Some Important Internet Locations
For Family History Researchers

New Stuff!!!

Pilot Record Search - new FamilySearch
This "pilot" location allows you to search the "new way" that will be used in new FamilySearch and includes millions of records which have been converted over the last couple of years with FamilySearch Indexing.

Standard Place Finder (e.g. find the county for a city)
Part of new FamilySearch (but with a temporary address) this site allows you to look up and get the correct full spelling for places anywhere in the world. For example, it can find the correct county for a place name for which you don't know the county at present, or the correct spelling for a place you have mispelled.

Online Census for FREE!!!
I am very excited to tell you that I just found out the State Library of Utah has made arrangements for us all to use the census online from home at no charge! This will be the version from Heritage Quest - not the Ancestry version. It's not quite as complete, but in some ways I like it better. I'll give you the details on Sunday! You can get a sign on code any time from your local public library. I found out about this through Eastman's Genealogy Newsletter, which is near the bottom of this page.

Forms You Can Print and Use for your own Research

Research Log
Used to both plan and keep track of your research efforts.

Land Entry Record Form
This can be used to extract information from land entry records.

Township Layout Map with Section Numbering
This form shows the positions of the numbered sections within a township under the standard surveying system in the United States in public land states. You can use it as a reference to see what sections are adjacent to each other (even though in different townships) and can mark locations of families of interest to you if that will help your research.

Census Forms you can Print

Forms and Research Guides from Family History Department
This is the link I promised going directly to the "Publications" section at You will find all sorts of forms you can print, along with research outlines and guides and word lists that show the English translations of foriegn words that are commonly used in genealogy (like those used in parish registers).

Some Online Vital Records and Indexes

The number of states posting images or indexes online is growing every year.

Arizona - Births and Deaths
(births 1887-1930) (deaths 1878-1955)

California - Births
(births 1905-1995) - searchable - this one costs money but limited searching is allowed for free.

California - Deaths
(deaths 1940-1997)

Idaho - Deaths
(1911-1951) - Searchable database.

Idaho - Marriages
(not all areas, also covers Cache county area in Utah and a few other Western areas)

Illinois - Deaths

Illinois - Marriages
(1761-1900) - a searchable database with bride, groom, date, county.

Kentucky - Deaths & Marriages
Deaths 1911-1992 Marriages 1897-1993

Missouri - Deaths
(1911-1955) This will eventually include images you can print - they are up to 1930 on the images.

Texas Marriages

Texas Deaths

Utah - Burials
This doesn't yet cover all cemeteries but it covers many. It's a searchable database including birth and death dates and places, parents, spouses, cemeter, location in cemetery.

LDS Church Provided Resources

FamilySearch - the Search Screen
Search the Ancestral File, IGI, 1880/1881 Census, Pedigree Resource File, Social Security Death Index, and several other resources.

FamilySearch - Family History Library Catalog
Search the Family History Library Catalog in preparation for a trip to the library.

FamilySearch - Research Guides and Forms
Search the Ancestral File or IGI; or look in the Family History Library catalog to prepare for a research trip to Salt Lake. Other excellent resources here are 1880/1881 census for the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and the Pedigree Resource File.

Family Search Lab at the BYU Library
Find out what free classes are being taught; check out hours of operation; review newly acquired materials.

BYU Library
Look for materials in the library in preparation for a research trip.

Web Sites About a Particular Geographic Area

See resources and read/post queries that relate to a specific state or county in the USA where some of your ancestors lived.

Worldwide GenWeb
See resources and read/post queries that relate to a specific country where some of your ancestors lived.

Canada GenWeb
See resources and read/post queries that relate to a specific province or county in Canada where some of your ancestors lived.

Genealogy of the United Kingdom and Ireland - GENUKI
Resources relating to England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies
A very large collection of materials for genealogists with ancestry in Eastern Europe.

Searching By Surname

Web sites listed in here allow you to search for information about your ancestors by surname and most of the time by other criteria like given name. Some of these sites also provide other resources as well. Note that you can also do this at FamilySearch in the LDS Resource section at the top of this page.

