Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE

New book from Genealogical Publishing Company
has everything you need to know about social networking in genealogy

Drew Smith

This book describes the wide array of social networking services that are now available online and highlights how these services can be used by genealogists to share information, photos, and videos with family, friends, and other researchers. Each chapter guides you through a unique category of social networking services using genealogy-related examples. From blogs and wikis to Facebook and Second Life, author Drew Smith shows you how to incorporate these powerful new tools into your family history research. Specifically, you’ll find chapters devoted to the following social networking concepts and services: • • • • • • • • • • • • Blogs Collaborative editing Genealogy-specific social networks General social networking (Facebook) Message boards & mailing lists Photos & video sharing Podcasts RSS feeds Sharing personal libraries Tags Virtual worlds Wikis

THE AUTHOR Drew Smith, MLS, is an academic librarian with the University of South Florida in Tampa. An expert in digital genealogy, with a lifelong interest in family history research, he is Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and President of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa. He is also a regular contributor to Digital Genealogist magazine and is co-host of the weekly Genealogy Guys Podcast.

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Preface ............................................................................................................ 7 How to Start .................................................................................................... 9 Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Family Interviews ..................................................................... 9 Contact Other Relatives ........................................................... 10 Get the Death Certificates ........................................................ 11 Follow up Death Records ........................................................ 12 Federal Census Search ............................................................. 15 Billions of Names—Find One ................................................. 17 Family History Library Catalog Search ................................... 19

Where to Find More ...................................................................................... 21 Search for Book Titles on the Internet .................................................. 21 Important Genealogy Websites to Bookmark ....................................... 22 Lineage-Linked Sites ............................................................................ 24 Genealogical Software and GEDCOM Utility ..................................... 25 Find More at the National Archives ...................................................... 26 Regional Archives and Other Facilities ................................................ 26 Genealogy Resource Centers in the States .................................................... 29 Research Help for the Addicted .................................................................... 51 Professional Researchers ....................................................................... 51 Genealogy Magazines ........................................................................... 52 Online Genealogy Newsletters & Blogs ............................................... 52 The Top Twenty Reference Books for Genealogists ............................ 53 Master Forms ................................................................................................. 57 Family Data Sheet ................................................................................. 58 Pedigree Chart ....................................................................................... 60 Family Group Sheet .............................................................................. 62


Books by William Dollarhide
Published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore: Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790–1920
(with William Thorndale) (1987)

Managing a Genealogical Project (1988) Genealogy Starter Kit (1st ed., 1993; 2nd ed., 1998);
also published under the title Getting Started in Genealogy (2001)

New York State Censuses & Substitutes (2006) Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE (2006) Published by Heritage Quest, North Salt Lake, Utah: Seven Steps to a Family Tree (1995) Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735–1815 (1997) British Origins of American Colonists, 1629–1775 (1997) America’s Best Genealogy Resource Centers
(with Ronald A. Bremer) (1998)

The Census Book: A Genealogist’s Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules, and Indexes (1999) Grow a Family Tree! (2001)


If you ever wanted to trace your American family tree, this book will help you do it. Genealogical research is a process of discovering where written facts about your ancestors can be found. It has been said that over half of human knowledge is knowing where to find it. But that was before the Internet. Now we know where to find it. The object of this book is to reduce the process of genealogical research to its most basic elements, enabling the raw beginner to be brought up to speed in no more time than it takes him to read a handful of pages. At the same time it is a one-stop resource book for the practicing genealogist, providing in one convenient place the names and web addresses of essential record repositories. This book begins with a How to Start section outlining a unique seven-step system for gathering facts essential for any genealogical project: interviewing family members, contacting relatives, writing for death records, following up on death records, census searching, name searching, and Family History Library searching. These are the building blocks of genealogical research, the only prerequisites demanded of the researcher. A Where to Find More section follows, giving the websites of the most important genealogy “look-up” sites, lineage-linked sites, genealogical software/GEDCOM sites, and a list of the various branches of the National Archives and their web addresses. A comprehensive listing of Genealogy Resource Centers in the States comes next, giving the websites of the most important genealogical collections in libraries, archives, and genealogical societies for all states, followed by a Research Help for the Addicted section, with a listing of research firms, genealogy magazines/newsletters, and the most important genealogy reference books. In the back of the book are Master Forms used to keep track of the information gathered—specifically a Family Group Sheet, a Pedigree Chart, and a Family Data Sheet— all designed for making photocopies as needed. In a world choking on information, where prodigious feats of learning are required just to function, where explanations turn into textbooks, isn’t it a relief to find all the right stuff in just 64 pages!



or any other living relatives. marriage.) is needed to locate a person somewhere within a certain time period. The Internet is going to be your main source for collecting information. When (a date) 3. If someone in your family has ever done genealogical research. Go to: www. (You would have to know the place he was born to know where to write. voter registrations.) Or. When? An approximate date for a genealogical event (a date of birth. You may discover that others in your immediate family have different stories to tell. including a maiden name for a woman. The place is the key element in doing genealogy.How to Start What Do You Know? In the back of this book is a form called a Pedigree Chart. by telephone. parents. or died. you can get a death certificate. for example. because that is where the records are stored today. before jumping into the billions of names listed on the Internet. In a large family. residence. and so Sketch a similar diagram on scratch paper or make a photocopy of the chart and then try filling in the blanks with names. if you know that your father was born in Alabama in 1932. They are the three “W’s”: 1. 9 Step 1 Family Interviews The first step is to find clues by interviewing members of your family. and on and on—all because you know the place of death. what you don’t know about your ancestry. then a funeral record. such as land records. Where? This is the most important one—it is the place where a person was born. grandparents. you can send for a copy of his birth certificate. Therefore. you may already have their postal addresses. if you know that your grandmother died in California in 1984. etc. For example. After doing this you should have a pretty good idea of what you know and. death. or when you find evidence of residence. but it can be an overwhelming experience without going through some steps to refine your research project. sisters. Where (a place) Who? A full name. Start with your immediate family members—in person. start with these steps: What Do You Need to Start? There are three things you need to know about someone to pursue his genealogy. tax lists. Finding genealogical references to a person begins when you discover the jurisdiction where a written record was first recorded—a record of birth. is important. for example. lived. or e-mail. and places. married. social security record. the experiences and memories of the oldest child may be quite different . dates. If you receive and save Christmas cards from relatives. If you know all three items for an ancestor in your pedigree you can obtain much more information. Who (a name) 2. or burial. Online: Have you tried a Google™ search of your name? See what happens when you use your father’s surname and mother’s maiden name together. a tombstone inscription. more importantly. Write in the names and details using your memory only. there is a chance that you can find the results of that research on the Internet. a church record. Compare your memories with the memories of your brothers. a cemetery sexton’s record.

com for their free directory look-up—but there are many others. and places for each brother or sister of your parents. states. try to organize the notes in some logical order. they are branches of the tree that may lead you to a common ancestor (they all share the same ancestors as you). Thus. These notes will prove invaluable as you gather what you know about your family. You need to contact them. a Family Group Sheet should be started. perhaps there’s an old journal from the family farm business. Include the names of spouses of these siblings too. greatgrandparents. or sending off an e-mail message. This is because they share the same parents. If you tend to scribble and take notes on napkins or scraps of paper. Start keeping notes on standard sheets of paper that can go in a standard loose-leaf notebook. While the Pedigree Chart only identifies direct ancestors. Are there family photo albums? Are there old letters sitting in a trunk somewhere? Are there any family papers of any kind? Insurance papers? Think of things that are in your home or close relatives’ homes that may give Dad’s name or Grandma’s recipes. keep a record on the Pedigree Chart. As you gain more information. who you contacted. Record the family data. By understanding where each child was born. Interview questions. Here is the place you can identify all of the children of an ancestor. with all of the facts about each member of that family. Always ask about the places where people lived. Use the key words “white pages directory” in a Google search to find them. Again. either by writing a nice folksy “long-time-no-see” letter. You may be better at keeping notes in your word processor. along with their marriage dates and places. These may be distant cousins or a great-aunt you really do not remember that well. you will have more places (towns. Step 2 Contact Other Relatives Your homework should reveal names of other relatives. etc. grandparents. married. counties. The Family Group Sheet is a very important tool. Moving back to the next generation will be much easier if you have more than just your direct ancestors to use for records and sources.msn. Collect and record any information you learn from the interviews. lived. Who ended up with Great-Grandmother’s old Bible? Has the family ever been mentioned in a book? Maybe an old history of Jefferson County? Is there a famous person to whom you are supposed to be related? And be sure to ask everyone in your family if they know of anyone who has ever done genealogical research on any part of the family tree. For each married couple shown on the Pedigree Chart. By showing the brothers and sisters of your grandfather. We identify a complete family group. using your telephone. when you did the work. cities. Remember. Another form in the back of this book is a Family Group Sheet. Include notes to yourself about the research. Cousins sharing the same grandparents may have completely different memories and impressions. See if you can visit cousins in person. Try to obtain the names. See if a reunion is possible. The dates and places where brothers and sisters were born will show the movements of the family. yet they share the same parents. understanding the place is the key to finding any written evidence of a person’s life. Your cousins are sources to you now. jot things down in such a way that the notes can be copied later onto 81/2" × 11" sheets. But whether you write it by hand or type the information into a computer file. you will have a worksheet for a family group. Suggestion: start a file with notes for one surname. Begin your note-taking with the idea that someone besides yourself may read them someday. and so on. the Family Group Sheet is a place to identify your ancestors as parents with all of their children. This is how we have success in genealogy. countries) to find written evidence relating to the parents—your ancestors. for example. Note taking.10 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE from those of the youngest child. or died. Online: Can you locate phone numbers or e-mail addresses for your close family members? How about a “White Pages” look-up. An important rule that should be followed as you fill in the charts is to treat the brothers and sisters of your ancestors as equals. and see what kind of family . Try www. the place is the key. dates.

The standard death certificate form for all states includes important information about the deceased. the fee for obtaining a birth. Generally. aunts. giving some information about your ancestors.vitalrec. plus the District of Columbia. and a direct link to a website. You can find other people with that name using phone books or city directories. you may learn the name of the person’s spouse. That means you should attempt to get a death certificate for uncles. and asking if they know of a connection to themselves. and any other information you can add. grandparents. such as parents. Statewide registration of vital records started during the period 1900– 1920. It is now time to send for copies of death certificates for any of your parents. great-uncles. or death record. Even with a name like Johnson. the date the records begin. You will be able to find the vital records office of interest. If you take these steps. however. But if your name is Johnson—have you considered going into stamp collecting? Sorry. you can have success writing letters and sending e-mail messages. . You can create a letter or e-mail message that you copy and send out to those you can locate with that name. On more recent death certificates. you will learn more information about your own ancestors. This is one of the best free-access websites anywhere. spouse.S. in addition to parents and grandparents. Most of the state vital records websites give you the means of ordering a copy of a vital record online. An unusual or uncommon surname (your last name) is a benefit. you may have to pay extra to have the state vital records office search a span of years for a person who territories or possessions—with links to vital records offices in many countries around the world. your Pedigree Chart should have a few more details than when you first started. parents. Before that. Step 3 Get the Death Certificates After you have gathered everything you can from your relatives. Many successful genealogical projects were started by just contacting people with the same name. the cemetery where the body was interred. Offer to share any information you learn with them. the funeral director. and the “informant” (the person who provided the information for the death certificate). If you know the state in which the person died. there may be restrictions based on the length of time since the death occurred. and an exact place where your own Johnson lived. supported by most of the state vital statistics offices with frequent updates. time period. however distant. such as copies of photographs of their very own grandfather (who happens to be your grandfather. death records are open to the public if the request is from a direct descendant of the person who died. Besides the cause of death. Identifying relatives. marriage.How to Start • 11 memorabilia they may have. Online: Go to www. Each generation back in time should reveal more relatives. To make contact with a person with a surname like Johnson. This can really pay off. Today the best way to look up someone is to use the many “White Pages” available on the Internet. children. etc. you will learn the deceased’s social security number. death records may be available from a county courthouse. Usually. add full names. with secure online payment using a credit card. and all but a few states have vital records from about 1910 forward. where detailed information about accessing death records can be found. divorce. is a valuable way to add more details about your own ancestors. the certificate includes the name of the person’s father and maiden name of the mother. Remember the rule of treating brothers and sisters of your ancestors as equals. All fifty states are represented. You are related to someone because you share one person as a common ancestor. or close relatives who have died. The exact date and place of birth and death should also be on the certificate. Add the names of a spouse. so that a query can be recognized for any possible connection.. In addition. grandparents. and all U. too). this is an easy thing to do. or children. You do not need to know the city or county where a person died. knowing a name. just kidding. approximate date of death. and great-aunts. For other relatives. should be enough to locate a person’s death certificate.

You can contact a funeral home and ask if there are records concerning a person’s death and funeral service. the funeral director will have this information. (It may be a stretch. Step 4 Follow up Death Records When Grandpa died. including those that may have changed their names since a death certificate was issued. and phone number of every funeral home in North America.g. (those where burials are still done). Putting these other items of evidence together is how you prove something. and they limit access to those involved in the funeral industry. recorder.S. Since there are several types of records relating to a person’s death. or Canada. you will now have some very specific and necessary tasks to do. Even if you have exact death information for a person from family sources. With a death certificate in hand. he had very little to do with the information written on his death certificate. If the name of a cemetery was not mentioned on the death certificate. address. you need to follow up any clues you learn and get some other records: Get more vital records. Both of these directories are online at the Nomis website: www. Under that state will be listings of all counties with the local vital statistics registrar (county clerk. you need the death certificate to get the other evidence relating to a person’s death. most with direct links to the local website. Funeral directors are usually very easy to talk to and cooperative (they want your family’s business). including the exact location of the plot. the same office is the keeper of divorce records. one memory. Since the one piece of information you can count on is the place the person died. the next step is to follow up what you have learned from the death certificate. To get an address and phone number for a funeral home anywhere in the U. These records may have details not found anywhere else. or just one source is not Nomis also publishes a directory of active cemeteries in the U. Online: The National Yellow Book is published by Nomis Publications of Youngstown.S. e. The National Yellow Book of Funeral Directors. and you need more than one document (for every genealogical event) if you ever want to have the proof of relationship. If the death certificate gives a date and place of birth.yelobk. Someone else did it. Nomis wants you to register to use the website.funeralnet. Ohio. a funeral director in the immediate area can probably tell you what happened to the records of that old mortuary. plus a search for active cemeteries and a limited supply of newspaper obituaries. you often pick up the names of relatives to the deceased not mentioned in other records. they are more often taken over by another. (Funeral homes rarely go out of business completely. A death certificate may mention the name of a funeral director..vitalrec. Funeral directors are well versed on other funeral home businesses in their area.) If you answer “Consumer” in the registration form. If the date of birth precedes statewide registration (about 1900–1920). Someone else may not have known all the facts. You need a document that you can cite as the source of the information.). This site has the same database of funeral homes supplied by The National Yellow Book. you will be taken to another free funeral website: www. Next. you still need to get a copy of a death certificate. you can send for a copy of a birth certificate. but if you designate yourself as an “Educational Professional” you will be accepted. site and locate a state. This directory gives the name. For each death record.12 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Why a death certificate? Because it is the starting point for learning an exact place of particularly if all you know is the state where a person died. Online: Go to the www. One document. And. call or visit a funeral director in your area and ask to use his directory of funeral homes. So even if the name of the funeral home from a death certificate does not appear in any modern listing. Get a funeral record. etc. and it is updated every 12 months. a birth record may still be available from a county courthouse near the place the person was born. It is estimated that 20 percent of all death certificates have a mistake on them. At this point you may have enough information about a married couple to obtain a copy of a marriage record.) .

At the Main Page. has this book. including the exact latitude/longitude location of the cemetery. Obscure inactive cemeteries. For any person who was . If the cemetery is mentioned on the death certificate or found in the funeral director’s records. You can immediately send for a copy of the deceased’s original application for a social security card. Go to: http://geonames. include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) as a courtesy. Use the map to find other genealogical resource centers near the cemetery. date of death. although most of these cover only a short time in the recent past.webjunction. If so. do a Google search to see if that cemetery office has its own website.R. etc. ask about the cemetery where the person was buried and whether they have an address or phone number for the cemetery office. of New site to find an address. including small family plots located on old homesteads. There are many old obituaries extracted and indexed on the Internet. Or visit the www. Inc. the nearest church. they may provide you with the names of local researchers who will do the work for a fee. Most libraries will do this type of look-up for you. mountains. Get the address for the library nearest the place your subject died and write a letter requesting a copy of that person’s obituary from a local newspaper. Most library websites have a place to e-mail questions to them. Old newspapers from the town where the person died are usually available in the local library. etc. and place of death (from the death certificate). Send off a message asking for help.000 entries meeting that key word criteria. the cemetery is now a source of information. Included are named features found on the maps. If a person died within the last 30 years or so. Do a Google search for the name and place. From this database it is possible to print a detailed USGS topographical map of the area. Online: A special website that provides direct links to libraries is the Libweb site (Library Servers via WWW) http://lists. try a Google search using the key words “obituary index Oregon” to see what comes up.). With the modern name and address in hand. look for websites for newspapers. “Jerns Funeral Bellingham.e. or at least know who might be the keeper of records for the cemetery. click on “Domestic Names” and then “Search Get an obituary. as well as any reference to that funeral home from some other source (such as a genealogical report that lists names of people. Get a Social Security record. but if not. A newspaper obituary was probably published soon after the person’s death. streams. etc. If you believe your subject died in Oregon. place of death. i.. you are in luck. Every library in the U. funeral home. All you need is the name of the cemetery and the feature (cemetery) to initiate a search for that name.. the nearest school.funeralnet. see if that business has its own website. which leads to the next item: GNIS” to go to the query form. When you contact the funeral home.S. cemetery.” Such a search will bring up the website itself.usgs. They may be on microfilm.How to Start • 13 With the exact modern name and place of the funeral home. can be located in a database provided by the U. Get a cemetery record. e. and this database is how you find the exact location.g. If you can find a website for a particular funeral home. called a form SS-5. Funeral directors are also experts on the location of cemeteries in their area. Geological Survey. (Google says there are 387. published by R. Go to your own library and ask for the American Library There may be a record at the office of the cemetery. the death certificate includes his social security number. including towns.) Also. The place names taken from the USGS topographical maps and indexed in the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) are the most complete and comprehensive of any place name database. Provide the full directories/online_directories. the nearest Try a surname from your Pedigree Chart: many rural cemeteries were named for the first family donating land. Online: check the directory of active cemeteries listed at the Nomis site at: www. and the gravestone inscription may be revealing as well.yelobk. If you write to a funeral director. and to make it easy for him to return something to you. many include obituaries..S.000 named cemeteries.—and over 100. Bowker. you should be able to find its e-mail address as well.

