Celeste's Favorite Genealogy Websites

CALENDAR OF GENEALOGY EVENTS

Tony’s Genealogy Blog – Calendar of Local Genealogy Events

 

GENERAL

Family Genealogy and History Internet Education Directory – Wiki

Billions of primary and secondary database resources, providing family history and genealogy records.


Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

 

FamilySearch.org

“Our vision is carried out by a dedicated team of employees and volunteers who work tirelessly to preserve and share the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world. We strive to create and link the best and most valuable research resources to help people discover who they are by exploring where they come from.”

 

GenealogyInTime Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2016

The annual GenealogyInTime Magazine Top 100 is the definitive list in genealogy. It profiles and ranks the best ancestral websites based on estimates of their internet traffic. This results in a list that is objective, comprehensive and (most importantly) impartial.

 

GenealogySpot

GenealogySpot.com is a free resource center that simplifies the search for the best online genealogy resources for beginners and experts alike. Sites featured on GenealogySpot.com are hand-selected by our editorial team for their exceptional quality, content and utility.

 

Internet Archive Genealogy Resources

The Archive’s ever-expanding collection of genealogy resources includes items from the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Robarts Library at the University of Toronto; the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library; Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah;, the National Library of Scotland, the Indianapolis City Library’s Indianapolis City Directory and Yearbooks Collection, The Leo Baeck Institute Archives of German-speaking Jewry Leo Baeck Institute Archives, and the Boston Public Library.
Resources include among many things books on surname origins, vital statistics, parish records, census records, passenger lists of vessels, and other historical and biographical documents.

 

Linkpendium – the Definitive Directory

Developed by the founders of Rootsweb.


Newberry Library Genealogy Research Guides

Librarians have compiled these bibliographies, checklists, collection descriptions, and links to articles about our holdings to assist you in your exploration of the Newberry’s rich collections


One-Step Pages by Stephen Morse

In the “old days” genealogical research was done by traveling great distances and then going through dusty archives or using microfilm readers. But the advent of the World Wide Web has changed that. Today much of the data useful to genealogists has been put on websites and can be accessed from the comfort of home. Unfortunately, many of these websites are not easy to use. And those that are don’t always offer all the versatility that is possible. For that reason I have created alternate ways of accessing some of these websites. In addition I have developed some of my own databases and programs to facilitate doing genealogical research. These are all collected together under what I call the One-Step website.

 

ETHNIC-SPECIFIC

 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN GENEALOGY

AfriGeneas

This site is devoted to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general.

 

CANADIAN

Library and Archives Canada

A vast collection, assembled over the past 140 years, spanning the entire history of the country.

 

FRANCE

France - Genealogical Resources


France - National Archives

 

GERMANY

Find Your Roots in Germany

 

IRELAND (see also: United Kingdom)

Find My Past (Ireland) $

Formed by two experts in the field of family history, Eneclann, a publishing house with extensive experience in family history in Ireland, and FindMyPast, a leading UK genealogy website.

 

National Archives of Ireland

Includes census records, Soldiers’ Wills, Tithe Applotment books and more.

 

ITALY

National Archives of Italy

 

JEWISH GENEALOGY

American Jewish Archives: Genealogy Guide

The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives has a large and growing genealogy collection, with over 1,000 family genealogy files. In addition, we have extensive resources in the following areas: Jewish communities and immigration during the Colonial Period, early Jewish communities in the Caribbean Islands, along with congregational records from early Jewish settlement to modern times. The American Jewish Archives does not hold official government records (birth, marriage, death, naturalization) other than those that might be noted in synagogue or rabbis’ records.

 

Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI)

Serves as a resource for the worldwide community to research their Chicago area Jewish roots.

 

POLISH GENEALOGY

PolandGenWeb

Useful for beginners, this site includes tutorials for research in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It also covers the basics of performing your research after you identify your ancestor’s hometown.

 

Polish Genealogical Society of America

This research society is open to anyone researching in Poland or its former territories. Membership is not required to access the website which offers many good resources.

 

Polish Roots

PolishRoots covers all areas that were historically part of the Polish Commonwealth, from the 16th through the 18th centuries, throughout the years of partitions by Prussia, Russia, and Austria, through its rebirth in 1918, subsequent domination during World War II and post-War occupation, to its present freedom and struggle for independence through the latter 20th Century.

 

SCOTLAND

Scotland’s People

Scotland’s Places

 

UNITED KINGDOM

United Kingdom and Ireland Genealogy

Includes England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, together with the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

 

IMMIGRATION/NATURALIZATION

Naturalization Records/National Archives

Get details on naturalization records and the process. Determine what naturalization microfilm is available from NARA and at which facility nationwide.

