Genealogy and Biography Websites
More than 200,000 links related to genealogy, local history, biography, women’s history, famous people, religions; including primary sources such as diaries, family bibles etc. Scroll down to find the alphabetical categories.
Large collection of family tree and genealogy databases, such as International Genealogical Index, and Ancestral File, provided by the Latter Day Saints (Mormon) Church. Genealogy is part of their religion.
GenForum -- A good way to find other people working on your family names
Rootsweb -- Family Trees, message boards, surname lists
Volunteer maintained websites with links to data about each U.S. state and county. Note: some counties are rich with data, while others have very little
World Genweb --Same as U.S. Genweb, but worldwide
Ethnic (many also covered in Cyndi’s List)
Social Security Death Index
Individuals whose deaths have been reported to Social Security since 1935. Free.
Ellis Island --Ellis Island Foundation
Ellis Island --Steve Morse, has a better search engine for Ellis Island
Free Census Data
Click on Passenger Lists, then Volume 1. Then you can search by date, by port or by
Olive Tree Genealogy
Lots of free data, though some links only take you to Ancestry.com, which is a subscription service. Includes passenger lists, cemeteries, church records (esp. New York State), military, land etc. Can be a bit tricky to navigate.
Professional Associations and Societies
National Genealogical Society
Historical & Genealogical Societies
New England Historic Genealogical Society
New York Genealogical & Biographical Society --See especially the Research Aids link
Biography Web Sites --Fifteen biography websites, including Presidents, Women, Inventors
Time Magazine’s 100 Important People of the Century
InfoPlease Biographies --Biographies on many subjects
--Includes digital collections of primary sourcesHistorical Census DataHistorical Text ArchiveMedieval HistoryMilitary Resources WorldwideRepositories for Primary Sources -- Listing of over 5,000 websites of holdings in archives, rare books, manuscripts etc.