Blogs & Websites

Suggested Blogs

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Genealogy, software, ideas, and innovation.  Mission statement: To provide a community gathering place where those who use genealogy software (beginner to expert, professional, or credentialed) and those who create it (designer, developer, or entrepreneur) share ideas, focus on user experience, design, and innovate.

Suggested Websites

Cyndi’s List 
A comprehensive, categorized, and cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.  Your genealogy starting point for more than 15 years!

Daughters of the American Revolution 
The DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) is a free resource provided by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) to aid general genealogical research and to assist with the DAR membership process. The GRS is a collection of databases that provides access to the many materials amassed by the DAR since its founding in 1890.
Ellis Island Foundation 
Free Port of New York passenger records search and other resources.

Family Search 
LDS records span billions of names across hundreds of collections—including birth, marriage, death, probate, land, military, IGI extracted, and more.

GeneaSearch (link expired)
GeneaSearch has helped search for ancestors, build family trees and find family history with free genealogy lookups, free genealogy sites, family surname newsletters, data, books from genealogy societies and individuals, surname queries, female ancestors, beginner's genealogy guide since 1999.  Other genealogy resources are links, lists of societies, and a variety of tools for online research.  See our state genealogy pages for free genealogy databases and genealogy resources for each state.

JewishGen is committed to ensuring Jewish continuity for present generations and the generations yet to come.  Our free, easy to use website features thousands of databases, research tools, and other resources to help those with Jewish ancestry research and find family members.  JewishGen’s mission is to encourage the preservation of Jewish heritage, allowing anyone with Jewish ancestry to research their roots, connect with relatives, and learn about their family history.

Oregon GenWeb 
See description for US GenWeb below.

National Archives and Record Administration 
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1% - 3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.  Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.

National Genealogical Society 
The National Genealogical Society, a nonprofit organization founded in 1903, is the premier national society for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced family historian.

The Internet's oldest and largest FREE genealogical community. An award winning genealogical resource with searchable databases, free Web space, mailing lists, message boards, and more

US GenWeb 
The USGenWeb Project consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. The Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone.

US Census Bureau 
Measuring America—People, Places, and Our Economy

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