After you have a death certificate. grandparents. then modify the letter to be specific to your subject. The SSDI is online at several websites.genealogy. Review. 2) collaterals (siblings and their spouses and descendants). dates.” which creates a custom letter to the Social Security Administration asking for a copy of form SS-5 for the selected person. Then. but there are a few omissions due to the handling of social security accounts for surviving spouses or for people who never had a social security number. and 3) suspicious people (those who have the right name. your chances of getting this record are very good. you need to add as much information about the person as possible: date and place of birth. As you receive documents through the mail. and so on. you need to file them (or copies of them) along with your research notes in a notebook. The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) is updated quarterly and includes the name of nearly every person in America who died since 1962. as well as a funeral record.). The fee for obtaining the SS-5 is mentioned in the letter. and as more records are added you can separate the notes and documents by the places people lived. maiden name of mother. The application was filled out by the person and includes his own signature. Refer to the backside of the Family Group Sheet form at the back of this book to see how “References” can be identified. From the notes collection you will be able to add names. you should follow up and obtain a copy of the deceased person’s birth certificate. From each document you obtain. Jonnson. and a social security SS5 record. this is the best way to find out the social security number for a person who died. and possibly marriage and divorce records. The surname search can be modified to include soundex spellings. KS2. date and place of death. great-grandparents. and so on. Use the name of any deceased person to get the letter. such as Johnson KS-1. And you will be rewarded with a great genealogical document. Any hit for a deceased person who looks like your subject allows you to click on “SS-5 letter. If you assign page numbers to your notes. and place of residence. newspaper obituary. All deaths reported to SSA are included. last name. an indexing system that groups names by their sound rather than exact spelling. Jonsen. occupation. address at time of application. The letter also can be used to request a copy of the SS-5 for a person for whom you do not have a social security number. For example. e. etc. Copy the letter to a word processor file and you have the means of printing and mailing the letter to the correct SSA address. One with free access is available at the RootsWeb site: http://ssdi. time period. In such cases.14 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE employed from 1936 forward. and social security number. you will have a “source code” that can be used on the Family Group Sheet. Piles of paper. the online index at the RootsWeb site can be useful for creating the letter asking for a copy of the SS-5 form. and places to the Pedigree Charts and Family Group Sheets. middle name(s). collateral ancestors.g. the chances are very good you can obtain all of these follow-up records. you will learn something new about the person. you could have one notebook on the Johnson ancestors (plus people who married into the Johnson family. etc. cemetery record. and even suspicious people). name of father. separate the Iowa Johnson notes in one group. Online: The Social Security Administration provides an index to deaths that is open to the public. The search does not require the social security number and can be done just for the surname. This is primary evidence because it was written by the person himself. The SS-5 gives the person’s name. And you will be gathering primary genealogical records that will prove every statement you make on a Pedigree Chart or Family Group Sheet. but no proof of relationship). The search form at this site includes a person’s first name. KS-3. In fact. the year SSA began computerizing its records. Your note collection can include references to 1) ancestors (parents. Keep all three types together in the notes collection. separated by the place where the record originated. One notebook can be organized by the surname of the ancestor. . For any person who died during the 20th century.. and name and address of an employer. com/. names of parents. Johnson. etc. the Kansas Johnson notes in another group.rootsweb. Even if your subject does not appear in the SSDI because the date of death was before 1962. date and place of birth.

Complete surviving manuscripts of the censuses. occupation. This provision has become a boon for genealogists. The federal census is how you find the name of the county in Alabama and New Jersey in which the events occurred. You will have success in finding primary documents for your immediate families. because the first five censuses (1790 through 1840) not only counted the population. All state libraries/archives have complete sets of census microfilms for their state. and even immigration information. as a result. Indiana. and lists every member of the household by name. lived. . The cards now appear one after another on a roll of microfilm. but for off line research. 1790–1930. or a place of birth on a death certificate that says your great-aunt was born in New Jersey. and the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne. and then coding the hard sounds of the remaining letters. spouse. You may be able to look at these microfilmed census lists at a library near you. (The 1930 census is online. for census years after 1840. Therefore. A federal law protects the privacy of any person named in a census for a period of 72 years. Larger city libraries may have at least their state’s census microfilms. Often the place indicated is the state and not the county. the United States Constitution has a provision that a nationwide census of the population shall be taken every ten years. on microfilm. the 1930 does not have a complete soundex index like the 1920. If any of your ancestors was living in the U. which has a unique soundex index to every head of household and for all states and territories. And the original paper documents you gather need to be put in a safe place.) A few other national library collections have all federal censuses. House of Representatives. From 1880 on. the best place to look is at one of the regional branches of the National Archives. try scanning the image of each document. learning about his date and place of birth. the federal census was taken by listing the names of every member of a household. as well as double letters and all vowels.archives. the soundex Step 5 Federal Census Search You can now build on the information you have gathered so far. hired hands. the Mid-Continent Library in Independence. or individuals. they listed the names of the heads of households living in every state. The soundex index was originally prepared by the WPA in the 1940s on 3" × 5" cards. D. which have microfilms for all surviving censuses from 1790 through 1930. But the electronic files need the same organizational attention to “source codes” for each page of notes. Missouri. If you are near one of the facilities with all census website. married. Beginning in 1850. or died. the starting point is the 1920 census. the census schedules list the names of each member of a family with their relationship to the head of the household. And you will be collecting the records that may give a place where a person was born. Next. the latest federal census open to the public is the 1930 census. in 1920. This indexing system allows you to find a person in the census whose surname can be spelled different ways. such as an obituary that says your grandfather was born in Alabama. children. making the federal census schedules a tremendous source for finding families living in America. adding the picture file to your word processor textual notes collection. (Find these facilities at the www.S. Census records have become a major source for locating the place where an ancestor lived and. libraries. personal wealth. are now located at the National Archives in Washington. and many have sizeable collections for surrounding states as well. however.How to Start • 15 If you want to reduce the manual paper drudgery.S.) A soundex index is a method of indexing names by removing extra letters from a name that sound alike. the next step is to find the exact place where a person lived from the federal censuses. divorced. organized by state and alphabetically by the soundex code. such as the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. one for each head of household. 1830–1930. The many thousands of original population schedules from the 1790 through 1930 censuses have been microfilmed and made available to archives. education.C. To apportion the U. The old census name lists survive for all censuses except 1890 (which was destroyed in a fire) and certain states for the period 1790–1820.

www.” There are two very useful websites designed just for finding census records online. go to the main RootsWeb page at www. www. But to look at an individual record or image from the lists of names. There are other federal censuses online at various RootsWeb sites. 1900. and any countywide census database can be accessed with a direct link from this site. 1790–1930. Published statewide census indexes exist now for the period 1790–1860 for all states.ancestry.” Go to the second part of the census search screen. Since these soundex and printed indexes are organized on a statewide basis. but the most important aspect of census searching is the ability to find precisely the place on the ground where someone lived. Online: The scanned images of every page of all federal censuses. Check with your local library to see if they subscribe to the HeritageQuest Online databases and whether that library will allow remote access to it. This site is only accessible at a subscribing library or institution—there are no individual subscriptions. And as you begin to learn the residences where your ancestors lived. (Ancestry says they have over 4 billion names. But for a name like James Johnson. Even without a subscription. and 1930 censuses each have a soundex index. you can use them to focus your search for a surname or narrow your search down to a specific county of residence.” After a search and subsequent list of names. The commercial site. many computerized name indexes to censuses were published in books. which will be described later. There are many details about families that can be learned from the census you will open the door to many more genealogical sources related to that place. In fact. and with the most every-name indexes. Therefore. For focused census searches. the Home Page for the Ancestry site has a search form for finding names of people in their various database collections. gives a list by state of every county. The most complete. This is the website for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. click on the “Search” tab at the top of the Ancestry Home Page screen. only the 1900 and 1920 are complete indexes for every household in America. but the black and white images of every census page are often clearer and easier to read than the Ancestry grayscale set. census-online. The other Use this form to search for a single person and the results will show hits from all of the censuses. the name list will be site is also complete for all federal censuses. A subscription (upwards of $200/year) is required to access Ancestry’s records and images. “Search a Specific site.familysearch. 1910. All census schedules from 1790 to 1930 are organized by the counties within each state or territory. You can do a search for a name in the entire database of censuses. are online at several sites on the which can be useful if the name is uncommon. A compete searchable 1880 federal census is online at the www. These book indexes are found in the same libraries and archives as the census microfilms. it is usually more efficient to search each census year separately. including “US Federal Census. and indexes for 1870 are partially complete. 1790–1930. each item can be reviewed in more detail. where limits to a person’s approximate date of birth will help narrow down the search.rootsweb. it was these printed census indexes that became the basis for most of the census indexes online today. including a link to the image of the census page on which a name appears. Ancestry will try to sell you a subscription first. Before the advent of online census indexes. The 1880. all of which are finding tools. does the same .censusfinder. 1790–1930. The http://heritagequestonline. Name indexes included at HeritageQuest Online are only for the heads of households for most years. are those at the www. 1920. 1790–1930.S. To find one. but they do offer a 14-day trial membership for free. Of these. Click on “Websites.16 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE index is the way to find them on a census page. such as “1860 census online Iowa. Federal Census by Year. But there are many subscribing libraries that allow their patrons (those with a library card) to access the site remotely.” Or do a Google search for a specific state and year. This will bring up the categories of databases available. But the results will also include names from many other databases.

a range of years for the event. place of birth or death. You can test this by going to the FHL Home Page and searching for James Johnson. Here are the major databases included in the Family-Search look-up: Ancestral File™.000 entries. But for more common surnames. but since the sites are updated at different date of birth or death.. and at least that many for all other countries. and place: is required if the link starts at the FHL FamilySearch site. Keep going and find your families as far back as possible. with records that have been submitted by individuals through the FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service. Since the census images are online at the Ancestry. Piles of paper. date. International Genealogy Index™. see what is new at each. A name search here takes you through the combined indexes of six major databases. perhaps as many as 25. A hit on a person listed here allows you to locate the name and address of the person who submitted the information. (No membership in Ancestry. and a place (U. and residences of people extracted from a myriad of local resources. Census records will add more paper to your collection than any other resource.How to Start • 17 thing in a slightly different format. etc. exact spelling of a name or soundex spelling. parent information. The lists are nearly the same. Here are the two main lookup services which allow you to search for a person by name. and the list can narrow to only a few hundred entries. Identify the copies by assigning a page number. submitted by people from all over the world.S. and submitter information. with literally billions of names. Use both sites to find a countywide census extraction online.). Starting with the 1930 census you will find your ancestors and you will be led to where they lived at the time of the 1920 census. American vital records. An every-name extraction for all Canadian provinces and territories. Your census searching will be successful.) 1881 Canadian Census. think of a means of keeping them in notebooks where they can be revisited as needed. 1880 Federal Census. a shotgun approach to searching the Internet in the look-up databases still needs to be oriented to the Name— Date—Place criteria.e. adding them to your notes collection.S. etc. A collection of linked families. death. The compact disc version (discs 1–105) of the Pedigree Resource File contains more family in- Step 6 Billions of Names—Find One Surfing the net to retrieve genealogical data starts with two important “look-up” websites designed specifically for initial genealogical research. i. The IGI has over 250 million entries for the U. A family found here is hot-linked to the and HeritageQuest Online sites.familysearch. you will be presented with an endless list of people with the name James Johnson worldwide. An every-name index and extraction of the census which can be displayed on the screen for one individual or one family exactly the way the names appeared on the original handwritten census schedules. Pedigree Resource File™. A database containing over 105 million names online. either electronically as picture files or directly to your printer. such as European parish records. A database of names. so try not to place them on the pile. you will be inundated with unknown people. If the surname is uncommon. This is the Home Page of the Family History Library (FHL) website. state) of the site and the same page (scanned image) of the census schedule. Therefore. and Canada alone. court records. If you type just the first and last name and start the search. dates. Several generations of your ancestry can be identified using census records alone. some with several generations. and the searches can be done using several distinguishing criteria. you can make copies of these pages. and more. . searching for just a person’s last name will be rewarding. and separating them by surname and place. This online index includes individual records with events. But try the search again by adding an event (birth.

. Court. Do a search for every ancestor on your Pedigree Chart and every member of a family from your Family Group Sheets. And with over one million paid subscribers. . Social Security Death Index (SSDI). and rarely are sources cited for the information they submitted. . . . In any search the resulting list of names can be viewed. . This time go to the Home Page search. .com. . Trees & Community -OneWorldTreeSM -Message Boards -more . Another approach is to browse the record categories. Reference & Finding Aids -Genealogical Library Master Index -Ancestry Map Center -more . . Marriage & Death -Social Security Death Index -Obituary Collection -more . from the Social Security Administration. So it is possible to survey the names of interest from the Ancestry site and then decide if a membership is warranted. . Directories & Member Lists -New York City Directory. Newspapers & Periodicals -Historical Newspaper Collection -Periodical Source Index -more . Remember. . Extend these searches to every member of a family and you will be well on your way to a full genealogical presentation through at least four generations. and place to narrow down the number of names that will appear on the hit list. . you will have collected more paper than you thought possible. . Immigration Records -New York Passenger Lists -Passenger & Immigration Lists -more . Your first visit to the Ancestry site was to search the federal censuses. and you are now responsible for confirming any relationships asserted in these files. Within each category a name search can be done. . You cannot extend your pedigree without documentation that proves a and Ancestry. . . Ancestry ranks in the top ten of any website in the world. Based on the number of visits. dates. Birth. Searching the FamilySearch site is going to reveal more possible ancestors and collaterals. An abbreviated category list includes the following: Census -US Federal Census -UK Census Collection -more . date. a membership is not required to search the databases for the names. Family & Local Histories -AGBI -Slave Narratives -more . but access to the records or images requires a subscription. You will find that many of the Ancestral File and Pedigree Resource File entries are names submitted by other genealogists. it is one of the most successful commercial sites of any kind. 1890 -Early UK and US Directories -more . . and places of your ancestors. . . Military -WWI Draft Registration Cards -Civil War Service Records -more . Land & Probate -Texas Land Title Abstracts -Middlesex. either by contacting the submitter or repeating the research they did to arrive at the relationships. Be specific to a name. An active genealogist is destined to sign up for an Ancestry membership because the databases available are so unique and important to genealogical research. MA Probate Index -more . You should have a pretty good handle on the names. . . plus many records with notes and sources (but not all). . and places of every person on your Pedigree Chart. Family Facts -Surname Distribution -Place of Origin -more . After your census searches and those in the databases at FamilySearch. perhaps more. . www.” but having the names integrated into the other databases is useful.ancestry. This version of the SSDI (unlike the one at the RootsWeb site mentioned in Step 4) is not linked to a “SS-5 Letter.18 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE formation.

