Genealogy Links and Electronic Helps

I regularly add links here:

Click on the Genealogy Links and Electronic Helps below (Some will only work with a Beloit Public Library card, or within Wisconsin):

 

         Beloit Public Library Databases:

– Search for these Links on Beloit Public Library’s               Homepage   “Beloitlibrary.org”                                                       (> “Discover, Investigate, Grow” > “Genealogy and Local History”):

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1. Heritage Quest:  Comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources

Heritage Questhttp://www.ancestryheritagequest.com/hqa

(Includes The U.S. Censuses)

 2. History Reference Center:

History Reference Center logo   Full-text history reference resource

3. EbscoHost:

EBSCOhost logoMilitary & Government Collection

Current news for all branches of the military and government

4. Wisconsin Historical Society Family History Records:

Wisconsin Historical Society blue logo Family history research records from the Wisconsin Historical Society records available on Ancestry

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 5. Newspapers:

A.  WNA Wisconsin Newspaper Association – (Includes Beloit Daily News):

 Wisconsin Newspaper Association logo  http://badgerlink.newsmemory.com/wna/badgerlink/
 Weekly and daily newspapers in Wisconsin from 2005 to 90 days ago, plus some newspapers from the 1800s and 1900s.

B.  Newsbank  – (Beloit Daily News and national magazines, Only with Beloit Public Library Card):

Beloit Daily News  http://infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/Homepage?p_action=doc&p_theme=current&p_nbid=I6BR5CLTMTQ3MTk3MjIxMC4xNjY2MzE6MToxMjoyMTYuNTYuNjEuMTA

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C.  Access Newspaper Archive – (U.S. and International newspapers, dating as far back as the 1700s. (Does NOT Include Beloit Daily News, but big stories will be found in other Cities newspapers.):

Access NewspaperARCHIVE.com  http://access.newspaperarchive.com/?nm=ZV/8GUWcI4eVujyB6Dpyrw==&pw=mqgOf0Vn7GArPrRl1FeWrA==

D.   Newspaper Source Plus :

Newspaper Source Plus logo Full-text coverage of today’s major newspapers

 

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6 Beloit Local History Digitization: – (Digitized – 29 early Beloit History books – City Directories, Phone Books, etc. with keyword search.):

Beloit Local History Digitization      

https://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/WI/BeloitLocHist/       (The Beloit Local History Collection was funded, in part, through Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant in 2014. These grants provide financial support for public libraries to digitize and make available online, their local library resources. For more information about LSTA grants in Wisconsin, contact the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Division for Libraries and Technology or visit the LSTA grant Web site at http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_lsta.IMLS Logo

 

7. The State of Wisconsin Collection:              https://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/wi/

This includes The State of Wisconsin Collection which brings together, in digital form, two categories of primary and secondary materials: writings about the State of Wisconsin and unique or valuable materials that relate to its history and ongoing development.

The collection includes published material as well as archival materials. The materials were digitized from a variety of formats including books, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs, maps and other resources deemed important to the study and teaching of the State of Wisconsin.

 

8. Historic Photographs of the Beloit African -American community:

Up North banner  http://www.beloitlibrary.org/content/north

 

9. Historic Photographs of the 2010 Vets Roll:

Vets Roll banner http://www.beloitlibrary.org/content/world-war-ii-veterans-road-trip-2010

10. Phone Address Directory

(Beloit Public Library access or BPL card remote only) :

AtoZdatabaseshttps://www.atozdatabases.com

More information about the BPL Local History/Genealogy Print Collection:

You can pick up print versions of genealogy forms and handouts at the Stateline Genealogy Club each month.

Index books (along with many genealogy books, plat books, Beloit City Directories, Beloit High School(s) yearbooks, maps, pamphlet file on local history, Local people and family histories, and Beloit newspaper(s) microfilm) are available  at the  Beloit Public Library to check out, or in our Local History/Genealogy Collection to use at the Library.

Beloit Public Library hours: Mon – Thurs 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Fri & Sat 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

608-364-2905

 

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Others Links –

That are Not on Beloit Public Library Homepage – see below:

(General/Recommended Sites are at the Very End.)

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Beloit Wisconsin – Local History ;              (Also see Wisconsin history under “States”)

Beloit College Archives  – https://www.beloit.edu/archives/

Beloit History Archive Collection Index.

