These are a couple of our favorite web sites:
General Genealogy Websites
Last Verified (that the web site still exists) and Updated: 19 December 2016
Free! Records and databases for the genealogist.
The world’s largest online genealogy community with over 25 Million posts on more than 198,000 boards.
“Home of FREE databases!”. Very interesting site with a bunch of links. If you subscribe to their newsletter that shows updated databases, you are entered in a drawing.
Census Finder contains over 17,000 links to Federal census records, state census records, tax lists, city directories, veterans’ census records and much more.
Ever try entering extracted census data into your genealogy program’s primitive text editor? … Using a spreadsheet is a great way to record your genealogy data in a format similar to the original source. Genealogy-related spreadsheets and also blank forms for hand-entry are available free.
Free! Cindi Howells’ List of Genealogy Sites.
Dead Fred’s Genealogy Photo Archive, a free, fun photo genealogy research web site devoted to helping you visualize your heritage!
Family Tree DNA
DNA tests can help find family, break through brick walls and trace migrational routes of ancestors.
Home of the popular software package Family Tree Maker. Lots of databases (free and paid).
GenSmarts is a utility that uses artificial intelligence to analyze your existing genealogy file and produce research recommendations. GenSmarts reads your data directly – it doesn’t require a Gedcom export. It works with over a dozen popular genealogy progams, including Family Tree Maker and PAF.
How to Gather Family Information A good spot for beginners to start.
Historic New Orleans Collection
The Historic New Orleans Collection has launched a new version of its online catalogue. The new site makes the institution’ s entire catalogued collection of books, manuscripts, maps, photos, art, and ephemera accessible to the public for the first time. The online catalogue presents three ways to search: by keyword, advanced search, and collections themes. Researchers will also have access to more than 17,000 images, viewable in a gallery where they can be enlarged or compared side-by-side.
Linkpendium is being developed by Karen Isaacson and Brian Leverich, founders of the extremely popular RootsWeb genealogical community site. “The first thing we’re doing is building a directory of everything relevant to genealogy on the Web.” As of 9/2006, it has 5,097,259 genealogy links.
Free! Create your own and search other people’s family trees.
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness
Volunteers have agreed to do a free genealogy research task at least once per month in their local area as an act of kindness. Random Acts’ Family Tree Encyclopedia terminology & meanings of genealogical terms
Free! Owned by Ancestry.com. Lots of databases!
Rootsweb Freepages Directory
These are automated alphabetized listings of the user entry page titles, and most people who build their own pages do a poor job of titling when they do it at all. The categories (or ‘communties’) of “Genealogy” and “Family” might be of most interest, but I also found an extensive web site under “History” for Dallas County with hundreds of old articles.
Rootsweb US Gen Web Kidz
This site is for children and teens so that they are able to post surnames, queries and class room genealogy projects, so that other children/teens or adults may be able to help them with their search. Only children can post surnames and querie however, adult researchers can answer the queries or post helpful hints.