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My Ten Favorite Genealogy Web Sites
14 May 2005
There are a lot of Web resources for tracking your roots, here are my favorites:
Record and Index Sites
- Ancestry.com–This web site has a large collection of indexes and record images. There
is some free information available, but a paid subscription is needed to access most of the data.
The library edition can be accessed at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield.
An individual subscription can be purchased which is used from your home computer. The
records are divided into collections such as U.S. Census, Immigration, and Historical
Newspapers. The collections are purchased separately.
- HeritageQuest.com–This web site is only available through libraries. Free access is
obtained using your library card number and can be accessed either at the library or at home.
There are four major collections of indexes and images: U.S. Federal Census, Genealogy and
Local History, The Periodical Source Index (PERSI), and Revolutionary War Pension Application
- EllisIsland.org–This free web site has the index and images of ship’s passenger lists
into the port of New York from 1892 to 1924.
- CyndisList.com–This is a comprehensive index to genealogical web sites on the
Internet. CyndisList is divided by genealogical topics and includes links to the web sites.
- Denver Public Library–The DPL site features the catalog to their genealogical
collection of books, maps and manuscripts. It also has a portal to the WorldCat Catalog and
numerous online databases such as The New York Times Historical Newspapers.
- Library of Congress–This is my favorite site for social history. The American Memory
section is an outstanding collection about American history and culture.
- FamilySearch.org–This free site is a combination collaborative and catalog site. The
collaborative databases include Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index (IGI), and the
Pedigree Resource File. The Family History Library Catalog, which has millions of books and
films, is also on the site.
- RootsWeb.com–This is one of the oldest free genealogy sites on the Internet. It is a
combination collaborative and index site. RootsWeb has the WorldConnect Project, which is a
giant collection of family trees. It also includes mailing lists, message boards and indexes.
- USGenWeb–This is a collection of free sites for every state and county in the United
States. Each site has been created by a volunteer and is unique. Because of this, content will vary.
- Google.com–Although a search engine is not normally considered a genealogical site,
I routinely use this search engine to find information about ancestors and ancestral places.
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