Genealogical – Family History Resources

Your first step in Genealogical research is to talk to the Reference Librarian in your local library.  Many libraries have special collections for local genealogy searches and they may have a subscription to the database, one of the most comprehensive databases on family history, you can visit the site at, for information on how to search for family records, create a family tree, and access many message boards and other ways to share information. Most other features require a paid subscription which may be available through your library.  Check it out!

Other online sources include:

  • Genealogy Learning Center
    One of the best resources for beginners to genealogy and family history to learn the basics of research. The site offers “how-to articles, genealogy classes and other resources.”
    “ROOTS-L is a mailing list for people who are interested in any or all aspects of genealogy, anywhere in the world.” The site contains a searchable archive from 1990 to the present, information and tips for getting started in genealogy, and more.
  • USGenWeb Project
    This comprehensive site provides links to all the state genealogy Web sites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties. They also sponsor Special Archiving Projects that include putting all U.S. census data online; transcribing cemetery tombstones, etc .
  • Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
    Hundreds of thousands of links related to genealogy, organized and cross-referenced in over 100 categories. This site is one of the richest resources for genealogy studies.  One of the first genealogy lists created for the Internet.
  • Genealogy–US Census Bureau
    Information from the U.S. Census Bureau. Answers many basic genealogy questions, particularly in the realm of government information sources. Provides an age search service, list of surnames, and links to related sites.
  • FamilySearch: Research Helps
    For years the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) has produced excellent pamphlets on various aspects of genealogical research. Hundreds of these are now available on their FamilySearch Web site, browsable by place, title, subject, or date.

State Specific Resources

  • Browse by state this directory of annotated links for genealogy resources compiled by state archives and state libraries. Includes annotated list of international resources. Maintained by the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • American Family Immigration History Center
    This site provides free searches of Ellis Island passenger lists, offers free genealogy charts and family history materials.
  • City Directories of the United States of America
    “City Directories, arguably one of the most overlooked resources by genealogists, have been around since the 1700s.”

For more Internet sites and information visit the ipl2 website. ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. “To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2’s collections. It is through the efforts of these students and volunteers that the ipl2 continues to thrive to this day. In January 2010, the website “ipl2: information you can trust” was launched, merging the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians’ Internet Index (LII) websites. The site is hosted by Drexel University’s College of Information Science & Technology, and a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science are involved in developing and maintaining the ipl2.