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An excellent site for individuals engaged in adoption research with links to adoption agency lists, private organizations and information on legal issues.

Ancestral Findings
Free genealogy research of birth, census, death, land, marriage, military and state records indexes.

The largest family history site online with over 4 billion names in worldwide historical records, family tree services and genealogy. Primarily a subscription site, some free data is offered including the 1880 United States Federal Census, 1881 Census of England, and the Free Birth, Marriage and Death Index of England & Wales for 1837-1983. An account must be created to view free content.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
A large categorized and cross-referenced directory of sites useful for genealogical research, with hundreds of thousands of links.

This site created and maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains billions of free family trees, family history, ancestry, genealogy and census records some dating back to 1500.

Includes millions of original historical documents - all are free to search, most require a fee to view the full document. Free titles include the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, papers of the Continental Congress, the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln Assassination papers, Brady Civil War Photos, Pennsylvania Archives and more. Other documents include the 1860 US census, Revolutionary and Civil War Pensions, City Directories from across the United States, Passport Applications, Naturalization Indexes and Documents, FBI Case Files and more.

Use Family Finder to search the entire Genealogy.com database.

Genealogy Gateway
A portal for family tree, surname, ancestry, and genealogy information.

Search for your ancestors, publish your family tree online and share your genealogy.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) - Genealogists / Family Historians
Includes finding aids, guides, and research tools to aid genealogy researchers who visit NARA facilities or request records from them. It also links to the ARC (Archival Research Catalog) which explains how to search NARA's online genealogy resources including some of the records relating to: Aliens, Court Records, Federal Employees, Native Americans (The Guion Miller Roll Index and the Index to the Final Rolls -- known as the Dawes Rolls), Spanish American War and World War II records.

One of the oldest and largest email discussion lists for those interested in family history and genealogy.

The Internet's oldest and largest free genealogical community.

Soundex Converter by RootsWeb
Calculate the soundex code for a surname.

A volunteer organization whose aim is to create free genealogy web sites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.

A non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to providing genealogical and historical records and resources for world-wide access.


Cemetery Junction
Provides links to cemetery locations throughout the United States and Canada with links to some transcriptions.

Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries
Provides links to all national cemeteries in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Contains thousands of transcriptions of cemetery records and tombstone inscriptions, from cemeteries in the USA, Canada, England and Ireland.


Census Online
Link to a variety of online census records.

Census Project
The mission of the Census Project is to transcribe every US Federal Census so that it can be uploaded to the USGenWeb site.

Charts & Forms

Charts & Forms from Ancestry.com
Download ancestral charts, family group sheets, census forms, research logs, correspondence records and more.

Downloadable Genealogy Charts
A large collection of downloadable genealogy charts in Adobe PDF format.

Free Genealogy Forms and Charts
Multiple links for family group records, pedigree charts, census worksheets and more.

DNA Genealogy

Ancestry by DNA

Family Tree DNA


African-American Research


All Things Cherokee

Cherokee Heritage Center

Cherokee Nation

Chickasaw Nation

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Electric Scotland

Five Civilized Tribes Museum

Freedman's Bureau Online


German Roots

Hispanic American Records

Hispanic Genealogy Center

Internet Sources of German Genealogy

JewishGen: The Home of Jewish Genealogy

Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma

National Archives of Ireland

National Archives (UK)


Seminole Nation of Oklahoma


Castle Garden
Offers free access to the database of information for people who entered the United States from August 1, 1855 through April 18, 1890.

Ellis Island Passenger Arrivals
Ellis Island opened to serve immigrants arriving at New York City in 1892. If your ancestor came through Ellis Island this web site has images of ships manifests and photos of the ships. It is necessary to register to view the complete results at no charge; there is a fee to purchase copies of the information.

Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild
Search over 4,000 ships passenger lists by passenger or crew name, ship name, or departure point.

Passenger Lists on the Internet
A comprehensive index to passenger and ships lists on on the Internet.

The Ships List
Find passenger lists, fleet lists, pictures, ship pictures, shipping schedules, ship descriptions, wreck data and more.

Land Records

The Official Federal Land Patent Records Site
Database access to Federal Land Conveyance records for the Public Land States. It includes image access to more than 2 million records.

Texas General Land Office Land Grant Search
Search for land grants issued by the state of Texas including Republic of Texas head rights and military land grants as well as original Spanish and Mexican land titles in Texas.

Libraries & Archives

Allen County Public Library (Ft. Wayne, IN) Genealogy Center

American Genealogical Lending Library

American Memory

Family History Center Locations

Mid-Continent Public Library (Independence, MO)

National Archives and Records Administation (NARA) Southwest Region - Ft. Worth, Texas

Newberry Library (Chicago, IL)

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

Texas State Library and Archives


Civil War Rosters
The most complete list of Civil War roster links on the web.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
Contains a searchable data file of Civil War participants.

Descendants of Mexican War Veterans
A non-profit, non-political, national lineage society chartered by the State of Texas.

Index to Confederate Pensions in Texas
A searchable index of applicants for Confederate pensions issued by the state of Texas.

World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel
Contains digitized copies of the casualty lists. Entries are arranged by state, then under name of county, and then alphabetically by veteran.


Searches obituaries from more than 350 U.S., Canadian & U.K. newspapers.

Obituary Daily Times
An index of published obituaries across the world.


Association of Professional Genealogists

Board for Certification of Genealogists

Daughters of the American Revolution

Dallas Genealogical Society

Daughters of Republic of Texas

Federation of Genealogical Societies

Fort Worth Genealogical Society

Mid-Cities Genealogical Society

Society of Mayflower Descendants

National Genealogy Society

National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

Texas State Genealogical Society

Texas Genealogy

Handbook of Texas Online
A multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture.

Lonestar Genealogy
A comprehensive Texas history and genealogy web site.

Lone Star Junction
A Texas and Texas history resource.

The Old 300 Genealogical Database
Includes a core listing of all settlers who had received land grants in Austin's Colony.

Texas GenWeb Project
A genealogy resource for Texas with link to each county in Texas including general information and a variety of records.

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Research Center
Information about the library for the Texas Rangers law enforcement agency.

Texas State Library Genealogy Collection
A listing of genealogical resources from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

The Texian Web
A site devoted to the scholarly and historically accurate depiction of Texas history.

Vital Records

Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records

Texas Divorces Search Engine (1966-2004)

Texas Marriage Search Engine (1966-2004)

Texas Vital Statistics
Request birth and death certificates, marriage and divorce verification from the state of Texas.

Explains how to obtain vital records (such as birth certificates, death records, marriage licenses and divorce decrees) from each state, territory and county of the United States.

Where to Write for Vital Records
Get information on how to obtain birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates from any state in the U.S.