How to Start • 19 Next. Even if a person lived in a county for just a few years. Look for resources that may include the name of your ancestor. military lists. If a person ever bought land there will be a deed record in the courthouse. which has state censuses from 1825 to 1925.141 counties in the United States. Here is the place to determine which county records have been microfilmed. and it is the same place you visited earlier for a name search in the FHL databases. the next step is to find out what resources are available to you from a U. maps. a person’s birth. Business Records.) These topics relate to statewide records. Some will be from the same county. and administrations. birth. In addition. This time click on the tab for “Library. periodicals. This will take you to an alphabetical list of topics for that state.” then “Family History Library Catalog. click on “View Related Places” in the top right hand corner of the state topic screen. or death record may be there. Utah.” Select the “Place Search” option. Operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. a researcher will discover that every county courthouse in America is an untapped treasure chest of information about the people who lived in that county. which gives a query box to type the name of a place. death. Type the name of a state first. Since the county of residence is the most important place for finding more information. At any state topic list you will note that the microfilmed statewide federal censuses are listed in detail. but you may discover that there were state censuses taken in that state as well. Think of it as a “to do” list. marriage. Bibliographies. public services at the county level are the most frequently used.familysearch. such as tax lists.5 million rolls of microfilm. For example. Online: Go to: www. or indexed in books. and vital records. (For example. original court records on microfilm. this library is open to the public. civil court records. or perhaps extracted. Bible Records. the equivalent of 6 million 250-page books can be found in over 2. This will present an alphabetical list of the counties of that state. or probate records. voters’ registrations. voters’ registrations. Cemeteries. There are 3. These resources may include published histories for a county. abstracted. Step 7 Family History Library Catalog Search Searching census records and the main look-up sites will provide precise information about a place of residence for a person. such as wills. and marriage records. check New York. you can call up a list of any books. or microfilm publications containing genealogical information for . Using the online FHL catalog. The best place resources (for the world) are found at a library in Salt Lake City. This is the Home Page for the Family History Library. Censuses. licenses to engage in business or service. Utah. Archives. Do this survey for every ancestor on your Pedigree Chart and for every member of a family shown on your Family Group Sheets. estate papers. including Almanacs. make a list of every county identified as a place of an event from your Family Group Sheets. Select a county and you will be presented with a topic list for that county.S. there are tax lists. Are there birth records? How about land and property records? Maybe there is a published history of the county. As a result. military lists. Virtually all of the topics contain name lists. particularly the name of a county rather than just the name of the state. Make a note of those that look like a place to continue looking for evidence of your ancestor in that county. the chances are very good that his name is written down in a courthouse record of some and historically. censuses and tax lists.” In addition to nearly a half-million books on their shelves. so to look at a list of topics for one county of that state. and the array of genealogical resources found there can only be described as “astonishing. registered cattle brands. and a whole range of source material currently available. It is now time to start a location search for more genealogical information in that county. county. but to be thorough. Many of these county courthouse records are on microfilm at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City. and so on. all available on microfilm.

” These are the seven steps in Getting Started in Genealogy Online. Outside the courthouse. county. You will note that there is a thread that connects each step: the place where an ancestor lived. It is the most important ingredient needed to pursue your genealogy because the place is where records are stored today. or for countries all over the world. go to the link at the FHL site Home Page for “Family History Centers. or town of the United States. territory. Nearly all of the resources are available on interlibrary loan. For example. museums. libraries. To locate one near you. and anyone can make use of a local Family History Center to borrow rolls of microfilm. This is how you start a genealogical project. The new information may jog an old memory that did not surface the first time around. genealogical societies. and other places where genealogical information is available about past county residents.20 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE any state.” . when you discover a new name. go back to your relatives for their memories. knowing the right county of residence narrows the search for cemeteries. “All I did was go on the Internet and ask for a printout of the Johnson Family. You should repeat the seven steps each time you identify a new ancestor.

” limits the first hits to that exact phrase. but also used books available from affiliate sellers. You can search by author or title. With the “to do” list compiled from your FHL catalog search. such as a county history. Here are the best websites on the Internet for finding genealogical publications: www. Enclosing the title in quotes. In and there are many ways of finding almost any historical or genealogical book title online. and for . This is also a good place to find a bargain price for a used book. an extraction of vital records. you will get thousands of added hits for anything in which one or more of the words are relevant. your “to do” list may include several published books. In the Google search box. but refine the search to include “titles and New York. And your Family Group Sheets will also need more details for each member of a family.ebay. you may find it thousands of times. To do this. Without the You also can search some of the most important library collections through their online library most online searches should still be related to the Name—Date—Place criteria. and the resulting list is well presented. www. a current auction with a detailed book description and indexed names can be found using the keyword search (advanced). a census index. type in the full title of a book and you will find it. particularly for CDs of census indexes. Barnes and Noble is the world’s largest bookseller.. Virtually every book in print or recently out-of-print can be found at Amazon.barnesandnoble. eBay has a growing number of auctions under the category “Everything Else > Genealogy. Search for any title or author to see if you get a hit. or using words from a title only. Add the word “online” to the search criteria and see what happens. The FHL catalog search (Step 7) was a survey of the places of residence for your ancestors. But first.Where to Find More After going through the seven steps for Getting Started in Genealogy Online there will still be holes on your Pedigree Chart. The Google Advanced Search allows for more creative searching.g. such as omitting certain words. histories. There may be a greater number of CDROM publications at bargain basement prices here than anywhere else. The search engine at Google is the world’s most used browser. you can now begin a systematic search for these same resources that may be online.” Often. To be successful in finding more genealogical information. New books are listed. obscure genealogy titles can be found here. the most important genealogical look-up sites are identified below. e. you can get the exact title of the book from your FHL catalog search. www. and vital records indexes. Keyword searching is possible for any title. specifying must words or phrases. www.” If the seller provided an index to names in a book (many do). 21 Search for Book Titles on the Internet If you want to find information about a particular book. etc. good reason: the number of search hits is about double that of any other browser. mainly as a means of learning what records have been published in books or are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.. “Genealogy and History of Montgomery County. You can search for a specific title using several generic browsers and other genealogical look-up browsers with great success.

with more than 5. Locality searching here may bring up records found nowhere else.loc. with articles dating back as far as the 1700s. and the “to do” list you compiled can now be used to see . The library has 5. Important Genealogy Websites to Bookmark The FHL catalog search was the start for finding resources relating to a state or county in the U.genealogical.newenglandancestors. Massachusetts. compiled by the department staff.godfrey. www. this source will give you the background information you need. and original family histories. and the More Newspapers. Search every word of these digital copies of America’s earliest newspapers. this library has annual memberships (for under $40. and HeritageQuest Online sites.000 total titles as far back as 1847. This is the Home Page of the Godfrey Memorial Library of Middletown.S. Marquis Who’s Who. allowing anyone remote access to special online resources not normally accessible outside of a library. In addition to a unique American genealogy collection. military lists. This is the “Genealogy” page for the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) of Fort Wayne. fully cataloged online. New York City.cfm. Quickly find The catalog search enables you to find a book title by subject or author. It would stand to reason that the largest library in the world would have an excellent genealogy collection. Invaluable genealogical tool.C. The premier library online catalog. D. this site is a must. Columbia World Gazetteer. parents. This is the Home Page of the New England Historic Genealogical Society of books and CDs. A recent addition to their website is a name search to some 30 million names indexed from GPC’s 2. Quickly find any book about your family among 58 million titles held by For people with New England ancestry. Included are these library-only online databases: OCLC Worldcat. It has become the primary source for digging up genealogical information published in periodicals—name lists.nypl. Search their online catalog to find one. etc. Search more than 1. This is CATNYP. Narrow your search to just marriage notices or obituaries. What makes the DAR library unique is the thousands of submitted manuscripts from local DAR research teams all across the country. Early American Newspapers (Readex).000 historic newspapers from across the U.280 feet (one mile) of shelves with books.100 current subscriptions and nearly 10. www. The department also holds the largest English-language genealogy and local history periodical collection in the world. www. and newspaper data of all types. print. the largest publisher of genealogical titles in Separate collections of more than 3. Individual names and articles may be accessed through the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).acpl. vital index. Major cities or obscure villages. the online catalog of The New York Public Library. D. Ideal for quickly identifying the county for every city.. http://catnyp. manuscripts. GPC is responsible for many of the primary research publications needed by genealogists. This is the online catalog page for the Library of Congress in Washington. and military lists. Maryland... This is the website of the Genealogical Publishing Co. The ACPL Historical Genealogy Department includes the largest number of printed county histories of any American library. Connecticut. Inc. Canada.000+ libraries around the world. the UK. (GPC). Indiana.2 million biographical sketches including more than 3 million spouses.S. Publications are easy to locate here. including cemetery transcripts. and their online catalog at this site is the place to search. Quickly gather background information on any place in the world. Name searches are available at the Home Page. or save. This is the online catalog of the DAR Library (National Society. PERSI is a featured online database at both the Ancestry.dar. children.22 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE articles.lib. cemetery extractions.html. of Baltimore. Easy to search.S. most of which have never been published anywhere else. abstracted court records. Daughters of the American Revolution) in Washington. http://catalog. from virtually all counties of the U.

New York. locality where detailed genealogical information is available. Oral Histories.” Adding “link” is an apt description of this remarkable compendium of the body of genealogical knowledge. Diaries.” followed by a county list. the exact title of a book is not necessary. “Statewide Resources. Correspondence -Creston GEDCOM Index -Union County Biographies (Source: U. In less than two years. Genealogies. and RootsWeb.linkpendium. at the Home Page. Archives -Family History Library Holdings (Source: Family History Library) -Union County Libraries (Source: Public Libraries Library Directory) -USGenWeb Archives (Source: USGenWeb) Mailing Lists and Message Boards Maps and Gazetteers (15) Military Records and Histories Newspaper Records .com. For example. Cyndi’s List. World’s Fairs and other events Introduction and Guides -Cyndi’s List of Iowa locality links (Source: Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet) -Union County Research Guide Iowa Genealogical Society -Union County Resources (Source: RootsWeb) -Union Genealogy (Source: GenDir) And there are more items under these categories: Land Records -Cemetery Maps -Gravestone Photo Project (Source: USGenWeb) -The Political Graveyard (Source: The Political Graveyard) -Union County Iowa Cemetery Transcription & Photo Project (Source: The American History and Genealogy Project) -Union County Cemeteries (Source: ePodunk) -Union County Cemeteries (Source: Kim’s Cemeteries of the United States) -Union County Cemetery List (Source: Find A Grave) -WPA Graves Registration Survey Union County Census Records and Indexes (13) Directories -City Directories: Southern Midwest.” one of the first Google hits listed will be the following: Linkpendium > Genealogy > USA > New York > Montgomery County. including Linkpendium. Memoirs. or links to a U. This site has a Plain Jane look about it. click on “Localities: USA” to see the alphabetical list of states. Using the keywords “History Montgomery County New York.S. Click on any state to see the first item. 1882–1898 includes Creston (Source: Genealogical Publishing Company and Clearfield Company) -Creston Directory 1889 (Source: Explore Ancestry for free) -Dodge Township 1876 Directory (Source: Kinyon Digital Library) -more directories History -1876 History of Union County (Source: Kinyon Digital Library) -National Register of Historic Places -Union County (Source: Wikipedia) -Tornados. Biographies Project) -Union County GEDCOM Index Cemeteries -Cemeteries of Union County (Source: Interment. Floods. For example. There are several important websites where you can start this search.Where to Find More • 23 if any of these resources are available as online databases. Click on a county to see an excellent array of resources for that county. . And since many of the Google search results will refer to the Linkpendium site. http:/ /wikipedia. A typical county list of resources may include the following: Linkpendium > Genealogy > USA > Iowa > Union County: (English) defines the word compendium as “a concise yet comprehensive compilation of a body of knowledge. with six times the number of websites and a simple concept of reducing all searches to just two categories: find a surname or find a place. why not go there next? www. all linked to a specific website. if you are seeking something about the history of Montgomery County.S. Migrations through Montgomery County . . Museums. Blizzards. 1771 Tryon County New York (Source: Olive Tree Genealogy) · Family Files Surnames Department of History and Archives.5 million websites—links that lead you to websites specific to one surname. Linkpendium has surpassed the standard genealogy site locator (Cyndi’s List). But there is nothing plain about a site that offers direct links to over 3. Linkpendium turns out to be a powerful search engine for genealogical subjects.

(Localities. Because it is organized by category rather than surname/ place. and so on). and within each state. Austria / Österreich. All of these references are to major look-up sites in their own right. Archives. Africa. Civil War ~ War for Southern Independence U. Courthouses . The concept of both of these systems is to provide locality www. Immigration. based on the time and interest of the volunteers in each. Searching Cyndi’s List may prove useful for certain categories that cannot be placed in either a surname or locality focus. The pedigree details from a GEDCOM file are then merged with linked lineages that have been submit- From the Main Category Index. RootsWeb is also the host for The USGenWeb Project (www. or indexes Main Category Index. Genealogical & Historical Societies U. Computers and the Internet.S. This is Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet. a website for each county. dates. and anything else that can be of value to genealogists. the standard look-up website for genealogical information since 1996. Emigration. all of the RootsWeb/GenWeb sites are places where genealogy gets easier. note that there are references to Cyndi’s List of localities. and some of the latest databases may not be included in the main look-up lists yet. Alabama. An alphabetical listing with no added notes. Ethnic Groups & People. an integrated system of websites for presenting genealogical databases online. generated by a genealogical software system. Marketplace.S. Cajun & Creole.S. Lineage-Linked Sites A “lineage-linked” database website is a place where genealogists can publish their pedigrees into a large database online.S. Family History Library topics for a county. places. Linkpendium has combined all of the Web’s major genealogical locator services into one compendium. here is an example of the organization for the United States Index: General U. obituaries. Linkpendium has become a starting point to find specialized surname and locality sites on the Internet. With the goal of digitizing genealogical name lists. and so on). and Migration.24 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Obituaries and Funeral Home Records Photographs. RootsWeb sites. This is the Home Page for RootsWeb. History U. censuses.S. Acadian.S. Click on “Websites” to see the categories. histories. An alphabetical listing by subject (Acadian. Sites Library of Congress National Archives Social Security U.S. Cajun & Creole. Adoption. with thousands of links to websites focused on genealogy in European countries. History—Lewis & Clark U. vital records. Adoption. Inc. But overall.S. Alaska. but going to RootsWeb or GenWeb directly to do the search will bring up the latest entries. Historical Images Projects Surnames Web sites.rootsweb. Thus. www. History—The Great Depression U.usgenweb. first for the entire U. Census U. African-American. Start at the RootsWeb Home Page to review the organization.. The names. because there are many online databases that can be searched.S. RootsWeb is now owned and operated by Ancestry. Alphabetical Category Index.—State Level Records Repositories: State Libraries. both systems are manned by volunteers. The RootsWeb/GenWeb websites are updated frequently.S. Billed as the oldest and largest free genealogy site. (Aberdeenshire. first for surnames and second for localities. Military U. Australia.S. “No Frills” Category Index. Asia & The Pacific. Thus.cyndislist. biographies. and other material specific to a surname (33) Transportation and Industry Vital Records U. Help from Others. Topical Category Index. USGenWeb sites. Cyndi’s List offers several different category lists. Africa.—Vital Records In the above list of websites. and so on). And Cyndi’s List is international in scope. then by state. the databases vary from county to county. and relationships/lineages for each tree are prepared by submitters in a special electronic format called GEDCOM (GEnealogical Data COMmunication). and ePodunk county sites. It should be pointed out that a search in either Linkpendium or Cyndi’s List will directly link to all of the RootsWeb/ GenWeb locality databases.

. but there are just a few that have any great numbers of users. Extensive coverage from European sources.000. WorldConnect Project. date of marriage. (No membership required to access this database. names of parents. Links may be to the parents of a person. OneGreatFamily. base gathers family trees and family history records for millions of people. (There are only a couple of systems for the Macintosh.Where to Find More • 25 ted by others. and then displays the most probable matches for your ancestors. links. because it depends on the veracity of the submitted information. When this happens. (No membership required to access this database. The best way to access one of the linked lineage sites is to start at Cyndi’s List (www.cyndislist. To get the GEDCOM utility you need a genealogical software package that includes that utility. and names of children is done to ensure the match is correct. Go to the Main Category Index and find the category “Databases—Lineage-Linked. all of the links found in one of the lineage-linked databases need to be taken as “possible” rather than “the truth. but incorrect. Information entered by members can be matched and merged with that of other members to create family trees. The data mostly comes from GEDCOM files submitted by Ancestry members. GenServ—Family History. More than 400. yet they are often copied by genealogists as “the truth. date of birth. or repeat the research done by the person who submitted the information. A checklist of name spelling. As a—Ancestry World Tree.) You will note that all ten systems reviewed are for Windows PCs only.) The database comes from earlier handentered data (some 25–30 years old) rather than from recent GEDCOM file submissions. International Genealogical Index. Genealogical Software and GEDCOM Utility You need the GEDCOM utility to submit data to one of the lineage-linked databases. The system provides notification of potential matches with data already contained in the database. but more often links are to a spouse only. Pre-GEDCOM. The main problem is that many of the pedigree links come from untrustworthy published sources. there is no way for the lineagelinked system to know if the information is correct or not. Provides its members with the ability to collaborate and build a worldwide genealogy database. or extended pedigrees. A good review of the top ten genealogical software systems is at: http://genealogy-softwarereview. one submitter may gain from information submitted by another—one who had more names. Over 22. place of marriage. The FHL invented the GEDCOM utility and it is included in PAF. includes data hand-entered mostly by LDS members. Some sophistication is used by the system to determine if a newly submitted person is the same as one already in the database.” In every case you should confirm the information and the sources and contact the submitter.000 names. This software has a huge user base and is available as a free download from the Family History Library’s website. Family history files that have been submitted by registered users of the FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service. such as printed family histories. all of the data is subject to confirmation.) Three of the software systems should be noted here: Personal Ancestry File™ (PAF). name of spouse. From RootsWeb.toptenreviews. The searchable databases at the Family History Library’s Home Page include the following lineage-linked databases: Pedigree Resource File.000 names in 15.000. Ancestral File. There are many published genealogies with blatant errors. death.000. More than 420. and marriage data. However.” which includes the following direct links: Ancestry. A free database that allows people to publicly share their family trees with other researchers. This dataSM FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service— Search for Ancestors.” If more than one genealogist submits an identical.500+ GEDCOM databases. There are hundreds of genealogical software systems available on the market. analyzes the birth.000 names. place of—OneWorldTree . This is an ideal way to share your work and make contact with cousins you never knew about.

