Online Resources for the Genealogist

 
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Cindi's List - 254,750 links in
180+ categories, 8,350+ new and uncategorized

Common Genealogical Myths from Cindi's List

CyberCemetery - an archive of government websites that have ceased operation
Native  Web

Rudy's List of Archaic Medical Terms  

Stephen P. Morse  One-Step Website

 

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African American Resources

  African-Americans and South Carolina
  African-American Cemeteries Online
  Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Home page of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc.
  African-American News and Genealogy -This blog was developed by Kenyatta D. Berry, Managing Director, DiscoverGenealogy.com, to provide you with news that relates to African American Genealogy, History and News
  AfriGeneas - a site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general. It is also an African Ancestry research community featuring the AfriGeneas mail list, the AfriGeneas message boards and daily and weekly genealogy chats.
  Black Loyalists - a repository of historical data about the African American loyalist refugees who left New York between April and November 1783 and whose names are recorded in the Book of Negroes. In this first stage, the site concentrates on providing biographical and demographic information for the largest cohort, about 1000 people from Norfolk Virginia and surrounding counties.
 

Free African Americans of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Delaware The history of the free African American community as told through the family history of most African Americans who were free in the Southeast during the colonial period

  LowCountry Africana Lowcountry Africana, sponsored by the Magnolia Plantation Foundation of Charleston, South Carolina, will be entirely dedicated to records that document the family and cultural heritage of African Americans in the historic rice-growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia and extreme northeastern Florida, an area that scholars and preservationists have identified as a distinct culture area, home to the rich Gullah/Geechee culture.
 

African Nova Scotian DiasporaSelected Government Records of Black Settlement, 1791-1839 - over 500 digitized and fully searchable Government documents relating to early African Nova Scotian immigration and emigration.

  Transatlantic Slave Trade Database  Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. It offers researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.
  USF Africana Heritage - an all-volunteer research project and website sponsored by the Africana Studies department at the University of South Florida. The project's research mission is to rediscover records that document the names and lives of slaves, freedpersons and their descendants, and share those records on this free Internet site.
  U.S. African American Griots  This site is dedicated to assisting all those in pursuit of African American Ancestry and History in the United States and other countries by being a valuable centralized resource repository for African American records of historical proportion such as Manumission Orders, Wills & Deeds, Census Records, Slave Records, Land Deeds, Narratives, Cemetery listings, Family Histories and Vital Records to name a few. 
   
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Cemeteries and Burials
cross icon Arlington National Cemetery -Probably the most famous cemetery in the United States and one of the oldest. "Arlington Mansion and 200 acres of ground immediately surrounding it were designated officially as a military cemetery June 15, 1864."

Preserve and Honor "Ricky Gilleland has succeeded where the Army failed: He has created the only digitized record of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. His website, preserveandhonor.com, is a reverent catalog of the fallen, and one young man's response to a scandal of Army mismanagement, mismarked graves and unmarked remains that has rocked this hallowed place for two years." ~ Dick Eastman

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Cemetery Junction - This site is about helping the genealogy community find information about their ancestors. Thousands of cemeteries listed.
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Confederate Cemeteries by State

cross icon Deceased Online - central database for all UK burials and cremations

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Find a Grave -The web site contains listings of cemeteries and graves from all around the world. American cemeteries are organized by state and county; and, many cemetery records contain Google Maps (with GPS coordinates supplied by contributors and the U.S. Geological Survey) and photographs of the cemeteries.

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Interment.net - Contains thousands of transcriptions of cemetery records and tombstone inscriptions, from cemeteries in the USA, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries.
cross icon Northern Ontario Canada Grave Marker Gallery
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cross icon State Tombstone Transcription Projects from US GenWeb - Search first by state then county

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Westview Cemetery Survey, Moultrie, GA This is the result of a community effort to survey the cemetery. It was completed in 2008.
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Census Records

tree icon Census Records of Colquitt County - from the Colquitt County GAGenWeb Project

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CensusDiggins.com - Census search and much more
tree icon HeritageQuest Online - Free in Georgia to PINES Library cardholders  Requires a password. More info (Note: When you get into GALILEO's databases, select #85 HeritageQuest to search the census.)
   
