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Selected Internet Resources in Genealogy

Getting Started | General Resources | Blogs | Cemeteries | Census | Historical Newspapers | Immigration & Ships Passenger Lists | International | Libraries and Archives | New York City | Obituaries | Societies and Organizations | Vital Records (Births, Deaths & Marriages)

Getting Started

Ancestors: Beginning Your Research
Companion website to the PBS family history and genealogy television series

Ancestry.com Learning Center

Cyndi's List How-to, Tutorials & Guides

Encyclopedia of Genealogy
Provides reference information about everything in genealogy except people.

Free Family History Software
Available through the FamilySearch Website. Link at the bottom right.

Genealogy Classes (Family Tree Maker)

Genealogy Software Reviews, Ratings & Comparisons

Genealogy Today.com

Genealogy.com: Genealogy Learning Center

Getting Started in Genealogy: a guide from Allen County Public Library

History Detectives - Genealogy (PBS)
Do it yourself - How-to Guide

How do I begin?

General Resources

1 Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse
Easy to use search forms for a wide variety of genealogical resources.

African American Genealogy Resources

African American Lives (PBS Program)
Companion website to the PBS African American genealogy television series

Afrigeneas.com
A site with specialized resources, links, and message boards dedicated to the particular challenges of researching African-American ancestors.

Ancestry.com
A searchable collection of family history records such as U.S. Federal Census records. Also includes free family tree software, downloadable charts and forms, message boards and research tips. Searching is free but to view most results requires a subscription. Free access to Ancestry Library Edition is available on-site at all New York Public Library locations.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
An extensive list of links that point you to genealogical research sites on the Internet.

DAR's Genealogical Records Committee National Index
Indexes genealogical records collected by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) members. Complete set housed at the DAR Library and is available for purchase. NYPL has the complete set for New York.

Downloadable Genealogy Charts and Forms

Encyclopedia of Genealogy

ePodunk
Provides in-depth information about more than 46,000 cities, villages, and towns around the U.S.A. Also includes geocoded information about thousands of parks, museums, historic sites, colleges, schools and other places across America.

Family History Archive
Digitized full-text family histories.

FamilySearch.org: Family History & Genealogy Records
Produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), this site provides access to family history information including transcriptions of 1880 U.S. and British Censuses and the 1881 Canadian Census.

Federal Land Patent Records Site
This site offers researchers a source of information on the initial transfer of land titles from the Federal government to individuals.

Footnote.com
Searchable images of millions of historical documents many from the National Archives. Searching the index is free but to view you can either pay by member subscription or a per download basis. Includes Naturalization Records, Southern Claims Commission, Investigative Case Files of the Bureau of Investigation, 1908-22, etc.

Genealogical Research at The New York Public Library

Genealogical Resources at the National Archives

Genealogy & Family History Internet Web Directory
Scholarly Family History Mega Site of Internet Resources

Genealogy Resources, by State: USA.gov
Information about genealogical records available at state archives.

Genealogy.com
This company designs, develops and markets genealogy software applications and online resources.

GenealogyBank.com
A searchable collection of genealogical material such as obituaries, military records, newspapers and social security records. Searching is free but to view most results requires a subscription.

Helm's Genealogy Toolbox
Links to genealogical and historical online research resources.

HeritageQuest.com
A searchable collection of family history records such as U.S. Federal Census records. Searching is free but to view most results requires a subscription. Free access to HeritageQuest is available on-site at New York Public Library’s Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History & Genealogy.

JewishGen InfoFile
JewishGen InfoFiles provide information at your fingertips on topics of relevance to Jewish genealogical research.

Linkpendium USA: Genealogy and Family History
A compendium of links to U.S. genealogy-related information on the World Wide Web.

Roots Television
Videos about genealogy.

RootsWeb.com
Features numerous search engines and databases, family trees, mailing lists, and message boards.

USGenWeb Project
The USGenWeb Project consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in the United States. The Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone.

WeRelate
A free public-service wiki for genealogy sponsored by the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy with the Allen County Public Library. You can upload GEDCOM files, upload and annotate scanned documents and photos, include family stories and biographies, and generate maps of your ancestors' life events.

WorldCat
Lets you search for books and other materials in libraries all over the world at once, then locate a library near you that owns it.

