Genealogy Education and Research

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A Guidebook to American GenealogyWhen Ancestry published the first edition of The Source in 1984, it quickly became a standard reference in the field of genealogy and family history. That same year, it received the coveted “Best Reference” award from the American Library Association. The 1997 edition, built upon the foundations laid down by its predecessor, sold more than 100,000 copies. A poll of librarians placed The Source, sometimes referred to as “the genealogist’s bible,” at the top of the “Top 10 Genealogy Books” for the wealth of information it offers to beginning and experienced genealogists (“Top 10 Genealogy Books,” Family Chronicle 3, no. 3 (January/February 1999): 27–28).Free
Board for Certification of GenealogistsFormed in 1964 to promote standards in genealogy research. Tons of information and resources including a certification program.Some free information, lots of information about certification which is not free.
BYU Independent Studyfree online courses offer a variety of classes from self-improvement, to academic subjects. Genealogy Introduction, Record Type and Regional and Ethnic courses are available.Free
Family History Library Classes and WebinarsFamily History Library Classes and Webinars page. On this page you will find a list of all the class schedules as well as webinars that will be taught. A webinar is a class that is broadcasted over the internet, anyone interested can attend.Free
NEHGS Online ClassesNEHGS offers online educational programs on a variety of topics. You can register to attend live online webinars as well as archived webinars, videos and more.Free
Family History GuideThe Family History Guide is a website that represents a best-in-class learning environment for family history. Its scope is broad, but its focus is narrow enough to help you achieve your goals, step by step.Free
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Access Genealogyvast family history directories and more, good Native American resourcesFree
African Heritage Projectrecords on former slaves, freedpersons and their descendantsOffline but will be free
AncestryTouted as the world’s largest online history resource. Billions of records from U.S. and around the worldAfter 14 free trial subscription required.
Automated GenealogyIndexes of the Canadian censusFree
Billion Gravesheadstone recordsFree
British Library, India Officerecords on British and European people in India pre 1950Free
Castle GardenImmigration records, pre Ellis IslandFree – accepts donations
Chronicling Americagiant database of archived US newspapers from the Library of CongressFree
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors SystemCivil War records from the National Park ServiceFree
Crestleafvarious genealogy recordsFree
Cyndi’s ListHighly respected directory of free genealogy resources and databases onlineFree
Daughters of the American RevolutionMilitary service records and moreFree – Membership available – accepts donations
Dead Fredgenealogy photo archiveFree
Ellis Islandimmigration records, free indexes and original records, fee to download copiesFree Membership to search, accepts donations
Family Tree NowVarious genealogy recordsFree
FamilySearchlargest collection of free genealogical records in the worldFree – Membership
Find a GraveLocate your ancestors in cemeteries across the globeFree
Free Genealogy Search Enginesearch hundreds of free genealogy resources at one time on Family History DailyFree
FreeBMDCivil registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and WalesFree
FreeCENTranscribed census records from the UKFree
FreeRegBaptism, marriage, and burial records from parish registers of the UKFree
Fulton HistoryHistoryhistorical newspapers from the US and CanadaFree
GenDisastersfor researching disasters and other events your ancestors might have been involved inFree
GeneabloggersDirectory of genealogy related blogs with a huge amount of free informationFree
Genealogy.comOwned by Ancestry, genealogical research originally posted in GenForum and popular genealogy articles.Free searches
GENUKIReference library of genealogical resources for the UK and IrelandFree
German Genealogy Serverancestry research (many sections in German)Free
Google News Archivemillions of archived newspaper pagesFree
Guild of One-Name Studiesextensive surname research siteFree
Hale Collection of Connecticut Cemetery RecordsConnecticut Cemetery Inscriptions and RecordsFree
Hispanic GenealogyList of resources for researching Hispanic ancestryFree
Illinois Digital Newspaper Collectionvast number of archived US newspapersFree
Internet Archivea large amount of information useful to genealogists, but you’ll need to do some diggingFree
Italian Genealogical GroupItalian American genealogy resources and databasesFree
JewishGenJewish ancestry researchFree
Library and Archives CanadaOfficial archives of Canada, census records and moreFree
LitvakSIGLithuanian-Jewish genealogy databases and resourcesFree
My HeritageOnline Family Tree, Census Records, Birth & Death Records, DNA Testing. Free Basic Family Site, Premium Family Site, PremiumPlus Subscription, Data Subscription
NativeWeb Genealogylist of Native American genealogy resources and searchable databasesFree
Open Librarygood place to find family history books, search for surnames or locationsFree
Patriot and Grave Indexrevolutionary war graves registry and patriot index from the National Society of the Sons of the American RevolutionFree
Preserve the PensionsWar of 1812 pension records accessFree
RomanyGenesRomanichal ancestry researchFree
RootsWebworld’s largest genealogy community, huge amount of free informationFree
Seventh-day Adventist Obituary Databasehundreds of thousands of obituary entriesFree
Släktdatagenealogy records for Sweden (in Swedish)Free
The National Archives of IrelandOfficial National Archives of IrelandFree
UK National Archivesofficial National Archives of the UKFree
US National Archivesofficial US National Archives site, many free genealogy databases and resourcesFree
USGenWeb Projectmassive free genealogy resource directory by US state and countyFree
Viximusmember submitted biographical informationFree
WieWasWiefor researching ancestors from the Netherlands (in Dutch)Free
WikiTreeenormous collaborative family treeFree
WorldGenWeb Projectgenealogy resources by country and region, not to missFree