City of Beloit Wisconsin Ordinances

Beloit Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing- 2012   Includes – Appendix A “Timeline of the City of Beloit’s African American Residential Patterns: 1915-1989″

Beloit (and Janesville) Wisconsin Postcard historical photographs  from http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Specialized Genealogy Sites, Alphabetically:

 Abbreviations & Acronyms for Genealogy

British Ancestors:

Calendar Conversions – See Maps

Canadian Ancestors:

Cemeteries, Tombstone, & Obituary  Sites:

 

Citations of Genealogical Sources – Guides

Czech Ancestors:

 

DNA Testing and Genetics in Genealogy:

 

 Forms, Charts, & Worksheets – Genealogy:

German Ancestors:

See:

Translations and Languages in Genealogy; German, Fraktur

and

Jewish Ancestors

 History of Daily Life,

AND Lifewriting:

 * Library of Congress Digital Collections

The Library of Congress’ multimedia website contains more than 9 million digital items, including interviews, photographs, books and recordings, with some items dating back as far as 1490. Pulling from 100 collections, subjects range from baseball to the Civil War to farming in the Great Plains.

 

 

Hungarian Ancestors:

Immigrant Ancestors, Ellis Island, Ship Passenger Lists, Etc.

* EllisIsland.org’s Search by Ship feature  manifest, or passenger list – all human passengers to be recorded on immigration passenger lists before a ship left its port of departure. In use between about 1891 and 1954.
Arrivals from 1820 to 1890 would be recorded on less-detailed customs passenger lists.
*Ellis Island received & processed newcomers starting in 1892. Upon arrival, the lists were turned over to the authorities on Ellis Island.  free Ellis Island database online.
* Ellis Island: immigration records, free indexes & original records, fee to download copies

Inventor Ancestors:

Google Patents home page

Irish Ancestors

Italian Ancestors:

Explaining Italian Civil and Church Records   >>HANDOUT 1<<

Italian Records Examined  >>HANDOUT 2<<

 Jewish Ancestors:

Laws and Genealogy:

Library of Congress’ online collection A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation. Acts of US Congress; Continental Congress & Constitutional Convention – 43rd Congress 1873-75.

 

 

 

Maps – Historic, GIS, Sanborn Insurance Company 

AND Building Genealogy

And Time/Calendar Conversions:

 

Military Ancestors

(Incl. Civil War Ancestors):

General United States Military:

Revolutionary War for Independence:

War of 1812:

War of 1812 – free Pension Application Files – Fold3

Civil War:

World War I:

World War 2:

 

Military – for Countries Other Than United States:

 

Newsletters, BLOGs, Online Magazines, and User Groups

for Genealogists (Free):

Newspapers:

(See also 4 other newspaper databases under the Beloit Public Library Homepage heading at the top of this page.)

        *   Miriam J. Robbins maintains a guide to online historical newspapers. You can learn more and follow her progress at her blog.

* Chronicling America – National Digital Newspaper Program.  chroniclingamerica.loc.gov

 Photographs of Ancestors :

Royal Ancestors:

Scots-Irish (also called Ulster-Scots) Ancestors:

 

 

State – Specialized Genealogy Sites:

(All States):

ALABAMA
Alabama Department of Archives and History
Click on Search Our Collections to search for a name in Civil War service cards, 1867 voter registrations and WWI soldiers’ records.
AlabamaMosaic
Among the digitized records you’ll find from archives and libraries across the state are naturalization records, school yearbooks and Civil War diaries and letters.

ALASKA
Alaska State Archives
Resources for genealogists include indexes to naturalization records (1888-1972) and probate records (1883-1960) and guidelines for requesting information from the archives.

ARIZONA

  • Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates
    The Grand Canyon State has updated this site with new records. You now can search for births from 1855 to 1940 and deaths from 1870 to 1965, and view the original records online.
  •  Arizona Biographical Database
    This database indexes more than 111,000 names in the Arizona State Library’s collection of books, newspaper articles, periodicals, obituaries and vertical files.
  • Arizona Memory Project Digitized items from museums and historical societies across the state include oral interviews, city directories, tax rolls and photos of pioneer settlers.

