General Genealogy

  • U.S. Genweb –  volunteers working together providing free online genealogy help and information for every U.S. state and county.
  • Ancestry.com $ – allows users to create virtual family trees, get “hints” about who else could be their ancestors and search for historical records that can be connected to family members and used as genealogical evidence.
  • U.S. National Archives – preserves and documents government and historical records and increasingly provides public access to them.
  • FamilySearch.org – millions of records from all over the world here, all for free
  • FindMyPast.com $ – a popular Ancestry alternative from the United Kingdom
  • My Heritage $ -another Ancestry type site that helps you build a genealogy-focused personal website, family trees, and find historical records.
  • Linkpendium – their goal is to index every genealogy, genealogy, family history, family tree, surname, vital records, biography, or otherwise genealogically-related site on the Internet.
  • Cyndi’s List Links to almost everything and anything on and about genealogy.
  • The Virtual Genealogical Society – monthly online meetings, webinars, social networking, annual conferences, and in-person meet-ups at conferences, institutes and events around the world (membership fee)
  • Country Studies – The Library of Congress Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.
  • FindAGrave.com – free, a database of hundreds of millions of graves around the world, often with pictures and/or biographical info.
  • Background Notes – Country and regional reports from the U.S. Department of State.
  • Infoplease Map Library – Countries and regions of the world, plus a collection of printable outline maps of the U.S.
  • Map History/History of Cartography  – Directory with comments and sources for thousands of historic map Web sites
  • ThoughtCo.com – a “how-to” more than a record resource, this site has tutorials, database recommendations, surname meanings, search strategies, and ancestry charts.

$ indicates that the site charges for full access to their content.