Regional Archives and Other Facilities The National Archives and Records Administration recently reorganized by combining thirteen Regional Archives. Washington. Both of these facilities have significant records of importance to genealogists.C. which describes the nature of the archival materials with the most value to ★ Northeast Region (Pittsfield). This can be done with no loss of data. Murphy Federal Center. The GEDCOM utility in RootsMagic compiles the information faster than any other software system.. military and pension records. plus many other manuscripts. National Archives and Records Administration. RootsMagic™.html Find More at the National Archives Finding genealogical records in their original form should start with the National Archives. It has the best layout of a pedigree. Frederick C. it can be purchased from their site. This is the main branch of the National Archives. As a MD 20740. dates. After the data is entered into a software database. a large collection of aerial photographs of the U. Records include U. National Archives and Records Administration. plus all notes. on microfilm. federal censuses. Inc. or lineage.. then decide to change to another system by exporting a GEDCOM file from the first system and importing the same file into a second system. with over 2 million users. The GEDCOM utility included in virtually all genealogical software systems has become the standard method of transferring linked genealogical files between computers. or source references.26 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Family Tree Maker™.rootsmagic.000 rolls of microfilm having importance for genealogical research. National Archives and Records Administration. The largest selling software.archives.. 1790–1930. Waltham. passport and two National Personnel Records Center facilities. including homesteads. and has custom-printed reports that can go to your word processor for editing.) The GEDCOM utility built into FTM includes direct submission of files to the OneWorldTree database.S. and children. places. D. In each regional archives branch (indicated with a ★) there is a reading room with all federal censuses. with 65. parents. including all four Research Centers. Massachu- .archives. ships’ passenger arrival records. This section also has drawings from patent applications. and the National Personnel Records Center facilities (indicated with a ✪) have military personnel records and federal employee personnel files. This facility also houses the Cartographic and Architectural section. DC 20408. The research centers (indicated with a ✩) have case files from the various federal district courts. and general information about both archives is at the NARA website at www. Archives II—Reference Branch. College Park.S. descendancy. A product of Ancestry. a genealogist can start with any genealogical software system. e. soundex and printed census indexes. It’s a way of advertising your work and to find other people working on your surnames.g. SM genealogists. which has the original topographic maps produced by the United States Geographic Survey beginning about 1888. family group.00. Available for about $30. ★ Northeast Region (Boston). Pittsfield. The two main branches of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) are in the Washington.. every item can be converted to the GEDCOM format. textual biographies. The two facilities are described below. This software is probably the easiest to use. N. and public domain land entry files. Website: www. 8601 Adelphi Road. National Archives and Records Administration.. and many more original records. area.W. Massachusetts. An excellent overview of the record groups in these facilities is in the book Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives of the United States.00 from the publisher at www. and links to spouse. Archives I—Reference Branch. But the GEDCOM utility has really proven its value as a means of submitting genealogical information to an online database. 8th and Pennsylvania Ave. (Basic version is about $30. plus many other federal records.

Saint Louis. New York. Ohio.archives. Website: www. Website: www.archives. Website: www. National Archives and Records Administration. Anchorage. National Archives and Records Administration.html ✪ National Personnel Records Center. laguna/index. index. Denver Federal Center. National Archives and Records Administration. Dayton. . National Archives and Records Administration. Website: www.html ★ Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage).html ★ Northeast Region (New York City).html Texas.archives. Website: www. Seattle.archives. Saint Louis.html ★ Rocky Mountain Region (Denver). New York. Missouri.archives.Where to Find More • 27 setts.html ✩ Mid-Atlantic Region (Northeast Philadelphia). National Archives and Records Administration.archives. Fort Website: www. National Archives and Records Administration. Website: www. Website: www.html ✪ National Personnel Records Center. National Archives and Records Administration. Colorado.archives. Suitland. National Archives and Records Administration. Website: www. San Bruno. East Point. California. Military Records Facility. Website: seattle/ index. Laguna index.html ★ Southeast Region (Atlanta). Chicago. pittsfield/index. Website: Website: www.html ✩ Great Lakes Region (Dayton). Missouri. National Archives and Records anchorage/index. National Archives and Records Administration.html ★ Central Plains Region (Kansas City).archives.html ★ Pacific Region (Laguna Niguel). Website: www. Website: www. National Archives and Records Administration.archives.html ★ Pacific Region (San Francisco).html ★ Great Lakes Region (Chicago).gov/great-lakes/dayton/ index. suitland/index. Website: www.html ✩ Washington National Records National Archives and Records Administration.archives. National Archives and Records Administration. Philadelphia.archives. Civilian Records Facility.html ✩ Central Plains Region (Lee’s Summit).gov/centralplains/kansas-city/index. Missouri. National Archives and Records Administration.html ★ Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle). Website: www. archives. Website: www. California. Kansas City.archives. National Archives and Records Administration. Lee’s nyc/index.html ★ Mid-Atlantic Region (Philadelphia Center City). Pennsylvania. Philadelphia.archives. Alaska. Missouri. Website: index.html ★ Southwest Region (Fort Worth).

28 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Genealogists enjoy the quiet. serene atmosphere of their local library as a place for research. .

state. Every county represented with local records.lib. Alabama.html# Genealogy Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. Visit the online catalog page at: http://hpl. Excellent genealogy and religious history collections. These facilities are the best genealogy resource centers in each state.bham. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: http:// library.state.mplonline. Visit the “Local History and Genealogy” webpage at: maps. and a starting point for genealogical research in all time periods of Alabama. Alabama. the Irish Historical Collection focusing primarily on counties Cork and marriages. Although the Family History Library in Salt Lake City has a great number of these local records on the resources you need may be in a local. Includes a good historical collection of early Alaska settlers. Juneau. Birmingham Public Library. libraries. periodicals. Auburn University.html Mobile Public Library.html Alabama Department of Archives and History. Visit the “Genealogy” webpage at: http:// library. Special Collections & Archives.htm 29 .us/ ge.lib. Alabama. Mobile. Go to the “Genealogy Resources” page at: www. A good collection of books. or state archives. deeds. Auburn. Review the types of records accessible here. county. This library houses genealogical and historical sources primarily for Alabama and the Southeast. A very good genealogy department in its own building. A brief description of each facility’s collection explains why. and societies shown below for each state are listed because of their significance to genealogists. Birmingham.lib. Visit the “Genealogists & Historians” webpage at: www. and census Websites are given for each The archives. Alaska State Archives. etc.samford. Montgomery. usually to a “Genealogy Resources” webpage. Since original genealogical references are most often found today in a repository near the place where a person resided. so you need to survey the records available at the local repositories. Alabama.ak. or in a library or genealogical society. they don’t have everything.state. manuscripts of local and family history. and family folders. us/genealogy/genealogy. Birmingham. Probably the best collection of published materials for Alabama families. The order in which they are listed suggests the way a genealogist might visit them for the best results in locating resource materials. This is the starting place for research in the earliest Alabama territorial and state records. a survey of the local. Go to the “Genealogy Guide to Resources” webpage: www. and state sources comes next.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States After surveying the national sources for evidence of your ancestors. collections of Baptist and other denominations’ records.htm Alaska Alaska State Library. Alabama. Huntsville. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. Samford University Library.html Draughon Library. Alaska. newspapers. Juneau Alaska. local historical and genealogical periodicals.

Review the resources at the Main Page: www.htm Mesa Arizona Regional Family History Center. folklore. Arkansas. The Pacific Northwest and Alaska coverage is outstanding. as well as family histories and many other genealogical records.lib. Has two divisions with significant genealogy collections: Arizona Law and Research Library Division (the State Library). us/is/genealogy/index. Go to the “Genealogy Collection” webpage at: www. Ozarks. and newspaper clippings. Includes a collection of microfilm for all county vital records. and Georgia en-route to Texas.lib. Phoenix.html Arkansas Arkansas History Commission Archives. Visit their main webpage at: www. Phoenix. histories.southwestarchives. Phoenix. Seattle. Many published materials relating to Arizona history. This library has more historical material about western North America than any other facility. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mesa. University of Washington. Go to “Finding Aids to the Manuscript Collections” at: http://libinfo. org California State Library. Genealogists are well-treated at this facility. edu/specialcoll/collections/pnw/ Anchorage Genealogical Society. Visit their website at: http://anchoragegenealogy.uaf. University of Alaska— Fairbanks. business records. University of Research. California. Included are oral findingaids/indexnew. Holdings include a great newspaper collection for California cities.mesarfhc. Sacramento. state history. Fayetteville. Many early records not at Little Rock are at this regional facility for early Arkansas people. Arizona State University. This library may have as many materials relating to Alaska as any repository in Alaska. Special Collections. Arizona. 1846– 1986).us/Bio/index. Also. Arkansas Collection. stagecoaches. Visit the “California Genealogy Resources” webpage . newspapers. and genealogy. With 60 million historic manuscripts.washington.lib. scrapbooks. This is a one-stop place for research in Arkansas. Visit their Main Page at: www. the Bancroft Collection is outstanding for early settlers. Visit the webpage for “Collections” and “Digital Collections” at: http://bancroft. miners. this facility has references that can solve some of the hardest parts of research in Arkansas—finding those settlers who came through Arkansas from Kentucky. A very active group of genealogists who are always willing to help people looking for Alaska Old Washington Historic State Park.ark-ives. diaries. the largest genealogical index in the state (the California Information California Bancroft Library. Although its specialty is Southwest Arkansas. Visit the webpage for the “Pacific Northwest Collection” at: www. deeds. Special Collections.cfm Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives of the Arkansas History Commission. etc. Fairbanks. archives/arizona.html Arizona The Arizona State Library.asu. etc. Locate county records. A very good genealogy collection and one of the largest Family History Centers in America. Little Rock. Civil War. Go to the Main Page at: www. church records. Go to the “Historical Manuscripts and Photographs” webpage at: www. Arizona. Arizona. black collections/ Arizona History and Archives Division (the State Archives). Washington.30 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Rasmuson Library. personal Tennessee. California. and religions. Archives and Public Visit the “Arizona Collection” webpage at: www. Washington. and original statewide birth and death records. Arizona. check out the Arizona Biographical Database available online at www. Alaska.berkeley. Arizona. Arkansas.uark. Ozarks history. early trails. manuscripts. Suzzallo Library. probates.htm University of Arkansas Library. plus the entire South.cfm Carl Hayden Archives.

Colorado. California. To see a 155page index to the names. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. San Francisco. More than 40. For a complete review of the materials available go to the “History and Genealogy” webpage at: Sterling Memorial Library. The “Manuscripts and Archives” webpage is at: Oakland. Visit the “History/Genealogy” webpage at: www. This is a library with over 8 million titles. Library Archives. New Haven.” go to the University Libraries Archives webpage at: http://ucblibraries. farmers. and library.scgsgenealogy.library. cowboys. early California Genealogical Society and Library. miners. A very active club. Town records. Home Page: www. Great genealogy collection. Home Page: www.state. Los Angeles Regional Family History Center. A great genealogy collection. Denver. early lawmen. New Haven. Go to the library page to review the materials available: http://nhchs. California. Los Angeles. homesteaders. diaries.yale. Manuscripts. stage lines. New Haven.htm Denver Public Library. Yale geneal. California. Go to “Search the Historical Records Database by Genealogy.000 genealogies. Sutro is the place for genealogical research in northern California. this library has the best collection. Denver.calgensoc.larfhc. Go to the “Western History/Genealogy Department” Home Page at: www. Connecticut. entitled “A Guide to the Manuscript Wagon trains. Los Angeles. See page 22 for other features. several interest groups.godfrey.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 31 at: www. journals. and New England history. County.lib. and shepherds.coloradohistory.colorado. including more than 10. and an outstanding library with a great genealogical collection for California and the rest of the country. The Western Historical Collection has newspapers.htm New Haven Colony Historical Society.cfm early land grants. books. Boulder. Connecticut. diaries. A family name index to the collection is available through the databases link on the library Home Page. Middletown. Time Span or Record Type.html Connecticut Connecticut Historical Society. and manuscripts. edu/archives/index. Open to the public. early settlers. Go to the Main Page at: www.colorado.” located at: www. California. Hart Library. and county records statewide. and churches. Denver. places. Of the records that exist for the earliest southern Connecticut towns. heavy on early California people. One of the largest LDS Family History Centers in America. Burbank. Go to the State Library’s Main Page at www. biographies. dpa/doit/archives Colorado Historical Society. manuscripts.” Check also “Electronic Resources” for the types of databases Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. miners.htm Connecticut State Library. Hartford. Colorado Colorado State Archives. and more. Godfrey Memorial Library. Compilers of the American Genealogical and Biographical The State Library’s online catalog is the place to find resources statewide.lib. A branch of the California State Library with an excellent genealogy and local history collection. families. outlaws.lapl. 6th Edition. and click on “Main Catalog.html Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library. military. Colorado. Connecticut. Visit their Main Page at: www.000 volumes. 2005. History and Genealogy Department. Connecticut. A very good Colorado collection.denver. nsf?Open University of Colorado. Stephen H. journals.htm .org Los Angeles Public Library. Go to their Main Page at: www. Colorado. Puritans and Congregational Church records. early statehood.htm The Sutro Library. cattle trails. California.

Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. plus many lineages submitted by DAR members. and state records.C. Baltimore. These unique censuses can be found nowhere outside of Florida. R. much like the state archives in any state.archives.loc. Go to the “Public/Finding Aids” page for a list of databases: www. The collection excels in American Revolution.state. Newark.lib. For a review of the genealogy holdings. go to the “Delaware Genealogy” webpage at: www. Ohio. Pennsylvania. Go to the Special Collections explore/library/FindGenealogicalManuscripts. See “How to Find Genealogical Manuscripts” at: www. church records.udel.loc. org/library/ Florida Florida State Archives (Bureau of Archives and Records Management.cfm Delaware Delaware State • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Western Reserve Historical Society Washington. New Jersey.asp?id=148 to locating book titles on any subject. Includes colonial records. The main card catalog is the key .dar. Original records of early Quakers. slavery. Many unpublished manuscripts. Hall of Records. D. and without visiting the Archives’ website.html Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library. html#genie District of Columbia National Archives I and National Archives II.C. A research center for the District of Columbia.htm Kiplinger Research Library. indexes to all burials in a particular cemetery. or extracts and indexes to county records such as births. An excellent genealogical collection and the place to start looking for Florida people. and and gives anyone access to the huge collection of books. records. Tallahassee. For A Guide to Research in the Historical Society of Delaware Research Do_Research/ shtml Historical Society of Delaware. Washington.dos. An online catalog search is available at DAR Library (National Society. histories. Civil War. Delaware. deeds.wrhs.hsd. Florida State Division of Libraries and Information Services).edu/ud/spec/findaids/index. Maryland. Go to the “Family History & Genealogy” page at: www. abolitionism. manuscripts. Florida.hsp. A good place to locate early settlers in Pennsylvania. Cleveland history. Another set of records similar to the State Archives. most researchers would never know they exist. and historical documents. “Manuscript and Archival Collections” webpage at: www. Wilmington.mdhs. visit the “Local History & Genealogy Reading Room” webpage at: www. including a searchable Probate Records Database online. As an example of genealogical sources found here. and Delaware. maps. D.htm Maryland Historical Society Library. library/onlinlib.C. including periodicals. all counties represented. (See page 26 www. the Archives has the original 1935 and 1945 Florida state censuses. Philadelphia. Missing Washington. Visit their website at: www. and other colonial settlers in Penn’s colonies. (FHL missed these state censuses. biographies.) Go to the “Collections” webpage for a review of the Genealogical Collection: http://dlis. wills and administrations. Research Library. Delaware. Online catalog: www. Thomas Jefferson Building. Scotch-Irish. D. The Western Reserve was a region of Ohio settled by refugees of the Revolutionary War from the State of Connecticut. Daughters of the American Revolution). A. Dover. marriages. The resources in this library are unmatched by any other library in the world. Local History & Genealogy Reading Room.) The Library of Congress. black and ethnic. Germans. Gray Building. Delaware.citymuseumdc. Good coverage of colonial records for every hundred and every county. newspapers. including grave locations of Revolutionary soldiers.C. family Bibles. D. Cleveland. and genealogies.asp University of Delaware Library.state. Historical Society of Washington.