ARKANSAS

  • ArkansasGravestones.org
    Search for a name in over 1.1 million gravestone photos from all over the Natural State. Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton’s modest gravestone is there, along with a biography.
  • Arkansas State Archives                                                                                                            Search for a name in county, military, land and church records, as well as obituaries, manuscripts and photographs. The records aren’t online, but this catalog is a helpful finding tool.

CALIFORNIA
California Digital Newspaper Collection
This site puts at your fingertips more than 15 million articles (almost twice as many as last year) in California newspapers dating from 1846 to the present.

California Genealogical Society and Library
Click the Databases tab to search 350,000 records in the California Names Index for free. A lookup in the original source costs $10. Members also get online access to San Francisco church records and newspaper notices.

Online Archive of California
Use this site as a portal to view more than 220,000 digital images and documents from collections of diaries, letters, photographs and other items at more than 200 libraries, museums, historical societies and university archives across the Golden State.

COLORADO
Colorado State Archives Historical Records Index Search
This search scours millions of entries in original sources, including county birth and death registers, a statewide divorce index (1880-1939) and will and probate records. You can order copies of the original records for a fee.

Denver Public Library Digital Collections
A search of the genealogy collections covers indexes to marriages (1858-1939), military records, biographies, obituaries, the 1885 Colorado state census, cemetery records and naturalization records (1877-1952).

CONNECTICUT
Connecticut Index
Founded by genealogist Jane Devlin and now run by her family, this site provides free access to many genealogy resources from the New England and Mid-Atlantic states. Connecticut collections include indexes to church, cemetery, census and other records.

Connecticut State Library Digital Collections
Search and view 27 collections of digitized books, diaries, photographs, court records, witchcraft trial records, newspapers, vital record indexes and more.

DELAWARE
Delaware Public Archives
Click on the Digital Archives link to access Civil War records, naturalization records, historical maps and more. Click on Research, then on Collection Gateway to search indexes to bastardy bonds, death registers and probate records. You can order copies of the records for a fee.

FLORIDA
Florida Memory Project
Click on the Collections tab to access free databases from the State Library and Archives of Florida. Records include Confederate pension applications, WWI service cards, 1867-1868 voter registration rolls and Spanish land grants. Click on the Photographs tab to search a collection of more than 197,000 digitized photographs.

GEORGIA
Digital Library of Georgia
If your ancestors hail from the Peach State, you can cover a lot of ground here with a single search covering digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers and more from 60-plus libraries, archives and museums and 100 government agencies.

Georgia Archives
Click on Virtual Vault at the right to search colonial wills, Confederate pension applications, death certificates (1914-1930) and the General Name File.

HAWAII
Hawaii State Archives
Under Research Our Records, click on Genealogical Indexes to search marriage, divorce, citizenship and death records. You can order copies of the records for a fee. Click on City Directories to view digitized copies from 1880 to 1924. Click on Hawaii Newspapers to access a search form for newspapers from 1834 to 2000. Note that as of press time, the searchable resources under the Digital Collections link (vital records, land records, passenger lists and WWI service records) have yet to return online after undergoing system maintenance.

IDAHO
Idaho State Historical Society: Searchable Indexes
Search for your ancestor in the Gem State with these indexes to naturalization records, Civil War veterans, pension records, the inmate catalog and the Idaho Biographical Index. When you find a promising reference, contact the archives for more details.

ILLINOIS

INDIANA
Indiana Digital Archives
Search indexes to more than 1.2 million records with information on veterans’ graves registrations, naturalization indexes and more.

Indiana State Library: Genealogy Collection
In the site index at the left, click on Databases and Indexes and scroll down to Resources Provided by the Indiana State Library. There, search indexes to marriages (1811-2013), commercial newspaper death listings, biographies and newspapers. Indiana Memory has digitized images of many resources, including county histories, oral histories, plat books, city directories, photos, newspapers, yearbooks and more. The VINE database has local history and vital records from libraries, historical societies and genealogical societies.

Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne Indiana is the 2nd largest genealogical library in the U.S. and has a multitude of research resources for both the U.S. and some other countries. 

IOWA
Iowa Digital Library: Civil War Diaries and Letters
Here’s a sample of what you might find in this fascinating collection: Andrew F. Davis describes his fellow soldiers in a letter to his wife dated May 9, 1861: “A great many are genteel well dressed gentlemenly men, and then again there is a great many of the most abandoned dirty ragged lousyest looking mortals that you ever saw.” You can search the collection, or browse the collection by type (diaries, correspondence, photographs) or by year (1862-1865).

