Some Favorite Links
We try to check these links monthly; however, catching every one is almost an impossible task.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you find a link that doesn't work.
But ... be sure to tell us which link is not working!!!
Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) - Incorporated as a non-profit organization on 5 May 1977, FSGS was founded to promote the study and research of Florida genealogy and local history.
The Florida USGenWeb - great links to almost everything connected to Florida genealogy resources.
Central Florida Genealogical Society (CFGS), Orlando, FL; regional events and sources for genealogy research; some resources include Seminole and Volusia Counties.
St. Lucie Historical Society, Ft. Pierce, FL.
Treasure Coast Genealogical Society, Ft. Pierce, FL.
East Central Florida Genealogical Society Co-Op (ECFGS) - This is a cooperative of nine Eastern Florida Genealogical Societies. Visit their website for a searchable index of Family History Holdings available through these various locations! Excellent resource!
Indian River Genealogical Society. The Indian River County Main Library has all of the holdings of the society. When the new library was built in 1991 and taken over by the County, a room with over 1000 square feet was designated for the Florida History & Genealogy Department, providing over 4000 square feet since the remodeling of 2002.
Genealogical Society of Broward County, Ft. Lauderdale, FL - information on researching in Florida and nationwide, and includes numerous bios on early pioneers to the area.
Brevard Genealogical Society, Cocoa, FL.
Genealogical Society of North Brevard, Titusville, FL.
Genealogical Society of South Brevard, Melbourne, FL.
Cyndi's List - the best source for anything genealogical on the Internet.
The US GenWeb Project
US Census Bureau Home Page - check out the section on frequently occurring first names and surnames from the 1990 US census.
Social Security Death Index (SSDI) - provided by Rootsweb and updated monthly.
The Genealogy Home Page
Genealogy Encyclopedia Online - offers terminology and means of abbreviations, early illnesses and diseases, early occupations, genealogical terms, nicknames and equivalents, and tombstone symbols.
Library of Congress - the most well-developed historical and informational government website in the US. - an impressive collection of stories from the 1930s. These manuscripts are part of the American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress and can accessed at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/wpaintro/wpahome.html.
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC)
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Bureau of Land Management (BLM), General Land Office (GLO) Records Automation Website - provides live database and image access to more than two million Federal land title records for the Eastern Public Land States dating back to 1820. These records can be accessed at http://www.glorecords.blm.gov. Although the definition for "Eastern Public Land State" isn't provided, the states included are: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. This site is rather amazing in that it is free, easy to access, contains valuable information, and is run by the Government.
Resources - passenger lists, church records, cemetery transcriptions, military records, and census records for the U.S. and Great Britain.
Online Directory - links to vital records information for counties across the U.S.
U.K. Sites - The family records consortium for the U.K.
New Brunswick Genealogy - searchable online data of New Brunswick genealogy and history.
Canadian Patents 1869-1894 - database of over 14,000 patents (including digitized images) from the National Archives of Canada.
Allen County Library in Fort Wayne, IN; highlights the immense collection of research materials housed in the second largest genealogical library in the U.S.
American Colonists Library - primary source documents pertaining to early American history
England/Wales VRs - transcribed birth, marriage, and death records from England and Wales (1837-1900); a busy, slow site, but well worth the wait
Ancestor's Attic - passenger lists, information, birth calculator, immigration, and much more.
inGeneas Database - contains Canadian passenger, immigration, census, vital statistic (birth, marriage and death), land, military and miscellaneous records from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild - The ISTG supports on ongoing project in which volunteers transcribe lists of arrivals to America. Search options are by date, ship name, captain's name, port of departure, port of arrival, etc.
The Ellis Island Foundation Project - Reconnect with your own immigrant heritage and discover ways to honor your family for posterity on The American Immigrant Wall of Honor® and research your family's arrival in America at The American Family Immigration History Center™.