Hawaii.html Hamilton Library. Morrow. For a brief description of the types of records they Honolulu.uwf.georgiahistory.htm St. u g a . One of the best library collections in the state for genealogy. county records. For links to bibliographies. Florida. University of West Florida. For references to early Georgia settlers this is the largest manuscript collection in the state. Focus on Hawaii. Macon. and The library’s “Special Collections” webpage describes the manuscripts and also leads to The Digital Library of Georgia. Hawaii. and Captain James Cook collection. Go to the “What Do We Have?” webpage at: w w w.ufl. Hawaii government collection. Nearly as many genealogical resources as the Atlanta archives.fl. This is the place to locate early Georgia people.lib. Hawaii. African-American resources. newspapers. county bibb.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 33 Orlando Public Library. . Pensacola. immigration records from 1900.shtml Pace Library. Orange County Library System. family records. Best collection of Family Group Sheets for all of Georgia. Drop your names of interest at their website: http://members.htm University of Georgia Library. University of Hawaii. Augustine. Good place for locating early Hawaiians. Visit the GHS “Library and Archives” webpage at: www. Florida.html Joseph F. visit the “Hawaii & Pacific Section” at: index. and Asians. subject. Includes Spanish parish records of births. and deaths dating back to 1594. Pacific Islands.htm Georgia Georgia Archives. Gainesville. newspaper indexes. g e o r g i a a r c h i v e s . Middle Georgia Regional Library System. An excellent collection of materials relating to the first east coast Florida colonists. Savannah. hawaii.htm Hawaii State Library. the earliest church transcripts in America. Grantville. borderlands. Hawaii. and more. Georgia. newspapers. Go to the “Genealogy Collection” webpage at: www. go to the “Welcome to the Research Library”: www. U. Visit the Yonge Library webpage at: www. Hawaii Campus. Review the resources at their webpage: and more. at this webpage: http:// bishopmuseumlib.ocls. both accessible by name. St. P.shtml Washington Memorial Library. Georgia. Brigham Young Georgia Historical Society Library.lib. Georgia. Athens. Research Library. State government records. Go to: w w w. Largest overall genealogy reference library in the state. Orlando. Good coverage of American genealogical sources as well as Florida. documents An excellent genealogy research facility. title.S. Georgia. whalers. University of Florida Libraries. o r g / w h a t _ d o _ w e _ have/default. plus county Bishop Museum Library & Archives. e d u / s p e c i a l _ c o l l e c t i o n s / index. l i b s .asp?bhcp=1 Hawaii Hawaii State Archives. Spanish colonial records. Florida. Honolulu. Yonge Library of Florida genealogy. Lib_and_Archives.byuh. Honolulu. Augustine Historical Society. Laie. Online catalog: http://statearchives. family histories. Georgia.lib.staugustine historicalsociety. best Florida newspaper archives. Smith Library. This is the starting place for locating references to the earliest Florida people (the Florida Panhandle settlers). Pacific Islanders. Review the “Special Collections” webpage at: http://library. Online catalog: http://uhmanoa. Georgia histories. newspapers. and local history. Collections/index. Go to the “Archives & Special Collections” webpage at: http:// w2. Good genealogy collection. and early Anglos in Hawaii. Iolani Palace Grounds. Go to the library catalog or archives catalog.html Coweta County Genealogical Society and Historical Research Center.hawaii. marriages. A good genealogy collection. county records. Hawaii. K.

Chicago. County histories. manuscripts: www.idahohistory. Indiana. available online. Illinois. Fort Wayne. Check out the “Genealogy” webpage at: webpage: services. For links to County Records on Microfilm and Idaho Naturalization Records.html#anchor58337 Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Boise. Go to the “Family History” webpage at: www. British. Indianapolis. This is the site of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. canals. newspapers. great indexes. Go to the “William Henry Smith Memorial Library” webpage at: www. Original records from all Indiana counties. County records. Go to “Illinois History Collections. County and state records.lib. Brigham Young University—Idaho. with a genealogical focus on the Midwest. The State Archives and the Illinois State Genealogical Society have joined forces to provide online indexes (veterans. farmers.byui. civil court case files. Mormons. and outstanding finding aids online.indiana history. Idaho. Lithuanian. genealogies. Rexburg. uidaho. German. bases.html Indiana State Archives. archives/family/ Lilly Library. and one with an aggressive program to index local records as online databases.indiana. and an excellent county history collection (see page 22 for details). Genealogy Division. Idaho. family folders.htm Indiana Historical Society Library. To access these databases visit the “Genealogy Division” webpage at: www.” a webpage with a very large alphabetical index to names.shtml The Newberry Library. Springfield. Go to: http://www. railroads. Excellent reference library for locating Illinois people.newberry. Indexed vital records. and more) at the State Archives website. A larger collection for outside of Indiana than for Indiana itself. Visit “The Collections” webpage for access: deaths. newspapers. this is a library of national significance. Indiana University. Illinois. Indiana. and more. “Historical Genealogy” webpage: www.cfm University of Illinois Library. Best Indiana genealogy resource center.S. Old State Capitol. See also the online databases: Idaho State Death Index 1911–1951 and Eastern Idaho Death Records. Rare book library. county records. Indiana. gov/lib/ishlgen. BYU-I is responsible for the Western States Historical Marriage Records Index. maps. Illinois Illinois State Archives. histories. lib. org/genealogy/collections. Go to the “Genealogy at the Newberry Library” webpage at: www.htm David O. Books. subjects. marriages. State censuses. early Indiana.lib. Library and Archives). go directly to the “Researcher Services” www. Great collection. Indianapolis. ranchers. McKay Library. with the largest collection of genealogical periodicals in the U. Check out the genealogical research that can be accomplished online at the “Online Databases” webpage. farmers’ registers—another archives for Illinois. Illinois. Bloomington. biographies. Archives Building. Historical collection heavy on pioneer settlements. Moscow.acpl. Go to the “Special Collections & Family History” webpage at: http:// abish.htm Indiana Indiana State Library. One of the leading research libraries in the world.illinoishistory. county ~liblilly/collections.html Allen County Public Library.cyber driveillinois. Indianapolis.uiuc. PreChicago fire records. Manuscripts. probates. genealogies.34 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Idaho Idaho History Center (Idaho State Historical Society. Go to the “Special Collections & Archives” webpage at: index.html University of Idaho Library. births. early settlers.html and oral histories. Mountain men. Indiana. Idaho. biographies.

Manhattan. Best collection of family folders and genealogical periodicals in Kansas. county city directories. Go to the “Genealogists” webpage at: www. lib. Publisher of county records. histories. One of the largest and most active genealogical societies in Library/lewislib. genealogies. htm Iowa State Historical Society of Iowa—Des Moines. Original Kentucky state and county records. This is the place to start locating Kansas ancestors. Indiana. indexes. html Riley County Genealogical Society Library.ia. family folders. business. The library has special collections relating to Ohio River traffic. county records. and more. Marshalltown. This is an outstanding collection of Iowa HansLib. and a wealth of historical Grout Museum of History and Science Library. many not in Indianapolis. Dodge City. railroads. For details go to the “Hans J. Iowa. Des Moines. Kentucky. Library Archives Bureau. Vincennes University. pioneers. Every known printed Kentucky history and genealogy. Good genealogy and local history collection for the Cedar Valley of Iowa.html Kansas Genealogical Society Spencer Research State Historical Society of Iowa—Iowa City. DAR collection. Frankfort. Iowa City. Old Statehouse. Manuscripts. Topeka. Kansas. periodicals. Earliest settlers in Kansas well documented in obituaries. Chryst Library/Archives” webpage at: www. If you own a library card from this library you are allowed remote access to the HeritageQuest Online databases. A good starting point to locate Kentucky ancestors. newspapers. Des Moines. Vincennes. Kansas. genealogies.html Marshalltown Public Library. Visit their website at: www.ku. Family folders. Kansas.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 35 Lewis Historical Collection Library. and more. histories. with county chapters statewide.kyhistory. Go to the “Kansas Collection” webpage at: http://spencer. Like another archives for Kentucky. Genealogy. and more. The Iowa City branch is served by the same website as the Des Moines branch (see above). biographies.vinu. Microfilm of state records. land records. Waterloo. Visit their website at: www.marshalltownlibrary. biographies. steamboats. government. Start at the “Lewis Library” webpage at: www. Newspapers.iowagenealogy. Kentucky.aspx Kansas Kansas State Historical Society. Pre-Civil War records for Kansas are excellent. Go to the “Information & Computers” webpage (Genealogy) at: printed genealogies. early Indiana. periodicals. maps. Best for original manuscripts for early Kentucky history. Kentucky. Filson Historical Society.dodgecity. A great collection. Iowa. Primary records. Largest collection of family folders in Kentucky. Capitol Complex.htm Filson Library. cemeteries. Center for Historical Research. Lawrence. Go to the “Collections Overview” webpage at: www. Frankfort. Visit their website at: www. Iowa Genealogical Society Library. Louisville.state. manuscripts. books. manuscripts. Iowa. genealogies.groutmuseumdistrict. Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Many newspapers.rileycgs. Visit the “What the Research Libraries Offer” webpage at: www. migrations. Kentucky Kentucky Historical Society Library. and more. University of Kansas. Library Archives Bureau. Kansas Collection. Native Americans. Iowa. Go to the “Research Databases” webpage at: #genealogy . Kansas.kshs. Not a repeat of Des Moines. including offers/library_offers.

Bowling Green. oral history. oral history.html Maine Maine State Archives. Like another state archives. A good genealogical collection. Go to the “Margaret I.library. Western Kentucky University. Acadians.mdarchives. Massachusetts. and historical manuscripts relating to Maine State Library. For a review of the resources go to: www.htm Fogler Library. Go to the “Unique Fogler Library Collections” webpage at: www. Go to: www. rivers. Orono. Office of Adjutant General. Special Collections and Archives. and research guides. Over 130 indexes to Maryland deeds. Lexington. genguide/gguide4. special collections. and a national list of applicants for membership in the United Confederate Veterans after the Civil War. An excellent list of resources can be viewed at the “Genealogical Materials in the New Orleans Public Library’s Louisiana Division & City Archives” webpage at: http://nutrias. New Orleans. early settlers.htm Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.state. online archives. Louisiana. Go to the “Genealogy and Family History Research at MHS” webpage at: www. Baton Rouge. genealogies. go to the “Search the Archives” webpage at: www. Indians.html Kentucky Library. Kentucky. biographies. Excellent collections of early Maine settlers.uky. U. boundaries. Boston. Baltimore. us/msa/homepage/html/search. and Shakers. Louisiana. Maine.htm Maine Historical Society Library. Visit the “Louisiana State Archives Research Library” webpage for a good description of the types of records available: www. Special Collections. county records. Records for all Louisiana parishes. Original records from all Maine counties and view. Great surname indexes. Jackson towns. University of Kentucky. This is the premier resource center for locating early Maryland settlers. including southern history.tulane. family. newspapers.36 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE materials for the Upper Ohio Valley. ships and shippers. online indexes.state.391+ campus+0039 Louisiana Louisiana State Archives Research Library. early settlers.htm Maryland Historical Society.filsonhistorical. and business records are included in the major indexes. Great collection for genealogists. Augusta.maine. A great repository for historical resources.shtml Louisiana Division & City Archives. resources. King Library. church records. land records.wku.umaine. Louisiana.state. Large genealogi- .html Jackson Barracks Military Library. History. Since Maine was formerly part of Massachusetts. Maine. maps. Maine. Appalachian arcgen/genidx. New Orleans. Visit their website at: www. Annapolis.sec. genealogy. New Orleans Public Library. which includes “Papers on Maine”: Maryland. For links to the many of the records up to 1820 can be found in the Massachusetts Archives. Tulane immigration records. Confederate Maryland Maryland State Archives. newspapers. library/tip/genealogy. and other indexes. and much more. Go to the “Genealogy Resource Materials” webpage at: www. Refer to the “Researching Your Family’s History at the Massachusetts Archives” The Home Page at their website has links to downloadable databases. Go to the “Welcome to Special Collections” webpage at: http:// specialcollections. counties. University of Maine. fisheries.htm Massachusetts Archives of the Commonwealth. New Orleans. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. early militia lists. and government Margaret I. Kentucky. army. War of 1812 soldiers through World War I. Maine.ngb. Newspapers. and much more. King Library” webpage at: http:// ukcc.

published histories. Family Bibles. htm American Antiquarian Society Library. Haverhill. Detroit Public Library.htm .org/ genealogy. Michigan. New England city directories. newspapers. Unpublished manuscripts.haverhillpl. biographies. genealogies. Arts. Detroit. travel. Boston. and original materials. Burton Historical Collection.280 lineal feet (one mile) of manuscripts. An excellent Michigan local history and genealogy explore/library/FindGenealogicalManuscripts.detroit. Massachusetts. For the U. The best overall genealogical collection for New England families. Michigan. Massachusetts. with great indexes. One of the best genealogy libraries in the country. and state books and records. Massachusetts. Go to “Researching Your Family’s History at the Massachusetts Archives” webpage: www. Worcester. Boston.state. htm New England Historic Genealogical Society Library. newspapers. Maryland Department. Massachusetts. The library shelves contain over 5. Visit their Home Page at: www. ranging from children’s books to poetry.masshist. Go to the “Guide to Conducting Genealogical Research in the Maryland Department” webpage at: www. Every county of Michigan represented with vitals. Michigan. genealogies.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 37 cal collection for Maryland.htm Massachusetts Massachusetts Archives of the Commonwealth. Massachusetts. This library is best known for its outstanding newspaper genidx.1607. probates. Biography. Boston. original town records. Home of the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research. An excellent collection of historical materials. Use this same site to access the State Archives of Michigan.lib.htm Boston Public Library.S. mi. and more.epfl. Boston. not repeats of materials at other Massachusetts Historical Society Library. Bentley Historical Library. and genealogies. Baltimore. representing the single largest collection of extant American newspapers for that period.americanantiquarian. Its collection of New England source materials is larger than several better known New England repositories. In total. The size of this library’s genealogical collection ranks with the best in New England. The library’s catalog is online. newspapers. Go to the “ The name of virtually every immigrant to New England during the colonial period can be found here.html alone there are over 18. A collection of New England genealogies. books. Excellent collection of local.sec. this library’s documents are estimated to account for 75 percent of all recorded printed works generated during America’s first two hundred years of library_collections/ Michigan Library of Michigan.michigan. and Libraries” webpage at: www.000 bound volumes of newspapers from 1704 to 1820.newenglandancestors. Go to the “Library Collections” webpage at: www.html. Lansing. Massachusetts.umich.. Most records are unique.htm Haverhill Public Library. genealogies. Go to the “Special Collections” webpage at: www. Go to the “Genealogy and Family History Resources” webpage at: www. Go to the “Bentley Historical Library—Genealogy” webpage at: www.S.7-16017449_18635---. html Enoch Pratt Free genie. Go to the “Burton Historical Collection” webpage at: www. Maryland. county. deeds.bpl. many are unpublished genealogies of New England families. For a description of the genealogical materials go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. University of Michigan. etc. But newspapers are just one of twenty historical categories in which this library’s collection ranks in the top three of all libraries in the U. town and county histories. See “How to Find Genealogical Manuscripts” at: www.mdhs. town slrc/md/genresearch. Ann Arbor.

Louis. Archives and Library Division.lib. St. online University of Mississippi Library. University of Missouri-Columbia. Great genealogy collection. Use the online catalog at: http://mnpals. and guides to using the collections is at the “Research Room” webpage at: www. Go to the “Missouri Genealogical & Historical Research Guides” webpage at: www. University.tombigbee. Minnesota State University— Mankato. biographies. Mississippi State University. and genealogies. A great list of resources.kclibrary. An excellent collection of early Missouri records. umn. but this is an outstanding regional library for the Deep South. maps. original state censuses.cfm?article=read&article ID=162 Mitchell Memorial Library. The library’s website does not mention items outside of Monroe County and Aberdeen. Mankato. Special Kansas City. and it is now an important genealogical research library. This facility is “userfriendly” to genealogists. Louis.mohistory. Like another state archives for Minnesota. oral State Historical Society of Missouri Southern Minnesota Historical Center.htm tions” Department webpage at: but the university website provides only an address for it. Louis County Library. Missouri.htm . Go to the “Special Collections & Rare Books” webpage at: http://special. Minneapolis. court cases.umsystem. Andersen Library. Go to the “Collections” webpage for a review of materials available: www. Library and Archives. St.38 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Minnesota Minnesota Historical Society. sos. Aberdeen.mnsu. All Missouri counties represented with microfilm of original county records. Good genealogy located at Ellis localhistory/ genealogy/index. and cemetery indexes. An excellent collection of Mississippi records. Good genealogy library. Missouri. msstate. branches/hq/sc/sc-genpg. A very good genealogy collection for Missouri.000 volumes to this library. All Mississippi counties represented with original records. Special Collections.stcloud state. Visit the “The Local History Guide—Genealogy” webpage at: www.html Kansas City Public Library. Missouri.html Missouri Historical Society.slcl. Special Collections. St. Go to the “University Archives and Southern Minnesota Historical Center” webpage at: content/Libraryandresearch/OlderCollections. aspx Mississippi Mississippi State Department of Archives and History. Mississippi State. Cloud. St. lib. Missouri. with many Mississippi references. biographies. Paul. plus many other records relating to people who came through Missouri via Missouri Valley Room. Mississippi. Minnesota. Cloud State University. logging. Minnesota. Columbia. html Evans Memorial Library. state.mnhs. and newspapers. Mississippi.lib. Missouri. Special Collections. histories. Go to http://zed.asp Central Minnesota Historical Center Library. To find them you must be specific to a place or surname in a catalog search. manuscripts.olemiss. Go to the “Special Collec- St. University of Minnesota. Jefferson City. Mississippi. Mississippi. Go to the “Special Collections” webpage at: Missouri Missouri State Archives. A recent partnership with the National Genealogical Society added over 20. Visit the “Local History & Genealogy” webpage at: www. But the catalog webpage also has direct links to “Additional Research Tools” such as online biography. Visit the “Family History” webpage at: www.mdah. Search by subject or name in the online catalog at: www.

