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Family History Research Goes Beyond Borders with International Content in HeritageQuest Online

“[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 : African Ancestored Genealogy

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.

Cemetery Junction

“This site is about helping the genealogy community find information about their ancestors. Cemeteries are an excellent source for genealogy, and are especially prone to surprises!”–From the website.

Search the Historical Newspaper Archives

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.

National Archives Announces Website for Free 1940 Census Release Online on April 2, 2012:

“Today the National Archives, with its partner, launched its new website in preparation for its first-ever online U.S. census release, which will take place on April 2, 2012, at 9 a.m. (EST). The public is encouraged to bookmark the website now in order to more quickly access the 1940 census data when it goes live. No other website will host the 1940 census data on its April 2 release date.”–From the Press Relase from the National Archives.

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

Some passenger manifest information from immigrant ships is found here.

The USGenWeb Project

“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.

101 Best Genealogy Websites Of 2010

FamilyTreeMagazine offers its list of the best genealogy websites of 2010.  All of which are not free.

Digital Library on American Slavery

“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.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services — Genealogy

“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.

Afrigeneas : African American and African Ancestored Genealogy

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.

Build Your Family Tree

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.

Genealogy Resources, By State offers links to genealogical resources in each state here.

WorldGenWeb Project

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.

Access to Archival Databases

From Neat New Stuff:

“The National Archives is a goldmine of records for historians and genealogists. You can search all data files simultaneously, or browse through categories like war casualties, immigrants, soldiers, personal names, etc.”