The Iowa Heritage Digital Collections
Civil War diaries, county atlases, biographies and school yearbooks are just some of the digitized items you can view from Iowa libraries, museums and historical societies.

KANSAS
Kansas Historical Society
Two large indexes on this site will help you find your ancestors in the Sunflower State. The Kansas Names Index covers the 1895 state census, biographies, marriages, death notices and more. The Kansas Military Index has records from the Civil War to the present. Select Photo Orders from the Research tab for instructions on how to order copies.

KENTUCKY

Kentucky was granted statehood in 1792.  It became the fifteenth state in the US and the first state west of the Appalachian mountains.
Kentucky Digital Library
Search digital images of more than a million items from the Bluegrass State, including books, manuscripts, newspapers, maps, oral histories, yearbooks and pictures.

LOUISIANA
Louisiana State Archives
Click on Locate Historical Records to search indexes to death records (mostly 1804-1965), birth records (mostly 1790-1915) and Orleans parish marriages (1831-1965). Other online databases cover passenger lists from January to July 1851 and Confederate pension applications.

MAINE
Maine Memory Network
Developed and managed by the Maine Historical Society, this site lets libraries and historical societies across the state upload digital copies of historical items from their collections into this site’s database. The site has more than 45,000 historical items (more than double last year’s count), including letters, photos, maps, clothing and audio and video files.

MARYLAND
Maryland State Archives
Hover your mouse cursor over Find Records and select Family Historians for links to guides to genealogical research and various indexes. Then click on Search Online Databases to access death indexes and databases of slaves and early settlers. Next, select Archives of Maryland Online to access 471,000-plus historical documents. While visiting the Archives of Maryland Online, click on Probate Records for an index to colonial probate records (1634-1777) and on Military Records for Revolutionary War and Civil War resources.

MASSACHUSETTS
Digital Commonwealth
Explore digitized photographs, maps, postcards, manuscripts, books and artifacts from libraries, museums and archives across Massachusetts.

MICHIGAN

Seeking Michigan
Click on Online Collections to access more than a million digitized records, including death records (1897-1952), state census records (1827-1894), Civil War service records, letters, diaries, photographs and plat maps. Click on Advanced Search to select one or more collections to search.

Western Michigan Genealogical Society: Online Searchable Databases
Search indexes to more than 2.75 million marriages, deaths, obituaries and other records, including more than 250,000 new records since last year, for free. You can order copies of most records for $5.

MINNESOTA
Iron Range Research Center
The Genealogy Database covers birth, marriage and cemetery records from the Iron Range in northern Minnesota, and alien registrations, naturalization records and obituaries from across the state. Order a copy of a record for $10.

Minnesota Reflections
This collection includes more than 50,000 digitized items from the state’s cultural heritage organizations. You’ll find newspapers, photographs, diaries, maps, plat books, oral interviews and more.

MISSISSIPPI
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
This page describes the archives’ most commonly used genealogical resources. Click on Digital Archives to view Confederate Pension applications and WWI statement of service cards and indexes. Use the online catalog to identify the archives’ holdings relevant to your Mississippi family.

Mississippi Digital Library
Libraries, colleges and historical and genealogical societies contributed scrapbooks, letters, photographs, books, oral histories and the large collection of family histories digitized on this site.

MISSOURI
Missouri Digital Heritage
Access more than 9 million death, military, naturalization and other records from around the state through the main search form. Click on Browse Collections by Topic, then Genealogy to search individual databases.

 The State Historical Society of Missouri: Digital Collections
This site features a large newspaper collection, plus diaries, plat maps, photographs, oral histories and Civil War letters, as well as newsletters published by local historical and genealogical societies.

MONTANA
Montana Memory Project
Use the search box to find a name in digitized newspapers, yearbooks, prison records, photographs and more from archives across the Treasure State.

NEBRASKA
Nebraska State Historical Society
Under the Search Collections tab, select Additional Research Databases to access indexes to names in cemetery records, county atlases, plat books and prison records. The 1860-1954 Tract Books Index covers the first owners of land in Nebraska.

