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.
This should be one of the first places to start your Internet genealogy research.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Roots-L Texas
Hosted by Rootsweb, this site is a great starting point as it has links to many aspects of Texas life and covers many areas of the state. Some of the topics covered are: Military, Data, Geography, and Research.
Websites for Central Texas Counties
- Bastrop County
Bastrop County TXGenweb site
A good starting point for Bastrop County research online.
- Burnet County
Burnet County TXGenweb site
Start here for your Burnet County research.
- Milam County
Milam County TXGenweb
Start here for your Milam County genealogy research.Milam County, Texas in the Civil WarThis page has information on the James E. Williams book, Milam County, Texas in the Civil War, which is in the genealogy collection, GEN 929.3764288 WIL, and more information about Milam County’s role in the Civil War.
- Travis County
Travis County TXGenweb
A good starting point for Travis county genealogy. Austin History CenterThis should be your starting point for Austin and Travis County historical research.
- Williamson County
The Williamson County Genealogical Society website is an excellent starting point for researching the history of Williamson County and Round Rock.