Randy's Genealogy Links

Beginning Genealogy Tutorials

*  Rootsweb “Guide to Tracing Family Trees” -- http://rwguide.rootsweb.com/
*  Genealogy.com Learning Center -- http://www.genealogy.com/genehelp.html
*  BYU Independent Study Courses (LDS oriented) --  http://is.byu.edu/site/courses/free.cfm
*  Tutorial for “Researching Your Family Tree Online” -- http://www.learnwebskills.com/family/intro.html
*  FamilySearch Research Courses/Learning Center -- https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html
*  History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy -- http://www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.History-at-Home-A-Guide-to-Genealogy.17370.html

Online Data Portals (Searches and Links to Many Sites)

*  Cyndi's List:  http://www.CyndisList.com
*  Linkpendium:  http://www.Linkpendium.com
*  United States Genealogy Web:  http://www.USGenWeb.org
*  MyHeritage Search Engine:  http://www.MyHeritage.com
*  Live Roots Search Engine:  http://www.LiveRoots.com
*  Steve Morse One-Step Tools:  http://www.SteveMorse.org
*  Free Genealogy Resources:  http://freestuffandsamples.com/newestsamplesblog/free-genealogy-resources/

FamilySearch Website Links:

*  Global Search page (searches all indexed collections):  https://familysearch.org/search
*  Historical Record Collections:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list
*  FamilySearch Research Wiki:  https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page 
*  FamilySearch Research Courses (videos):  https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html
*  Getting Started (Beginners):  https://familysearch.org/ask/gettingStarted

*  Family History Library Catalog:  https://familysearch.org/catalog-search
*  FamilySearch Books:  http://books.familysearch.org/

*  FamilySearch Labs:  https://labs.familysearch.org/
*  Community Trees:  http://histfam.familysearch.org/
*  English Jurisdictions, 1851: http://maps.familysearch.org/
*  FamilySearch Blog:  https://familysearch.org/blog/en/

*  FamilySearch Genealogies (Ancestral File, Pedigree Resource File):  https://www.familysearch.org/family-trees  (Free to search, Separate Trees, GEDCOM Upload)
*  FamilySearch Family Tree: https://familysearch.org/tree/ (registration required, Free to add, edit and delete, need registration, no GEDCOM upload, Connected Tree)
*  FamilySearch Family Tree Reference Guide:  http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/fhd/community/en/familysearch/familytree/pdf/familytreeuserguide.pdf

Vital Records Online

*  Purchase Vital Records (by state):  http://www.VitalChek.com  ($$)
*  Purchase Vital Records (by state):  http://VitalRec.com  ($$)
*  Joe Beine's Vital Records Links:  http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html
*  Joe Beine's Death Indexes Links:  http://www.deathindexes.com 
*  Where to Write for Vital Records:   http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm

*  Ancestry.com Historical Record Collectionshttp://www.ancestry.com ($$)
*  FamilySearch Historical Record Collections:  https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list
*  Rootsweb Historical Record Collections:  http://www.rootsweb.com (CA, KY, ME, TX Deaths)
*  Social Security Death Index (SSDI):  http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1202535
*  Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Application Form:  http://www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ssa-711.pdf

*  California Birth Records (1905-1995): http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2001879
*  California Marriages (1850-1945, pretty sparse so far):  https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1674735
*  California Marriage Index (1960-1985):   http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1949339
*  California Death Index (1905-1939):  http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932433
*  California Death Index (1940-1997):  http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2015582
*  California Divorce Index (1966-1984):  http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2015584

*  Massachusetts Vital Records Project (VRs to 1850): http://www.ma-vitalrecords.org/Towns.shtml
*  Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850:  http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=190 ($$)
*  Massachusetts Vital Records (1841-1915):   http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=191 ($$)
*  Massachusetts Births and Christenings (1639-1910):  http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1675197
*  Massachusetts Marriages (1695-1910):   http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1675351
*  Massachusetts Deaths and Burials (1795-1910):   http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1675350
*  Massachusetts Births (1841-1915):  http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1536925
*  Massachusetts Marriages (1841-1915):  http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1469062
*  Massachusetts Deaths (1841-1915):  http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1463156

