Genealogy Websites

Must See Genealogy Websites


Become familiar with the major free genealogy websites with the following links.

  • The National Archives: Resources for Genealogists
    Start your family research, browse local topics, find local events, and use genealogist tools to research you family history.
  • FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ genealogical site searches records of over 35 million names in its ancestral file, and over 360 million names in the international genealogical index.
  • Cyndi’s list of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
    One of the most comprehensive web resources for genealogy. It provides links to 107,550 genealogy websites, categorized & cross-referenced, in over 150 categories.
  • Steve Morse One Step Pages
    Provides maps and locates enumeration districts from 1880-1940.
  • USGenWeb Project
    Provides links to the GenWeb site for every state, and a listing of the Special Projects sponsored by the USGenWeb Project.
  • Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States
    First published in 1932, this digital edition reproduces all of the atlas’s nearly 700 maps. Many of these beautiful maps are enhanced here in ways impossible in print, animated to show change over time or made clickable to view the underlying data—remarkable maps produced eight decades ago with the functionality of the twenty-first century.
  • Atlas of Historical County Boundaries – Texas
    A project courtesy of The Newberry Library in Chicago, the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries presents in maps and text complete data about the creation and all subsequent changes (dated to the day) in the size, shape, and location of every county in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia. It also includes non-county areas, unsuccessful authorizations for new counties, changes in county names and organization, and the temporary attachments of non-county areas and unorganized counties to fully functioning counties. The principal sources for these data are the most authoritative available: the session laws of the colonies, territories, and states that created and changed the counties.

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Vital Records Websites


  • Vital Records Information
    Provides directory of state, county, and town offices that can be contacted to obtain vital records. Also provides links to the Vitalchek site below where appropriate and in many cases provides links to actual order forms for requesting records.
  • Vital Records Services
    Order vital records online for selected counties in most states.

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Genealogy Library Websites


  • Texas State Library Genealogy Collection
    Provides lists of library resources available for public to use, bibliography of genealogy research, and links to web sites for getting started.
  • Center for American History
    This library should not be overlooked. Take a look at the subject guides available on their website to get an idea of the treasures here. They also have an excellent collection of Texas newspapers.
  • Clayton Library for Genealogical Research
    One of the best libraries for genealogical research in the country is in Houston, Texas. This site provides a collection overview, FAQs, and information on how to access their collection.
  • Dallas Public Library
    A very basic page listing a brief description of the collection’s holdings, databases available, and their hours of operation.
  • Allen County Public Library-Historical Genealogy Department 
    Visit one of the top genealogy libraries in the country. Also available here is the PERSI order form to request copies of articles from genealogical periodicals. There is a fee for this. Other methods to obtain copies is to try interlibrary loan and/or write to publisher of the periodical.
  • Mid-Continent Public Library
    Much of this genealogy collection in Independence, Missouri is available through Interlibrary Loan.
  • National Genealogical Society’s Library Collection
    The circulating genealogy collection is housed in the St. Louis County Library in Missouri. Check the online catalog for titles of interest.

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Texas Genealogy and Local History Websites


The following links may help with your Texas genealogy research.

  • Cyndi’s List of Texas Genealogy Resources
    This Cyndi’s list of Texas genealogy resources covers all categories: events, general sites, history & culture maps, newspapers, people & families, etc.
  • The Handbook of Texas
    This online version of the multidisciplinary encyclopedia is a good source for Texas history and culture. It provides more than 23,000 articles on people, places, events, historical themes, institutions, etc. An Index of Places is available online.
  • Texas Genealogy–TXGenWeb Project
    Link to online version of some Texas counties’ 1850 Census, list of the Residents of Texas, 1782-1836, index to cities & towns in Texas, etc.

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Websites for Central Texas Counties


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