WorldGenWeb Project
"The WorldGenWeb Project is a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to providing genealogical and historical records and resources for world-wide access."

Blogs

Christine's Genealogy Website: African American Genealogy

Creative Genealogy

DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Genealogy Blogs and Newsletters Directory

Genealogy Insider

GenealogyBlog

GenealogyBlog: Family History News

Genea-Musings

Histories Blog

New York Irish History Roundtable

The Ancestry Insider

The Footnote Blog

The Genealogue: Genealogy News You Can't Possibly Use

The Genetic Genealogist

The Practical Archivist

Think Genealogy: genealogy, software, ideas, and innovation

Cemeteries

Cemetery Junction Directory
Directory of cemeteries within the United States (over 20.000); family cemeteries (over 16,000); and those of Australia (over 300). Search by cemetery or family name.

Green-Wood Cemetery (Brooklyn)
Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 as a rural cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. It was the place most famous New Yorkers who died during the second half of the 19th century were buried. Look for the search form under “Burial Inquiry.”

Interment.net: Cemetery Transcription Library

Mount Carmel Cemetery (Queens, NY)
Mount Carmel Cemetery has been meeting the burial needs of the Jewish Community since 1906.

Mount Hebron Cemetery (Queens, NY)
Mt. Hebron Cemetery has been serving the Jewish community of NYC since 1909 when it was established on the grounds of the non-sectarian Cedar Grove Cemetery in Flushing. The interment search allows for a search of all individuals buried at the cemetery.

Mount Zion Cemetery (Queens, NY)
Mount Zion Cemetery has been meeting the burial needs of the Jewish Community since 1893.

Nationwide Gravesite Recorder
Search for burial locations of veterans and their dependents in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries and various other Department of Interior and military cemeteries.

New York Cemeteries Past & Present

Census

Census Online
Links to online Census Records, U.S. and Canadian.

Enumeration Forms
Contains facsimile copies of the enumeration forms used in the decennial census of the United States from 1850 through 2000.

Obtaining AD/ED for the 1905/15/25 New York State Census

Obtaining EDs for the 1910 or 1930 Census in One Step

Searching the Brooklyn 1925 Census
This is a work in progress. Currently only a small portion of the records have been transcribed. New York State took its own census in 1925. This form searches all the Kings County (Brooklyn) records.

Soundex: One Step
Generating American and Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex Codes in One Step.

Historical Newspapers

Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online
Developed by the Brooklyn Public Library, this free database provides access to the full-text of the Eagle from 1841 to 1902.

California Digital Newspaper Collection
The searchable database provides online access to The San Francisco Call (1900-1910), and The Daily Alta California (1846-1891). The Amador Ledger (1900-1910), Imperial Valley News (1900-1910), and 3 years of the Los Angeles Herald coming soon.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
This site allows you to search and read newspaper pages from 1900-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Includes New York City newspapers, The Sun and the Evening World.

Colorado's Historic Newspaper Collection
Statewide historic newspaper database

Freedom's Journal
The "first African-American owned and operated newspaper published in the United States. The Journal was published weekly in New York City from 1827 to 1829. All 103 issues have been digitized and placed into Adobe Acrobat format."

Georgia Historic Newspapers
Searchable issues of 3 important historic Georgia newspapers, the Cherokee Phoenix, the Dublin Post, and the Colored Tribune.

Google News Archive Search
Search through the archives of newspapers, magazines and other publications and uncover material that in some cases dates back more than 200 years.

Historical Newspapers in Washington (State)
Statewide historic newspaper database

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection
Contains digital facsimiles of historic Illinois newspapers. You can browse by date or search by keyword across articles, advertisements and photo captions. Currently the Daily Illini from 1916 to 1928 and the Urbana Daily Courier from 1916 to 1925 are available, with plans for expansion.

Legacy.com - Obituaries and Death Notices
Online obituary search of newspapers enhanced with guest books and funeral home information.

Missouri Historical Newspapers Project
Statewide historic newspaper database

New York City Newspapers at the New York Public Library
Information on the holdings of New York City newspapers available in the Microforms Room (Room 100) of the Humanities & Social Sciences Library located at 5th Ave. and 42nd St.

