FREE unless otherwise noted

General Genealogical Websites
Family Search
Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) web site. A computerized system of genealogical information that helps researchers identify their ancestors and organize family history information.
 
USGenweb
County-by-county access to genealogical information - always an important way to search. Easy to use. Logical
 
US Genweb Archives
Actual documents, databases. Also check out Statewide material. Example: USGenWeb Archives – NY- State Files – Prisons
 
World Genweb
Wide variety of what is available at each site. Some have volunteers who have packed the site with raw data; others have only minimal information. Can change frequently. Keep checking back. Typical topics included on the sites: queries, surname lists, general information on the county and its resources, e.g. courthouse hours, free look-ups, sometimes how to subscribe to a mail list for that county.
 
Rootsweb
A vast clearinghouse of genealogical data. Be careful to enter search info only in the Rootsweb section as others will request payment.
 
Worldconnect
Index to thousands of gedcoms, some of which you can download.
 
Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild
Listing of ship passenger lists
 
FindaGrave.com
A free website listing over 89 million grave records, including many photographs and supplementary information.
 
Cyndi’s List
Largest site for finding genealogical web pages by general topics – hundreds of thousands of links listed
 
Ellis Island
Ellis Island records from 1892 to 1924
 
Castle Garden
Information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened
 
Google
Best search engine for the web. Try your names. Put in quotes, add location, to cut down on hits (e.g. “Lucy Keeler” Fremont Ohio)
 
Linkpendium
A site which lists web resources organized by state and then county and then by record category.
 
Genealogy Resources, by State
The US government's website. Find an A-Z list of some of each state's genealogical resources.
 

Subscription Internet Resources
 
Ancestry.com (Institution Edition)
Redfern Genealogical Research Center at the Midland County Centennial Library has a paid subscription. You must be in the Library to use this service.
 
HeritageQuest Online
Redfern Genealogical Research Center at the Midland County Centennial Library has a paid subscription. Census record images from 1790 to 1940 for the entire country. Over 25,000 family and local histories. Patrons can log on to the Heritage Quest web site from home and at the library by typing in a User Name and Password available from the library.
 

Libraries and Archives
MCPLLink
Searches MCPL and Redfern Genealogical Research Center
 
Texas State Library and Archives
Fort Wayne, Indiana’s huge genealogy library catalog
 
Fort Wayne, Indiana Library Catalog
Fort Wayne, Indiana’s huge genealogy library catalog
 
Library of Virginia Catalog
Virginia’s exceptional genealogy library catalog
 
National Archives-NARA
Outstanding resource for genealogical records
 
Access to Archival Databases
National Archives Access to Archival Databases searchable
 
Worldcat
A massive catalog to books and other materials worldwide, but mostly in the United States. Free to public.
 

FUN Tools
Roots-L Library
GREAT for the beginner
 
Every State Marriage Records
Many links, but $ indicated
 
Deciphering Old Handwriting
 
Deed Plotter
Plot out your deeds online - No downloading
 
The Official Federal Land Records Site
Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office web site provides live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present.