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Genealogy Websites

Getting Started Library Edition - A subscription-based website only available in the library. This website provides access to a wide variety of resources including United States and United Kingdom census records, military records, immigration records court and probate records among others. This site has a nice collection of maps and historic newspapers. The Ancestry World Tree collection found on the Search page is recommended by staff.

Family History - A free website associated with This website offers access to Census records. Directly below are Surname functions and message boards. About half way down are links to Internet addresses for the States. Below these links are links to other Ancestry sites.

Family Search - A free website created by the Church of Latter-Day Saints, an excellent place for starting genealogical research. The website contains access to birth, death and marriage records and to the census’ for the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. There is also a function to allow you to post your research online and to search other people’s family trees.

FOLD3 - A subscription-based resource that contains millions of records relating to U.S. Military personnel and history. Documents include stories, photographs and official records.

HeritageQuest - is a subscription-based site provided by the library through NCLive. HeritageQuest provides access to the U.S. Census 1790-1930, Books, Revolutionary War Pension records, and Freedman’s bank records. The Search Census and Search Books are to important parts of the website.

In addition, PERSI provides a
search the contents of genealogical publications and articles from national genealogical societies. Copies of PERSI articles are available through the Allen County Public Library's PERSI via Interlibrary Loan at the Reference Desk.
— HeritageQuest is available for free at home by going to the library’s webpage and clicking Research/Reference and then selecting the History/Biography folder. Next, select our library and then enter your library card number.

Access Genealogy - A collection of free genealogy websites in 8 categories. They are listed across the top and are divided into States. These are Black Genealogy, Cemetery Records, Census Records, Databases, DNA, Military Records, Native American, and Vital Records. There are some genealogy websites listed at the bottom.

Cyndi’s List - A huge, free online index to genealogical resources on the web. Click Links (on the upper left) for the 205 categories and over 333,007 sub-categories. It can be sorted alphabetically or into larger topical categories. For any U.S. research, click on the letter "U" at the bottom of the page. The scroll down to the desired topic. Notice Related Categories on the right.

DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) - In the tool bar across the top, there are 5 tabs – only DAR members can access the site through the Member tab. For an ancestor, search the tabs for Ancestor or Descendant. When a source is found in Resources or Library Catalog, use WorldCat or check with the reference desk for help finding s copy of the book on Interlibrary Loan.

Olive Tree Genealogy - Active since 1996, this website provides an extensive collection of FREE genealogy related websites. By reading through the webpage, you find sites for American, Canadian and Irish genealogy. Also, the first page lists the categories available in this site including links to Huguenots, Mennonites, and Quakers. It also contains important sections on military genealogy and ships lists.

Roots Web - Roots Web is designed to facilitate communication between genealogical researchers. Their searches cover many databases including It also includes message boards and other networking websites.   It is recommended that first time users visit the “Getting Started” section to familiarize themselves with how Roots Web works.

Roots-L - A free mailing list for genealogical researchers, initially started in 1987. Instructions for subscribing are on the first page. The website contains message archives, some full-text genealogical resources and links to other genealogy websites. There also links to individual state resource web pages.

U.S. Archives Genealogy Page - The National Archives and Records Administration Genealogy web page was designed to give genealogy researchers a logical starting point for their research. NARA does not provide links to documents, instead they provide finding aids to help you locate the physical documents.   

USGenWeb - This free project created and maintained by volunteers provides access to state and county genealogical websites. It is organized first by state level and then by counties. Their goal is to have a link for every county in the United States. In the tool bar at the top, click the
Projects for all of their website.

Genforum - This site is a message board which provides a place to submit queries about Surnames, Regions (U.S. and World-wide links), and general genealogy topics.