20th-century Russians. A brief descrip- Bancroft Library. Go to the “Collections” webpage at: www. Lincoln. Visit their webpage at: http://dmla.clan. A good genealogy Carson City. the Archives is providing online indexes. stagecoaches.html Love Memorial Library. A good genealogy collection. University of California.htm Nevada Historical Society. oral histories. miners. Go to the “Selected Genealogy Resources” webpage at: www. Part of the state of Nevada’s Department of Cultural Affairs.lib. subjects. Through the Department of Cultural Affairs. Nebraska.mcpl.clan. Go to the “Genealogy and Local History Resources” webpage at: www. An excellent collection of Montana history. Nebraska. Special Edith Abbott Memorial Library. etc. With 60 million historic manuscripts.umt. folklore. University of Nebraska. range cattle industry. newspapers. North Independence Branch. 1860–1920.lib. Omaha. Grand Island. A good genealogy collection. names. plus special collections on Czechoslovakians. You will need to use the online catalog to find titles. Many manuscripts and histories not in Nebraska State Historical Society. Yellowstone tion of the Special Collections is at: www. Bozeman. Genealogy Department. including every-name indexes to Nevada’s federal and plains materials. The best collection of genealogical materials in the state. ne. Latvians. and state prison files.library. Reno. Go to the “Discover Nevada History” webpage at: http:// dmla. but a keyword search is useful: http:// catalog. and more. Special Collections. Nevada. Museum-Research Library. University of Nevada—Reno. libr/libs/spec Omaha Public Library. asp North Platte Public University of Montana Lincoln. This library has a complete set of all microfilmed federal censuses. lib.berkeley. and a great genealogy collection. A good genealogy collection. and more. all soundex and printed census indexes.nv.lib.omaha publiclibrary. Like a second state archives. Berkeley. 1790–1930. Montana. Access to catalog through Home Page: www.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 39 Mid-Continent Public Library. Visit the webpage for “Collections” and “Digital Collections” at: http://bancroft. Montana.nebraskahistory. histories. A good genealogy collection. Special Collections. Missoula. A description of the Special Collections section is at: www. Nebraska.unl.cgi? DB=local&PAGE=First Montana State University Library. Go to “A Guide to Genealogical Research at the Nebraska State Historical Society” at: www. but access to the manuscripts must be done through the library’s online Search the online catalog for subjects. A good genealogy collection for early Montana people. early trails. Department of Reference Services.html Nebraska Nebraska State Historical Society Library. and links to biographical indexes and marriage indexes. Search the online catalog at: http://catalog. refrence/la_pubs/ ordinary_people. military history.montana.nv. Montana. instruct/guides/genealogy. North Platte. Nevada. This library has substantial historical material about Nevada and other western states. George Armstrong Custer. the Bancroft Collection is outstanding for early Nevada Nevada State Library and Archives. Original county records. Reno.lib. California. and more. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: Gretchell Library. Nebraska. Special . and names.html Montana Montana Historical Society Library and Archives.

Santa Fe. Go to the “Tracing Your Ancestors: Genealogy” webpage at: www. ge- . Special Collections and Archives. Princeton. University of New Mexico. History darm/links/webcat/county. Original town and state records. New Mexico. and Western Americana Collections. Rutgers New Jersey Historical Society Library. The best overall genealogical collection for New England archives/genealogy. Town and county histories. Trenton. militia. New Hampshire. museumofnewmexico. Large manuscript collection.nh. Manuscripts. New Jersey. Clearly the best genealogy collection in the state. Manuscript collection is huge. New Hampshire Historical Society. state. state. Go to their webpage at: http:// elibrary. and specialized indexes to records. 1640–1770. Best collection of original county records from colonial period to today. New Jersey. Firestone Library. A good collection of genealogical materials. genealogies. censuses. photo archives. New Mexico. Special Collections Library. Newark. broadsides. Native Indians. genealogies.state.nj.sos. books. Albuquerque. county. The collection is as large as the State Archives. and more. New department/ New Hampshire State Library. This facility has nearly as much genealogical and biographical material as the State Library. censuses.html New York New York State Archives. Go to the “Genealogists’ Guide” webpage at: www. Go to the “History and Genealogy Section” webpage at: www. New Brunswick. Cultural nhsl/history/index. Visit the “Genealogy & Local History Collection” webpage at: www. Concord. heavy on Spanish. Visit their Home Page at: www. Go to the “Tuck Library” webpage at: www. plus histories.html Harvey S.nmcpr.php The Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections. biographies. New Hampshire. New Mexico.nm.html New Mexico New Mexico State Archives (Archives and Historical Services Division.unm.jerseyhistory.princeton. and vital records. Original territorial. New York. newspapers. and early Anglo records. historic maps. early Mexican. Go to: www. Genealogical resources are in the rare books. Original colonial. Princeton University. Albuquerque. Visit the “Researching Your Family at the New Hampshire State Archives” webpage at: www. Virtually every published history and genealogy for New Hampshire. Go to the “Special Collections Library” webpage: www.shtml New Hampshire State Archives. maps.html New Jersey New Jersey State Archives.libraries. and New Jersey State Library. New Jersey. New Mexico. Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts.40 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE New Hampshire Tuck Library. New Jersey. Trenton. Concord. Massachusetts. Go to the “Genealogical Resources” webpage at: www. rare books. Boston.cabq. Bibles. church records. provincial New Jersey biographies.nh. Santa Fe. colonial Spanish and Mexican papers. Many are unpublished genealogies of New England families. Genealogy/index. Visit the “County Government Records” webpage at: Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Library System. census.newenglandancestors.htm New England Historic Genealogical Society Library. and county records. histories. and town records.html Museum of New Mexico.rutgers. Albany. newspapers.html Alexander Library. State Records Center and Archives). The largest genealogical collection in the state. family New Hampshire. Go to the “Department and Collections” webpage at: www.nhhistory. and original rul/libs/scua/genealogy/genealogy.

cnyhistory. Very large collection of unpublished manuscript genealogies. county records. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. Go to the “Family Records in the New York State Archives” webpage at: www. Fonda. Fredonia. rare books. Durham. North Carolina. Chapel Hill.nysed. New York. this facility has an outstanding collection of books. Irish in America. Syracuse. Original manuscripts of county court records from all counties.unc. us/archives/records.newyorkfamilyhistory. the records in this facility are Albany County Hall of Records.dcr. Genealogy and local history collection is one of the best in the gr/genealog.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 41 nealogies. html New York State Library. The best collection of State Library of North Carolina. North Carolina. Access the online catalog at: http:// luceweb.fredonia.. and much more. New York. Raleigh.html Perkins Library. the Holland Land Company granted patents of land to individuals from 1789– 1835. A great collection of published genealogical resources. and genealogies. Many of the original land records are in this facility.lib. and much more for both colonial and federal eras. and genealogies for North Carolina. New York. New For western New York and a large part of northwestern Pennsylvania. php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=10 North Carolina North Carolina State Archives. New York. North Carolina. Go to the “NYG&B Library” webpage at: www. New York. New York. Visit the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. Wilson Library.htm New York Public Library.nysed.nysl. Albany. Duke University. Go to the “Family History and Genealogy Resources in the North Carolina Collection” webpage at: www. and many manuscripts. and much more. Archives & Special Collections. Visit their website at: www. Albany. Visit the “Archives & Special Collections” webpage to access these collections at: http://ww3. Visit the “Research Center Holdings” webpage at: www. Perhaps the largest historical manuscript collection in the South. Go to the “Genealogical Research in North Carolina” webpage at: http://statelibrary.htm North Carolina Collection. town and village records. also has extensive newspaper Go to the “Types of Records Available at the North Carolina State Archives” webpage at: www. Featuring tax histories. State University of New In the same building as the State Archives. this facility has indexes to original records from the early 1600s. North Carolina.duke.shtml family folders on the East Coast. and sundry colonial records.htm . Operated by the Albany County Clerk’s office and the City of Collections/tabid/85/Default.state. New York. New York.ah. North Carolina history. journals. University of North Carolina.lib. including references to families moving into old Albany County during the colonial period (Albany County once included all of upper New York and all of Vermont).org/ Montgomery County Department of History & Archives Library.dcr. Many original census records were transferred to this facility from the National Archives. Local history and Seneca Indians databases are here as A very large family folder collection and an extensive genealogical collection. Visit their website for detailed information about the resources available: www. and more.htm New-York Historical Society Library. Revolutionary War soldiers’ papers.state. genealogy/guide. Cultural Center. biographies. Old Courthouse.html Reed Library. New York. New York. They estimate over 10. Go to the “Genealogical Research at The New York Public Library” webpage at: www. As an early New York county which covered much of upstate New York. Bible records. periodicals. plus it has newspapers.000 researchroom/rr_family.aspx New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Onondaga Historical Association Research Center. a collection so large the Archives has not been able to catalog it all. with biographies.

Columbus. biographies.nodak. This is also a library with a unique national index to millions of American households. Grand Forks. Located in the Red River Valley (first settled by French trappers in the 1670s). journals. and much more.state.sdhistory.oh. State Archives and Historical Research Library. North Dakota. html Western Reserve Historical Society and North Dakota. homesteads. homesteads. Cincinnati. OGS is the largest state genealogical society in America. and several databases online. See the “Genealogical Resources” links at their website: www. farming. family folders. Pioneer files. Oral histories. Collection includes many original manuscripts. Ohio.htm Alden Library. Pierre. Archives and Special Collections. Good genealogy collection. ndsu. Ohio. Bible records.library. See the entire list of resources at their “Genealogy” webpage: Visit the “Genealogical Records Available” webpage at: www. the historical collection here is centered around North and South Dakota as well as western index. and Shakers. land records. censuses. all in the South Dakota Archives. Library Square.html State Library of Ohio.lib. North Dakota. Columbus. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. and newspapers. Go to the “Family History and Genealogy Room” webpage at: www. black and ethnic.und. North Carolina.htm Ohio Genealogical Society Fargo. Genealogy arcgen. Focus on southeastern Ohio counties.cincinnati library. including traffic on rivers flowing into the Ohio. Focus on French-Canadians. genealogies. North Dakota State University. Review the resources at the “Biography & Genealogy Collections” webpage: www.rowan. Cleveland Materials accessible through their online catalog. Mansfield. State Archives. An excellent manuscript collection. Norwegians. University of North Dakota. with chapters representing all Ohio . Rowan County was the crossroads of North Carolina during the colonial period and comprised a large central area of the present state. biographies. including the Inland Waterways Library. and vital records. business records. death index. biographies. Salisbury. go to the “For Genealogists” webpage at: www. biographies. including histories. The Local History and Genealogy Department has many manuscripts. Civil HistoryRoom/html/genealogical_records. and early Ohio records.asp Institute for Regional Studies. Original records for old Dakota Territory. and biographies. local history. newspapers.ohiou. Go to the “Genealogy Research Guide” webpage at: www. Ohio.ohiohistory. diaries. Go to the “Genealogy Services” webpage at: http:// winslo. The Western Reserve was a region of Ohio settled by refugees of the Revolutionary War from the State of Connecticut. asp?id=148 South Dakota State Historical Society. naturalizations. The collection excels in American Revolution. Newspaper Vital Records Index. perhaps more for North Dakota counties of old Dakota Territory than can be found in North Dakota. Ohio University.htm Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. and more. Ohio. abolitionism.nd. and other genealogical sources at the State Archives. Bismarck. Athens. regional land records. visit the “Main Library—History and Genealogy” webpage at: www. with original records of Ohio River boat traffic from Pittsburgh to the Falls of the Ohio (Louisville). For access to the Naturalization Records Index.html Chester Fritz Library. Newspaper Database. Anyone with Ohio ancestors needs to join this society. Ohio. slavery. A very large genealogy county histories. Ohio. For a good description of the genealogical resources archlib/ North Dakota North Dakota Heritage Center. Archives/Library.42 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Rowan Public Library.wrhs. Cleveland. including church records. South Dakota.htm Ohio Ohio Historical

Norman.cfm Oregon State Library. For a good review of the types of guides available and access to the online databases.okpls. vital records. Go to the “Oregon History Project” webpage at: www. Oregon. family folders. guides/genealogy/ Grace M. Civil War. Excellent photograph collection of early Oregon people. manuscripts. Portland. genealogies. Indian-Pioneer History Collection. and vital records.html Lawton Public Library. Manuscripts. mining. state.ogs. biographies. territorial and state censuses. and a statewide index to all Oklahoma Territory Tract Books (public land buyers).us/library/genealogy.sos. biographies. Two excellent books related to Ohio history and land development are Along the Ohio Trail and The Official Ohio Lands Book.asp?id=23 Knight Library. Volunteers from the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society provide help to researchers. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. but the Oregon History Project is an online resource tool that leads to various records available. Indian. Oregon. including Land Donation Claims for early Oregon Territory pioneers. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. Columbus. A project to index these records is well under way. All Oregon counties represented with original naturalizations. Go to the “Publications” webpage at: www. cattle trails. name.ok.auditor. and indexes to records. go to the “Genealogy Records” webpage: http:// arcweb. Pickens Public Library. Visit their Home Page at: University of Oregon. Oregon. plus remote access to the HeritageQuest Online databases. Access to the records. military records.html . A great genealogy collection. You must use the online catalog to find a particular Original historical manuscripts. biographies. including an outstanding biographical card index to early Oregon people mentioned in books. or subject. Oklahoma Historical Society). Ohio State Auditor’s Office. military. giving in-person and/or remote access to the catalog and other Internet services.shtml Bizzell Memorial Library. Oregon. County and state records. is via a library card only. probate records.holdenvillepl. OGS also has a website which allows members to access several online databases. and more.multcolib. the place where land sales in America first began.cityof. Salem. oil production.htm Oklahoma Oklahoma History Center (Research Division.oh. University of Oklahoma. county records.state. This new facility (April 2006) is really two state archives: one for Native Americans and one for the early Anglo settlers of Oklahoma. Descriptions of the various collections and direct links to each section can be found at the “Researching Oklahoma History” webpage at: www.htm Oregon Historical Society Library. but start at a special webpage for helping genealogists located at: http://libweb. and more. Oklahoma. and newspaper articles. This office is the official repository of records of public land sales in Ohio. OSL/Genealogy.ou. histories. with the largest book collection of Oklahoma genealogies. both available at this website as downloadable PDF files. org/ Oregon Oregon State Archives. newspapers. Many original diaries and journals from Oregon Trail families. plus periodicals. Go to the “John and Mary Nichols Collection” webpage at: education/oregonhistory/index. Holdenville. The catalog is online.lawton. Eugene. with many records relating to the Five Civilized Tribes (and Delawares) removed to Indian Territory. Ohio.or. family folders. Special Portland. This is the starting place for Oklahoma research. Oklahoma. Oklahoma. A great Native-American records collection.okhistory.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 43 counties. Multnomah County Library. Oregon. A review and history of the library is at: www. Enough manuscript and printed materials to qualify as Oregon’s state archives.ohs. and the online Oregon Historical Records Index is accessible at their website. maps. Membership allows library access to a large collection of family folders. censuses. An outstanding genealogical collection. Go to the “Genealogy Research” webpage for more information: http://oregon. Oklahoma City. Lawton. local newspapers from 1901.

an ambitious project to scan images and index original records is well under way. Philadelphia. The State Archives does have a website. each with a link to an explanatory page.state.usgenweb.asp Rhode Island Rhode Island State Archives. Largest genealogical library in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library. Library Archives Department.phmc. something you will not find at the State Archives website. A great genealogy/local history section. Oregon. Providence. An excellent place to locate the early settlers of Pennsylvania. Historical and genealogical coverage is excellent for the colonial period. A website for the Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board (www.” Germantown Historical Society. Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center. this is the best place to find a reference to your ancestors. Genealogy and Local History Collection. They try to send you to other places. Pennsylvania. A Rhode Island USGenWeb site is also useful for understanding what records are available: www. Pennsylvania. Harrisburg. must be done in person ($5. Library and Archives. Click on “Genealogy/ Local History.state. Check out the “Ready Reference” service described at their “Research Services” webpage. using the word “genealogy” at this facility is frowned upon. go to the “Library and Archives” webpage at: www.german townhistory.htm In addition.sohs. Pennsylvania. Harrisburg.htm Southern Oregon Historical Society. Philadelphia. probably the worst state archives website (for genealogists) of all 50 states.html#state) at least has an overview of the types of records a genealogist may find at the State Archives. go to the “Library” webpage at: www.statelibrary. including a card file for every Pennsylvania soldier of the Civil War. including The first set of records are mostly military name lists. A very good genealogical library. Go to the “Research Guides” webpage at: http://library. Statelocal. Go to the “Research Library” webpage: www.44 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Genealogical Forum of Oregon Library. and any research here. If the genealogical query is limited to “do you have this or that thing?” they may answer you for free.gfo. New Jersey.state. The original records of the published Pennsylvania Archives series are here. Go to the “Family History & Genealogy” webpage at: www. Visit the ARIAS webpage at: www. Go to: www. There is no online catalog. For a review of the resources here. Virtually every Palatine German immigrant to Pennsylvania can be identified in this collection. or the National Archives. Original records of early Quakers. The new digital archives is called ARIAS (Archives Records Information Access System).us/bah/dam/rg/index.state. pa. because there is virtually no help for a genealogist. Go to the “Record Groups” webpage at: www. For a review of its holdings go to the “Collections” webpage at: www. Portland. Pennsylvania. but Welsh Quakers and Scotch-Irish immigrants. Earliest Rhode Island records for all towns and counties for colonial and federal eras. Rhode Island. The Pennsylvania State Archives’ holdings are named and listed in 79 record Pennsylvania. the materials relate not only to Germans. Rhode Germans. For early pioneers in southern taxonomy. covering western Pennsylvania and eastern A huge genealogical collection. Newport. fully indexed.00 a day for non-members).htm Newport Historical Society Library. like the Family History Library.asp?NavID=43 For the colonial period.rihs.aspx ?id=122 State Library of Pennsylvania. But there is some hope. and church records. and other colonial settlers in Penn’s colonies. Rhode Island.digitalarchives. . For a look at the Library and Archives of the Historical Society of Western Medford. Scotch-Irish. RootsWeb. Pittsburgh. and pghhistory. Although this may be Rhode Island’s largest collection of genealogical materials. Bible records.ri.html Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Archives. Rhode Island Historical Society Library.hsp. Oregon. or suggest that genealogists hire an independent researcher.