*  Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1546448

*  Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1922:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1454923

*  Indiana Marriages, 1811-1959:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1410397

*  Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1968532

*  New Hampshire Death Certificates, 1938-1959:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1876925
*  New Hampshire Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1876926

*  Ohio County Births, 1841-2003:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1932106
*  Ohio County Marriages, 1784-1994:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1614804
*  Ohio Death Certificates, 1908-1953:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1307272

*  Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906-1964):  http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5164 
*  Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1320976
*  Pennsylvania and New Jersey Church and Town Records, 1709-1985:  http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451

*  Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1932:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956
*  Texas Death Certificates, 1890-1976: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1983324

*  Utah Death Certificates, 1904-`1956:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1747615

*  Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1454923

*  West Virginia Births, Marriages and Deaths:  http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/

Town, County and State Records

*  New Netherlands (Dutch New York) - Chris Chester’s links for New Netherland / NY / NJ:
*  Massachusetts Town Clerks, Vital and Town Records, 1627-2001:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2061550

United States Census Records

*  Ancestry.com Record Collections:  http://www.ancestry.com ($$) (1790 to 1880, 1900 to 1940, images, indexes)
*  FamilySearch Record Collections:  https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list (Free) (1790 to 1880, 1900 to 1940, images, indexes)
*  Fold3 Record Collections:  http://www.Fold3.com ($$) (1850, 1860, 1900 to 1930, images, indexes)
*  Archives.com Record Collections:  http://www.Archives.com ($$) (1790 to 1880, 1900 to 1940, images, indexes)
*  FindMyPast Record Collections:  http://www.FindMyPast.com ($$) (1790 to 1880, 1900 to 1940, images, indexes)

United States Military Records

*  United States National Archives:  http://www.archives.gov (Free to search, $$ to obtain records)
*  Joe Beine's Online Military Indexes Links:  http://www.militaryindexes.com (Links to Free and $$)
*  Ancestry.com Record Collections:  http://www.Ancestry.com ($$) 
*  FamilySearch Historical Record Collections:    https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list (Free)
*  Fold3 Record Collections:  http://www.Fold3.com ($$)

United States Immigration and Naturalization Records

*  Joe Beine's Emigration and Emigration Links:   http://www.germanroots.com/ei.html (Free, links to Free and $$ sites)
*  Joe Beine's Naturalization Records Links:   http://www.germanroots.com/naturalizationrecords.html (Free, links to free and $$ sites)
*  Ancestry.com Record Collections:  http://www.Ancestry.com ($$)
*  FamilySearch Record Collections:   https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list (Free)
*  Ellis Island (New York City) Indexes:  http://www.EllisIsland.org (Free)
*  Castle Garden (New York City) Indexes:  http://www.CastleGarden.org (Free)
*  Lorine Schulz's Olive Tree Genealogy Site:  http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com  (Free, links to $$ sites)

Cemetery Records

*  Find A Grave:  http://www.FindAGrave.com (Free)
*  Billion Graves:  http://billiongraves.com (Free, need to register/login; has mobile app)
*  Interment.net:  http://www.Interment.net (Free)
*  U.S. GenWeb Tombstone Project:  http://usgwtombstones.org/ (Free)
*  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Gravestone Locator:  http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/j2ee/servlet/NGL_v1
*  Association for Graveyard Studies:   http://www.gravestonestudies.org/
*  The Association of Graveyard Rabbits:  http://www.thegraveyardrabbit.com 
*  Cemetery Junction Directory:   http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/

Probate Records:

*  United States Probate Records -- FamilySearch Research Wiki Article:  https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Probate_Records 