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Digital Collections

  Family History Archive Access to a repository of histories created by families to record and celebrate the lives of their ancestors
  Harold B. Lee Library BYU
  Utah Digital Newspapers Digitally reformatted newspapers from the state of Utah. Includes the Deseret News, the Salt Lake Tribune and many local and small-town newspapers. A consortial project of the Utah Academic Library Consortium
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International Sources

Immigration and Ships Passenger Lists Research Guide

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Canada Immigration and Citizenship Genealogy Guide

England Beginning Research Series handout from the free online class from FamilySearch
English Family History & Genealogy
 The Saltire, the flag of Scotland, a white saltire with an official "Pantone 300" coloured field. Finding Records in Scotland 1855 - 1901 pdf guide from FamilySearch
Finding Records of Your English Ancestors pdf guide from FamilySearch
Free BMD -is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed records.
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Irish flag as icon Griffith's Evaluation: Family Name Search from Ask About Ireland  Not only does this site provide surname and place name searches of Griffith's [Valuation], it has townland maps with the tenement numbers and lot boundaries overlaid. For good measure, the townland maps are linked to satellite images and modern highway map overlays!
Irish flag as icon Irish Genealogy ...web site dedicated to helping you in your search for records of family history for past generations. This site will assist you in providing valuable information on the many ways of tracing your family history. You can view over 1.3 million church records free of charge.
  Korean Genealogy Online  E-books are available online, with page-turning and zoom features that allow users to freely explore these records. They include Gimhae Kim and Gimhae Heo clans, which are representative regional families in Korea.
http://genealogy.inje.ac.kr or http://jokbo.inje.ac.kr
Irish flag as icon National Archives of Ireland

Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics 
When you enter this Website, you’ll find a fully searchable database containing one million names. Every name is linked to its original record, which will be within one of the following record groups: Births 1864-1877 Marriages 1864-1930Deaths 1864-1877 and 1908-1955  To read the the actual record in digitized form, you must use a  Viewpoint® plug-in that is provided, you'll also be able to read every detail entered on the original registration. Copies are provided for a fee.
  Old Bailey contains the transcripts of every trial heard at the Old Bailey from 1674 to 1913, a total of more than 210,000 criminal trials. In addition to the text of the trials, the website provides 195,000 digital images, as well as contemporary maps, images of the courtroom and information on the historical and legal background to the Old Bailey court. The site also enables people to search for criminal ancestors.
Public Records of Northern Ireland launched 10 January 2008 - "...aims to identify, preserve and make available Northern Ireland's unique archival heritage and community memory."
 The Saltire, the flag of Scotland, a white saltire with an official "Pantone 300" coloured field. Scotland's People - The official government source or genealogical data for Scotland - A partnership between General Register Office for Scotland, the National Archives of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon enabled by Scotland Online.  Note: Not Free. Your Family Tree Magazine has an article that describes the records and tells how to use the online service. You can read the article at http://www.yourfamilytreemag.co.uk/page/yftentry=scottish_parish_record_images_go
 
Surname Profiler Project Website A recent research project based at University College London (UCL) has investigated the distribution of surnames in Great Britain, both current and historic, in order to understand patterns of regional economic development, population movement and cultural identity. This website allows users to search the databases that have been created, and to trace the geography and history of their family names.
SVGAncestry.com - St. Vincent & the Grenadines genealogy research  "including FREE records and also a low-cost subscription database containing names of many individuals with connections to St. Vincent gathered from sources around the globe."
  Yad Vashem database of the Jews who had perished during the Holocaust and much more
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Family Bible Genealogy Links
icon Ancestor Hunt
icon Bible Records Online
icon Family Bible Records -from GeneaLinks
icon Kentucky Bible Records
icon Maine Bible Records - by Robert L Taylor
   