sdln. histories.cfm South Caroliniana Visit the “Heritage Room” webpage: http://ampl. library. including genealogies. Columbia. Go to the “Special Collections” webpage at: www.html South Carolina South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Massachusetts.” (Never trust a librarian who can’t spell “genealogical” correctly. There are numerous published guides and finding aids. South Dakota. visit the Home Page for more information at: www. State Archives. Charleston. Review the collections of value to genealogists at their “Special Collections” webpage: maps. and more. a considerable amount of local and state geneological farming. newgenealre. Kingston. and more. vital records. Colonial immigrant records. as well as a substantial general collection of fiction. Worcester.rootsweb. The Janie Revill Collection covering the colonial and federal eras of South Carolina is outstanding and well indexed.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 45 southern part of the state. go to the “Genealogy Resources” webpage at: www.sciway. Aberdeen. Columbia. Charleston Library Society. Charleston. collections. South Carolina.americanantiquarian. county school archives. the South Carolina State Archives has one of the best. and digital archives library/socar/mnscrpts/index2. books.usd. homesteads. Germans from Russia. Go to the “Biography and Genealogy” webpage at: http:// newporthistorical. and more.htm South Dakota South Dakota State Historical frame. business. diaries.htm . If the Rhode Island State Archives has one of the worst websites (for genealogists). South Dakota. early newspapers. This is a premier genealogical collection for all of South Carolina.html#gene Sumter County Genealogical Society Library. biographies. with a good genealogy collection relating to early Rhode Island and more. Sumter. and children’s South Carolina. and genealogies. church records. South Carolina. early newspapers. go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. Manuscripts. Newspaper Database. and the repository for the American Family Records Association American Antiquarian Society Library.htm South Carolina Historical Society Library. and the best historical manuscript collection for the entire state.htm Weeks Library. town histories. Rhode Island. genealogies. South South Dakota. University of South Dakota.htm University of Rhode Island Library. For access to the Naturalization Records Index. Check out their Alexander Mitchell Public Library. including histories.htm#Biography%20 and%20Genealogy website at: www. University of South Carolina. church.schistory. An outstanding collection for South Carolina and the South. A membership library with a good collection of genealogical Colonial records. original county records. Newspaper Vital Records Index. Indians. go to the “For Genealogists” webpage at: www. A good collection of South Dakota history. South Carolina. Go to the society’s Home Page at www. Review the many manuscript collections available at the “Manuscripts Division” webpage at: www. biographies. gazetteers. non-fiction. A description of the library’s resources from the “About the CLS” webpage states: “The Library’s resources include original Charleston and South Carolina Newspapers. histories. journals. ethnic.) In any case. Original records for old Dakota Territory and modern South Dakota. Pierre. For an excellent review of the types of records where you will most likely find evidence of a South Carolina ancestor. For a description of the genealogical materials. and other genealogical sources at the State Archives. References to virtually all of the earliest South Carolina families can be found here. genealogy. government documents.uri. Original Rhode Island town records. atlases. Click on “Explore our Collections” for a review of the archives.sdhistory.

tennessee. Includes the Natchez Trace Collection of Mississippi.htm Eugene Knoxville. genealogies.lib.tx. Original manuscripts for Spanish Texas. Houston. and records of Tennessee’s Confederate soldiers. McClung Historical Collection. The largest family folder file collection in the Upper South. biographies.lib. Dallas.lib. Chattanooga. county histories. “A Brief Guide to Genealogical Materials in the Local History and Genealogy Department. Tennessee. Also. Native Americans (especially Cherokees).hpl. Library card holders have remote access to ProQuest and HeritageQuest Online.html Clayton cgc. Nashville.lib. Links to “Materials in the Collection” and “Electronic Resources” can be accessed from the McClung webpage at: http:// knoxcounty.state. Texas. Research and Collections Division. private collections.chattanooga. Tennessee. Dallas Public Library is available as a PDF download.utexas. Republic of Texas.hpl. ethnic. and an outstanding collection. and South Carolina families. Mexican Texas. Visit the webpage. all counties represented with original records. and Texas pioneers.htm Texas Texas State Library and Archives. For links to resource categories go to the “History and Genealogy” webpage at: www.html University of Tennessee Library. books. Go the Clayton Library Home Page and “Explore” the main research collections: www.tsl. church records. Austin. Watertown. including New England. Newspapers. with records for more than Texas.htm Tennessee Genealogical Society Library. the “Frequently Asked Questions” webpage is well done and answers most questions anyone would have about this great library. Go to the “Searching Aids” webpage at: www.” at: www. This is an outstanding collection of historical reference material. Tennessee. Barker Texas History Texas. html .us/arc/genfirst. South Dakota.html Dallas Public Library. original county records. Mid-Atlantic. and more. maps. Tennessee. Tennessee.tx. Manuscripts.php Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library. Knoxville.tngs.html#faq1 Tennessee Tennessee State Library and Archives. The genealogy/local history collection is outstanding. Texas. Memphis. biographies. heavy on early Tennessee. Center for Genealogical Research (branch of Houston Public Library). genealogies.tx.htm Knox Public Library. and more.46 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Watertown Regional Library. newspapers. and the index. including public records. A good genealogical reference library. and the State of Texas. You can access the “Clayton FAQs” webpage directly at: www. Great genealogical searchms. river traffic. There is a rivalry between the Clayton Library and the Dallas Public Library over which is the largest genealogy library in Texas. A very good genealogy collection. Louisiana. A 19-page Guide to Research: Genealogy Section. gov/localHist/guide. Austin. To an outsider it depends on which collection gives you the most information about your ancestors.sdln. An outstanding genealogical faqs. Go to the “Genealogy Resources Available at Our Library” webpage at: www. This historical collection for the Old Southwest includes an index to East Tennessee families. Go to the “Reference Links” webpage at: http://watweb. Calvin M. North Carolina. Special One of America’s best places to do genealogical research—a beautiful modern facility just for genealogists. Go to the “Research Resources” webpage at: www. Genealogy Section. federal records. The Genealogy Section of this library is one of the best in the country. Historical collection nearly as large as the state library/archives. For an overview of the collection and a link to the Guide. and more. including Texas vital records. Go to the “Guide to the Manuscripts Collections” webpage at: www. biographies. University of Texas. go to the Genealogy Section’s Home Page at: http://dallaslibrary.

Links to “Genealogy Links” and “History Links” are at the Main Page: www. Mexico.glo. and Scandinavian countries. Kentucky. Use the Harrison County TXGenWeb site for more Harrison County Historical Museum.drtl. and surname lists. with materials relating to all states and countries. In fact. and genealogical references to virtually every pioneer who came to Utah Territory before 1869.htm Pioneer Memorial Museum.usu. Ireland. Utah State center/index. Website: www. Logan. colonization. Texas. Salt Lake City. An outstanding collection of family folders. Austin. The home of the Southeast Texas Genealogical Society and a special collection of historical materials relating to early migrations into Texas via Tennessee. Go to the “History Department” webpage at: www. Salt Lake City. early settlements. This facility has many of the records the Utah pioneers brought with them: Bibles. International Society—Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Marshall. photographs. Texas. Specializing in the colonial Mexican-Texas era and resources from the Republic of Texas. Salt Lake City. and State of Texas. counties. Archives and Records Division. journals. Brigham Young University. Texas. plus an excellent array of materials from Canada. but not known as well because of the dominance of the Salt Lake library.cityofbeaumont. To review the collection and online databases go to BYU’s “Family History/Genealogy Resources” webpage at: www.html Merrill-Cazier . Scotland.lib. San Antonio. Utah. diaries. and Louisiana families. Utah. Contact information and a description of the genealogical collection are under the City of Beaumont’s “Libraries. All Texas land grants from the Spanish era. The best collection in which the western “Mountain Men” can be identified and traced (Archives of Society of American Range). The largest genealogical library in the world. then linking the indexed books to the FHL catalog entries in Salt Lake City.uta. well Tyrrell Historical Library. Go to http://history. Resources/ Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library.S. This library may have the key to locating many early Texas. Arlington.html Utah Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.dupinternational. Missouri.byu. England. and Louisiana. go to the “Research Resources” webpage at: http://library.familysearch. A great manuscript collection similar to UT-Austin. Utah. Provo. go to the “Research. Texas. edu/Specol/index. Pioneer records include mining. Beaumont. Wales.state. Republic of Texas. Recreation and Convention Facilities” webpage at: www. Marshall. Copying. Germany. the collection contains information from county courthouses for virtually all U.tx. Texas was a Confederate center during the Civil War. Hughes Research Center Library. family journals. A very fine “Utah History Research Center” webpage tells everything you’ll need to know about the collection. With over two million rolls of microfilm. Visit the “Special Collections” webpage at: http://library. and Other Services” webpage at: www. Largest Family History Center outside Salt Lake City. Arkansas. the BYU Genealogy Department is preparing online indexes. Utah. letters. Mormons. History of Texas Public Lands.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 47 Texas General Land Office.utah. edu/fslab/ Click on any of the following: Genealogy Name Searches Researching Texas Land Grants History of Texas Public Lands Copy Services Translation of Spanish Documents Certification Copies of Maps Abstract of Original Land Titles University of Texas at Arlington Library. Go to: www. letters.htm Utah State Historical Society. diaries. To see what records and services are available. this is a good collection of genealogical reference material. To review the location and types of records available. and many records not found anywhere else relating to Utah. Lee Library. This is an excellent genealogical research library.

militia lists.48 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Vermont Vermont Historical Society Library. Early Connecticut. University of Virginia. birth records. Richmond. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: American Antiquarian Society Library.htm webpage at: www. Many scanned manuscripts of this library are now available private.S. Operated by the Albany County Clerk’s office and the City of Albany. Vermont. New York. naturalizations.htm Bailey-Howe Memorial Library. family Bibles. go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. This facility has 900 index drawers indexing 10 million documents relating to the Old Dominion. A large genealogical collection.virginia. Visit the “Welcome to The Bennington Museum Library” webpage at: www. Vermont. and military records. tax lists. At the Digital Archives site is the Historic Records Search. Original county Alderman Library. vital records. including references to families moving into old Albany County during the colonial period (Albany County once included all of upper New York and all of Vermont).hrl. Olympia. Go to the “Special Collections at the Bailey-Howe Library” webpage at: http://bailey. histories. and more. colonial America’s most heavily traveled migration route. New York. Civil War. Harrisonburg. Washington State Library. Bennington Museum. From Philadelphia to Roanoke. biographies. including Virginia.htm Handley Regional Library. and newspapers.jmu. The library’s catalog is online. histories. West Virginia. Each facility has good online descriptions of the resources they hold. Virginia.asp?p=76 Carrier biographies. Worcester. death records.vermont index. Charlottesville. Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. including colonial. genealogy. Washington. Go to the “Special Collections” webpage at: www. Go to www. and Kentucky.lib. territorial-state-federal censuses. Go to the “Family & Local History” webpage at: www. Montpelier.lib. this is a good source for locating a migrating German or Scotch-Irish family.aspx Washington Office of the Secretary of State. University of Vermont. Burlington. Vermont. Special Collections. Go to the “Genealogical Research” . including family Bible records. bounty lands. an online index to many millions of names from original marriages. Richmond. Vermont local histories. Virginia. newspapers. oral and more. This library is best known for its outstanding newspaper collection. There are numerous references to Vermont. Go to the “Search the Digital Archives” Virginia The Library of Virginia. Virginia. Albany. Visit their website for detailed information about the resources available: www.lib.secstate.benningtonmuseum. Virginia State Library and Archives.aspx Virginia Historical Society Library. A very large collection relating to the people who traveled the Great Valley Road of Virginia. Virginia.vahistorical. poll lists.uvm. alone there are over 18. James Madison University. For a description of the genealogical materials. and Vermont records. direct links to the Washington State Archives. and original manuscripts. documents.state. newspapers. Go to the “Genealogical Research in Vermont” webpage at: www. and state records.htm Bennington Museum Library. Virginia. An outstanding research center for locating early Vermont people.html Albany County Hall of Records. edu/primary. A very large genealogical collection. this facility has indexes to original records from the early 1600s. and the Washington State Digital Archives. Go to the “Primary Source Collections” webpage at: www. Bennington.000 bound volumes of newspapers from 1704 to 1820. services. This library has an excellent historical collection relating to the region and a good genealogy reference library. Massachusetts. For the U. representing the single largest collection of extant American newspapers for that period.

Seattle. Visit this site for a complete description: www. This library holds the famous “Draper Largest manuscript collection in the state. Cheyenne. Laramie County genealogy/ Niobrara County Library. Go to the “Genealogy & Special Collections” webpage at: www.lib. libraries. pioneers. Tacoma.wshs.spl. Genealogy Collection.lclsonline. Research Center. and more. with finding aids listed online at: www. Washington. and more. Wyoming. West Virginia.wvculture. Charleston. Wyoming. and much more. Cheyenne. Visit the webpage for the “Pacific Northwest Collection” at: www. Wisconsin. biographies. Cultural Center. particularly for German immigrants. West Virginia University Library. Seattle. land bookmark. Morgantown. Virginia. Go to the “Special Collections” webpage at: www. Madison. The Pacific Northwest and Alaska coverage is outstanding. University of Wisconsin— Milwaukee. West Virginia West Virginia Archives and History Division Library. Washington. Most of the Draper interviews were with old settlers of the Appalachian Click on the “Genealogical Sources” link for a downloadable PDF file with a good description of the genealogy resources available. Largest book collection in the state. and one of America’s best map collections.rootsweb. cattlemen. University of Washington. The area of presentday West Virginia was part of Virginia from 1607– 1863.aspx Wisconsin Wisconsin Historical Society Library.” a large collection of interviews. West Virginia and Regional History Collection. The best manuscript collection in the state. Research Library.uwm. Wisconsin. wisconsinhistory. State Library and Archives. Go to the “Genealogy Corner” at: www. Lusk.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 49 webpage at: www. biographies.html The Library of Virginia.cfm?Category=12 Seattle Genealogical Society. Milwaukee.wy.digitalarchives. West Virginia. Seattle Public Library. Go to the “Reference Research and Historical Photos” webpage at: http://wyoarchives. Largest family folder collection in the state.html Golda Meir Library.wa. A great historical collection. tax records. Seattle.wvu. The best manuscript collection in the state. Wyoming. Washington. The library’s catalog is online at: www. For an online obituary index go to: Visit the “Research Library” webpage at: www. The library is cleverly located across the street from the regional National Archives branch on Sand Point Way. farmers. government documents. Wisconsin. and a good surname collection. Richmond. plus censuses. A very good genealogy . Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: Libraries/special/ Wyoming Wyoming State Archives Museum and Historical Department.niobrara Washington State Historical Society. At the library’s website no one would ever know that this is one of the best genealogy reference libraries on the West Coast. Many manuscripts. tax records. county histories.mpl. asp?pageID=collection Milwaukee Public default. and histories of early aids. Original manuscripts. photographs. genealogies.htm Suzzallo Library. See the Virginia listing. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. Milwaukee.

