Internet Public Library - Genealogy
Here is a wonderful collection of information on genealogy for the beginner
or the advanced genealogist from the University of Michigan.
Information helpful in finding and/or interpreting records of the descent
of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors.
Resources in this category:
An Internet guide for genealogy, with feature articles, Website links, and
discussion forums. Topics covered include beginners resources, immigration,
family reunions, adoption search, census, oral history, and famous
"Afrigeneas is a Website focused on genealogical research and resources
in general and on African ancestry in particular. This page serves as a
focal point for information about African-ancestored families and for
pointers to genealogical sources worldwide." This site contains many
links to web sources on African-American genealogy and genealogy in general,
as well as links to musuems, a library, and a bibliography. One important
resource is its "Surnames" Database. Updated often and users
"A site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African
Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and
resources in general."
"Located in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and on the World Wide
Web, the American Family Immigration History Center (AFIHC) allows visitors
to explore the extraordinary collection of immigrant arrival records stored
in the Ellis Island Archives."
"AncientFaces has become the largest visual genealogy presence on the
Internet by providing a free location for the exchange of photos. Thousands
of photos are being scanned and then added AncientFaces by their owners so
that others researching their family trees can place faces with the names of
Includes links to Australian family history and genealogy sites, Aboriginal
family history, military records, etc. Part of the National Library of
Australia Internet Subject Lists project.
"If you can't even spell the word g-e-n-e-a-l-o-g-y, this is the place
for you to start. Everyone has ancestors, and if you're wondering who yours
are, it's time to get involved in family history and genealogy
research." This resource is divided into 13 short chapters that will
take a beginner through the basics of genealogy research. There's a glossary
of terms and a list of other genealogy resources.
"Premier independent genealogy and historial reference site for those
researching ancestors from the Carpathian Mountain regions of Eastern
Europe. A fantastic resource for students to gain information on the various
heritages and cultures who inhabited these territories." Contains
information on Eastern European villages, customs and folklore, immigration,
settlements and neighborhoods in the US, along with research resources and a
Information about how to care for gravestones, including cleaning basics,
gravestone rubbings, reading inscriptions, and sealing or waterproofing
"Here you will find online records from over 2,000 cemeteries all over
the world." Browse by country, or search for burial records,
cemeteries, or by ancestry.
"Over 2000 FREE coats of arms from Ireland and around the world in GIF
format." Also "articles relating to Proto-Heraldry in Early
Christian Ireland, Heraldry in Ireland, Gaelic Irish Heraldry and Heraldic
Practice, The Coats of Arms of Irish Septs, The Meaning of Coats of Arms,
Clans and Chieftains in Ireland, Mac and O in Irish Surnames, The Distortion
of Irish Surnames, Irish Personal Names and Spurious Coats of Arms."
"Commemorative Motifs, Mourning Images, and Memento Mori," from
the "Tomb With a View" newsletter, explains funerary symbolism. It
includes a list of symbols seen on tombstones and graves, and their
Links to tens of thousands of genealogy-related resources on the Web. The
majority are categorized & cross-referenced in over 120 categories. No
annotations and few descriptions, but a very comprehensive index to all
sorts of genealogy-related Internet resources.
"The Database of Houses is a continuing effort to list every country
house built in Britain and Ireland, standing or demolished. The
Database is updated daily and currently lists over 6,500 houses. This
undertaking will compile as many details as can be found about the houses,
families who occupied them, and their estates, in a standardized
"Website for people tracing their British, European and Anglo-Indian
family history in India, Burma, Pakistan and Bangladesh."
The Society Hall is the most comprehensive directory of genealogical and
historical societies on the Web. It allows you to search for geneological
associations by name and geographical location. The rest of the
FamilyHistory.com site is a collection of message boards for genealogical
researchers. The site has boards under three topics: surname, geographical
area, and geneological project (e.g. adoption, passengerships from England,
etc.) and each topic is searchable. Message boards include postings from
people looking for and sharing genealogical information.
