Let's use this discussion to post links of valuable (and FREE) genealogical data repositories. Please add: my list is mostly American and doesn't include Wikipedia, because y'all know about Wiki already. :)
First stop in locating US vital records:
and their beta site:
I have found contradictions and errors in their records, but understand that many vitals are based on "reporters" from the days before government records.
The quality varies enormously, from unverified GEDCOM to very well documented. Lookups are really fast and easy and include the SSDI death index:
A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families
Considered the most accurate site available. Not for the faint of heart: it's quite scholarly.
The site of record for the European royal families and on the British Peerage
Over the past century, the Society’s research provides a strong foundation for the study of New Sweden Colony (1638-1655), the short lived effort by Sweden to claim a stake in colonial America. After 1655 the Swedish flag no longer flew overheard, but the Swedish and Finnish colonists remained as the majority population in Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey under successive Dutch and English rulers. They lived with a considerable degree of self government until the arrival of William Penn and the flood of several thousand English Quakers ended the so-called “Swedish Nation on the Delaware” (1655-1681).
Already I'm fascinated!
The Historical Marker Database
A categorized, searchable database containing historical markers and commemorative plaques from across the United States.
JewishGen - The Home of Jewish Genealogy
Provides a wide range of resources including databases, familyfinder, articles, societies, projects and discussion groups. Databases include "shtetl finder" and "burial records"
Every book that's ever been published can be found in a library, here:
Includes instant "citation makers" and links to googlebooks and amazon.com.
The USGenWeb Project consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. The Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone.
Includes will, cemetery and census transcription files.
Many people know the National Archives as the keeper of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. But we also hold in trust for the public the records of ordinary citizens—for example, military records of the brave men and women who have fought for our country, naturalization records of the immigrants whose dreams have shaped our nation, and even the canceled check from the purchase of Alaska ...
Welcome to Chronicling America, enhancing access to America's historic newspapers. This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1860-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).
More than one hundred years ago, a group of descendants of the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620, saw the need for a national society to honor their memory. The intention was to remember these Pilgrims who established Plymouth Colony, in what was then called the northern part of Virginia.
Today there are tens-of-millions of individuals descended from these brave souls. It is the goal of The Mayflower Society to join together people who share this heritage and to carry on the memory of our Pilgrim ancestors.
I found this while trying to unravel various John Woodys:
Links to various Web sites with Woody family trees. If this isn't what y'all meant by this thread, just let me know and I'll delete it, no questions asked!
Oh, I think it's terrific, and reminds me of something I have learned: the organized family sites (i.e., Descendants of Edmund Rice) seem to have much better data.
So since some of us manage to connect with just about everyone eventually, posting the "good" family sites rather than "individual" pages is really helpful. For instance if I run across a Woody in my ancestry I now have a better reference than just google.
So thanks Marsha and keep them coming.
Not everyone knows Cyndi's List:
I have found www.findagrave.com very useful. There may be slight discrepancies in dates, but not far off. Often there are links to spouses, parents and children.
Every state and many counties or regions now maintain a gensearch database. Just google state name+genealogy to get a list.
Many of my ancestors lived in the Eastern part of Kentucky. I have found this site to be useful --http://www.mykentuckygenealogy.com/ky-county-floyd.html.Not only does it cover Floyd County, but has links to the neighboring counties, as well.
I have well-documented sites for several of my principle ancestral families but I'm at the office right now and can't access them. I'll add them to the list later. These would be for Chenoweth, Meade/Mead, Park and Auxier/Oxshear.
If anyone needs info on Snelling families, I have a book written about them. I am happy to look up anyone. Someday I will get them all entered into Geni. It's my husband's line. If only he'd give up race cars and take up genealogy!
Thank you for the Kentucky site, I needed that one. Any good sites for Tennessee? I find good ones by google but not a centralized database, I don't think.
Noah mentioned in a discussion recently that geni is putting together a "surname" database interface. That will make it easier to share resources / info on specific lines, including book lookups for those limited edition hardcovers some of us have.
I think Geneall: www.geneall.net actually is the biggest dedecated database so far!!
When I "make" a profile I try at least to have a link to:
And for anyone searching in Nova Scotia:
Births 1864-1877 and some late registrations
Deaths 1864-1877, & 1908-1958
American Indian ancestry, particularly Creek:
All kinds of records (diaries, out of print books, images) have been digitized and preserved here (not just Canadian):
Early Canadiana Online is the first large-scale online collection of early Canadian print heritage, and is produced by Canadiana.org, a registered charity, whose mission states: It is vital to have a Canadian vision to present our cultural and scientific heritage in its bilingual and multicultural variety to our citizens and to the world, and to develop a plan to provide Canadian Society with enduring digital access to that heritage.
Links for All Australia, including Cemeteries, Censuses, Convicts, Marriages, Military, Passenger Lists, Societies
11,000+ Passenger Manifests in 12 Volumes plus numerous other passengers listed in Special Projects.
The Scottish Emigration Database currently contains the records of over 21,000 passengers who embarked at Glasgow and Greenock for non-European ports between 1 January and 30 April 1923, and at other Scottish ports between 1890 and 1960.
A site I keep coming back to:
Here you will find tons of information on the history of Scotland, the Scots and Scots-Irish as well as people and places of Scots descent around the world. We also have lots of information on Scottish clans and families and their tartans and genealogy.
History is fun, exciting and tremendously interesting and especially when you tie it into genealogy. Enter your name into our site search engine above and you'll likely find many links to information on your name.
Building on genealogy you can find a time line where you can learn what your ancestor might have experienced. Learn what they might have gone through when they emigrated to other parts of the world. We have many accounts of pioneers around the world and through them you can learn what it took to settle in a new land.
Medieval English Families on the Internet
The gentleman behind this site has research funded by "The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy." There's a search engine on this page:
I owe this fabulous site to a collaborator:
Pilgrim Passenger Names Early 1600's
For those tracing Norwegian ancestry:
Focusing on Passenger lists and emigrant ships: Norway Heritage
and our National Digital archives with Parish records, probate material (scanned originals) and census records (digitalized and searchable), all FREE:
Not specifically genealogy related but I love this site:
More info (examples) from the above site:
Ecclesiastical and religious history > Monastic and cathedral records
Parliament Rolls of Medieval England
There is tons of info there!
You never know where you will find one. I was working on a profile that said my ancestor's wife was the sister of George Walton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, (George Walton, Signer, "Declaration of Independence") but did not name the wife. I was researching this George Walton and found out he was also a member of Congress.
That's how I found this great resource.
Pam Wilson mentioned The New England historical and genealogical register in another thread and I added a link to this edition of it. Anyway, I figured it should go here as well.
The New England historical and genealogical register (1847) Volume yr.1912:
I just found this source:
The Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA) is a collection of electronic texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820.
There's a free digital copy of:
Original Source: Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation, 1606-1646. Ed. William T. Davis. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1908
I was just reading the Amazon review of this original journal kept by the Mayflower-immigrant Pilgrim. William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony
The community that worked on the GEN-MEDIEVAL-L rootsweb list was very scholarly, and some of the best discussions about medieval family relationships may be found here. The archives is searchable: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/index/GEN-MEDIEVAL
@daniel dupree walton mentioned this wonderful resource on another discussion:
CastleGarden.org is an educational project of The Battery Conservancy. This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Over 100 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period.