Ancestry Search


Surname Searches at RootsWeb

World Connect at RootsWeb

Collaborating with others at FamilySearch (you must have a sign on)

Family History Forums from Ancestry

Collections of Links to Other Sites

Cyndi's List (links to more than 240,000 family history web sites)

The Genealogy SiteFinder (links to more than 72,000 family history web sites)

Genealogical Gateway (links to more than 70,000 family history web sites)

For Those with LDS/Utah Ancestry

LDS Euro Project (inactive, but still good materials)
This former website contains much about early converts to the LDS church in Scandinavia, and some for the British Isles and other parts of Europe. You will be looking at a snapshot in time of the website using the Wayback Machine - The Archive of the Internet

British Mormon History
Website of the Centre for British Mormon History

Tracing Mormon Pioneers
Massive collection of materials to help in researching pioneer LDS ancestry.

Utah State Historical Society
Description of resources and services.

Utah Burial Database
Complete for certain parts of Utah. Ongoing project that will eventually have all known Utah burials.

Western States Marriage Database
Comprehensive for Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho) and growing collection from other parts of Utah, Idaho, Arizona, etc.

"How To"

Excellent material about how to do genealogical research may be found at the following websites.

From Family Tree Maker

The Gene Pool

Treasure Map

Board for Certification of Genealogists

Miscellaneous Family History-Related Web Sites

USGS Gazetteer
Enter a place name to find out where it is located. Also has other uses, such as finding the location of every church, school, or cemetery in a particular county.

Bureau of Land Management - Purchases of Land from the US Government
Land east of the Mississippi that wasn't in one of the original colonies belonged to the US government and was sold originally to the first settlers. These records are all available online.

Social Security Death Index
This is one of several places you can find a record of deaths for those covered by Social Security and it's free. Includes birth date, death date, last residence, state of card issue, etc. If you are an Ancestry subscriber, they have a version I like a little better.

Jewish Genealogy
Everything related to Jewish genealogy and ancestry.

National Genealogical Society
Largest genealogical society; includes an online genealogy course and a catalog of their material that can be borrowed by members through the mail.

Zip Code Lookup
Translates a zip code into the geographic place it represents.

Used to find resources on the Internet and other researchers working on your surname of interest.

Ordering Vital Records Online
Through this website you can order vital records from the states, though it can be much more costly than doing it the slow way, by mail. But if you have to have one fast, this is definitely the way to go.

Internet Search Engines
My current favorite way to search millions of Internet Web Sites.

Search an index of millions of Internet Web Sites.

Google Groups
Search an index of millions of Internet "News Group" messages using Google.

Family History Web Sites that Cost Money

(A subscription is needed to use some features at each of these locations, but most include some free resources)

Godfrey Library/Heritage Quest ($35/year)
By becoming a "Godfrey Scholar" at this library in Connecticut, you in effect receive a library card and are allowed to use their online databases.

Ancestry ($155.40+/year, $29.95+/month)
You presently have two choices - All US and All Worldwide. The US option is the one that gives you access to the complete US Census from 1790 to 1930. You can use this for free at Family History Centers.

Kindred Konnections ($15 monthly or $100/year)

GENServ ($1 monthly/$.50 for seniors) - you also have to contribute a GEDCOM file of your data

Internet Newsletters for Genealogists

These will point out the latest information on products, websites, ideas and resources that relate to genealogy and the Internet.

Dick Eastman's Newsletter

Current and past issues available at -

For Family History Consultants
Online Demo of PRFMagnet

Online Videos - PAF and Related
Contains a bunch of video presentations about "how to" do various family history tasks, including PRFMagnet.

Online Family Histories - BYU/FHL/ACPL

Over 10,000 Family and Local Histories
These online books are the result of a new partnership between the Family History Library, LDS History Library, BYU, and the Allen County Public Library. The are working to put online, and make searchable more than 100,000 family histories, local and county histories and city directories.

How To Lessons at Ohana Software

Online Lessons
These include presentations, slides, videos, and outlines for using various software, including PAF, PAFInsight, PRFMagnet, etc.

BYU's Religion 261

Online Lesson
8 Lessons, including one on using TempleReady

FamilySearch Labs Standard Place Finder

Standard Place Finder
A great place to find missing counties, correct place spellings, etc.

Family History Consultants Website

Materials for Family History Consultants
You have to register first before using this. You can register the first time you visit.

Online Training for Family History Consultants

Online Training
You have to register first before using this.

New Information from Family Search

FamilySearch Labs
This is where the new search is located.

Global Gazeteer

Global Gazeteer
Free Online Gazeteer that is world-wide in scope.

Prepared by Mike & Anna St Clair for use in Family History classes they teach periodically.
Last updated: 11 July 2008
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