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Forms
star icon Ancestry.com
star icon Bailey's Free Genealogy Forms
star icon Family Tree Magazine
star icon Forms and more from FamilySearch
star icon Forms.GOV The US Government's official hub for federal forms. This Forms Catalog provides citizens and businesses with a common access point to federal agency forms.
star icon Genealogy Forms from Genealogy Inc.
star icon Linage First Steps Info Center
star icon PDF Genealogy Forms from LD Pierce's Genealogy Page - includes a really interesting list of "old" illnesses and occupations.
star icon Printable Abstracts for US Census Records - Census abstracts are forms that you can fill out when you are doing research with census records. They allow you to copy information from the census records in an organized way, helping ensure that you don't miss any important information. The fill-in-the-blank form letters for contacting institutions and family members in other countries are available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
   
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Geographical Locations
map rose icon Bureau of Land Management - Provides live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States. You will also have  image access to more than two million Federal land title records for Eastern Public Land States, issued between 1820 and 1908. Images of Serial patents (land titles issued between 1908 and the mid-1960's) have been added to this web site. Images related to survey plats, dating back to 1810, are added to the site state-by-state as each state's documents are completed.
map rose icon US Bureau of Geographic Names
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Immigration

ship icon  Ellis Island Records
ship icon Online Passenger Lists
ship icon The Ship's List - Online since August 1999, this list will help you find your ancestors on ships' passenger lists. It also has immigration reports, newspaper records, shipwreck information, ship pictures, ship descriptions, shipping-line fleet lists and more; as well as hundreds of passenger lists to Canada, USA, Australia and even some for South Africa.
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Links to Moultrie-Colquitt County Online Resources

  Local Links
  Archway Project
 
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Maps
1914 U.S. County Maps by State Janie Edwards found, rescued, scanned and is now sharing this amazing book "This is from a book found while tearing down an old shed.  There was no cover, and the last page was missing, which I believe was Nevada and Washington. The maps are dated 1910-1914.   That is why I called them 1914 maps, that's when it ended. The name at the top says Atlas of the World."
American Geographical Society Library Digital Map Collection

Animated County Boundary Maps - FREE!

by Nathan W. Murphy, MA, AG These animated maps work like a VCR, moving backwards and forwards in time on your computer screen, until you reach the desired year.

Boer Map Library  "...online collection of historic maps. Here you will find a collection of thousands of historic maps from around the world. You will find foreign language atlases from around the world, road atlases from many eras and tools to help you find the historic maps that you are looking for."
Bureau of Land Management Land and Mineral Records Please use IE v6 or 7. Please allow popups.
County Maps - from Family History 101 Links to rotating animated maps showing all the county boundry changes for each year overlaid with past and present maps so you can see the changes in county boundries and State Department of Transportation Maps.
Historical County Lines - Shows where county lines "used to be"
Historical Atlas of  Georgia Counties
Jim Littlefield's Georgia Map Collection
Library of Congress - Geography & Maps Reading Room
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection This site, from the University of Texas, acts as a historical collection as well as a current collection.
Railroad Maps 1828-1900 ...part of the American Memory Collection, Library of Congress
topozone - The TopoZone is a production of Maps a la carte, Inc. ...digital topographic maps, aerial photographs, and related mapping information for the professional and outdoor recreation communities.
USGS - The US Geological Survey - Access to over 300,000 book, map, and serial records in the U.S. Geological Survey Library online catalog. Includes information on library borrowing policies, locations, and a link to ASK-A-LIBRARIAN, an electronic reference service and much more.
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Military/Veterans
Bits of Blue and Gray: An American Civil War Notebook
California Men in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1867
Canadian Genealogy Centre First World War Personnel Records - Library and Archives Canada holds the personnel records for the 600,000 Canadians who enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War (1914-1918).
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System a computerized database containing very basic facts about servicemen who served on both sides during the Civil War, their regiments and battles of the war. The CWSS database currently contains over 6 million soldier names from 44 states and territories.
DAR National Index of Genealogical Records
The Eisenhower Communiqués  from the Digital Collections at BYU  The Daily Battle Communiqués issued by the Communiqué Section, Public Relations Division of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force Europe (SHAEF), relate the daily progress of the Allied campaign in Europe from D-Day on June 6, 1944 until the German surrender on May 7, 1945.
Military Records and Resources from the Library of Virginia - Military records include official documentation of military service including muster and pay rolls and pension records.  Most records of military service contain only the name of the individual and the unit in which he served; rarely do they contain either genealogical or biographical information.
NARA Military Records - Introduction and Links to Resources