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and a recommended buy list of the best genealogy reference books. This is a small group of professional researchers with a good track record for finding lost ancestors. including several published authors. Their website is located at: www. Lineages provides several individual search packages. And the first time you leave your computer and head for a library you will be subjecting yourself to this addiction. This is an agency for professional genealogists. heir and estate researchers. They will take on any genealogical project. Inc. or have your research project assigned to any of the available professionals. Sandy. or country of interest in your request and see a list of professionals available who specialize in that area.Research Help for the Addicted OK. There is no end to it. Lineages. This addiction happens because the success of finding one ancestor always leads to the desire to find more ancestors. Research Help for the Addicted includes a list of professional research firms. But if spending $40–$60 an hour for professional help is not in your budget. You should have a solid genealogical project under way by now. or involved with driving trips to visit long lost relatives. This is the largest genealogical research firm in the country. translators.lineages. Utah. or library. Visit their website at: www. state. Professional Researchers Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). Visit their website at: www. In the near future you may find yourself in a cemetery. you’re almost set. One solution to this problem is to hire a professional genealogist to prepare your genealogy for you. Utah. at this point. You’ve gone through the seven steps. You can hire one by ProGenealogists. all of whom use the ProGenealogists service. online newsletters. Inc. and surveyed local resources available across the country.heritageconsulting. or libraries. large or 51 . Then you can smugly refer everyone to your successful genealogy project as “my Internet stuff” and never leave Heritage Consulting and Services. and create general havoc for people left at home while the genealogist is off exploring cemeteries. This firm’s success stories include family histories prepared for celebrities such as Bill Cosby and Johnny Carson.. Utah.. Salt Lake City. you can specify a certain county. there is a warning that must be issued: genealogy can be addictive. genealogy magazines. courthouse. APG has an online membership list and several aids in selecting a professional researcher. Visit the APG website at: www. Salt Lake City. Westminster. and lineage specialists. A non-profit organization. then you should probably feed the addiction by starting your own library. plus full genealogical projects under contract to individuals. However.apgen. military researchers. and you can’t get to the library to find that book you need. explored the Internet look-up sites. lead to arguments over frozen dinners instead of home-cooked meals. Colorado. They are essentially independent researchers who take on clients supplied by the service. With members drawn from all over the world. This hobby has been known to foster family fights.progenealogists.

com. Canada. this site provides genealogy news and research tips. and online data sources. with several short articles related to genealogical subjects in each issue. databases. Genealogy along with products in their marketplace. hosted by Kimberly Powell. Internet Genealogy. oral history. & Family/Genealogy. . Logan. scrapbooking. This is one of the many “how-to” sites of the major Internet service About. this may be the most popular online newsletter specific to genealogy. memoirs. and Marketplace.) Family Chronicle is a well-presented and colorful magazine. It is published in Canada but the articles seem to cater to an American Everton’s Genealogical Helper. Ltd.52 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Genealogy Magazines Family Tree Magazine..familytreemagazine. articles.) Since 1947. Family Tree Magazine does a good job in identifying the resources needed to discover and preserve a family history.. Ontario. etc.familychronicle. $32 CND. published six times per year by Everton Publishers. visit their website at: www. available as a print subscription magazine or available in full content Follows a Blog format and is updated daily. and search tools along with links to the newest sites.genealogyblog. They also offer subscriptionbased databases and newsletters. and an accessible archive for thousands of subjects for past years. Utah. One issue per year lists the names and addresses for all known genealogical societies in the U.00.everton. published six times per year by Ancestry. book reviews. (One-year subscription: $24.) Regular columns include: Ethnic Sources Step-by-Step: Family History Made Easy. Follows the Blog format. Databases.about. new resources. Inc.html Online Genealogy Newsletters & Blogs Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. (One-year subscription: $27.ancestry. This is a mass-market. news. Go to: http:// blog. Go to: www. with discussions on the latest events in the genealogy world. Another does the same thing for genealogical libraries. Cincinnati. Memberships. Visit their website at: www. and b/magazine. asp?productid=1561&shopid=0 GenealogyBlog. Inc. this replaces Ancestry Daily News. Hosted by Richard Eastman. Utah. focus on fundamentals of research that are often overlooked Technology and latest technology trends impacting family history research Internet—discover and master the myriad emerging resources available online Book View—discover new publications that can help you in your ancestral research Case Study—readers reveal their “brick walls” and how they got around them. For more information on both magazines. (One-year subscription: $24. beginner-friendly genealogy magazine found on the magazine racks of most supermarkets in America.. published six times per year by F+W Publications. instructions and advice for beginners Research Cornerstones. This specialized portal provides original articles. a well-known Boston genealogist. Provo. The Home Page has links to News and Information. Go to the “Genealogy” site at: http:// genealogy..) It covers several areas of interest to family history enthusiasts. North About. Moorshead has also launched a companion magazine. the magazine has undergone major Subscribe to this magazine at “The Shops@ Ancestry. In the classic Blog Ancestry Magazine.95. Go to Ancestry’s free “Learning Center” at: published six times per year by Moorshead Magazines. and historical travel. including ethnic heritage.” Family Chronicle. More recently.ancestry. Launched in April 2006. and it is now filled with articles rather than Ancestry’s Weekly Newsletter and Blog. The Helper has been the genealogy magazine with the largest number of subscribers—chiefly a place for classified ads placed by researchers looking for other genealogists working on the same surnames. A subscription newsletter with in-depth coverage is also available. Go to: www. family reunions. General genealogy topics.genealogytoday. Ohio. Visit their website at: www.00. (One-year subscription: $27 US.

once it arrived. by Val D. There are certain things I find easier to understand in the Red Book. and details are easy to find. The selected list of books below represents the very best reference books currently available. including Barnes and Noble and Amazon. edited by Alice Eichholz. Publisher’s description: “The Red Book is the culmination of several years’ worth of research on the part of scholars. bibliographies of published sources.Research Help for the Addicted • 53 The Top 20 Reference Books for Genealogists Soon after entering the search for your ancestors. I realized that there is some very different information between the two. and not just to confirm info from the Handy Book. I received an offer for the purchase of the Red Book at a discount and jumped on it. marking the first revision of this seminal The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists: The Essential Guide to American County and Town Sources. This is the leading text on the subject of genealogy and the text of choice at every college-level genealogy course in the U. historical overviews. or purchased as the book plus a CD-ROM of the entire book. The information is more current [than the Handybook].” The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. I have a second source to confirm the first. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State. (Provo. Excerpts from a critical review by the American Library Association: “Arranged alphabetically by in celebration of an impressive 15 years in print. Librarians will want to add this new tool to their collections. libraries. Compared with other books. such as the Red Book. actually. Inc. Ancestry. where reduced prices may be found as well. it covers every aspect of the subject. the format for the local records sources is easier on the eyes.. This book is. and the reasonable price makes it easy to justify the overlapping information. Now. Inc. parent is unveiling a new third edition. such as the existence of independent cities and townships whose records might not be in county-based sources. where the text and maps are viewable and searchable for any word. The top twenty genealogy reference books are as follows: work since 1992. history book. and address book—the most comprehensive guide available for family history research. All are available directly from the publisher. I find myself reaching for this book time after time. 11th edition (Logan. Web site. [Also includes] tips. including critical dates. Most of these titles are frequently listed at eBay. simply put. information about special repositories. parish and town-hall contacts. and if I ever question information in one. This edition can be purchased as a printed book.” Comment from a reviewer: “I purchased this book by accident. 3rd edition. where one can sometimes find a used copy for a bargain price. However. Red Book consistently ranks high on the ‘must-have’ lists of several well-known genealogy publications. phone number. an advantage for users of The Handybook is the layout of the county lists. With over one million copies in print. a quest for more information begins. only to realize later what I had done. and the methods and tools for locating more information about their ancestors. Many genealogists start to build a personal library to help identify sources. the chapters provide the expected information: maps showing current counties. I thought about returning it.. But all of these books are available from retailers all over the country. This latest release is the most extensive and expansive revision in years. 3rd edition. indispensable!” The Handybook for Genealogists. the research tips are quite pragmatic. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. I already had the Handy Book for Genealogists and considered the two to be too close in content to justify the expenditure. The Handybook has been the “Bible” for family history research for decades. UT: Ancestry. edited by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Erin Nevius (Cincinnati: Family Tree Books. maps by William Dollarhide. Each listing provides the date of establishment. There are updated descriptions of major record collections available in each state and addresses that help you go straight to the sources. and types of records kept and dates begun. They are well organized. Well written and well documented. The Handybook is an atlas. UT: Everton Publishers.S. 2006). This new 3rd edition incorporates the latest thinking on . Both are quite useful. 2000). after sitting down and doing a side-by-side comparison of the two books. and listings for county.. Arguably the finest reference ever compiled on United States research. historians and professional genealogists. County & Town Sources. Greenwood. 2004). Inc. not to mention the different perspective offered. address. 2005).

genealogical libraries. 1998). Luebking. Keeping abreast of the ever-increasing amount of new materials often proves difficult for even the seasoned researcher.S. death. the Map Guide clearly shows the modern county boundaries for every state as well as the contemporary boundaries as they appeared in each census year. and is a very comprehensive review of genealogical source materials. with black lines showing the older condition overlaid on the same map. It is enjoyable to study even when not seeking assistance on a problem somewhere between 1790 and 1920. and Printed Sources. and genealogical publishers and booksellers. we have a better guide to places where genealogical records are maintained today.g. or needs to be changed. obviously prepared with a great deal of work and care.. D. finding aids. vital records.). A fine line can be drawn between this publisher’s classic work. No. 2nd edition (Salt Lake City: Ancestry.” Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records. and updated information on the 1920 census. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy.” Map Guide to the U. 3rd edition. Meyerink (Provo. major U. or a seasoned expert who’s hit the proverbial “brick wall. With a wealth of knowledge packed into 840 pages. Thorndale and Dollarhide’s Map Guide is not only helpful for the assistance it provides. Inc. Hispanic. even if their own collections do not contain so many sources. 1): “Every once in a while a new book comes along which most genealogists should not be without. marriage and divorce records. Excerpt from Library Journal: “For those just beginning their family history research. birth. land and tax records. 1997). African-American. 64. military records. 1790–1920. lead a researcher in the best possible direction for further research. business and employment records. Kvasnicka (Washington. and other finding aids. 2000). and Jewish-American research. This is truly a wonderful book.. Learn where to find and how to use vital resources like: databases. indexes. The comparison may reveal areas not yet in a particular county for a particular census year and.S. specifically the relationship between computer technology (the Internet and CD-ROM) and the timeless principles of good genealogical research. The Source. Inc. While the first book defines and explains “original” records (e. By starting with a modern state map to locate a particular place. periodicals). begin with outlines of key concepts and sources to be discussed and end with helpful bibliographies. It also includes a new chapter on the property rights of women.C. Szucs and Sandra H.54 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE genealogy and computers. directories. If we have an understanding of the county boundary changes. by Anne Bruner Eales and Robert M. as a result. this is a required purchase for all libraries. Chapters.” The Source has the answers. and more. On all of its 393 maps. The National Archives contains a wealth of information about individuals whose names appear in census records.. many contributed by well-known genealogists. this new work addresses materials that have arisen from authors’ compilations and synthesis of the original data. atlases). court records. UT: Ancestry. It is well illustrated and well documented.. Librarians and researchers will appreciate the depth and detail of information provided. This work serves as a guide through the maze of published records for beginner and expert alike. Four sections include background information (how-to books. 1987). censuses. Little else has changed. Three appendixes provide information on CD-ROMs. it is also put together in a very scholarly manner. This is such a book. etc. the number and variety of printed sources can be overwhelming and confusing.: National Archives and Records Administration. ships’ passenger arrival . the Map Guide maps will vividly reveal the county boundary changes. military service and pension files. edited by Kory L. printed original records. (Vol. ensuring its value and usefulness for a long time to come. edited by Loretto D. church records. because the basics of genealogy remain timeless and immutable. Inc. Additional chapters focus on tracking ethnic origins using immigration records and other resources for Native-American. Whether you’re a brand new genealogist trying to figure out where to begin. Excerpt from a review in The American Genealogist Guide To Genealogical Research in the National Archives of the United States. a revised chapter on the evaluation of genealogical evidence. This is done with a gray and white background showing the modern condition. by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. census records. 1790–1920.. and cemetery records. This reference covers genealogical source materials in great detail. Federal Censuses. and compiled records (family histories.

Like a national yellow pages for genealogists.. by Christina K. and more. and the author’s treatment of this little-understood concept is nothing short of brilliant. 1996). Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian. The validity of any piece of evidence cannot be analyzed if its source is unknown. passenger arrivals. land records. miscellaneous records. this A– Z directory of family associations provides addresses. In successful genealogical research these two practices are inseparable. contact persons. and databases.. e-mail addresses. African Americans. DAR Library. and one-name societies.. by E. This unique book provides the family history researcher with a reliable standard for both the correct form of source citation and the sound analysis of evidence. Directory of Family Associations. This book is a guide to state and territorial censuses and the repositories where they are now located. genealogical societies. phone numbers. addresses. Inc. each with a number of chapters: 1) Population and Immigration Records include censuses. For family historians who want to do their own study.. Since land records are more complete and go back further in time than any other type of record. Washington. Lecturers. Editors. and civilian government employees. and many other types of documents of interest to both beginning and experienced genealogists. Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers. surname registries. 2001). Bureau of Land Management. bounty land warrants. 1992). 5th edition (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. it describes the standards. giving names. a researcher’s chance of locating a person in land records is greater than any other genealogical source. Citing a worthless source is an effort that produces worthless results. and cartographic records. periodicals. historical societies. 4th edition (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc.. but it is not enough. by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Summed up in a few choice sentences from the introduction: “Successful research—research that yields correct information with a minimum of wasted time and funds—depends upon a sound analysis of evidence. booksellers.. This book describes the records of public domain land.C. pensions. FAX numbers. newspaper columns. professional bodies. Writers. this book puts you in touch with all the key sources of genealogical information.. and Librarians. Inc.. religious organizations and archives. Lainhart (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. 3) Records Relating to Particular Groups include those concerning civilians during wartime. Native Americans. homesteads. vital records offices.” The Genealogist’s Address Book. the local LDS Family History Centers.Research Help for the Addicted • 55 lists. For hobbyists. by Elizabeth Petty Bentley. D. government agencies.. phone numbers.. records of the District of Columbia. merchant seamen. Library of Congress. archives. Schaefer (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Source citation is fundamental. and naturalizations.. reunion committees. is home to the largest body of accessible research materials in the world. volunteers. reliably. 1997). and other records. publishers. and other pertinent information for more than 16. State Census Records. and names of contact persons. will aid family researchers in the National Archives I & II. services. Professional Genealogy is a manual by professionals for everyone serious about genealogy. state land grants. Inc. The volume is divided into four sections. by Ann S. and 4) Other Useful Records encompass land records. and medical scientists who seek professional researchers. naval and marine service. attorneys. Censuses taken by the states are different from those taken by the federal government and often stand as excellent substitutes for missing federal censuses or as finding aids for periods between federal censuses.500 libraries. Inc. by Elizabeth Petty Bentley. This book identifies the resources that . websites. business hours. and more.. Maps of the public domain as divided by the Government Land Office are very helpful. Inc. 2001). 2) Military Records explore records of the regular army.. claims records. 2005). Based on responses to questionnaires sent to family associations. research centers. Wade Hone (Salt Lake City: Ancestry. it’s a consumer’s guide that de- The Center: A Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Capital Area. special interest groups. edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Land and Property Research in the United States. Inc. private land sales. 1997).

. is to train the researcher in this new methodology. and how to access these records. The purpose of this book. 1993). researching military records. Arlington.. Inc.. NGS description: “This book is designed to walk you through the process of creating your own genealogy web site. Creating a genealogy web site can be as simple or as complex as you like. For librarians who struggle to help a whole new class of patrons. and minutiae of “history. The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy. Online Roots. this book will make your online search more effective and productive.. What are your chances of finding a record of your ancestor’s arrival in America? This book tells you what records are available in the National Archives for the major ports and for what time periods. 2003). VA. It won’t teach you how to write HTML or the ins and outs of every software program for genealogy or the web.” Topics covered include: judging your sources. Planting Your Family Tree Online: How To Create Your Own Family History Web Site. The book focuses on making a quality genealogy web site that will be the best research tool possible. Inc. ProGen explains the process. so newbies and veterans alike can benefit from this book. The companion web site was created for two reasons: to give owners of the book a current set of links for the online references listed in the book and to give owners of the book the ability to easily copy and paste the samples from the book. tional Genealogical Society. 2001). giving a detailed view of the records and the published sources available. finding clues to primary sources. poll books. and Your Genealogy Computer Program. by Mark D. 2003).” American Passenger Arrival Records: A Guide to the Records of Immigrants Arriving at American Ports by Sail or Steam. The book contains numerous addresses for web sites. therefore. Arlington. a combination so powerful that it has transformed the way we do genealogy. How to Discover Your Family’s History & Heritage with the Power of the Internet. checking modern lists and resources. by Karen Clifford (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. by Pamela Boyer Porter and Amy Johnson Crow (Rutledge Hill Press/ National Genealogical Society. civil and ecclesiastical court records. A manual for modern genealogy—designed for the beginner but useful even to the most seasoned researcher. It includes chapters that guide researchers to the records that are more difficult to find and use. and property records. NGS description: “Second in the new National Genealogical Society Guides series. it provides a bridge to the methods. tying the fundamentals of genealogical research to the infrastructure of computers and websites. the Internet. Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History. when an ancestor has a criminal record. It will help you assess the accuracy of what you find and help you get the most out of the Internet. but it will give you everything you need to make those programs work well within your plans for your site. VA.56 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE fines quality and facilitates choices. Herber. such as wills.. And for all those who dream of turning a fascinating hobby into a successful career. 2nd edition (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc. up-close and personal. by Michael Tepper (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. by Cyndi Howells (Rutledge Hill Press/Na- . as well as samples of HTML and e-mail messages to use during the process. The modern world of genealogy combines the traditional methods of research with the awesome power of computers and the Internet.” For established genealogical professionals. parish registers. This books guides the researcher through the substantial British archives. sources. and locating photographs on the web. 2006). it offers benchmarks by which they can advance their skills and place their businesses on sounder footing. analyzing each record and guiding the searcher to finding-aids and indexes..

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.If you’d like the book. Designed as a beginner’s guide. this little book will help you do it. If you ever wanted to trace your family online. THE AUTHOR William Dollarhide is the author of over ten books on genealogy and the editor of the popular magazine Genealogy Bulletin. Getting Started in Genealogy Online packs more clout than any 64 pages ever written on the subject of online genealogy. . See full description here . a durable print version is available from the publisher .

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