NEVADA
Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records: Digital Collections
The Nevada State Digital Archives has more than half a million online records, including territorial census records (1861-1864), state land patents (1865-2013) and records of prisoners and orphans.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire Genealogy & History
This extensive guide to researching your family history in New Hampshire covers all the major record groups and has numerous links to online resources. It even has detailed guides to every county and many towns in the state.

NEW JERSEY
New Jersey State Archives
Click on Searchable Databases and Online Records Request Forms to access indexes to marriage records (1666-1799 and 1848-1878), and indexes to death records (1878-1895). The searchable databases cover more than 1 million references to documents and photographs.

NEW MEXICO
New Mexico Digital Collections
Access digitized manuscripts, including genealogies, photographs, oral histories and maps from libraries and museums across New Mexico. The Newspapers Database (accessible via the Advanced Search options or under the Browse All Collections pull-down menu) tells where copies are available and includes links to digitized copies of some titles.

NEW YORK
* German Genealogy Group

Old Fulton NY Post Cards
With 5 million more newspaper pages than last year, this site now tops more than 35 million newspaper pages (1726-2015) that you can search by word or phrase. Despite the name, Thomas Tryniski’s site has newspapers from all over New York, plus some from other states and Canada. To download the full list of titles, click on FAQ_HELP_INDEX at the top of the screen, then “to browse the different papers, click Here,” and then “Download this index as a Microsoft Excel file.”

Sampubco: New York Counties Will Books Testators Records
This index covers more than 274,000 New York wills. Browse by county or click Search This Site to search for a name on the whole site. In the FREEFind box, type the last name first and put quotations around the name to search on the phrase, such as “Robertson John.” Optionally, add a town or county (“Robertson John” Worcester) to narrow the search.

NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina Digital Collections
A joint project of the state archives and state library, this site has digitized Confederate pension applications, naturalizations, Bible records and newspapers back to the 1700s. The Family Records collection groups the most useful records for genealogy, including marriage and death notices and cemetery records. Our list previously included this site as part of the State Archives of North Carolina.

North Carolina Digital Heritage Center
With contributions from cultural heritage institutions across the state, this site has digitized newspapers, yearbooks, photographs, city directories, genealogies, yearbooks and more.

NORTH DAKOTA
Digital Horizons
Town and county histories, photos of homesteaders and oral interviews conducted with Germans from Russia dating back to the 1800s are just a few of this site’s treasures depicting life on the northern plains.

OHIO
Ohio Memory
A collaborative project of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio, this collection includes items from more than 360 cultural heritage institutions. You’ll find yearbooks, county atlases, photos of Civil War officers, more than 315,000 newspaper pages (nearly 100,000 more than last year) and much more.

OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma Digital Prairie
This site from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and its partners has digitized books, newspapers, photos and documents, including Confederate pension records and cards.

The University of Oklahoma Western History Collections
Key collections here include Civil War soldiers’ personal narratives, trabscribed interviews with Oklahomans from the 1930s and more than 200 manuscript collections about Native Americans.

OREGON
Archival Records: Guides, Records and Indexes
This site’s Early Oregonians Database documents people who lived in Oregon prior to statehood. The Oregon Historical County Records Guide includes county maps, histories and record inventories. Search for relatives in the Oregon Historical Records Index to birth, marriage, death, divorce, naturalization, probate and other county records.

PENNSYLVANIA
PA Photos and Documents
You can now search each collection here individually or all at once to access digitized photos and documents from
libraries. The resources from across Pennsylvania are grouped by subject, such as genealogy, local newspapers, Pennsylvania history and yearbooks.
Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission 
In addition to research guides and finding aids, this site has several online record collections. Military records date back to the Revolutionary War, and many of them include soldiers’ physical descriptions. Land records (1684-present) include browsable indexes. You also can browse statewide birth (1906-1910) and death (1906-1965) indexes.

RHODE ISLAND
Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission
More than just an index to gravestones, this site includes dates of birth and death, names of family members and maps of cemetery locations. Many entries include detailed descriptions and photos of the gravestones.

SOUTH CAROLINA
South Carolina Department of Archives and History
Click on the Online Research tab, then on Online Records Index to search more than 300,000 items (many with images). They include records of Confederate veterans (1909-1973), criminal court records, state land-grant plats (1784-1868), legislative papers (1782-1866), will transcripts (1782-1855) and school insurance photos (1935-1952).