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) now has created its Grave Registration Project to document the final resting places of BOTH Union and Confederate Civil War veterans. The fully-searchable database is available online and is free for everyone. While this database was created by and is maintained by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the database lists Confederate as well as Union soldiers. There are fewer Confederates listed. The reasons are two-fold: (1.) because the organization collected only Union veterans' information in its earlier years and (2.) because record keeping was not as well organized among the Confederates. The SUVCW is keenly interested in adding more information about Confederate graves.

Southern Campaign Revolutionary War Pension Statements & Rosters

War Department Papers The project to reconstitute the War Department Papers has successfully recovered more than 55,000 documents and made them available in a free, online format with extensive and searchable metadata linked to digitized images of each document, thereby insuring free access for a wide range of users.
 
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Newspaper Archives

Google News Archives  -  a list of all the newspapers Google has ingested
Historical Newspapers Online The author says, "This table provides a list of historical U.S. newspapers that are available online at no cost. Newspapers available for free through Google News Historical Archives and Newspaperarchives.com are listed individually as I identify them. Newspapers available through Chronicling America and state digitization projects are usually listed as a group. For instance, under "Wyoming" I have not listed every newspaper digitized in the project but simply described what is available. "
Athens Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to five newspaper titles published in Athens from 1827 to 1922. The archive includes the following Athens newspaper titles: Athenian (1827-1832), Southern Banner (1832-1882), Southern Watchman (1855-1882), Daily/Weekly Banner-Watchman (1882-1889), Daily/Weekly Athens Banner (1889-1922).
Cedar Rapids Public Library This online database contains more than 665,000 historical newspaper pages from Cedar Rapids. The full-page newspapers, dating back to 1857, are searchable by keyword and date, making it easy for you to quickly explore historical content.
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers - Access America's historic newspapers. This site allows you to search and read newspaper pages from 1900-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).
Historic Newspapers of Georgia newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), and the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006).
Historical Newspapers Online This table provides a list of historical U.S. newspapers that are available online at no cost.
Jefferson County, Missouri Newspapers - Search Indexes 1866 - 1910 by name or year - A service of the  Jefferson County Library
New York Archives - Search Over 2,450,000 Old Upstate, Western & Central NY Newspaper Pages
Site requires Flash.  Click here to download.
Utah Digital Newspapers Digitally reformatted newspapers from the state of Utah. Includes the Deseret News, the Salt Lake Tribune and many local and small-town newspapers. A consortial project of the Utah Academic Library Consortium
US News Archives on the Web
Wyoming Newspaper Project The Wyoming Newspaper Project is making all the newspapers printed in Wyoming between 1849 and 1922 accessible in an easily searchable format, over the internet, for free.
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Obituaries

  Ancestor Hunt - Obituary Search Engines and Indexes at Libraries, Universities and Societies States
  Death Certificates from Georgia's Virtual Vault Georgia Death Certificates from 1919 through 1927. The collection also includes a number of certificates from 1914-1918, with the bulk dating from from 1917 and 1918.
   
  Obituaries Research Guide - Includes Online Obituary Indexes, Death Notices, Memorials & Finding Aids
  Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Obituary Index  - An index to over 800,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices & other sources from Ohio from the 1830s to the present day.
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Palaeography for historians, genealogists
Reading old handwriting 1500 - 1800

  Palaeography from the National Archives, UK
  Scottish Handwriting The website offers online tuition in palaeography for historians, genealogists and other researchers who have problems reading manuscript historical records written in Scotland in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The emphasis of the website is on practical help to improve the palaeographical skills, rather than on the academic study of Scottish handwriting.
   
