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This guide helps family historians and genealogists of all levels of experience find resources to help them on their way to finding the best resources possible for their genealogical research.
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Genealogical research resources  FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. For over 100 years, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide. Patrons may freely access resources and service online at, or through over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries.  Family Search is a service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of the data you will be searching includes: the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), United States Federal Census, and vital records sources containing birth, marriage, and death records from around the world. Family Search offers free courses to help you learn the basic methods and key resources targeted for the type of research you're doing. 

USGenWeb  The USGenWeb project is 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.  Organization is by county and state, and this website provides you with links to all the state genealogy websites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties.

Library of Congress  Of particular value to genealogists is the American Memory site, offering a growing collection of photographs, maps, audio, video, and historic documents.

1930 Census  This site allows searching of United States Federal Census records from 1790 to 1930, U.S. state and city census data, and provides census basics training for using census data for genealogical research. 

1940 Census  Released in April 2012, the 1940 Census allows you full access to the 1940 census images, in addition to 1940 census maps and descriptions.

UK Census records  Search census records from 1841 to 1901 for England, Scotland, Wales, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man.

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration  Explore United States history through photographs, records, and documents.  Includes special resources for genealogists and family historians and information for finding veterans' service records.

National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, St. Louis  (NPRC-MPR) is the repository of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th century. (Records prior to WWI are in Washington, DC.)

National Genealogical Society  The NGS is a non-profit organization founded in 1903 to help grow the genealogical community and educate genealogists and family historians from beginner level to professional level in the highest standards of research principles and scholarly practices.

Federation of Genealogical Societies  The FGS links the genealogical community by representing members of over 500 genealogical societies, libraries, archives, genealogical vendors, educational institutions, family associations, historical societies (amounting to tens of thousands of individuals).  FGS publishes FORUM, representing news of interest to the genealogical community, and sponsors a national annual conference for genealogists of all levels of experience.

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild (ISTG)  A resource created by a group of over 500 volunteers that decipher and transcribe passenger arrival records and ship manifests and publish the information online so that immigrant arrivals are more easily searchable and easier to find online.

Canadian Museum of Immigration  Pier 21 is a National Historic Site which was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants, wartime evacuees, refugees, troops,  and war brides & their children between 1928 and 1971. It also served as the departure point for 500,000 Canadian Military personnel during the Second World War. 

Google Your Family Tree  This website accompanies the book, Google Your Family Tree by Daniel M. Lynch, which helps family historians and genealogists learn how to filter, refine, and use other techniques to make the most of Google search capabilities for genealogical research.  Membership-based access to online family history research resources.


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