South Carolina Digital Library
This collection of 200,000 items from 40 cultural heritage institutions across the Palmetto State includes family histories, yearbooks, oral histories, maps, photographs and family Bible records.

SOUTH DAKOTA
South Dakota State Historical Society
Find your ancestors in the Mount Rushmore State with the help of these indexes to naturalizations, cemetery records and biographies, plus a transcript of the 1885 census of Civil War veterans.

TENNESSEE
Volunteer Voices
Search digitized photos, letters, diaries, oral histories and artifacts in archives, libraries and museums across the state. You’ll find many Civil War-related items, including letters from soldiers, photographs of veterans and pictures of relics.

TEXAS
The Portal to Texas History
Libraries, archives, historical societies and genealogical societies from across the state have contributed more than 750,000 digitized books, maps and photos for this website. You’ll also find college yearbooks, county probate records and newspapers.

UTAH
Utah State Cemeteries and Burials
This database contains cemetery records for about 600,000 people buried in Utah and more burials are continually being added. Information comes from both sexton’s records and gravestones.

Utah State Archives Name Indexes
The Utah State Archives created this convenient list of online records searchable by name. In addition to images of death certificates from 1904 to 1965, you also can search birth registers and other records from several counties.

VERMONT
Vermont Historical Society
Under the Research tab, select Genealogy, then Genealogy Indexes & Lists for links to PDF files with indexes and transcriptions of various records, including baptisms, marriages, deaths, naturalizations and town records.

Vermont in the Civil War
This extensive collection includes profiles, photos and gravestones of Civil War soldiers with any connection to Vermont. Click Name Search to search the site for an ancestor’s name.

VIRGINIA
Library of Virginia
Among the many useful indexes and digitized documents on this site, don’t overlook the index to wills and administrations up to 1800. The Library of Virginia has a separate site for digitized materials at Virginia Memory. On that site, under the Digital Collections tab, select Collections by Topic. Under Military Service, see Revolutionary War records and Confederate pension rolls. Under Land Office Patents & Grants, access digitized records dating back to 1623.

WASHINGTON
Washington Rural Heritage
Drawing on the collections of small, rural libraries and historical societies, this site has scrapbooks, oral interviews, old photographs and more.

Washington State Archives: Digital Archives
This terrific site has more than 60 million searchable records online (7 million more than last year), including birth, marriage, death, census, cemetery and naturalization records.

WEST VIRGINIA
West Virginia Archives and History
Vital records databases include digitized birth records (1790-1940), marriage records (1780-1971) and death records (1753-1965). The West Virginia Memory Project has indexes to Civil War records.

WISCONSIN

Recollection Wisconsin
Resources from libraries, archives and historical societies across the state include county histories, diaries, genealogies, letters, local history, manuscripts, newspapers, oral histories, photographs, plat maps and yearbooks. Select Tips for Genealogists from the Explore tab for help searching.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Search more than 3 million records, including indexes to birth, marriage and death records, plus obituaries, biographies and photos. Scroll down the page for links to other resources, including Civil War records and local history and biography articles.

WYOMING
Wyoming Newspapers
Search and view more than 800,000 newspaper pages, including newspapers published in Wyoming between 1849 and 1922. The site continues to add newspapers and has some titles up to 1989.

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Technology for Genealogy:

Television Shows about Genealogy:

ABOUT TLC Television Shows

Timelines in History:

Translations and Languages in Genealogy:

Webinars, FREE:

(USCIS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services free genealogy webinars –  Watch Webinars

(WSGS) Wisconsin State Genealogical Society free Webinar Schedule  and registration: www.wsgs.org         All Webinars take place Tuesdays at 7:00 P.M. cst. – live webinar is free to anyone.  After the event the webinar is in the member’s only section on the website.

NARA National Archives webinars      https://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair

Family History Library classes and webinars If you are unable to attend a class in person or online, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online –  archived here .

