Thursday, January 3, 2008

Access Genealogy has some databases and many links

The web site is a free genealogy resource that has some databases on their site and links, by category, to many other web sites. The link collections include:

* African American Records Our African American records section provides extensive listings of available free resources online for African American ancestral research.

* Bible Records Our Bible records section contains a listing of the available online Bible records, listed by geographical area.

* Biographies Our biography center is a great way to add genealogy notes to your family tree. While some are small sketches of citizens of various townships and county histories, others are extensive biographies of the individual.

* Cemetery Records Our US cemetery transcription listings listed by state. Browse these listings for cemetery transcriptions found across the web.

* Census Records Our census listings provide an accurate state-by-state view of all available census records online.

* Family Tree Search Search for your ancestor, or upload your own family tree!

* Free Genealogy Charts Large collection of free genealogy forms available for you to download, print, and fill out, along with an explanation how to conduct your research using each chart.

* Genealogy Books Online Extensive directory to all available history and genealogy books online. These can be anything from biography anthologies, county or local histories, to a family history.

* A Bundle of Old Letters History and life as shown through historical letters. Each day a new letter is posted which can provide you with an incredible historical view of our ancestors lives as written by them.

* Military Records Find your American war hero here. From the early Indian wars to the Second Gulf War, we'll provide you with rosters, regimental histories, honor rolls, etc.

* Native American Records We are the premier resource online for Native American Records: tribal histories, final rolls, census, and an extensive collection of online books.

* Naturalization Records Extensive listing of the available naturalization records available online.

* Surnames Investigate your surname meaning and origin. Read family history books online.

* United States Genealogy A large directory of genealogy data organized by state.

* Vital Records These pages contain information about how and where to obtain vital records for each state, and county in the United States.

* World Genealogy A directory of genealogy data organized by country.

You can enter a surname or a person's name in the search box and the site. I entered "smith" and had over 13,000 hits in the online databases. I entered "seaver" and had 93 hits. It appears that they add databases on a regular basis.

There are links to commercial web sites (Ancestry and Footnote were noted) for some information.

I had high hopes for the Beginner's Guide at, but the lniks for the tutorial pages don't work - it looks like they link to the Rootsweb Guide to Tracing Family Trees at There are also some charts available for odwnloading.

This is a useful web site, especially if you are just starting on a surname search (well, maybe not for Smith or Johnson...). You can find many links to records and data.

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