Genealogy - Getting Started and Useful Links

This is a page of links to sites which offer help for beginning genealogists, and links to many sites which most everyone should be find useful.  It is divided into 3 sections:


1. Help to Get Started and Keep Going!
2. Helpful Hunting Places
3. Useful Tools, Tips, Supplies, etc.


Help to Get Started and Keep Going!

About Genealogy - The Family Tree and Genealogy Research Guide. - Getting Started - First Steps, Organizing Data, Computers & Genealogy, Legal Considerations, Etiquette, and Ethics.

Begin your genealogy quest - How to Get Started - From FamilySearch

Cyndi's List - Beginners - Beginners Guides, Hints & Tips, Mailing Lists, Newsgroups & Chat, Publications, Software & Supplies, Researching help links.

Cyndi's List - Myths, Hoaxes & Scams - Common Genealogical Myths, Consumer Protection, Other Myths, Hoaxes & Scams, Quality Research Methods.

Family History Research Wiki - Get genealogical research advice, or learn where to find record collections in more than 78,000 FamilySearch articles.

FamilySearch Learning Center - Browse hundreds of online genealogy courses to help you discover your family history.

Genealogy Privacy Issues - This is about our living relatives right to privacy.  Everyone should read this!

National Genealogical Society - Suggestions for Beginners - Climbing Your Family Tree.

RootsWeb Guides - Information that will be helpful in your search for your ancestors.

Helpful Hunting Places

Best Big Genealogy Websites in 2013 - From Family Tree Magazine.

A Barrel of Genealogy Links - From "Genealogy Today" - Lots of genealogy links, Civil War links, and genealogy resources.

Access Genealogy - The first genealogy stop in researching your ancestry online!

American History and Genealogy Project

Ancestor Search Genealogy Search Engines - An Interactive Directory of 400 Genealogy Search Engines. - Free Census Online & Genealogy Records.

CinnamonToast Genealogy - Index of links to genealogy web sites and databases, classified by surname and by region.

Cousin Connect - Genealogy Query and Surname Database.

Ellis Island Online - American Family Immigration History Center.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.

Family Search - The worlds largest non-profit free genealogy site, operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

GenCircles - Global tree with "Smart Matching", Surname clubs, Genealogy Message Searcher. - Genealogy directory and resources: Includes a comprehensive list of genealogy sites, a surname meta-search tool, and a genealogy message board. - GenForum's - Genealogy forums where you can post and read genealogical queries.  Arranged by Surname, Regional location, and General Topics. - Online resource for family history research with over 12,000 links.

Genealogy Today - Genealogy news plus surname queries, family search tips, articles and genealogy search tools.

GeneaNet - Genealogical Database Network.

GENUKI Home page - UK and Ireland Genealogy.

NEHGS - Website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the nation's oldest and largest genealogical society.  One of the country's richest sources for family history, with particular emphasis on local family history.

Genealogy Records, Indexes and Databases on the Internet - Contains links to all known genealogical databases searchable through the Web.

RootsWeb - Home Page - The oldest and largest FREE genealogy site, supported by

RootsWeb - Search Message Boards - Genealogy Message Boards where you can post and read genealogical queries.  Arranged by Surnames, Localities, and Topics.

RootsWeb - World Connect - Search all databases, (more than 200 million names).

U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 - Search

SurnameWeb - Genealogy, ancestry,  surnames, family tree, origins.

U.S. GenWeb Project - a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone.

Where to Write - Where to write for vital records.


Useful Tools, Tips, Supplies, etc. - Charts & Forms - Charts and forms that you can download and print.

Bing Translate - Translate text from one language to another, or enter an URL to translate an entire web page.

Behind the Name - The Etymology & History of First Names.

Birthday Calculator - Calculates birth date from tombstone, death certificate, obituary age at death.

Brother's Keeper - This is the genealogy program that I use, - Brother's Keeper is a Windows genealogy shareware program that will help you organize your family history information and let you print a large variety of charts and reports.  BK5 works with Windows 3.1 or up with 8 megs RAM or more.  BK6 works with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP.  There is no charge to download BK to try it out.

Free Charts and Forms - Forms in Adobe .pdf format that you can download and print - from Brigham Young University-Broadcast Services.

Glossary of Genealogy Terms - From GenealogyPro.

Glossary of Genealogical Terms and Abbreviations  - From

Internet Archive - Their "Wayback Machine" makes it possible to surf more than 10 billion pages from 1996 to the present.  It consists of 100 terabytes of pages stored in the Internet Archive's web archive.  This is very useful if a site that you are looking for no longer exists, or if you would like to see how the site looked at a previous time.

Oral History Questions - Fifty Questions for Family History Interviews - from

Perpetual Calendar - View any month, any year, in the Gregorian calendar. Click any day for more information.

Relationship Charts and Terms - This is a page of links to sites that have various types of charts and information about relationship terms.

RootsWeb - Town/County locator - Very helpful if you don't know what county a city or town is in.  (Also helpful for locating places is the USGS GNIS link below).  For more county information, see: Rootsweb US County Resources.

Search help for Google - This free genealogy site will help you use Google™ for your research. It will create a series of different searches using tips or "tricks" that will likely improve your results. The different searches will give you many different ways of using Google to find ancestry information on the Internet.

USGS Geographic Names Information System - Obtain information about a selected geographic feature: State/County, Population, Other names, etc.  This is real good for locating obscure places and county information.

If anyone knows of any other sites that would be good to add (or ones here that need to be changed/deleted), please notify the webmaster.

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