Source Checklist

Genealogy Sources Checklist

The purpose of this page is to provide a checklist of North American genealogy resources and records websites on one convenient page. The sites shown here are generally not limited to a specific time period, or a specific place. If you run your ancestor's name through the checklist of sites below you will end up with an excellent initial survey of what's out there online about your ancestor. All the websites on this page are free, or have a free section. None of the sites will require you to input a credit card in order to view their free databases. 


    2. Wiki's
    1.   Wikipedia
    2.   We Relate   

      3. Books and Manuscripts, mostly searchable
      1.   Google Books
      2.   Internet Archives Genealogy Collection
      3.   HathiTrust
      4.   LDS Family Search - Family History Books

      5.   OAIster
      6.    Digital Book Index
      7.   Heritage Quest Books (Library card)
      8.    Gale Genealogy Connect (Library card)
      9.    Princeton Digital Libraries
      10.   Genealogy Book Links
      11.   Early Canada Online
      12.   Canadiana Discovery Portal

      4. Books and Manuscripts, mostly not searchable
        1.   WorldCat
        2.   Open Library
          1.   LDS Family Search - Catalog
          2.   D.A.R. Library
            1.   NEHGS
              (Mostly New England)
              1.   Every Name
              2.      ArchiveGrid

                    5. Periodicals, mostly searchable
                      1.   Google Scholar
                      2.   MyJSTOR

                        6. Periodicals, mostly not searchable
                          1.   PERSI
                            (Library card)
                          2.     Hait and Henderson's State Genealogy Journals
                          3.   BCGS's Provincial Gen. Society Journals

                            8. Message Boards, Mailing Lists, and Query Boards
                              1.   Roots Web Message Boards
                                1.   Roots Web Mailing Lists
                                  1.   GenForum
                                    1.   Cousin Connect

                                        11. Land
                                          1.   BLM GLO

                                            12. Immigration
                                              1.   Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild
                                              2.   The Ships List
                                                1.   Castle Garden
                                                  (1820-1892) (search page down 6/30/14)
                                                  1.   Ellis Island
                                                  2.   BYU Immigrant Ancestors Project

                                                      13. Census Images and Transcriptions
                                                        2.   USGenWeb Census Project
                                                        3.   Internet Archive US Census Images
                                                        4.   Heritage Quest Censuses (Library card)

                                                        14. US and Canadian Government sites

                                                        2.   NARA

                                                        3.    US Serial Set (Library card) 
                                                        4.   Library and Archives Canada

                                                          15. Free Family Trees
                                                            1. Family Home Pages
                                                              1.   LDS Family Search - Family Tree
                                                                1.   Roots Web 'World Connect' Family Trees

                                                                  16. Surname Search Engines
                                                                      1.   Genealogy In Time
                                                                      2.   Mocavo
                                                                      3.   Blekko 
                                                                        (enter as: Search Term /genealogy )

                                                                        17. Images
                                                                          1.   Google Images
                                                                            1.   Bing Images
                                                                              1.   Dead Fred
                                                                                1.   Ancient Faces
                                                                                  1.   Family Old Photos

                                                                                  18. Miscellaneous
                                                                                    RYRWPA - Bible Records  
                                                                                  2.   Sampubco Wills 

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                                                                                  This page last updated: Saturday, June 8, 2013.
                                                                                  All links on this page last checked: Sunday, June 29, 2014.