New York City Newspapers, 1900–1967
A chart of newspapers in general circulation from 1900 to 1967.

New York State Newspaper Project
Locate New York State Newspapers on microfilm and in print.

Newspaper History Archives
Links to free newspaper archives

Newspaper Indexes, Archives & Morgues
Contains links to national and international newspaper archives and indexes available over the Internet.

Northern New York Historical Newspapers
The online collection currently consists of 25 newspapers.

Pittsburgh Jewish Newspapers Project
In progress - composed of The Jewish Criterion (1895-1962), The American Jewish Outlook (1934-1962), and The Jewish Chronicle (1962-Present).

Queens County newspapers on microfilm at the Queens Library

Richmond Daily Dispatch
Ranging in date from November 1860 through December 1865.

Suffolk County New York Historic Newspapers
A searchable digital collection of Suffolk County, New York 19th century newspapers. Currently includes: Long Islander (Huntington) 1839-1859, Corrector (Sag Harbor) 1858-1871, and South Side Signal (Babylon) 1870-1883.

Utah Digital Newspapers
Statewide historic newspaper database

Wyoming Newspaper Project
Searchable full-text and page images of newspapers printed in Wyoming between 1849 and 1922.

Immigration & Ships Passenger Lists

1 Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse

AncestorsOnBoard.com
Outward Passenger Lists for long-distance voyages leaving the British Isles from 1890-1960.

Bremen Emigration Lists, 1920-1939
Searchable database of passengers leaving Bremen for the years 1920 to 1939.

Castle Garden Immigration Center, 1820-1892
Database of more than 10 million immigrants who arrived at the Port of New York from 1830 through 1892.

Cimorelli Immigration Manifests Online
Online collection of databases comprised of the Morton Allan Directory of European Passenger Steamship Arrivals, National Archives microfilm publications, and other sources. This is not a database of passenger names but of ships.

Ellis Island Passenger Arrivals: American Family Immigration History Center
Covers the period 1892-1924 when 22 million passengers entered the Port of New York through Ellis Island. Search for an immigrant's name and view a digitized page of the passenger manifest.

Emigration & Immigration Records & Links

Immigrant Ancestors Project
Sponsored by the Center for Family History & Genealogy at Brigham Young University, this database uses emigration registers to locate information about immigrants in their native countries. Work in progress.

Immigrant Servants Database

Irish Famine Immigrants to New York 1846-1851

Manifest Markings - A Guide to Interpreting U.S. Passenger List Annotations

Search for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot
From 1831 through 1921, the Boston Pilot newspaper printed a “Missing Friends” column with advertisements from people looking for “lost” friends and relatives who had emigrated from Ireland to the United States. This collection of 31,711 records is available here as a searchable online database.

Ships Passenger Lists Research Guide

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Records
The USCIS has records of millions of American immigrants who immigrated and arrived in the United States after 1892 and were naturalized between 1906 and 1956. (formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

International

FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service

Canadian Genealogy Centre
This website reflects the integration of genealogical content from the National Archives of Canada, the National Library of Canada, and the Canadian Genealogy Centre.

Canadian Immigrant Experience

Digitalarkivet [Digital Archives]: National Archives of Norway
Provides archival resources for tracing your Norwegian heritage. In English and Norwegian.

Family Records.gov (United Kingdom)
Aims to help you find government records and other sources you need for your family history research.

FamilyRelatives.com (British)
Search all British Overseas Births, Deaths & Marriages, from 1761 to the present.

Findmypast.com (United Kingdom)
One of the most popular genealogy web sites in the U.K., this commercial service provides birth, marriage, death, military, census, and migration records including indexes of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales from 1837 to 2004.

General Register Office for Scotland

Griffith’s Valuation
First full-scale valuation of property in Ireland published between 1847 and 1864. It allows researchers to locate 'occupants' to see who lived where.

Historical Directories (England)
A digital library of local and trade directories from England and Wales from 1750-1919.

Index to the Enciclopedia Heráldica Hispano-Americana (García Carraffa)
The 88 volumes of this work, [available at the New York Public Library Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History & Genealogy Call Number (S) APY (Garcia Caraffa) ], lists of over 15,000 names with their respective genealogical histories (with color illustrations of representative crests) of Spanish and Spanish-American families.

