Researching your family tree can seem daunting…where do you even start? Here are some online resources to help you navigate the world of genealogy.
- Ancestry: This is one of the most popular and well-known genealogical research sites. It features census, vital, military, and immigration records. Ancestry.com requires a paid subscription. The library offers access to Ancestry.com on library computers only (not accessible from home).
- Cyndi’s List: Here is a popular online genealogy index which features over 270,000 links, categorized and cross-referenced. This particular link takes you to it’s Beginners page so you can learn the ins and outs of genealogical research.
- Ellis Island: If your ancestors entered the United States through Ellis Island or you think they may have, you can search the passenger and ship records on this site.
- FamilySearch: Provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this is the largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records, and resources in the world.
- HeritageQuest: This database is full of helpful resources, including census records, family and local history books, and millions of genealogy articles and records.
- The National Archives: This is the official website of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Here you will find census, military, immigration, and court records, among numerous others. There are also genealogy guides, forms, FAQs, and popular topics to help you with your family history research.
- USGenWeb Project: Here you will find free genealogy websites for research in every U.S. county and state, provided by volunteers working together.