"Familyrecords.gov is a portal designed to help anyone wishing to carry
out research on their family history using UK and Irish government
resources. Resources of use to family historians are held by many different
national and central government institutions in the UK and Ireland. Finding
out which of the many institutions holds the information a researcher needs
can be quite a complex process. This site aims to simplify that process by
providing one point of access that will give researchers the information
they need and direct them to the correct institution. Initially we are
providing information on records, links to web sites (both of the member
institutions and of other family history resources) and news of events and
new services of interest to family historians. Where possible we have linked
to web resources; where not we have given, or pointed to, details of how to
access material. As more and more resources go online we will bring you news
of these new developments. We also provide information about how researchers
can make enquiries of the member institutions."
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints provides this site, which
lets you search their Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index,
Pedigree Resource File, and web sites (by last name only). A free
registration feature also lets you collaborate with other genealogists.
Information about "Where everybody who was anybody is buried..."
Includes photos. It's searchable by name, location, birthdates and death
dates, and "claim to fame."
This Scottish-focused genealogy site includes a searchable database system
of more than 2,100 names, links to clan histories, a glossary and
bibliography to support your research, and a page allowing you to post
questions. A link to a fee-based ancestral resarch serivce is also
available, as well as a link to a similar Irish genealogy web site.
This subsection of the larger "Gathering of the Irish" provides
access to information to help conduct Irish-focused genealogy research.
Contains a database of names, one of clans, and teh history of many clans
and names. One can submit their own information to this sie and a link to a
fee-based ancestral research service is provided.
A free website with a searchable database of biographies for genealogy
research and links to biographies on other sites.
"Genealogists are the most numerous users of the Washington, DC,
research rooms, and 13 regional records service facilities of the National
Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This area provides many of the
finding aids, guides, and research tools that can prepare you for a visit to
one of our facilities or for requesting records from NARA." There are
essays on different aspects of genealogical research and links to other
sources of information.
This comprehensive resources provides links to information on almost all
aspects of family history research. The mission is to promote scholarly
educational access to all key worldwide Internet genealogical and family
history databases and resources. It is divided up by region as well as by
topic. There is also a feature to search the website.
A FAQ from the U.S. Census Bureau. Answers many basic genealogy questions,
particularly in the realm of government information sources.
An annotated listing of scores of Internet resources for genealogical
A partially-anotated listing of genealogy-related Internet resources,
organized by subject/location and by type of resource.
Genealogy Today monitors a variety of sources and search engines for new and
updated genealogy information. The site contains articles, links to specific
genealogy websites, and offers free seaching on the Genealogy Meta-Search.
Resources are divided into the following groups: Getting Started, Family
History, Research Tools, and Advanced Topics. Genealogy Today does offer
links to for-fee services.
Links to genealogical information and resources for Ireland and the entire
United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle
of Man). Information on accessing public records (divided by county). Help
on getting started with genealogical research.
Information and photographs of over six hundred Chicago tombs, organized by
This homegrown site lists steps, suggestions and hints, and provides
resources for anyone searching for an obituary. The author also provides a
list of links to sites that offer free obituaries online.
"A non-profit organization dedicated to the study and advancement of
genealogy in Ireland, North and South, and around the world." Website
includes items of interest to Irish genealogists, including church records,
census substitutes, cemetary lists, and Irish surname info.
"Hand-picked Italian genealogy links, surname boards, links to Italian
and Italian-American sites, plus plenty of general interest items on Italy.
