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Selected Genealogical Resources

Cemeteries-Genealogy | Census-Genealogy | Civil War-Genealogy | Genealogy Associations and Organizations | General Genealogy | Immigration and Naturalization-Genealogy | International Genealogy | Military-Genealogy | New York-Genealogy


Cemetery Records Online
Online records for the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, the United Kingdom and other countries. The collection of burial records can be searched by surname. Also contains ethnic burials and family burials. Includes links to online obituaries (many are recent).

Find A Grave

A database that can be searched by name, location, "claim to fame" (from actors to victims of crime and disaster), date of birth or date of death.

New York State Cemetery Directory
Cemeteries are organized by county. Provides list of cemeteries and links to tombstone transcriptions for some cemeteries.


1930 Census EDs
Contains enumeration districts for large cities in the 1930 federal census.  Select state, city and street.

Census Online - Links
Contains United States and Canadian census records available online. Records are organized by state and then by county. Coverage varies.

Enumerator Instructions
Contains enumerator forms and instructions and census questions for 1850 through 2000 censuses.

New York State Census
Contains links to 1720 Albany County census, 1714 Dutchess County census, 1702 Orange County census and 1689 Ulster County census.  Also includes general information about the state censuses, list of questions asked for 1825-1925 and list of microfilm (1825-1875) available at the LDS Family History Libraries.

Soundex System
Explains how to calculate the Soundex code (for 1880, 1900, 1920 federal census).

Civil War-Genealogy

Brevet Union Generals of the Civil War
Contains alphabetical list of Union officers who were given honorary promotions to General for their service.  Brevet promotions were not awarded in the Confederate Army.

The Civil War Archive
Site includes histories for Union and Confederate regiments (rosters are not included), brief histories of the Union Corps, letters home from the Civil War, excerpts from personal diaries written during the Civil War and links to other Civil War sites and information.

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System
A database of Civil War soldiers and sailors. Includes a list of regiments, battle information, some prison records and a searchable list of Medal of Honor recipients.

New York State and the Civil War
Contains links to genealogical sites. Also contains links to New York regiments' flags, prisoners/prisons, monuments, letters and more.

New York State Military Museum
The Civil War page of the New York State Military Museum includes links to unit histories, newspaper clippings files, military laws, battle summaries, research guides, and more.

Selected Civil War Photographs Home Page
A searchable database of Civil War photographs held by the Library of Congress. The site includes images, notes and bibliographic information.

Genealogy Associations and Organizations

Association of Professional Genealogists
Site contains membership information, a list of APG chapters (contact people included), a list of publications, membership directory, conference information and information on other professional genealogical organizations.

National Genealogical Society
Site contains genealogical standards, membership information, calendar of events, conference information, committee information, current news and a link to their library's online catalog.

NSDAR Home Page
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution site includes membership requirements and links to the DAR museum and the genealogical research library.The Genealogical Research System is a database with information on Revolutionary Ancestors

Society Hill: A Directory of Genealogy and History Societies
Contains a society event calendar for national societies. Includes online directories for societies in the United States, Canada and Australia (links to the societies are provided if available). Searchable by society name.

General Genealogy

AfriGeneas - African Ancestored Genealogy
Records button links to African-American census records, death records database, library archives, slave data collection, surnames database, state and world resources, African-Native genealogy, cemetery records and military records.

Barrel of Genealogy Links

Links to over 300 general sites and over 100 Civil War sites.

Black Sheep Ancestors
Links to lists from insane asylums, executions, prisons and convicts, outlaws and criminals, and court records from the USA, Canada and the UK.  Includes list of pirates and buccaneers.  Most records are listed by state but there is also an alphabetical list of names for some record types.  Some records are searchable.

Colonial Occupations
Contains descriptions of old occupations, from acater to zoographer. List is organized alphabetically.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Over 56,000 links to genealogy sites, listed by category.

Death Indexes
Contains death indexes, records and obituaries by state.  Note that some databases require payment.  Information on some states' vital records is included.

Diseases and Medical Terms in Old Documents
Contains definitions of diseases and medical terms found in old documents.

