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  • Allen County Public Library has one of the largest genealogical research collections available.
    • Databases include military records, family histories and bible data,
    • Gateways for African-American and Native American Research,
    • Use the Genealogy Center Surname File to find others researching your same surname.
    • The website is well organized and contains a numbur of research guides.
  • American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society
    • Heavy on New York and Pennsylvania.
  • Ancient Faces
    • Free old-photo sharing sites,
    • Search by surname,
    • Also contains unidentified photos.
  • $ Archives.com
    • Now owned by Ancestry,
    • Contains more than 2.6 billion digital records,
    • Over 4.1 million Evangelical Lutheran Church in America birth, marriage and death records.
  • BYU Idaho Special Collections and Family History
    • Contains the Western States Historical Marriage Index.
  • Center for Family History and Genealogy:
  • Cyndi's List (contains information on researching throughout the world)
    • Largest collection of links available on-line,
    • Offers thousands of categories covering everything from locations to occupations.
  • David Rumsey Map Collection
    • Collection offers 55,000 plus maps and map related images.
    • Features European, Asian, AFrican, North America, South America and worldwide maps dating from the 1700s to the 1950s.
  • DeadFred
    • One of the largest photo reunion sites,
    • Use detailed search to create parameters such as: date range, photographer, county/town, etc…
  • Ellis Island contains records of more than 25 million passengers and crew members.
  • Find-A-Grave
  • $ Find My Past
    • Pay-per-use or subscription site,
    • Originally launched to provide UK and Irish records, however it is continually expanding,
    • Offers more than 1.7 billion international family history records dating back to 1200,
    • Estimated to contain 3 to 6 million obituaries for Britain, Ireland, and Scotland,
    • Has the entire PERSI index up-to-date. PERSI is the Periodical Source Index which indexes articles in genealogy and history magazines, newsletters and journals dating back to the 1700s,
    • Adds new collections every month.
  • Genealogy Social Media Sites:
    • Familypedia
      • A wiki style website that allows users to create articles on individuals, social history, old occupations, and ancestral hometowns.
    • Genealogy Wise
    • Geneanet
      • Research database, wiki, and blog based in Europer
    • WeRelate
  • $ Geni
    • Allows you and your relatives to collaborate on a family tree,
    • Note: You cannot upload a GEDCOM file,
    • It looks for matches from the World Family Tree and MyHeritage Family Trees, which you can merge into your tree,
    • Once you have connected to more than 50 million profiles on Geni, you become part of the World Family Tree,
    • Contains a discussion and project forum.
  • Heritage Quest (You need to log into this site through your library)
    • Available at all URRLS libraries,
    • Contains U.S. census, PERSI database, , family and local history books, Freedman's bank records, U.S. Serial set, Map and State Guides Revolutionary War pension and bounty applications.
  • $ Historic Map Works
    • Subscription or pay per use,
    • 1.6 million historical maps searchable by today's address, latitude, longitude, keywords, town names, mapmakers names, and year.
  • Message Boards
    • Message boards are very useful for connecting with others who are researching the same ancestors you are.
    • Roots Web has been around for quite a while, and contains lots of information.
    • GenForum has boards dedicated to specific surnames or geographic areas.
    • Don't get frustrated if you do not receive responses right away. I have had people respond with useful information based on a five-year old post.
  • $ Mocavo
    • Basic searches are free, advanced searching requires a subscription,
    • Contains many datasets including family history books, city directories, yearbooks and biographies.
  • NYPL Map Warper
    • Allows you to overlay digitized historical maps onto modern maps.
  • Puzzilla
    • Works with FamilySearch trees to give you an overview of your pedigree to help you spot holes.
  • WorldGenWeb Project
    • Divides the world into 11 regions, then further breaks down regions by country, province, state or county.
    • Each country project site is coordinated by volunteer researchers.
    • Each country project site identifies available online resources, provides a listing of the country's libraries and archives, and contains contact information for govenrment registrars and clerks in record offices.
    • Most project pages have message boards and mailing lists for users.
  • $ World Vital Records
    • Paid subscription site,
    • Covers more than 4 billion names from more than 40 countries,
    • Excellent newspaper archive collection,
    • Has a card catalog feature which allows you to limit your search to a smaller set of databases.
  • Useful Blog Sites:
  • Websites that have Apps for your devices:
    • Ancestry.com,
    • Billion Graves,
    • FamilySearch Memories,
    • FamilySearch Tree,
    • Find A Grave,
    • FindMyPast Capture,
    • MyHeritage,
    • RootsMagic.