National Archives (United Kingdom)
Records of the UK government

PolishRoots®: The Polish Genealogy Source

Scotlands People
The official government source of genealogical data for Scotland.

UK & Ireland Genealogy
Site dedicated to genealogical information pages for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Island, and the Isle of Man.

Libraries and Archives

Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
Fred J. Reynolds Historical Genealogy Department, one of the largest genealogical collections in the county.

Canadian Genealogy Centre
This website reflects the integration of genealogical content from the National Archives of Canada, the National Library of Canada, and the Canadian Genealogy Centre.

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library

Directory of State Archives

Directory of State Libraries

Family History Library
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints runs the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The FHL has the largest collection of genealogical records in the world. The library is open to the public and access to most of the microfilm resources are available through their network of Family History Centers located around the world.

Library of Congress, Local History & Genealogy Reading Room
Research guides, what to do to prepare for your genealogical research at the Library of Congress, hours and services.

Long Island Division - Local History Collection at the Queens Library
The Long Island Division of the Queens Borough Public Library collects, preserves, and makes available resources that document the social, economic, and political history of the four counties on Long Island - Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk.

National Archives, Genealogists/Family Historians

New York City Municipal Archives
part of the NYC Department of Records & Information Services

New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Library

New York Public Library
Learn about the resources and services of the Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy.

New York State Archives

New York State Library

Newberry Library (Chicago, IL)
The Newberry Library is a privately funded research library with a special strength in genealogy.

WorldCat
Lets you search for books and other materials in libraries all over the world at once, then locate a library near you that owns it.

New York City

Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online
Developed by the Brooklyn Public Library, this free database provides access to the full-text of the Eagle from 1841 to 1902.

Brooklyn Genealogy Information Page

Center for Jewish History Genealogy Institute
NOTE: The Genealogy Institute administers a microfilm loan agreement with the Salt Lake City Family History Library, so family researchers can order microfilmed international vital records through the Institute and study the films at the Center.

Crime in New York 1850-1950
This collection offers access to primary materials documenting nearly a century of investigation, arrest, judgment and incarceration of many famous and unknown criminals in New York City. Materials have been gathered from the Lloyd Sealy Library's Special Collections at John Jay College and includes photographs and trial transcripts.

Digital Gallery (NYPL)
Provides access to over 450,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including old photographs of NYC buildings and street scenes.

Genealogical Repositories In The New York Metropolitan Region

Hispanic Genealogy Center
a Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York Website

Long Island Division - Local History Collection at the Queens Library
The Long Island Division of the Queens Borough Public Library collects, preserves, and makes available resources that document the social, economic, and political history of the four counties on Long Island - Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk.

National Archives, Northeast Region (New York City)

Naturalization Indexes for Greater New York
Indexes to naturalization records for Brooklyn 1907-1924, the Southern District (Manhattan & Bronx) 1906-1959, Bronx 1914-1952, Nassau County 1899-1986, Suffolk County 1853-1990, and Military Naturalizations for the New York Tri-State Area.

New York City Department of Health
In the Office Of Vital Records, Birth Records (1910+) and Deaths Records (1949+)

New York City History Links (NYPL)

New York City Municipal Archives
part of the NYC Department of Records & Information Services

New York City Naturalization and Vital Record Databases

New York City Newspapers at the New York Public Library
Information on the holdings of New York City newspapers available in the Microforms Room (Room 100) of the Humanities & Social Sciences Library located at 5th Ave. and 42nd St.

New York City Police Museum's Archive
Contain records on former members of the NYPD (1898-1970).

New York Genealogical Research Aids
Useful articles from the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society.

New York Genealogical Research Aids
From the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Library

New York Irish History Roundtable

New York State Census 1905/15/25 - Obtaining AD/ED for NYC
The 1905/15/25 New York State census records are arranged by Assembly District (AD) and Election District (ED) and are only available on microfilm. In order to locate a person, you first need to know their address and then you need to convert that address into AD/ED. This website will help you obtain this information.

New York State Unit History Project
Digital library of New York State military unit histories including Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, and Korean War.