Women Ancestors:

Web Sites

Publications and Resources

Organizations

 Writing your Family History / Lifewriting:

  •   Scrivener, a multifaceted word processor and project management tool – program for all of my personal and professional writing ($ software for Mac or Windows)

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General Genealogy Search Sites:

Family History Daily

(50) Free Genealogy  Sites :

 

Family History Daily offers a popular and affordable, self-paced genealogy course that can help you with your research

1. FamilySearch: largest collection of free genealogical records in the world

2. WikiTree: enormous collaborative family tree

3. Fulton History: historical newspapers from the US and Canada

4. Find a Grave: locate your ancestors in cemeteries across the globe

5. Google News Archive: millions of archived newspaper pages

6. US National Archives: official US National Archives site, many free genealogy databases and resources

7. Automated Genealogy: indexes of the Canadian census

8. FreeBMD: civil registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales

9. USGenWeb Project: massive free genealogy resource directory by US state and county

10. WorldGenWeb Project: genealogy resources by country and region, not to miss

11. Cyndi’s List: highly respected directory of free genealogy resources and databases online

12. Library and Archives Canada: official archives of Canada, census records and more

13. Ellis Island: immigration records, free indexes and original records, fee to download copies

14. FreeReg: baptism, marriage, and burial records from parish registers of the UK

15. Crestleaf: various genealogy records

16. RootsWeb: world’s largest genealogy community, huge amount of free information

17. Castle Garden: immigration records, pre Ellis Island

18. Chronicling America: giant database of archived US newspapers from the Library of Congress

 19. Dead Fred: genealogy photo archive

20. African Heritage Project: records on former slaves, freedpersons and their descendants

21. Family Tree Now: various genealogy records

22. Daughters of the American Revolution: military service records and more

23. JewishGen: Jewish ancestry research

24. FreeCEN: transcribed census records from the UK

25. Access Genealogy: vast family history directories and more, good Native American resources

26. British Library, India Office: records on British and European people in India pre 1950

27. Guild of One-Name Studies: extensive surname research site

28. Geneabloggers: massive directory of genealogy related blogs with a huge amount of free information

29. NativeWeb Genealogy: list of Native American genealogy resources and searchable databases

30. Viximus: member submitted biographical information

31. WieWasWie: for researching ancestors from the Netherlands (in Dutch)

32. UK National Archives: official National Archives of the UK

33. The National Archives of Ireland: official National Archives of Ireland

34. GENUKI: reference library of genealogical resources for the UK and Ireland

35. German Genealogy Server: German ancestry research (many sections in German)

36. Preserve the Pensions: War of 1812 pension records access

37. Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System: Civil War records from the National Park Service

38. LitvakSIG: Lithuanian-Jewish genealogy databases and resources

39. Italian Genealogical Group: Italian American genealogy resources and databases

40. Internet Archive: a large amount of information useful to genealogists, but you’ll need to do some digging

41. Billion Graves: headstone records

42. Open Library: good place to find family history books, search for surnames or locations

43. GenDisasters: for researching disasters and other events your ancestors might have been involved in

44. RomanyGenes: Romanichal ancestry research

45. Patriot and Grave Index: revolutionary war graves registry and patriot index from the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

46. Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection: vast number of archived US newspapers

47. Seventh-day Adventist Obituary Database: hundreds of thousands of obituary entries

48. Släktdata: genealogy records for Sweden (in Swedish)

49. Hispanic Genealogy: wonderful list of resources for researching Hispanic ancestry

50: Free Genealogy Search Engine: search hundreds of free genealogy resources at one time on Family History Daily

There are many more free genealogy sites online. Since we can’t possibly list them all in one article, please share your favorite in the comments if you don’t see it here.

Keep your eye on Family History Daily for more articles about free genealogy resources, including our upcoming state by state guides. You might also like to read about how to access paid genealogy sites through your library’s website for free or check out our other articles here.

 Family Tree Magazine Best Sites:

Tips

You can Google for a name or place mentioned on pages of a specific site by putting site:URL (such as site:FamilySearch.org) in the search box, along with key terms (for example, Iowa birth certificates).
 To find tips and tutorials on using many of these 101 websites, visit FamilyTreeMagazine.com and ShopFamilyTree.com.

