Tracings by SAM...Discovering our Past
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Mary Oliver in The Summer Day
FAVORITE GENEALOGY WEBSITES
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FAVORITE GENEALOGY WEBSITES
Ten Sites... The First Seven are Free!
1. Family Search
Search millions of records and images from around the world, including census, baptism, marriage, and death records. FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints. Also offered are free, online genealogy classes, maps, FamilySearch Wiki and more. Search by surname and locale or browse by location.
Search for free genealogy and family history records online in every county in every state. These records are made available by project volunteers committed to providing free access to genealogical research. The amount and quality of records available varies by county, depending on local resources.
This site offers links to genealogy databases in every state in the US. These databases can provide birth, marriage, and death records, as well as wills, obituaries, and more. Organized by localities and surnames. Search by state or by surname. Many records are available online at no charge; other records are available for a fee.
Sixty-three million grave records in over 170 countries. Search by surname, location, or cemetery. Sponsor the gravesite of a family member. Individuals who are searching records must register, but there is no fee involved.
ancestors on google search or in google books and
see what turns up. Findings
might include postings on message
boards, family surname websites, and biographical sketches in local
A directory of links to websites with online death indexes listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death registers, obituaries, probate indexes, cemetery and burial records, as well as information on searching the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) online.
7. Online County and Town HistoriesOffered through www.learnwebskills.com
Links to FREE county and town histories. Many counties have several volumes of histories. Be sure to review all the volumes listed for the counties where your ancestors resided
PAID SUBSCRIPTION REQUIREDSearchable database contains millions of records, including US Census records 1790-1930; birth, marriage, and death records; immigration records, ship passenger lists, passport applications, probate records, and military records. Records are from US, Europe, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Search by individual and by location.
Mailing Lists and Message Boards, Hosted by Ancestry.com
on ancestors by searching the mailing list archives or message boards
at Ancestry.com. No
fee to join a mailing list or post
a new message or inquiry. RootsWeb is another free website hosted by
Ancestry.com, offering mailing lists and message boards.
PAID SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED
The newspaper archives are the largest in the United States, with over 5,000 newspapers, covering 1690 to the present. Search by surname and location to find old newspaper articles, photos, birth, marriage and death notices. Genealogybank also has historical books (family genealogies, biographies, and local histories) and historical documents (military records, pension requests, land grants) in its records database.
10. Fold3 Historical Military Records
PAID SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED (Some records are free.)
This site has an extensive collection of military records difficult to find elsewhere. Thirty million documents dating from the American Revolution through the Vietnam War. Pension records are particularly informative, offering more than just the details of the individual's miliary experience.