Billed as "the largest collection of family history records on the web," users of this site can search the U.S.
Census and other records by surname, state, etc. Interactive services include the ability to build your own family tree
and a message board for sharing information. Requires a subscription, although free trials are often offered.
A Barrel of Free Genealogy Links
A comprehensive list of linked genealogy websites is maintained by the Team Roots volunteer at Genealogy Today.
Beginner's Guide to Family History Research
A useful beginner's guide for researching your personal family history. Also provides guidance on organizing your family's artifacts and documents
CDC - National Center for Health Statistics
Guidance on purchasing birth or death records from various New Jersey governmental sources
Camden County Library System Genealogy Resources on the
An excellent guide to genealogy resources on the web, including resources for getting started, genealogy megasites and more.
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
More than 241,000 links grouped into alphabetical categories. Cyndi's list includes a helpful Beginner's guide with links for those just getting started with genealogy research
Ellis Island Passenger Arrival Records
Searchable directory of passenger arrival records for immigrants arriving at Ellis Island
A website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch provides a beginner's guide for new genealogists,
the opportunity to share research and find other genealogists, and the ability to search the Family History Library Catalog, a
large genealogy library maintained by the Church.
This site includes an excellent learning center with advice on getting started, developing research skills, free genealogy courses and a genealogy glossary.
A gateway to 42,000+ resources by surname or by type (e.g., military, obituary, etc.). Includes the ability to post queries, download software, etc.
Genealogy Help and Guides
A listing of many excellent genealogy sites. An excellent beginner's manual and how to guide from the UK that is equally relevant in the US.
Helm's Genealogy Toolbox
75,000+ resources that can be browsed by people, places and categories that include beginners' guides, books, gravestone rubbings, etc.
Many public libraries have subscriptions to this commercial database, which includes complete US Federal Census records, from
1790 to 1930, more than 25,000 searchable books on family or local history, an index to more than 1.6 million genealogy and
local history articles and selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pensions and Bounty-Land Warrant Application
Files. HeritageQuest is a commercial database available for registered library users, generally for in-library use only.
Check your local public library for availability.
Hints for Researching Your Family History
An excellent guide for getting started with family history research. Provides simple and useful first steps as well as
definitions of types of records (vital records, military records, etc.) and what they contain. Also provides links for many vital records sources.
Provides a name search for ancestors through multiple databases, advertised as "more than a billion names." Requires
registration to download the relevant family trees accessed via the search. The site also provides ability to develop your own family tree.
National Archives and Records Administration Genealogy Page
This comprehensive site from the nation's archive provides geneaology resources, guidance on searching census records,
complete links to military records from the civil war through the Vietnamese Conflict, access to relevant databases and
links for ordering records online.
RootsWeb includes a wealth of resources under useful categories, such as "Getting Started," "Search Engines &
Databases," Websites," "Mailing Lists," "Hosted Volunteer Projects," "Free Genealogy Newsletters" and more. The large
database may be searched by surnames, keywords and includes World Connect and GenWeb Projects, SSDI, WW I Draft Records,
California vital records, Immigrant Transcribers Guild data and the Obituary Daily Times in the main "quick search." The
search result is often accompanied by the name and email address of the information contributor. You can subscribe to
an email update that will periodically provide you with information about new databases and information sources on the
web. This well-organized website is a useful starting point for anyone, whether a beginner or an experienced researcher.
Social Security Death Index
Available via RootsWeb.com. The Social Security Death Index provides brief information about deceased people who were eligible for social security.
Additional information, including information about family of the deceased, can often be obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request.
Surnames.com: Legacy & Lineage
A website providing step-by-step instructions for surname research, as well as Internet search engines for conducting surname research.
A treasure trove of genealogy information, including links to family tree software, articles on deciphering old handwriting, coat of arms, tombstone rubbings, the U.S. census, and more.
VitalRec.com: United States Vital Records Information
Provides an ancestor search through vital records, as well as the ability to order birth or death records online.
Your Past Connections
An interesting site that is "dedicated to helping people find lost & found original resources and memorabilia from their
family's past." This site bills itself as a 'free service" that will help you locate family artifacts such as bibles,
diplomas, marriage certificates, photographs, funeral cards, postcards, etc. A searchable database of available items,
with entries listed by category and surname is provided.