History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy –        a Special Site Shared with Us by the After-School Students doing a Family Tree Project

http://www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.History-at-Home-A-Guide-to-Genealogy.17370.html

  • Basic Genealogy: This article outlines the core principles of genealogical research and sources of information.
  • Starting Your Genealogy Research: The USGenWeb Project offers step-by-step instructions with links to useful tools and a list of common research mistakes.
  • Top Ten Tips for Starting Your Family History: Try one or more of these tips to break into genealogy.
  • Be a Family History Detective: The PBS show History Detective Special Investigations solves historical mysteries, and this article shares their detective techniques for finding family history clues.
  • Genealogy 101: Family History and More: This article introduces methods for collecting and organizing family research and ways to improve these skills.
  • Ancestry Charts and Forms: Download an ancestral pedigree chart, a family group sheet, and other forms to organize genealogical research.
  • Genealogy Research in Military Records: The National Archives site offers many resources for genealogists, and this article is a guide for researching military records.
  • Personnel Records, Muster Rolls, and Genealogical Research: The U.S. Coast Guard explains how to access service records for officers, enlisted and civilian personnel, and lighthouse keepers.
  • Researching Individual Immigrant Records: Finding the right immigration and nationality records is simplified by this outline of dates and resources from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • Genealogical Research Tips: The U.S. Department of Interior explains how to begin a search for ancestors, with a special emphasis on Native American genealogy.
  • Genealogical Research at the Library of Congress (PDF): This article describes what type of research genealogists should do before going to the Library of Congress and what resources they can expect to find in its Local History and Genealogy Reading Room.
  • Ellis Island Immigration Records: Information on millions of ship passengers arriving at Ellis Island and the Port of New York can be accessed through this site: Just click the blue “Passenger Search” button in the upper right corner.
  • Compiling a Family Medical History: The Mayo Clinic identifies the health reasons for knowing three generations of your family history.
  • Learning About Genetic Health: This article details specific medical problems that can be affected by genetics and family history.
  • What is Genealogy?: The Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation merges traditional genealogy with DNA to find more connections in the family tree.
  • Public Health Genomics: Frequently Asked Questions: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers advice on topics such as how adoptees can locate information and how knowing family history can lower one’s health risk.
  • The Surgeon General’s Family Health History Initiative: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the majority of Americans do not have a record of their family’s health history, and they can begin to create that record by accessing the My Family Health Portrait Tool on this site.
  • Using Maps in Genealogy (PDF): Maps are an important tool in tracing the movement of a family, and the U.S. Geological Survey discusses how to use maps, the best types of maps, and where to find them.
  • Take a Genealogy Quiz: Have a little fun and test your family research knowledge.
  • Oral History Interview, Questions, and Topics: This is a list of 83 questions that can be used to generate a family history interview.
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Oral History: Check out a comprehensive outline of the process of planning and recording an interview, including tips on how to ask questions, pinpointing problems, and self-evaluation.
  • Genealogy and Homestead Records (PDF): The National Park Service put together this useful guide to researching land records that pertain to the family tree.
  • Ten Things You May Not Know About the Roosevelts: This fascinating article about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt highlights some of the very things a genealogist looks for: interesting relatives, a marriage certificate, and juicy family stories.
  • Family History Research: This introductory guide includes cautions for wise use of the Internet, verifying information, and respecting the privacy of relatives.
  • Caring for Your Family Papers (PDF): Historical documents can be fragile, and this article gives practical advice for preserving photos, papers, and books.
  • Family Business: How You Find It and How You Keep It: This expansive article covers surname origins, cemetery searches and how to take an impression of a gravestone, the difference between primary and secondary sources, African American and Native American genealogy resources, and more.
  • History of Genealogy and Family History: An explanation of the British tradition of recorded genealogies and the development of family history societies can be found here.
  • How to Trace A House Genealogy: Knowing the history of a home can yield clues to the families that occupied it, and this guide demonstrates how to track down the information.
  • Preserving Your Photographs: Windows to the Past (PDF): The curator of sound and visual collections at the Minnesota Historical Society gives advice on how to identify and store photos.
  • Preservation of Artifacts: Discover the factors that can damage historical memorabilia, and learn how to preserve textiles, paper, photos, and items made of metal, leather, or wood.

Students, Children, Teens, Homeschoolers, Teachers, Parents Genealogy Sites:

Just for kids and teens

Canada GenWeb for Kids

Cyndi’s List—Kids & Teens

Family Tree Magazine free family group sheet
Use these forms to record your ancestors’ and relatives’ names for your school genealogy projects.

Genealogy for Kids


For teachers, parents and grandparents

“Ancestors” Teacher’s Guide
Tips for teaching kids about the lessons in each of the PBS series’ 13 episodes.

Fun & Easy Family Projects 

Helping Your Child Learn History

History.com Classroom

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