Historical & Genealogical Website Links
Members search the internet for ancestorsListed below are some links to historical societies, records repositories, historic maps, genealogy websites, research helps, and anything else that may help you in your search for your family history! Please let us know if any of the links do not work or if you have suggestions of sites to add to the list. If you are a member, feel free to post on the discussion forum in Website Suggestions, or contact us by email. We hope these links help you make more connections in your family tree!
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This FREE website has a vast collection of census records, vital records, and family trees. It is a good place to start rather than beginning with Ancestry, because it is free. It is best to focus on primary documents and not the public family trees. Remember that any family trees online have been submitted by other genealogists and may or may not be accurate or include source information. However, the primary documents available on this site are a wonderful resource.
Find A Grave is a wonderful FREE resource for cemetery records from all over the United States. It can be searched by last and first name or browsed by cemetery. Sign up to enter new data from cemeteries near you to help add to the collection.
This is a "free online archive of genealogy records and scanned images of historical documents from a wide variety of sources, such as newspaper obituaries, city directories, census records, ship lists, school yearbooks, military records, and more."
This vast collection of digitized records includes FREE archives from almost every state. There is no guideline to what might be included on this site; some states have a lot of information, while others have very little. The information can include cemetery records, birth records, marriage records, land records, veterans records, census records, and basically any type of resource imaginable. It is a great way to search data across the United States.
This FREE archive contains extracted genealogical data from throughout the United States, organized by state. It is a wonderful resource with a variety of materials available. This is one way to access data from distant locations.
This government website provides links to guides to genealogy research in each state. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to have a working link to information on New Jersey research.
Ellis Island is the most famous immigrant processing site in the United States. This website provides FREE searching of the ship manifests. The image of the manifest can be viewed for free online; however, there is a fee to order a print of the manifest. This is an excellent resource for finding ancestors who came to the United States between 1892-1924.
The website of America's first official immigration center, Castle Garden, which was used from 1855-1890. Search ship's records for free!
If you have ancestors who were New Sweden colonists along the Delaware River in the 1600s, be sure to look at the Swedish Colonial Society website. It includes biographical information about many of the original colonists, as well as books for sale of the original Swedish records translated to English.
This website provides FREE access to searchable historical newspapers from New York state. It is a wonderful source for name searching. There may be some communities other than New York also.
The most well-known genealogy website, Ancestry.com contains a vast collection of data. However, because of the cost of this website and the amount of free information available online outside of Ancestry, I would recommend exhausting other sites before paying the big bucks for Ancestry. A few highlights of Ancestry include all the census records; Civil War, World War I, and World War II draft registration cards; some death records; the Social Security Death Index; and other primary records. It is also a great way to network with distant cousins researching the same ancestors.
Fold 3 contains the best collection of military records online. It does cost to subscribe, but the records are a wonderful resource.
Genealogy Bank has a large collection of newspaper archives, great for searching for marriages, obituaries, and those little stories of the everyday lives of our ancestors. It does cost to subscribe, but it also allows access to other documents and books of genealogical data.
My Heritage offers a large amount of genealogical services, and allows for either a FREE basic subscription or a paid advanced subscription. It also offers a free download of their Family Tree Builder genealogy software.
Cyndi's List is a comprehensive list of links to genealogical research websites. You can find thousands of other sources through this resource!