The Gathering Process Online Part II - Helpful Genealogy Websites

3/20/2016 09:06:00 PM

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When it comes to finding historical documents that have the information you need, there are many fantastic resources on the internet. In this post I want to tell you about some of my favorite resources and how they can help you.

Just remember that this is only one individual's list and a very small one at that. There are many other websites I use that are specific to certain areas in which I search. If you have general genealogy websites you recommend feel free to comment.


Family Search - is the largest genealogy organization in the world. The site is free and you can build a family tree on it as well as search millions of records.

The USGenWeb Project - is a volunteer run website organized by states and counties. It's completely free to access. Since each page is run completely by volunteers the information you find there can be hit or miss, but it's always worth checking. Types of records I've found include newspaper articles, wills, obituaries, cemetery records, family bible records and more.

Find A Grave - is another volunteer run, completely free website. It's a great collaborative effort where users who create a free account can add burial listings, photographs, biographical information for the deceased, and suggest corrections in information. Thousands of users upload new information all the time.

Fulton History - is a bit quirky looking and not the easiest search engine with which to narrow things down but with over 34,000,000 historical newspaper pages from within the U.S. and Canada it's definitely a valuable resource.

Google Newspaper Archive - is a nother newspaper resource containing millions of archived newspaper images

Cyndi's List - "A comprehensive, categorized, & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online." You never know what obscure genealogy websites you might come across using this vast directory

Ellis Island -  Loads of immigration records to search for free!

Chronicling America - Newspaper images for you to search spanning from 1836-1922

General Land Office Records - More than 5 millions images of land title records going back to 1820

GENUKI - is a large directory resource for websites pertaining to UK and Irish genealogy.

The National Archives UK - A huge work in progress but over 5% of the National records have been digitized.

Free UK Genealogy -  "Free UK Genealogy works with volunteers to make transcriptions of family history records. We are currently working to transcribe the England and Wales index of Births Marriages and Deaths, historic Parish Registers and 19th Century Censuses."

PAID RESOURCES - is a huge repository of family trees and billions of digitized historical records. It's my #1 resource. - is a database of documents, images and other material covering American military history.

Genealogy Bank - has millions of records including historical books, documents, and newspapers and more recent obituaries.

Find My Past - Over 1 billion records to search and a family tree maker

My Heritage - Search over 6 billion historical records or create an online family tree