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

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
*  Mocavo Genealogy Search Engine:  http://www.mocavo.com 
*  Steve Morse One-Step Tools:  http://www.SteveMorse.org
*  Free Genealogy Resources:  http://freestuffandsamples.com/newestsamplesblog/free-genealogy-resources/
*  FamilySearch Research Wiki:  https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page

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 Collections: http://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, 1906-1944):  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 Birth,s Marriages and Deaths:  http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/ Town, County and State Records

*  New Netherlands (Dutch New York) - Chris Chester’s links forNew 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)
*  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
*  Billion Graves:  http://billiongraves.com (Free, need to register/login; has mobile app)
*  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:

*  Illinois Probate Records, 1819-1970:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1834344
*  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:

*  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)
*  Elephind: http://www.elephind.com (Free, links to online digitized newspapers in major repositories)
*  Historical Newspapers Online:   http://guides.library.upenn.edu/historicalnewspapersonline (Free)
*  United States Online Newslaper 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)
*  Google News Archives Search:  news.google.com/archivesearch (Free, some links to $$)
*  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)

*  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

*  Genealogy Book Links:  http://www.GenealogyBookLinks.com (Free)
*  Joe Beine's History Book Links:   http://www.genealogybranches.com/countyhistories.html (Free)
*  Google Books:  http://books.google.com (Free)
*  Internet Archive Books:  http://www.archive.org/ (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
*  FamilySearch Books:  http://books.familysearch.org/ (Free)

Message Boards and Mailing Lists:

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

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  ($$)
*  WorldVitalRecords Record Collections:  http://www.WorldVitalRecords.com ($$)
*  Mocavo Record Collections:  http://www.mocavo.com/records ($$)
*  Genealogy Today Record Collections:  http://www.GenealogyToday.com ($$)

*  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:
*  New York Public Library, Map Division:
*  The National Map - US Topographical Maps:  http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/index.html
*  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/
*  Geographic Names Information System (GNIS):  http://geonames.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=136:1:0:::::

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.  $$ to search)
*  MyHeritage World Tree:  http://www.MyHeritage.com (Free to create and edit small tree, Invite others, GEDCOM Upload, Separate Trees.  $$ 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.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/index-e.html (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)

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/
*  Standard Finder (location names):  https://familysearch.org/stdfinder/PlaceStandardLookup.jsp
*  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

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 7 July 2014


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!