Highlighting great books, websites, and other resources to start off your family history research.
Last Updated: Nov 15, 2011
The following websites are of use to all beginners and are some of our favorites.
AfriGeneas is a site devoted to African-American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general. Includes access to mailing list, message boards, and chat.
- Cyndi's List
Cyndi’s List is “a categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet and a free jumping-off point for you to use in your online research."
- Encyclopedia of Genealogy
The Encyclopedia of Genealogy is available to everyone, free of charge. Everyone can also contribute information, again free of charge
- Family Relationship Chart
Shows the relationship of two individuals from a common ancestor.
- Family Search
The “How to Start Your Family History” guide reviews the 6 basic steps of research and offers handy forms and charts which get you started. This is the official “Internet Genealogy Service” from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mor
- Olive Tree Genealogy
Access to free primary source documents and helpful genealogical and historical material. Despite many links to subscriber-based (or fee-based) services, this site is still very useful for the beginner.
The primary mission of the RootsWeb.com, the oldest volunteer run genealogy website, is to connect people. Beginners will find the databases, mailing lists, surname lists, and especially the "RootsWeb Guide to Tracing Family Trees" of particular use.
- U.S. National Archives – Genealogists & Family Historians
An introduction to the National Archives, its collections, regional archives, research strategies, microfilm resources and more.
- US Genweb Project
Groups of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites and databases for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. Check out those unfamiliar places for research hints and more.
Offers articles in blog format to inform researchers at all levels about a variety of topics including resources, techniques, and items of current interest.