Favorite Genealogy Websites
of CPO's Editor, Connie Eccles
Genealogy Article Section
The following list is websites that I use frequently in my genealogy research or they come highly recommended by fellow researchers. If you would prefer to print this out in PDF format, please click here. This will bring up a .pdf file to print. You will need Adobe Acrobat to read the file. If you link to the websites, I have set them to come up in their own window so that all you have to do to return to this page is to close their window. This list is bound to change as I discover new favorites.
- Family Search Excellent information and pedigrees from submissions and extraction of records. 1880 census. Links, resources, online help, supplies. Worth checking, even though it is the official "Mormon" website, it contains tons of non-member information.
- Ancestry.com One of the top websites for information. They have it all. Message boards, family trees, census records w/ actual images, newspapers, immigration records & much more.
- RootsWeb Free site. Lots of information. Some family research. Volunteer based so a bit inconsistent (extensive in some areas, sparse in others).
- GenCircles - Over 90 million ancestors in a user-submitted database.
- ComPortOne Illinois/Wisconsin emphasis. Section dedicated to genealogy, cemeteries, maps, articles, links and a few pedigrees.
- Ancient Faces One of the largest visual genealogy presences on the Internet by providing a free location for the exchange of photos. Scanned photos are uploaded by their owners. Others researching family trees can place faces with the names of their ancestors.
- Cyndi's List Cyndi's List of genealogical resources on the Internet. Over 213, 000 links!!! Over 150 categories. It is one of the most utilized genealogy sites on the Internet. Free but some links are $$ sites.
- Census Mate Charts & helps to understand pre-1850 census records.
- TimeandDate.com is perfect to find the exact date of an invent. i.e. an obit says a person died the Wednesday before and you do not have a calendar for which to assign the date - check here.
- Cyber Drive Illinois Statewide marriage (1763-1900) and death (pre-1916) indexes being added to daily. Check to see what counties are completed.
- Surname Search Worldwide Genealogy surname ancestry roots research and surnames search engines. Links to other sources. Kinda messy website.
- Illinois Department of Public Health IDPH preserves the state's records on births, deaths, marriages and divorces. 400,000+ are registered annually. Over 27 million on file since birth and death records first began to be collected by the Department in 1916. Some records back to the mid 1800s.
- Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services Wisconsin vital records. Birth, marriage, & death. There is a cost to search.
- Cousin Connect This is where genealogists post their queries; powerful server & database to store, search, & manage queries; makes your queries highly visible to genealogy community.
- Whitepages.com - Free search for people's addresses, phone numbers, map features, reverse phone and reverse address, area & zip codes. Other features may cost. Contains annoying popup ads which pay for the site
- AfriGeneas African-American heritage. Surname database has more than 41,000 names; death records collection holds nearly 6,000 documents.
- American History Timeline Gain different perspectives and lead you to new avenues to research your ancestor.
- Census Online Over 40,000 free census records US and Canada
- Civil War Rosters categorized by state and then unit
- Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System 6.3 million soldier records.
- Dead Fred 45, 000 pictures representing 11,300 surnames
- Ellis Island Free database of 22 million passenger records of people who passed through Ellis Island on the shores of New York who came to America from 1892 to 1924.
- Find a Grave 7.1 millions records - research by name or location
- GENUKI resources for UK and Ireland roots research. Organized geographically, w/ links relating to the British Isles, as well as to individual countries and regions
- HeritageQuest Online Available through subscribing libraries (free to patrons). ProQuest just added the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), a #1 search tool, to its online offerings
- Immigration Ships Transcribers Guild volunteers endeavoring to make our ancestor's immigrant records easy and convenient to find. Currently over 6500 manifests transcribed, all with free access.
- JewishGen a database of 350,000 surnames and towns.
- Library of Congress & American Memory Project a collection of maps, photographs, music, books, newspapers & first-person narratives (collections span 1500 to present, including Civil War battle maps & panoramic maps of American cities dating from 1847 to 1929.
- National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Nation's record-keeper recently made World War II enlistment documents for more than 9 million Army soldiers available online. The Archival Research Catalog includes 58,000 digitized images & 15,000 documents. At the NARA home page, choose Genealogy from the pull-down menu for an overview of how best to use this site.
- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), General Land Officd (GLO) Federal land conveyance records for the public land states. Images of more than 2 million Federal land title records for the Eastern states, issued bet 1820-1908. Data added regularly, not complete. Searchable.
- Old Maps of Britain Britain's most extensive digital historical map archive.
- The Library of Congress - Genealogical Collection 40,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories. Especially strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources.
- Old House Books Early guide to London in Victoria's reign. Facts.
- Genealogy.com Another top website. Some free stuff, most require a subscription. Message boards, family trees, databases, virtual cemetery, family home pages.
- ABC Genealogy Free. Use search at bottom of page, other one links out.
- Making of America a digital library of primary sources in American social history form the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. Currently, 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.
- One Great Family Find your family tree online. Meet distant relatives who are doing research. A great collaborative website.
Connie Eccles, Family History Consultant
CEO of www.comportone.com