationRecords.com is part of the Olive Tree Genealogy Family
Searchable Naturalization Indexes & Records
Best known for its probate indexes, Sampubco also has indexes to
naturalization records filed in various counties in Iowa,
Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin.
South Dakota Naturalization Records Index
[South Dakota] Name Index to Naturalization Records from Dakota
Territory and South Dakota
- Washington State
Digital Archives: Naturalization Records
New Brunswick, Canada
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Social networking sites let you interact with other
people online and collaborate in generating Web content. Most sites let
you make your site public or private, especially useful if you don’t
want to make information on living people available to everyone. You can
also control who may contribute information, make edits and add photos.
In addition to networking with relatives on an online family tree,
Geni offers a family calendar, birthday reminders and messaging.
MyHeritage has an excellent online genealogy program and works in 35
languages. The free Basic plan supports up to 250 names in family
trees, 15 members and 250 MB of storage.
Members receive subscriptions to scholarly journals, news magazines
and access to online resources.
Surname Lists, Message Boards and
The Internet offers many opportunities to ask your fellow
genealogists for general advice or specialized help with software,
ethnic research and other topics. Message boards and mailing lists are
devoted to a surname, county, state, province, region or country.
- Ancestry.com Message Boards
This free area of Ancestry.com has boards covering surnames, places
and topics, and you can easily search all the messages at once. The
same page has an Ancestry Member Directory where you can contact
people researching the same surnames as you.
This free resource sponsored by Genealogy.com has forums for
surnames, places and topics.
- RootsWeb Mailing Lists
Over 31,000 mailing lists cover surnames, places and other topics.
Post a message to a list and all the subscribers will receive a
- RootsWeb Surname List
Search the 1.2 million surname entries in this file to find other
researchers interested in the same names. Be sure to submit your own
Search statewide vital records indexes, mostly for the 20th century,
from Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Oregon, Texas,
Washington and Wisconsin. Access to most databases is free.
- Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
This massive database has information on over 87 million people who
had Social Security numbers and whose death was reported to the
Social Security Administration. The file covers primarily deaths
since 1962, but some date back to the 1930s. Most entries include an
exact date of birth, the month or exact date of death and the last
place of residence. You can search the SSDI for free on
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