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Find Your Roots Online! An overview of genealogical resources on the Internet
Last Updated: May 24, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Hints & Tips

  • You never know what you might find at these sites!

  • If your search brings up a long document, find your ancestor in it by using Windows "Find in this page" under Edit.

Hints & Tips

Many facts can be found about your ancestors in their church records.  Find where the church keeps their older records and look for baptisms, confirmations, burials, marriages, etc.  Often these records can help link generations and families together.


RootsTech presentation

An example of a presentation from 2015 RootsTech

Building a Genealogy Research Toolbox by Thomas MacEntree


    Miscellaneous Resources



    a)                  Allen County Public Library, Indiana

    This public library has one of the nation’s best genealogy collections.  Take a look at their pathfinders online.  They will also copy articles for you found in Persi Index for a fee.

    b)                   United States Army Heritage and Education Center Digital Collections

    Order photos of your Civil War ancestors; search for other military history information

    c)                    Stephen Morse’s One Step Web pages

    Many easy to use search aides.  Especially handy Ellis Island alternate methods of searching. Great for alternative methods of searching immigration, census, and vital records.  Now you can really find your ancestors!

    d)                    Archives.Com

    Subscription site with free 1940 census and other free resources and articles.  Free trial available. 

    e)           Guide to Genealogy

    Great feature articles written by Kimberly Powell.  You will be glad you took the time to explore this site!

    f)                    AfriGeneas:  African American genealogy

    g)                    Enumerator Instructions

    Instructions given to the enumerators for each US census.

    h)                    Linkpendium

    Contains over 10 million links to surnames and locations.  A growing directory of resources.  Search by state and then county. 

    i)                      Google Book Search

    Search the full text of books.  Great for history books of small towns.

    j)                    WeRelate

    The world’s largest genealogy wiki which strives to build a unified family tree.
    k)   Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

    l)  RootsWeb

    A long established resource of various categories of free collections.  Now an community.  Explore the links that interest you such as:  RootsWeb Surname List, WorldConnect family trees, or message boards.  Visit the volunteer websites hosted by RootsWeb.

    m)  RootsTech

    Discover what is new each year at this great conference.  Learn more by watching the archived videos of presentations.

    n)  FamilyTree DNA

    Order a DNA test and start to learn about a new area of family history.



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