SOCCGS FAVORITE WEBSITES
Ancestry - http://www.ancestry.com - Surname search engine which searches many databases, some are free, others require a paid subscription. Census records online for all census years, with an all-name index for 1850-1930, head of household index for 1790-1840. Ancestry can be accessed, free of charge, on the SOCCGS Computers (Service paid for by the Mission Viejo Library).
Heritage Quest http://www.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/index- A subscription-required database available to Libraries, Schools and Societies. Census records 1790-1930. Head of household index for 1790-1820 & 1860-1920 with a partial index for 1930. Over 25,000 books that can be read online, and then portions printed. This site also includes PERSI (The Periodical Source Index) and the Revolutionary War Pension Records. Heritage Quest can be accessed, free of charge, on the Genealogy Computers (Service paid for by SOCCGS).
Family Search - http://www.familysearch.org - LDS Website. Has the complete 1880 U. S. Census, 1881 British Census, 1881 Canadian Census, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Ancestral Files and Pedigree Resource File. You may share your genealogy here in the Pedigree Resource File. FREE!
USGenWeb = http://www.usgenweb.com - This is the home page for the USGenWeb Project. You will find Internet websites for genealogical research in nearly every county and every state of the United States. Some have listed cemetery records, marriage records or census records. FREE!
Google - http://www.google.com - Search for people, places, pictures, etc. Note: Put quotation marks around first and last names of a people search.
Rootsweb - http://www.rootsweb.com - Oldest and largest free genealogy site. Includes a variety of search engines and databases: CA & TX death records, Roots Surname List Name Finder, World Connect, Mailing Lists, etc. You can sign up to belong to a surname and/or geographical mailiing list. [Still free, but sponsored by Ancestry.com.]
WorldGenWeb - http://www.worldgenweb.org/ - WorldGenWeb Project is a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to providing genealogical and historical records and resources for world-wide access! FREE!
Cyndi's List - http://www.cyndislist.com - Cyndi Howe's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet. This is an extremely large list of genealogy website links. FREE!
WorldVitalRecods - http://www.worldvitalrecords.com - A subscription-required service which includes multiple databases. World Vital Records can be accessed, free of charge, on the Genealogy Computers (Service paid for by SOCCGS).
New England Ancestors - http://www.newenglandancestors.org/ - A subscription-required service hosted by The New England Historic Genealogical Society. Rich source of New England genealogy Information. Can be accessed, free of charge on the Genealogy Computers (Service paid for by SOCCGS).
USGS - http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=115:1:11038652388307415258 - USGS Mapping Information. This site is useful for finding old churches & cemeteries. FREE!
DAR Genealogical Research System - http://services.dar.org/public/dar_research/search/?Tab_ID=5 - Information available from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution for the purposes of general research and assisting with the DAR membership process.. . FREE!
NARA - http://www.nara.gov/genealogy/genindex.html - National Archives & Records Administration. (Census indexes and other NARA data.) . FREE!
Vitalsearch - http://www.vitalsearch-worldwide.com/ - Birth, Death and Marriage records from various states. Early California records not available on Ancestry . Vitalsearch can be accessed, free of charge, on the Genealogy Computers (Service paid for by SOCCGS).
Ellis Island - http://www.ellisislandrecords.org - The American Family Immigration History Center. Searchable records of passengers who arrived at Ellis Island from 1892 to 1924 - includes ship's name and manifest; where passengers left from and where they were going. FREE!
Castle Garden - http://www.castlegarden.org - Access to an extraordinary database of information on 10 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892. FREE!
GENUKI - http://www.genuki.org.uk/ - United Kingdom and Ireland genealogy. . FREE!County Boundary Historical Atlas: http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/ Click on "Maps" and choose a state and it will show the county boundary for any census year that you specify. FREE!
British Newspaper Archives - http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/ - A subscription-required service which has British newspapers mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries. British Newspaper Archives can be accessed, free of charge, on the Genealogy Computers (Service paid for by SOCCGS).
Library of Congress Digital Collection - http://www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital.html - Library of Congress Digital Collection includes "American History and Culture" and "Historical Newspapers" FREE!
Yahoo People Search - http://people.yahoo.com - Find address and phone number of living people anywhere in US if they have a listed telephone number. FREE!
Findagrave.com - http://www.findagrave.com/ - Find the grave site of your ancestor. It will often show a picture of the headstone. FREE!
PRDH - http://www.genealogie.umontreal.ca/en/accesAbonneBD.htm - A subsciption required service which has French Canadian Vital Records 1621-1799. PRDH can be accessed, free of charge, on the Genealogy Computers (Service paid for by SOCCGS).Free Forms & Charts From Ancestry- http://www.ancestry.com/download/charts - Download and print free forms and charts
Libraries - Free
WorldCat - http://www.worldcat.org - Find a book in a library near you.
Huntington Beach Library - http://www.hbpl.org
Carlsbad City Library - http://www.ci.carlsbad.ca.us/library/index.html
Los Angeles Public Library - http://www.lapl.org
Mission Viejo City Library - http://cmvl.org/index.html
Newspaper Archive - http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ - A subscription required service which has newspapers from 655 U.S. cites, some dating back to the early 1800s. Fully searchable. Free of charge, on the SOCCGS Computers (Service paid for by SOCCGS).GenealogyBank.com - http://www.genealogybank.com/ - A subsciption required service which has Historical Newspapers (1690-2007). Also has an extensive Newpaper Obituary Collection (1977-current)as well as Historical Books (1801-1900) and Documents (1789-1984). The Social Security Death Index (1937-current) is also available on this site. Fully searchable. Free of charge, on the SOCCGS Computers (Service paid for by SOCCGS).
Fold3.com - http://www.fold3.com/ - A subscription-required service which has scanned images of a huge number of documents. Fold3.com can be accessed, free of charge, on the Genealogy Computers (Service paid for by SOCCGS).
Family History Library Catalog - http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp - An index of all the books and films in Salt Lake Family History Library. Films may be ordered from any Family History Center.
Bureau of Land Management - http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ - If your ancestor homesteaded you should be able to find the land record here. FREE!
Civil War Soldiers & Sailors - http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ - Searchable database that will show the unit that your civil war ancestor served in. Also has unit histories. FREE!
SOCCGS Web Page: http://www.rootsweb.com/~casoccgs/ South Orange County California Genealogical Society web page. Catalog of all the society's books and CDs as well as copies of newsletters from 1995 to present.Soccgs Home Page