The best genealogy tools to help those of you research your roots including
information on various genealogical techniques for finding your
Jewish genealogical information and contacts. Includes databases of
meetings, Websites, families and publications, plus a FAQ and other useful
"The Jewish National and University Library's unparalleled collection
of ketubbot is one of the largest in the world (over 1200 items). It
contains ketubbot from dozens of different countries, covering a time period
of over 900 years and is a major resource for research in Jewish history,
law and art. For over 2000 years Jewish law has required that every husband
present his wife, at the time of their marriage, with a marriage contract or
ketubbah, guaranteeing the wife's financial rights in case of the husband's
death or divorce. Over generations, various local customs found their way
into the legal text of the ketubbah and ketubbah decorations reflected the
Jewish art of each locality and period. Ketubbot are therefore a rich source
of material on Jewish history, customs and art. The fact that, as legal
documents, ketubbot always contain exact dates and place names allows their
absolute identification with specific communities and periods." Users
can browse the collection by country, or use the search facility.
An organized and annotated list of web sites with a comprehensive selection
of computer software programs for genealogists. Included is the author's
subjective opinion about each program.
"The complete Internet site for Mayflower history and genealogy."
Includes passenger lists, documents and other writings, genealogical
information, and a FAQ.
This website gathers links to online death indexes by state and county.
Included are death records, death certificate indexes, obituaries, probate
indexes, and cemetery and burial records. Information about searching the
Social Security Death Index online is also included.
"PeopleSpot.com simplifies the search for the best and most useful
information about people on the Web. We hope that our site will enable you
to quickly and easily connect with others, reunite with friends and family,
find people who share your interests, learn about notable individuals,
discover ways to help others and much more... From PeopleSpot.com, tap into
biographies, vital records, population and demographic statistics, e-mail,
phone, reverse and professional directories, newsgroups, chat rooms, family
and military networks, missing person data, genealogy resources and much
Genealogy website that offers information about how to obtain information
The Roots Surname List (RSL) is a list of surnames with associated dates and
locations that is intended to help genealogical researchers locate others
interested in sharing and comparing data about the same families." This
is a searchable front end to the RSL database. Be sure to read the README
file first, so you'll understand the output.
"ROOTS-L is a LISTSERV mailing list for people who are interested in
genealogy." Besides information about the listserv, there is a
searchable archive of list traffic, and a large collection of files and
databases, including the impressive ROOTS-L
"The Internet's Oldest and Largest Genealogy Community" RootsWeb
offers a host of genealogical resources, including search engines and
databases (surnames, county and state records, the
Social Security Death Index), a listserv, discussion groups, and related
A guide to various FAQs and other regular postings from genealogy-related
Usenet groups and mailing lists.
"The Death Master File (DMF) from the Social Security Administration (SSA)
contains over 50 million records created from SSA payment records. This file
includes the following information on each decedent, if the data are
available to the SSA: Last name, First name SS# (State issued) b. Birth date
d. Death date lr. Last residence lp. Lump sum payment." Includes
description and searching tips. For United States only.
Directory of addresses and Websites (where available) for thousands of
historical and genealogical societies in the United States, Canada and
Australia. Browsable by geographic location.
A guide to doing genealogy research, both on- and off-line. Includes
tutorials on deciphering old handwriting, the U.S. Census, and how to use
the LDS research outlines.
A lightly annotated guide to genealogy resources on the Internet. Includes
special section for Italian
and Ontario genealogy
A distributed effort to organize genealogy information for each county in
the United States. Organized by state.
The Valley of the Shadow Project is a hypermedia archive of thousands of
sources of information created during the period before, during, and after
the Civil War in Augusta County, Virginia and Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
Sources include diaries, newspapers, maps, photographs, church records,
populations cenuss and official records, all transcribed for use on the web.
" Students can explore every dimension of the conflict and write their
own histories, reconstructing the life stories of women, African Americans,
farmers, politicians, soldiers, and families. The project is intended for
secondary schools, community colleges, libraries, and universities. "
There is a good tour of the site to orientate users to the wealth of
information available on this site.
"This page contains information about where to obtain vital records
(such as birth, death & marriage certificates and divorce decrees) from
each state, territory and county of the United States. See the guidelines
for information on how to order vital records. If you are looking for vital
records from a foreign county, see [the] links to foreign vital records web
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