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Photographs
  Lost and Found Photos  A free network for genealogists seeking answers and amateur and professional photo identification specicalists.
  Photo Detective with Maureen A. Taylor A Blog that allows viewers to submit photos and questions from Family Tree Magazine
   
   
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State/County Related Databases
USGen Web Project
USGen Web Project Archives
  Alachua County, FL Archives - records have been scanned, indexed and placed online in a searchable format
  Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates
  California Research Websites
  GeneaLinks State genealogy information including links to census, military, and other genealogy resources for a each state in the United States.  
  Georgia's Virtual Vault a web-searchable database that contains electronic images related to the history of Georgia. Visitors may search by keyword or browse a list of categories. Historical context for many of the records found in the Virtual Vault may be found in the articles of the New Georgia Encyclopedia
  Illinois State Archives Online Databases
  Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900 Since 1985 the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) has cooperated with the Illinois State Archives to create an index to Illinois marriages occurring prior to 1901. Today more than one million marriages, or two million names, are included in the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index.
  Kansas Memory -- online access to Kansas history and includes thousands of items from the Kansas Historical Society's collections of photographs, letters, diaries and other historic items. The "My Memory" section allows users to customize a personal space, save searches, and create scrapbooks of items.
  Louisiana Creole Heritage Center The Louisiana Creole Heritage Center is now 10 years old and has taken on the task of developing and housing the only national Creole genealogy database of its kind.  The contents of this database is mainly based upon data received from individuals across the country.  This submitted data is compared to other databases, verified for accuracy before becoming a part of the Creole database. An online version of this database reporting all information prior to 1920 is searchable and contains the Given Name, Parents, Birthdate, Deathdate and option to update this information. 
  Maryland State Archives The Maryland State Archives is the historical agency for Maryland and serves as the central depository for government records of permanent value. Records date from the founding of the colony in 1634 to the present...includes published volumes of Archives of Maryland. Baltimore Historical Society: 1883-1972 as well as the historic database Beneath the Underground: The Flight to Freedom.
  Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Genealogy
  Minnesota Historical Society Includes searchable birth and death indexes as well as that of the Minnesota State Census. Copies must be ordered. (a Family Tree Magazine 101 Best Web Sites pick )
  Missouri State Archives Online Resources and Databases
  Northern Kentucky Databases
  Utah History and Research Center - The online index to 250,000+ Utah deaths was created by the State Office of Vital Records and Statistics and has searchable information. The index includes free digital pictures of the death certificates issued from 1905 to 1954
  Upstate New York Genealogy - Hints, tips and data for free from Dick Hillenbrand
  Virginia Memory -  The digital collections are ccessible through our digital asset management system and   are searchable by keywords, creator, and title. 
  Washington State Digital Archives  The Washington State Digital Archives is the nation's first archives dedicated specifically to the preservation of electronic records from both State and Local agencies that have permanent legal, fiscal or historical value. (a Family Tree Magazine 101 Best Web Sites pick )
   
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Vital Records
icon SSDI  - Social Security Death Index
                 In the library use ancestry.com through GALILEO.
                 Off site, FamilySearch provides free information.
icon Miami County, Ohio Marriage Index 1807-1873 - Courtesy of the Troy Historical Society
icon Michigan Department of Community Health Death Index (covers 1867-1897)
icon Minnesota Death Index  (covers 1906-1996) free look-up with data, $ for certificates
icon Online Birth & Marriage Indexes for the USA
icon Onlline Death Certificates list of some currently available or forthcoming collections of online digitized death certificates or death ledgers (some are free, some fee-based) -  from Genealogy Roots Blog
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icon Online Searchable Death Indexes  & Records
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Online Searchable Death Indexes for the USA Includes Obituaries, Cemeteries & the Social Security Death Index

icon Virgo County, Indiana Marriage Records
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