Sites with Genealogical Source Material - Alan Tupman has created this resource as an alternative to the majority of genealogy sites by bringing genealogists and data closer together with a minimum of ads, images, and ego. One of the site's most tempting resources is the list of links to over 100 ship passenger lists that are organized chronologically and by country of arrival. Lists of passengers from Ireland to the US are particularly abundant, and have their own separate list. German Palatine Heritage - The place to look if you have Palatine ancestors.
The Ship "Mary and John" Clearing House - Since 1986, the Mary and John Clearing House has grown into the most complete Mary and John 1630 passenger list collection available.
Passenger Lists on the Internet.
Links from Cyndi's List for Genealogical Societies
Caleb Johnson's Mayflower Page - the most complete Internet site for Mayflower history and genealogy. Contains an extensive collection of valuable historical and genealogical data about the Mayflower, as well as online databases of Mayflower pilgrims. Not exactly a lineage society page, but absolutely one of the greatest sources of Mayflower information.
The General Society of Mayflower Descendants - The Official Mayflower page.
Rootsweb's Message Board.
America's HomePage for Mayflower Descendants - Official tourguide, historical references, and commercial business exchange for Plymouth, MA and the surrounding area. Also contains other interesting links to genealogical resources and has a Mayflower bulletin board to contact other Mayflower descendants.
National Genealogical Society (NGS) - sponsors of the annual Conference in the States held at a different location each year usually in May or June. NGS members automatically receive the conference registration brochure with the November/December NGS Newsletter; however, nonmembers may receive the brochure (as soon as it is available) by contacting NGS at: NGS '99 Conference Registration Brochure, 4527 17th Street North, Arlington, VA 22207-2399, Phone: (703) 525-0050; Toll Free (800) 473-0060; Fax (703) 525-0052; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or NGS HomePage
New England Genealogical and Historical Society (NEHGS), 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116-3007 (617) 836-5740 email@example.com
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR)
Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)
Hereditary Societies History and Chronology - incredible website of numerous societies, including membership and URL information.
Genealogy Gateway to the Web(TM) - Allen Lacy's links to an extraordinary number of places of interest.
Rootsweb World Connect - search for a surname anywhere in the world.
GenForum - Forum finder results
Surname Springboard - Recently taken on by Allen Lacy; an excellent list of surnames.
The Surname Genealogy Web Project
Family Tree Maker - links to many online ancestral databases maintained by individuals.
Kindred Konnections Genealogy and Family History - an Internet library and database center revolving around a large, user-submitted, lineage-linked pedigree file that allows users to search the database for a monthly fee.
First Name Basis - Since family names tend to be much more important to genealogists than given names, very few name indexes are organized on a first name basis. First Name Basis is designed to assist those attempting to locate those missing female branches in their family tree.
Soundex Code - this site provides the correct soundex code for all your research surnames
Initials/Acronymns - Explanations of initials and acronyms found in genealogical research
http://www.freetranslation.com, http://www.babel.altavista.com/tr?, http://www.atwtranslation.com - three sites where you can have records or letters translated without charge
The Family History Library - The LDS Church home page; wonderful site to find out what's available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, as well as information on other aspects of genealogy and the LDS church.
Family Search - Need I say more?
More FHL Information - by Debbie Wafford
Salt Lake City - Here We Come! - a most unique page with good advice on how to prepare to do research in Salt Lake City
Family History Centers - from the Genealogy Home Page
LDS Research Outlines available for downloading.
The History Net
The U.S. Army Center of Military History - a good source of information on how to obtain your own or an ancestor's military record(s).
Navy History - provides information regarding various facets of current and historical naval life
Time Page - Cycles of US History - a really great site with lots of links and an excellent section of the 13 Original American Colonies.
Colonel Bailey's 2nd Massachusetts Regiment - primarily a site for individuals involved in the hobby of re-enacting the Revolutionary war, but extremely interesting.
Spy Letters of the American Revolution - tales of espionage and spies with names and places during the Revolutionary War
Valley Forge Encampment - an automated free database to the 30,000 plus men who served at the Valley Forge Encampment under George Washington from Dec 1777 to Jun 1778.
The American Civil War Home Page.