*  Illinois Probate Records, 1819-1970:  
*  New York Historical Society’s Abstracts of Wills:
http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/n/nys//browse/author/n.html Scroll down to New York (County) Surrogate’s Court.
*  New York Probate Records, 1629-1971:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1920234
*  Pennsylvania Probate Records, 1683-1994: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1999196
*  New Jersey Probate Records, 1678-1980:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2018330
*  Ohio Probate Records, 1789-1960:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1992421
*  Texas Probate Records, 1800-1990:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2016287

Land Records:

*  United States Land and Property -- FamilySearch Research WikiArticle:  https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Land_and_Property

*  Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Patents:  http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ 
*  Massachusetts Land Records, 1629-1986: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2106411
*  New York Land Records, 1630-1975: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2078654 

Historical Newspapers

*  List of Newspapers Published in United States:  http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ (Free)
*  Historical Newspapers Online:   http://guides.library.upenn.edu/historicalnewspapersonline (Free)
*  United States Online Newspaper Links:  http://www.theancestorhunt.com/1/post/2014/04/united-states-online-historical-newspaper-links.html (Free)
*  Online Historical Newspapers Website:   https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/ (Free)

*  Elephind: http://www.elephind.com (Free, links to online digitized newspapers in major repositories)
*  Google News Archives Search:  news.google.com/archivesearch (Free, some links to $$)
*  Google News Archive Newspapers List:  http://news.google.com/newspapers (free)
*  Chronicling America, Historical American Newspapers:   http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ (Free)

*  California Digital Newspaper Collection:  http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cdnc (Free)
*  Old Fulton (NY) Post Cards:  http://www.fultonhistory.com/fulton.html (Free)
*  New York Times (1851-1922) News Archive:  http://query.nytimes.com/search/sitesearch/#// (Free)

*  Newspaper ARCHIVE:  http://www.NewspaperARCHIVE.com ($$)
*  Genealogy Bank:  http://www.GenealogyBank.com ($$)
*  Ancestry Record Collections:  http://www.Ancestry.com ($$)
*  Newspapers.com:  http://www.Newspapers.com ($$) 

*  Rootsweb Obituary Times:  http://www.rootsweb.com/~obituary/ (Free)
*  Legacy Obituaries/Tributes:  http://www.legacy.com/Obituaries.asp ($$)
*  Tributes (Obituaries):  http://www.tributes.com (Free)

*  Local libraries often have online access to large collections (print and/or digital)

Surname and Locality Books

*  Google Books:  http://books.google.com (Free)
*  Internet Archive Books:  http://www.archive.org/ (Free)
*  FamilySearch Books:  http://books.familysearch.org/ (Free)
*  MyHeritage "Compilation of Published Sources" collection:  https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-90100/compilation-of-published-sources (Free) 
*  Making of America (University of Michigan):  http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/moagrp/ (Free)
*  Making of America (Cornell University):  http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moa/browse.html
*  Genealogy Gophers:  http://www.gengophers.com (Free)
*  Genealogy Book Links:  http://www.GenealogyBookLinks.com (Free)

*  Joe Beine's History Book Links:   http://www.genealogybranches.com/countyhistories.html (Free)

Message Boards and Mailing Lists:

*  Rootsweb/Ancestry Mailing Lists Boards (Surnames, Localities, Topics):   http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ (free)
*  Rootsweb/Ancestry Message Boards (Surnames, Localities, Topics):   http://boards.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ (free)
*  Genealogy.com GenForum Message Boards (Surnames, Localities, Topics):    http://genforum.genealogy.com/ (free)

Historical Record Collections - United States

*  Ancestry.com Record Collections:  http://www.Ancestry.com ($$) 
*  Ancestry.com FREE Record Index Collections:  http://search.ancestry.com/search/group/freeindexacom (Free)
*  Fold3 Record Collections:  http://www.Fold3.com ($$)
*  Archives.com Record Collections:  http://www.Archives.com ($$) 

*  MyHeritage Record Collections:  http://www.myheritage.com  ($$)
*  WorldVitalRecords Record Collections:  http://www.WorldVitalRecords.com ($$)
*  Genealogy Today Record Collections:  http://www.GenealogyToday.com ($$)
*  FamilySearch Record Collections:  https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list (Free)