Queens County newspapers on microfilm at the Queens Library

Searching the Brooklyn 1925 Census
This is a work in progress. Currently only a small portion of the records have been transcribed. New York State took its own census in 1925. This form searches all the Kings County (Brooklyn) records.

Westchester County Archive

Obituaries

Internet Public Library – Finding Obituaries
An updated guide on searching for obituaries.

Legacy.com
This site allows you to search for recently published obituaries. A small fee is required to view most results.

Obituary Central
A database that searches for obituaries and performs cemetery searches.

Obituary Daily Times
Free citations to published obituaries in newspapers contributed to and updated by volunteers.

Obituary Links Page:
State by state directory of obituaries & obituary resources

Obituaries Research Guide
A guide for online obituary indexes, death notices and other finding aids.

Obituaries Search
Research guides for individual states.

Social Security Death Index
This index contains information on millions of deceased individuals with United States social security numbers whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration.

Societies and Organizations

Association of Professional Genealogists
Includes directory of professional genealogists for hire.

Board for Certification of Genealogists
Includes directory of professional genealogists for hire.

Daughters of the American Revolution National Society

Early Settlers of Spanish and Mexican Land Grants (ESSMLG)
This is the first national lineage society that recognizes and preserves the contributions of the Spanish/Latino culture in the early settlement of the United States.

Ellis Island Passenger Arrivals: American Family Immigration History Center

Federation of Genealogical Societies

Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York

Hispanic Society of America

Index of Online U.S. State and Local Historical & Genealogical Societies

Jewish Genealogical Society

National Genealogical Society

New England Historic Genealogical Society
Free access to New England Ancestors Database is available on-site at New York Public Library’s Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History & Genealogy.

New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

New-York Historical Society

Vital Records (Births, Deaths & Marriages)

All States Index to Vital Records Information

College of Physicians & Surgeons Obituary Database (Columbia University Medical Center)
At present the database includes obituaries dating from 1911 to 2003 and is updated quarterly. The earliest class is 1850.

Death Indexes and Records for the USA
Directory of online death indexes listed by state, including death certificate indexes, obituaries, cemetery burials & probate records.

FindMyPast.com (England & Wales)
One of the most popular genealogy web sites in the U.K., this commercial service provides indexes of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales from 1837 to 2005.

Hayes Obituary Index (Ohio)
An index to over 800,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices from Ohio from the 1830s to the present day.

Massachusetts Death Index , 1841-1910

New Jersey Marriage Records Index, 1666-1799

New Jersey Marriage Records Index, 1848-1867

New York City Birth & Death Records at Dept. of Health
Information on how to order NYC Birth Records (1910+) and Deaths Records (1949+).

New York City Brides Index (1866?-1937)
A searchable database of selected marriage indexes by Brides' name consisting of: Manhattan 1866-1937; Kings County (Brooklyn) 1871-1910; 1931-1937; Bronx 1899-1937; Queens 1905-1937; Richmond (Staten Island) 1898-1937. Not all years are 100% complete.

New York City Death Index (1891-1948)
A searchable database of the death indexes for Manhattan (1891-1894), Manhattan and Brooklyn (1895-1897) and All Boroughs (1898-1948) created by volunteers at the Italian Genealogy Group and the German Genealogy Group.

New York City Grooms Index (1864-1936)
A searchable database of the marriage indexes for Brooklyn Grooms (1864-1907), Manhattan Grooms (1866-1897), and Grooms of All Boroughs (1908-1936). Created by volunteers at the Italian Genealogy Group.

New York City Marriage Records at the City Clerk
Marriage records from 1930 to the present. Records 50 years or older are public records obtainable by anyone

New York City Vital Records At The Municipal Archives
Records of births reported in the 5 Boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens & Staten Island), prior to 1910; deaths reported prior to 1949, and marriages reported prior to 1930.

New York State Vital Records (outside of New York City)

Obituary Daily Times
Free citations to published obituaries in newspapers contributed to and updated by volunteers.

Obituary Index for Columbia, South Carolina
This database contains obituary and death notice information from the Columbia, SC newspapers: The State (1892-1923, 1960-1963), The Palmetto Leader (1925-1928, 1930. Columbia's foremost African American paper) and the Obituary Index to The State for World War II servicemen killed in action (1941-1949).

Social Security Death Index

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