Key Genealogical Sites

on the Internet

by Barbara Renick ©Copyright 2002 

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FamilySearch Internet’s List of Key Genealogical Sites

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the SEARCH tab
  3. Click on the Web Sites subtab
  4. By default, you should be in Browse mode
  5. Click on Key Genealogical Sites to see a list of hyperlinks to some of the most useful and highly trafficked Web sites for genealogy.


Allen County Public Library

*      288,000 microforms (microfilm & microfiche)

*      232,000 printed volumes

*      the largest English-language genealogy and local history periodical collection in the world with more than 3200 current subscriptions and more than 4100 titles

1.      click on Allen County Public Library

2.      click on Genealogy

3.      cick on Periodicals

4.      under Periodicals click on click here to search their periodicals list

*      publishes PERSI (PERiodical Source Index)

*      includes more links to key resources

1.      click on Allen County Public Library

2.      click on Genealogy

3.      notice the navigation box in the upper left hand corner provides lists of state specific resources and international resources

4.      click on Getting Started which recommends:

*      Cyndi’s List

*      Treasure Maps

*      Roots-L Home Page

*      Ancestry’s Homepage

*      FamilySearch

*      The FamilyTreeMaker Homepage

*      Eventon Publisher’s Genealogy Page

*      Genealogy Home Page

*      Genealogy Listservers, Newsgroups and Special Homepages

*      Yahoo Genealogy Collection of Sites

*      Find Your Ancestors NOW! grabs most researcher’s attention

 Notice the six tabs across the top of the Web page

1.      Home

*      Today @ Ancestry

*      Subscription Plans

*      Top Things To Do

*      Affiliate Programs

2.      Search

*      Search by Record Type

*      Search by Locality

*      Images Online

*      Search Help

3.      Learn

*      The Library (Ancestry Library of articles)

*      Getting Started

*      Learning Center

*      Publications

4.      Share

*      Surname Community

*      Message Boards

*      Ancestry World Tree

*      Research Registry

5.      Trees

*      Online Family Tree (an online collaborative/multi-user genealogy database program)

*      Ancestry Family Tree (a free genealogy database program you download and install on your computer)

*      Ancestry World Tree combined with RootsWeb’s WorldConnect (186 millions names searchable for free)

6.      Shop

7.      RootsWeb

*      Getting Started

*      Search Engines and Databases

*      Family Trees (World Connect)

*      Mailing Lists

*      Message Boards

*      Research Templates

*      Web Sites

*      Other Tools and Resources

*      Hosted Volunteer Projects

*      Help

*      Buy or Sell

*      Contributing to RootsWeb

*      Free Genealogy Newsletters


Geographically Key Sites

*      HMC’s ARCHON

*      Ellis Island Records

*      Her Majesty’s Stationery Office

*      The Library of Congress (USA)

*      NARA (National Archives and Records Administration—USA)

* (1.9 million names online)

*      Public Record Office of England

*      GENUKI (U.K. & Ireland Genealogical Information Service)

*      General Register Office for Scotland

*      The USGenWeb Project

*      WorldGenWeb Project (11 Regions)


Societies and Organizations

*      Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

*      rootsCENTRAL and their Founders’ Memorial plan

*      National Genealogical Society (NGS)

*      National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR)

*      New England Historic Genealogical Society


Everton’s Genealogical Helper

*      The Genealogy Helper has now become the Family History Magazine

*      Genealogy Center & Online Queries

*      Ask a Pro & Online Archives

*     Family Finder

*    World Family Tree

*      How-To Articles

*      Family Tree Maker software

*      Research Services

*      Community Center

1.      Message Boards

2.      Home Pages

3.      Stories

4.      Mall

5.      Events Calendar

6.      Virtual Cemetery

*      CDs for sale in their Genealogy Data Center

*      Genealogy Help and Guides

*      Books for sale

*      Helpful Web Sites List

1.      People

2.      Places

*      How-To

*      Create Your Own Site



*      GED2HTML software available for download (converts GEDCOM files into HTML format for display on the Internet)

*      GENDEX WWW Genealogical Index (20 million names)

*      Genealogical Web page storage for rent without pop-up ads and advertising banners (Genealogical Publishing Company & Clearfield Publishing Company)

*      Catalogue of 2000 books and CDs for sale

*      Genealogist’s Essential Library & Beginner’s Books

*      Family Central (now under construction)

*      will have links to a variety of finding aids (that they sell) based upon surnames like the Directory of Family Associations

*      will have a complete surname index for the majority of their books and CDs

Genealogy Exchange & Surname Registry (currently closed)

The Genealogy Home Page (a directory with 15 main categories)


*      Search this site by surname, Site Listings, or the entire site

*      Site provides gateways, guides, and lists of links

*      Meta Search in its Search Pages section

*      Query Forum meta searches several message boards and online query systems


Kindred Konnections

*      Some services are free; others are by paid subscription

*      Searchable pedigree-linked database with 1 billion names

*      Online collaborative/multi-user genealogy database program that does any alphabet

*      Has one of the best database search structures

*      Unicode alphabets

*      What to do if you find too many matches

*      What to do if your find too few matches


Cyndi’s List

Cyndi’s List has 150 categories divided into subcategories that contain lists of hyperlinks to hopefully helpful genealogical sites: On March 5, 2001 this site had its 20 millionth visitor. Search Cyndi’s List in two ways:

*      Browse by categories

*      Main Index (default view)

*      Topical Index

*      Alphabetical Index

*      “No Frills” Index

*      Text-Only Index

*      Search It! at Cyndi’s List (site specific search engine)


Additional Sites to Consider:

Genealogy Portal (

Genealogy Home Page (

 Genealogy Resources on the Internet by Chris Gaunt ( and


NARA Reference at Your Desk (

"Z" Links at Barbara Renick's site (

New Genealogy Search Engine: Genealogy Developments (

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