*  American Ancestors Record Collections:  http://www.AmericanAncestors.org ($$) 
*  Find My Past US:  http://www.findmypast.com ($$)
*  Find My Past UK:  http://www.findmypast.co.uk ($$)
*  Digital Public Library of America:  http://dp.la (Free)


*  Google Maps:  http://maps.google.com 
*  Old Maps Online: http://www.oldmapsonline.org
*  Cartography Associates, the David Rumsey Map Collection:
*  Library of Congress Map Collections:  http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/
*  Perry-Castenada Library Map Collection:  https://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/histus.html

*  New York Public Library, Map Division:
*  The National Map - US Topographical Maps:  http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/index.html
*  Geographic Names Information System (GNIS):  http://geonames.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=136:1:0:::::
*  University of Connecticut MAGIC Maps:  http://magic.lib.uconn.edu/historical_maps_new_england.html (Free)
*  Historic Map Works:  www.HistoricMapWorks.com ($$)

*  Ancestry's "U.S. Counties  and Regional Histories and Atlases, 1804-1984" collection: http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4078 ($$)
*  Ancestry's "Historic Land Ownership and Reference Atlases, 1507-2000" collection: http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1205 ($$)
*  Ancestry's "U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918" collection: http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1127 ($$)
*  Atlas of Historical County Boundaries:  http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/
*  Historical U.S. County Boundaries:  http://www.randymajors.com/p/maps.html
*  Historical World Boundary Maps:  http://www.randymajors.com/p/worldmap.html

*  University of Southern Florida Maps, Etc. Growth of Nation:  http://etc.usf.edu/maps/galleries/us/growthofnation/index.php
*  A Vision of Britain Through Time:  http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/
*  English and Wales Jurisdictions 1851:  http://maps.familysearch.org/
*  Canadian County Atlas Digital Project:  http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/

Online Family Trees:

*  Rootsweb WorldConnect:    http://wc.rootsweb.com (GEDCOM Upload, Free, Separate Trees)
*  Ancestry Member Trees:  http://www.Ancestry.com (Free to create and edit, Invite others, GEDCOM Upload, Separate Trees.  $$ to search)
*  MyHeritage World Trees:  http://www.MyHeritage.com (Free to create and edit small tree, Invite others, GEDCOM Upload, Separate Trees.  $$ to create large tree, search)
*  Geni World Family Tree:  http://www.Geni.com (Free to create and edit small tree, invite others, no GEDCOM upload, Connected Tree. $$ to create large tree)
*  WikiTree:  http://www.wikitree.com  (Free to create and edit, invitation required, GEDCOM upload, Connected Tree, wiki format)

*  WeRelate:  http://www.werelate.org (Free to create and edit, GEDCOM upload, Connected Tree, wiki format)
*  GeneaNet:  http://www.geneanet.org/ (Free to add GEDCOM, $$ to search)
*  FamilySearch Genealogies (Ancestral File, Pedigree Resource File):  https://www.familysearch.org/family-trees  (Free to search, Separate Trees, GEDCOM Upload)
*  FamilySearch Family Tree: https://familysearch.org/tree/ (registration required, Free to add, edit and delete, need registration, no GEDCOM upload, Connected Tree)

Canadian Genealogy:

*  Dave Obee's Canadian Links:  http://cangenealogy.com/ (Free)
*  Lorine McGinnis Schulze's Olive Tree Genealogy:  http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com (Free)
*  United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada:  http://www.uelac.org/ (Free)
*  Library and Archives Canada - Genealogy and Family History:
http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/Pages/home.aspx  (Free)
*  Canadiana online:  http://www.canadiana.ca/en/home (free)
*  Canada GenWeb Project:  http://www.canadagenweb.org/ (free)
*  American-Canadian Genealogical Society:  http://www.acgs.org/ (Free)
*  Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid:  http://ocfa.islandnet.com/ (Free)

State and National Archives/Repositories:

*  U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA):  http://www.archives.gov  (Free)
*  Library of Congress:  http://www.loc.gov/homepage/lchp.html (Free)
*  Library of Congress American Memory:  http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html (Free)
*  National Union Catalog of Manuscript collections (NUCMC):  http://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/ (free)
*  ArchiveGrid:  http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/ (Free)
*  State Archives and Historical Societies:  http://ww2.ohiohistory.org/textonly/links/arch_hs.html (Free)
*  Digital State Archives:  http://www.digitalstatearchives.com/ (Free)
*  California Digital Archives:  http://www.cdlib.org/ (Free)
*  DAR Library:  http://www.dar.org/library/default.cfm (Free)

General Reference Sites:
*  Abbreviations Found in Genealogy:http://www.rootsweb.com/~rigenweb/abbrev.html and the Encyclopedia of Genealogy at http://www.eogen.com.
*  A List of Occupations, many of which are archaic: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~usgwkidz/oldjobs.htm.
*  Archaic Medical Terms: Rudy’s List of Archaic Medical Terms at  http://www.antiquusmorbus.com/Cyndi’s List of Medical Terms at   http://www.cyndislist.com/medical#Diseases, a list of archaic medical terms and meanings used in various English speaking countries at http://www.genproxy.co.uk/old_medical_terms.htm, and the Encyclopedia of Genealogy at http://www.eogen.com.
*  The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names:  http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/tgn/index.html
*  The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN), contains information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States: http://geonames.usgs.gov/index.html
*  Glossar: Die Familie: English-German glossary of terms frequently found in genealogy research: http://www.univie.ac.at/voelkerkunde/cometh/glossar/heirat/h-menu.htm
*  Meanings and origins of first names – an etymology (the origin of words) and list of the most popular names:  http://www.behindthename.com/
*  Cemetery Junction Directory – A directory of more than 50,000 cemeteries. Search by cemetery and family name. Links to obituaries and genealogical societies in the U.S, Australia, and Canada: http://daddezio.com/cemetery/
*  A Glossary Of Terms Used In Heraldry (coats of arms):  https://www.heraldsnet.org/saitou/parker/index.htm

*  Where to Write for Vital Records – Addresses and guidelines for contacting each U.S. state or territory for vital records and documents: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/howto/w2w/w2welcom.htm
General Knowledge Sites:

*  Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page (Free, online knowledge base, in English)
*  WolframAlpha:  http://www.wolframalpha.com/ (Free, what do you want to calculate or know about?)
*  Reference Desk:  http://www.refdesk.com/index.html (free)
*  WorldCat:  http://www.worldcat.org/ (Free)

Updated 30 December 2016


Anonymous said...

* BYU Independent Study Courses (LDS oriented) -- http://ce.byu.edu/is/site/courses/freecourses.cfm appears to be a bad link.

Nancy Marty said...

The link worked for me, but I had to copy/paste it rather than just click on it. I think it needed to have a " " (space) between the -- and the 'h'.

Randy Seaver said...

Thank you both , I finally saw your comments and fixed it.

Carolyn Barkley said...

Randy, since you are kind enough to award me a gold star once and a while, I hope you will add my blog's URL to you list of blogs! Forgive me if it's there and I missed it!

Cathy Anderegg said...

Love your site. We have just started a new website at FSFamilyTreeUserGroup.com and went from 10 of us in July 2014 to 700 now Jan. 2015. We seem to be meeting the needs of those seeking instruction on how to use Family Tree. We'd love to be listed in your links. Thanks

sandykj said...

It would really help if your links opened in another tab. That way when clicking on a link, we can do what is need and just close the tab to return to your links without having to keep using the browser back button.

suomigreg said...

I ran across you while researching my relationship to the Read family (Sarah Read is my 5th great-grandmother)on Ancestry.com. Looking for information about Asahel Read lead me to your site. Good work. Thank you for posting that exhaustive list of genealogy links!

Charlie said...


I didn't see this one under grave sites.