Searchable database of the Family History Department of the Church of Latter-day Saints. Includes their Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index and Web sites.

Freedmen's Bureau Online
Contains records relating to the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands.  Includes records relating to murders and outrages, freedmen's labor, marriage records and more.  Includes some New York information.

Genealogy and Family Heritage
Contains links to a variety of sites. Topics include: documents; commercial sources; organizations; research techniques; databases; continental Europe; United Kingdom; Australia and Pacific; and North America. Learning Center
Contains information on getting started with your genealogy, getting organized, developing your research skills, sharing your family's story and reference.  Includes free online classes.

German Genealogy Group Databases
These databases include New York City marriage indexes, National Society of the Daughters of the Revolution of 1776 applications, alien declarations, early Queens and Kings county NY vital records, cemetery records, church records, Bavaria and Pfaltz emigrants, German emeny aliens, military record information, and more.

JewishGen: The Official Home of Jewish Genealogy
The site's InfoFile Index provides access to various countries and topics. The Family Finder database allows you to search by surname. Includes various other databases and links.

Library of Congress Local History and Genealogy Reading Room
Contains information about sources available on-site at the Library of Congress.  Includes full text of Library of Congress bibliographies and guides to the collections.

NARA Access to Archival Databases(AAD)
The National Archives and Records Administration AAD system provides access to over 350 databases created by federal agencies.  Topics covered include the military, Securities and Exchange Commission, historic preservation, NASA and much more.  Most databases are full text but a small number are indexes only.  Some series identify people.

National Archives and Records Administration
Contains information about National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) regional facilities, publications, genealogy workshops and courses. Also contains genealogical research guides and finding aids (some are digitized). Access to NARA Archival Information Locator (NAIL) database (prototype database of selected NARA holdings).

National Register of Historic Places
Site contains a link to the National Register Information System (NRIS), searchable by name, location, agency or theme. The 70,000+ listings include historic areas in the National Park System, over 2300 National Historic Landmarks and other properties across the country that have been deemed significant to the nation. Site also includes travel itineraries, information on teaching with historic places and links to National Register publications.

Native American Genealogy
Tribal histories, biographies, Indian rolls, land patents, and more are contained on this site.

Olive Tree Genealogy Homepage
Searchable site contains ship passenger lists (arranged by date and then by passenger name), information about Mennonites, Loyalists in Canada, Mohawk Nation, Huguenots and Walloons, Palatines, New York, New Netherland and more.

RootsWeb sponsors USGenWeb, Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild and more. Site contains a surname list, Social Security Death Index, United States county/state resources and world resources.

USGenWeb Project
RootsWeb-sponsored site contains the Census Project, Tombstone Projects (both consist of transcriptions) and State Projects. Also contains a Digital Library with transcriptions of public records.

Vital Records Information for United States
Site contains information about obtaining vital records (birth, death, marriage and divorce records). Each entry gives the record type, cost of obtaining the record, dates available, form and other remarks.

Immigration and Naturalization-Genealogy

Castle Garden Immigration Records
Search 10 million immigrants who arrived in NYC 1820-1913.  Quick search is free. Records include occupation, age, sex, literacy, date of arrival, origin, port, last residence, destination, plan, ship and passage.

Cimorelli Immigration Manifests Online
Contains ship information, 1890-1930, listed by ship or by port of departure or arrival. Also contains early records prior to 1890. Lists of all ships in database by date. Other features include shipwrecks, Irish immigrants, German immigrants from Russia, emigrants from Waasland.

Ellis Island
Site contains a search engine for searching the Ellis Island database of passengers arriving in New York 1892-1924.  Initial information includes name, residence, arrival date and age at arrival.   Free registration allows access to the full record for passengers (name, ethnicity, place of residence, date of arrival, age on arrival, gender, marital status, ship of travel and port of departure).  Site also includes information on the immigrant experience.

ISTG - Ships Passenger Lists
Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild site. Passenger lists are organized by date, ship's name, port of departure, port of arrival, captain's name or passenger's name.

