Genealogy Resources on the Internet

The study of ancestry or family history, also known as genealogy, is a hobby enjoyed by many. A family tree with many, many branches can be formed through research using historic records to determine family lineage. It is quite interesting to trace your familial roots as far back as you can, learning about each generation as you progress. Often you can discover how and why your family first came to America. You may even find that you have some famous family connections.

Genealogy is now easier than ever to study since the advent of the internet. Many historic public records, including censuses are archived online, making research quite accessible.

Library of Congress Local History and Genealogy Reading Room: The Library has more than 50,000 genealogies and 100,000 local histories. Great starting point with tips, guides and a plethora of information.

Roots Web: The oldest free genealogy website, offering a clearinghouse of info including search engines and databases, templates and other resources.

USGenWeb: Volunteer-run national genealogical project with free information, organized by state.

Heritage Quest Online: Research archive available as a free service at most public libraries. Paid membership website with family tree makers and research links all housed together, with millions of users.

The National Archives: Official U.S. government records of many military records are available online. Not available online, but located at the National Archives, is census information dating from 1790 to 1930 that can be accessed via microfiche.

Family Genealogical research service provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints includes free family history software and printable color charts.

US Census Bureau: Government census information about individuals becomes available after 72 years.

Find People: Information on almost all US adults.

My Heritage: Touted to be the world's fastest growing family network, it allows you to share family tree information and photos easily. Comprehensive family history resource that includes research data such as ship's passenger records and surname searches.

GeneaNet: Database of surnames dating prior to 1850.

Gen Gateway: Links to lots of research and data, a family tree maker, and a good genealogy help guide and tutorial--all free to use.

The Transatlantic Slave Trade Voyages: Informational database of over 35,000 slaving voyages.

GeneaSearch: Beginner's guide teaches how to use the internet to research genealogy.

Marriage Records: State by state marriage record history.

Genealogy is important to study in order to be able to share the legacy of your family with future generations. Utilizing these, as well as other genealogical sources found online, a family tree can begin growing in no time. Along with the facts, as you research your roots, you will likely uncover many interesting stories too.

The study of genealogy helps us flesh out where we came from and how we came to be the people we are today. It is our responsibility to learn as much as we can about our ancestors and do our best to share and carry on our family traditions as we learn more about them through research. Much can be found out by interviewing older family members about their childhood memories and recording them for posterity's sake.