 

Ellis Island Passenger Search

More than 22 million passengers and members of ships’ crews entered the United States through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. Information about each person was written down in ships’ passenger lists, known as “manifests.” Manifests were used to examine immigrants upon arrival in the United States. Now you can search these millions of records for information on individual Ellis Island passengers. To prepare for your search, gather as much information as you can, such as: the passenger’s first and last names; approximate year of arrival; “ethnicity” (which may include race, nationality, and religion); approximate age on arrival; ship of travel; port of departure; and whether the passenger traveled with other family members.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

Infobel World: International Telephone Directories

Infobel manages and develops a constantly-updated database of some 130 million European telephone subscribers, which it makes available to all.

 

 

 

LOCAL GENEALOGY SOURCES

 

Buffalo Grove Family History Center, 3075 N. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 847-913-5387

 

Chicago Ancestors: Discover the Past by Address

Whether you’re doing local history research or your family genealogy, ChicagoAncestors is the spot for finding and sharing information about Chicago. Interested in historic Chicago neighborhoods, churches, buildings or events? Start your search here.

 

Chicago History Museum: Online Resources

The Chicago History Museum offers a number of online resources, to assist your exploration of Museum collections, and to provide context and interpretation.

 

Cook County Clerk’s Office: Genealogy Online

Please note, the Chicago Fire of October 8, 1871 destroyed all Cook County vital records prior to that date. After some rebuilding, record keeping resumed in 1872. Under Illinois law, genealogical vital records are defined as: Birth certificates that are 75 years or older (before today’s date in 1938); Marriage certificates that are 50 years or older (before today’s date in 1963); Death certificates that are 20 years or older (before today’s date in 1993).

 

City News Chicago Property Search

CityNews supports the information needs of community residents, neighborhood organizations, and others with respect to housing-related data. By providing access to up-to-date building and parcel data, and making it freely available in an easily searchable format at different geographic scales, CityNews makes the public data system more transparent and accessible. CityNews enables community organizations and city and county agencies to monitor real estate trends to more effectively counteract housing abandonment, gentrification, commercial decline and financial disinvestment in Chicago’s inner city communities. There are two main sections of CityNews: the Parcel Search & Tabular Data Section, and the Interactive Mapping Component. You can switch between these two sections by clicking on the Property Search or Mapping button in the menu bar.

 

A Look at Cook: Genealogy in Cook County, Illinois

This is useful when searching Chicago census records. Includes maps and boundary descriptions for wards, townships and enumeration districts.

 

Cook County Coroner’s Inquest Record Index, 1872-1911

The 74, 160 records were extracted from the Cook County Coroner’s Inquest Records. Copies of the files found in this index may be obtained by mail or telephone.

 

Genealogy and Local History Newberry Library

The Newberry has been collecting genealogy and local history materials since 1887. Staff at the Genealogy and Local History desk can help you explore the Newberry’s rich collections of family histories; local histories; censuses, probate, deed, court, tax, and cemetery records; military rosters; periodicals; genealogical guides; and reference works.

 

MILITARY

Military Indexes and Records

This website is a directory of links to online military indexes and records for US genealogy research. Included are rosters, databases of soldiers, draft card databases for World War I and II, and listings of military and war casualties.

 

NEWSPAPERS

Online Historical Newspapers

Links to all the online historical newspapers in one place.

 

SOFTWARE REVIEWS

Genealogy Software Comparisons-NEHGS

The Best Genealogy Software of 2017

 

 

STATE-BY-STATE

75 Best State Genealogy Websites of 2016

State archives and libraries are creating more digital archives and “memory” websites with records and photos.

 

VITAL RECORDS

BillionGraves

Uses modern technology to capture images of headstones with their GPS locations so users worldwide can access those records anywhere. BillionGraves strives to do just that: preserve at least one billion graves.

 

Free Public Records

Welcome to Search Systems, your guide to Free Public Records. We’ve worked for 17 years to take the guesswork out of finding public record information online. We’ve located, analyzed, described, and organized links to over 55,000 databases by type and location to help you find property, criminal, court, birth, death, marriage, divorce records, licenses, deeds, mortgages, corporate records, business registration, and many other public record resources quickly, easily, and for free.

 

Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records

This website is a directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices & registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery & burial records. You can also find information here about searching the Social Security Death Index online.

 

Find A Grave: Millions of Cemetery Records

Find a Grave’s mission is to find, record and present final disposition information from around the world as a virtual cemetery experience.

 

The National Archives and Records Administration

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.

 

U.S. Railroad Retirement Board

Records maintained deal primarily with the administration and payment of retirement benefits to the nation’s railroad workers. No information is released on a person who is still living without the written consent of that person.

 

Vital Records

The most comprehensive resource for locating vital records

 

Where to Write for Vital Records