Ship and Yacht Register-Mystic Seaport
Contains ship register lists from the New York Marine Register, American Lloyd's Register of American and Foreign Shipping and the Record of American and Foreign Shipping. Ship register lists cover 1857-1900 and are searchable by vessel and shipmaster. Also contains yacht register lists from Fox's Yachting List and American Yacht List. Note: Does not contain passenger lists.

The Ships List
Contains ship passenger lists for North America, Canada, and Australia, along with fleet lists, immigration reports, ship pictures and ship descriptions.

International Genealogy

Canadian Genealogy Centre
The Library and Archives of Canada site includes Acadian and French-Canadian history, descendancies of various Acadian and French-Canadian surnames and links to related sources.

Jewish history website focuses on Central and Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, Turkey and the Balkans. Search photos by family name, city or country. Search family biographies by name or country. Also contains holocaust-related photographs.

Francegenweb provides many links to French genealogical resources including libraries, archives, and guides. This site is in French.

Irish Genealogy on the Web
"Irish Genealogy Links" provides links to Irish genealogical sites. Includes sites organized by geographic location and topic.

United Kingdom and Ireland Genealogy
Information on this site is organized by region and/or record type. Topics covered include census, church records, newspapers, military records and more. Site also includes information about researching United Kingdom and Irish genealogy from abroad.


Casualties from the Korean War and Vietnam Conflict
Contains state-level lists of casualties of the Korean War and Vietnam Conflict.  Sorted alphabetically by name or by home of record.

Genealogy Research in Military Records
A guide to using military records for genealogical research, from the National Archives.

Medal of Honor Citations
Site contains full-text of Medal of Honor citations awarded between 1863 and 1979. Includes history of the medal and statistics.

Military History of New York State Militia Forces and Personages-DMNA
Part of the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs home page. Includes military history articles, flags, heraldry and links to the Military History Museum and Military Heritage Institute.

Online Military Indexes and Records
Includes links to military indexes and records for the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War.

New York-Genealogy

Albany and Eastern New York Genealogy
This site focuses on Albany and its surrounding counties (Columbia, Rensselaer, Greene, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Montgomery, a small part of Herkimer and a small part of Berkshire County, MA).  The following topics are included:  vital records, census, wills, deeds, and military records.  Genealogical aids are also included (cemetery information, historians, maps, gazetteers, etc.).

Albany County Hall of Records
Access to naturalization indexes, information about Mayor Corning's papers, list of historical records and genealogy resources found at the Albany County Hall of Records, and list of New York State county clerks. Finding aids for Hall of Records documents are available online.

Buffalo Research
Buffalo Roots link provides information about obituaries and death notices, vital records and city directories.  Also contains virtual rolodex of local historians and historical societies and links to various other sites.  Main page also has information on Buffalo buildings, companies, maps, recommended local genealogy/history sites and more.

Changes in Town Names in New York State
Alphabetical list of former town names gives current town names.

New York Index
This website is a collection of links to church records, cemetery records, and military records for New York State divided by county.

Interments in Albany County Cemeteries
Access to inscriptions from Albany County cemeteries.

Interments in Rensselaer County Cemeteries
Access to inscriptions from Rensselaer County cemeteries.

New York GenWeb Project
This USGenWeb site is organized by county. Also includes New York military links, geography, cemeteries, land records, vital records and more.

New York State Archives
Contains information about records available on-site at the New York State Archives, such as vital records indexes, court records, real property records, military records, prison and reformatory records, Indian records and more.

New York State Newspapers
Site contains list of New York State newspapers on microfilm at the New York State Library and around New York State (organized by county, city or title). Includes list of New York State Library newspaper subscriptions and links to New York newspapers online.

New York Vital Records
Includes links to New York birth, marriage and death records, census records and cemetery records.

Schenectady County History and Genealogy Resources
Bibliography contains area histories, genealogies, maps and biographies, and books on architecture, cemeteries, census and churches.  Includes links to resources that are available online.

Vital Records Information - New York State Department of Health
Contains application forms for birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates. Includes information about obtaining records for genealogical purposes (request forms are available).

Last Updated: January 20, 2022