“[F]amily history enthusiasts and genealogical experts around the world will have access to more than two billion new records in HeritageQuest® Online. This popular and authoritative resource—powered by Ancestry and distributed by ProQuest—is one of the largest genealogical databases available to libraries and will include records from more than 60 countries. … Appealing to libraries and researchers worldwide, the new content includes:
More than one billion birth, baptism, marriage, death and census records from the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, and Asia
- 915 million US public records, including the Social Security Death Index
- 133 million cemetery indexes from the US, Canada, Europe and Australia
- More than 7 million names identified in a new map collection
- 600,000 images from the Library of Congress Photo Collection, 1840-2000″–From the website.
“AfriGeneas is a site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general. It is also an African Ancestry research community featuring the AfriGeneas mail list, the AfriGeneas message boards and daily and weekly genealogy chats.
Elephind is a search engine for digitized historical newspapers. Currently, users are able to search 14 different source libraries (including the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America project), 1000+ titles, and over 1 million newspapers. Papers range in date from 1803 to 2012, so genealogists might find it especially helpful.
“Welcome to The USGenWeb Project! We are a group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone.”–From the Website.
FamilyTreeMagazine offers its list of the best genealogy websites of 2010. All of which are not free.
“The Digital Library on American Slavery offers data on race and slavery extracted from eighteenth and nineteenth-century documents and processed over a period of eighteen years. The Digital Library contains detailed information on about 150,000 individuals, including slaves, free people of color, and whites. These data have been painstakingly extracted from 2,975 legislative petitions and 14,512 county court petitions, and from a wide range of related documents, including wills, inventories, deeds, bills of sale, depositions, court proceedings, amended petitions, among others. Buried in these documents are the names and other data on roughly 80,000 individual slaves, 8,000 free people of color, and 62,000 whites, both slave owners and non-slave owners.”–From the website.
“The USCIS Genealogy Program is a fee-for-service program providing family historians and other researchers with timely access to historical immigration and naturalization records.”–From the Website.
This is a site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African resources in the Americas in particular, and to genealogical research and resources in general. It includes links to Census Records, a Surnames Database, a Slave Data Collection, a Marriage Records Database, photographs and much more.
Thanks to Mary Seratt and Hillary Pesson for passing this along!
dynastree is a site that allows users to create their own family trees. This could be very helpful for children who need to do a genealogy project. There is also a great tool that will map the distribution of a particular surname in the U.S. A free registration is required to build a family tree, but the mapping tool can be used without a registration.
USA.gov offers links to genealogical resources in each state here.
This is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization “that is dedicated to the free use and access of public domain genealogical information”–From Website. The site uses websites to create repositories of information available to world-wide genealogical researchers. Such information as local resource addresses of county/country public record offices cemetary loctions, maps, library addresses, archive addresses and more is included on a website. A country index is included.