General Civil War - very comprehensive information available on the Civil War, including its causes and effects; including maps, photos, stories, etc. A new Civil War forum has been added whereby you can exchange your ideas and opinions regarding this critical part of American History with your peers.
Civil War Soldier's and Sailor's System - sponsored by the National Park Service, this site describes the Civil War Soldier's and Sailor's System project, which is an ambitious attempt to index some five million military service records from the Civil War.
USGenWeb Archives Pensions Project - a new project of the USGenWeb Archives that will provide actual transcriptions of pension-related materials for all wars prior to 1900.
US Civil War Center at Louisiana State University - a clearninghouse for all sorts of information about the Civil War; more than 4500 records to units, battlefields, lifestyles, cemeteries, historic parks, etc. Also provides many links of interest to Civil War researchers, as well as a section dealing with researching the lives of individuals who lived in the Civil War era.
Texas State Library Genealogy Collection - primarily outlines the genealogical collection of the Texas State Library; however, the site also contains an online searchable index to some 54,000 Confederate pension applications.
ReuNet - the reunion network. A mutual-consent international reunion registry that matches individuals searching for each other. Maintains 300,000 active current searches and receives an average of 5000 hits/day.
Zip Codes - let the US Postal Service help you update and maintain your reunion mailing list(s) with Zip+4 codes and other address information.
Great Reunions - commercial firm with many reunion services.
Reunions Magazine - online
Everton's Genealogical Helper
Biography Assistant from Genealogy.com - to interview family members at the reunion.
Time Capsule to fill for future generations.
Addresses from Switchboard.com - to help you find those individuals.
Classmates online - helps high school alumni and friends find each other.
David Royster's Map Website an outstanding place to locate anything to do with maps.
1895 U.S. Atlas Project - gazetteer and maps
U.S. Topographical Maps
Topographical Maps - an excellent source for topographical maps.
Animap Plus from The Gold Bug - county boundary historical atlas. This commercial firm also sells reproductions of historical maps.
Goldbug Site Finder - Plot a place (city, town), cemetery, courthouse, school, church, or military site on a Google Map through this very simple search.
John R. Bochert Map Library - descriptions of many major map collections, contains links to most of the major map libraries throughout the world.
Ancestry Hometown Page - includes some "free" and subscription maps
County Mayo 1838 Ordnance Maps Online - Allows identification of individual houses, narrow country lanes, rivers, lakes, and even rows of trees.
Two very useful sites for locating contemporary addresses and trip planning:
Cyndi's List Cyndi's index to genealogically-related sites is the largest on the Internet She has identified many meaningful and useful sites in over 70 separate categories. The list is always growing and is one of the most current and regularly updated sites available. You'll find categories for all 50 US states as well as Canadian provinces and foreign locales, personal home pages, records types, various ethnic and religious groups, and categories for several special topics of genealogical interest.
Ancestry.com - From humble beginnings in early 1996, this site has grown to become one of the largest storehouses of genealogical data on the Internet. Contains a huge collection of online, searchable genealogical databases, Social Security Death Master File, Periodical Source Index (PERSI), a Geographic Reference Library, and several other collections, as well as in-depth "how to" articles, and a free daily e-mail newsletter. Most databases are available to search for free for a specific time period, afterwhich individuals can subscribe for a monthly fee.
The American Genealogical Lending Library (AGLL).
Everton's Genealogical Helper - a combination of searchable databases (both free and subscription), genealogical research tips, and online education.
Heritage Quest Books - commercial vendor of books, CDs, microfilm, and much more.
Genealogy Resources on the Internet
National Adoption Information Clearinghouse - the place to look for adoption-related research information
Adoption Information - general information on adoption and records
Distinguished Women of Past and Present - lots of great biographies about famous women
GENDEX: WWW Genealogical Index
Repositories of Primary Sources - sponsored by the University of Idaho, lists almost 2,000 websites around the world which describe holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources.
Library Servers via WWW (LibWeb) - sponsored by the University at Berkeley, lists almost 1500 library catalogs accessible through the Internet.
National Biography Index - a user-submitted index to biographies on the WWW currently containing links to over 100 individuals.
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