"Afrigeneas is a mailing list focused on genealogical research and resources in general and on African ancestry in particular. This page serves as a focal point for information about african-ancestored families and for pointers to genealogical sources worldwide." This site contains many links to web sources on African-American genealogy and genealogy in general, as well as links to museums and a bibliography. One important resource is its "African Ancestored Surnames Database." Updated often and users entries' encouraged.
Beginner's Guide to Family History Research
"If you can't even spell the word g-e-n-e-a-l-o-g-y, this is the place for you to start. Everyone has ancestors, and if you're wondering who yours are, it's time to get involved in family history and genealogy research." This resource is divided into 13 short chapters that will take a beginner through the basics of genealogy research. There's a glossary of terms and a list of other genealogy resources.
"Premier independent genealogy and historical reference site for those researching ancestors from the Carpathian Mountain regions of Eastern Europe. A fantastic resource for students to gain information on the various heritages and cultures who inhabited these territories." Contains information on Eastern European villages, customs and folklore, immigration, settlements and neighborhoods in the US, along with research resources and a surnames listing.
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
"Over 240,000 links, categorized & cross-referenced, in over 60 categories." No annotations and few descriptions, but a very comprehensive index to all sorts of genealogy-related Internet resources.
The Gathering of the Clans
This Scottish-focused genealogy section is part of the larger "Gathering of the Clans" site covering Scottish history. Includes a searchable database system of more than 2,100 names, links to clan histories, a glossary and bibliography to support your research, and a page allowing you to post questions. A link to a fee-based ancestral research service is also available, as well as a link to a similar Irish genealogy web site.
Gathering of the Irish
This subsection of the larger "Gathering of the Irish" provides access to information to help conduct Irish-focused genealogy research. Contains a database of names, one of clans, and the history of many clans and names. One can submit their own information to this site and a link to a fee-based ancestral research service is provided.
Genealogical Research at the National Archives
"Genealogists are the most numerous users of the Washington, DC, research rooms, and 13 regional records service facilities of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This area provides many of the finding aids, guides, and research tools that can prepare you for a visit to one of our facilities or for requesting records from NARA." There are essays on different aspects of genealogical research and links to other sources of information.
A FAQ from the U.S. Census Bureau. Answers many basic genealogy questions, particularly in the realm of government information sources.
Genealogy Resources on the Internet
A partially-annotated listing of genealogy-related Internet resources, organized by subject/location and by type of resource
Links to genealogical information and resources for Ireland and the entire United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man). Information on accessing public records (divided by county). Help on getting started with genealogical research.
Irish Genealogical Society-International (IGSI)
"A non-profit organization dedicated to the study and advancement of genealogy in Ireland, North and South, and around the world." Website includes items of interest to Irish genealogists, including church records, census substitutes, cemetery lists, and Irish surname info.
JewishGen: The Home of Jewish Genealogy
Jewish genealogical information and contacts. Includes databases of meetings, Websites, families and publications, plus a FAQ and other useful information.
Louis Kessler's Genealogical Program Links
An organized and annotated list of web sites with a comprehensive selection of computer software programs for genealogists. Included is the author's subjective opinion about each program.
Mayflower Web Page
"The complete Internet site for Mayflower history and genealogy." Includes passenger lists, documents and other writings, genealogical information, and a FAQ.
Roots Surname List Name Finder
The Roots Surname List (RSL) is a list of surnames with associated dates and locations that is intended to help genealogical researchers locate others interested in sharing and comparing data about the same families." This is a searchable front end to the RSL database. Be sure to read the README file first, so you'll understand the output.
ROOTS-L Home Page
"ROOTS-L is a LISTSERV mailing list for people who are interested in genealogy." Besides information about the listserv, there is a searchable archive of list traffic, and a large collection of files and databases, including the impressive
"The Internet's Oldest and Largest Genealogy Community" RootsWeb offers a host of genealogical resources, including search engines and databases (surnames, county and state records, the Social Security Death Index), a listserv, discussion groups, and related links.
Social Security Death Index Search (SSDI)
"The Death Master File (DMF) from the Social Security Administration (SSA) contains over 50 million records created from SSA payment records. This file includes the following information on each decedent, if the data are available to the SSA: Last name, First name SS# (State issued) b. Birth date d. Death date lr. Last residence lp. Lump sum payment." Includes extensive data description and searching tips. For United States only.
Society Hill: The Internet Directory of Genealogical and Historical Societies
Directory of addresses and Websites (where available) for thousands of historical and genealogical societies in the United States, Canada and Australia. Browsable by geographic location.
A guide to doing genealogy research, both on- and off-line. Includes tutorials on deciphering old handwriting, the U.S. Census, and how to use the LDS research outlines.
A distributed effort to organize genealogy information for each county in the United States. Organized by state.
Valley of the Shadow
The Valley of the Shadow Project is a hypermedia archive of thousands of sources of information created during the period before, during, and after the Civil War in Augusta County, Virginia and Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Sources include diaries, newspapers, maps, photographs, church records, populations census and official records, all transcribed for use on the web. " Students can explore every dimension of the conflict and write their own histories, reconstructing the life stories of women, African Americans, farmers, politicians, soldiers, and families. The project is intended for secondary schools, community colleges, libraries, and universities. " There is a good tour of the site to orientate users to the wealth of information available on this site.
Vital Records Information
"This page contains information about where to obtain vital records (such as birth, death & marriage certificates and divorce decrees) from each state, territory and county of the United States. See the guidelines for information on how to order vital records. If you are looking for vital records from a foreign county, see [the] links to foreign vital records web sites."
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