Genealogy and Cemeteries — Wilton Library
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Genealogy and Cemeteries

Cemeteries

  • Wilton Cemeteries
  • Cemetery Junction
    (http://daddezio.com/cemetery/)
    Directories of cemeteries, advice columns for genealogical researchers, and links to genealogy sites around the world.
  • Interment.net
    (http://www.interment.net/Default.htm)
    Burial records, tombstone inscriptions and other records from cemeteries around the world. Records have been submitted by users.
  • The Political Graveyard: A Database of Historic Cemeteries
    (http://www.potifos.com/tpg/index.html)
    This site is fun — and informative. Find out where dead politicians, judges and diplomats are buried.

How To

  • Ancestry.com Learning Center
    (http://www.ancestry.com/)
    Learn how to use”the largest collection of family history records on the Web.”
  • Ancestry Library Edition LibGuide
    (http://proquest.v1.libguides.com/friendly.php?s=ancestrylibraryedition)
    This is a very useful guide for using the Ancestry Library Edition.
  • Family Chronicle
    (http://www.familychronicle.com/)
    “The magazine for families researching their roots.” Download a free issue.
  • Genealogy.com
    (http://www.genealogy.com/genealogy/index.html)
    Helpful articles, links, and tips. See their Genealogy Classes for free genealogy classes. 14-day free trial.
  • How to Start Your Family HistoryFrom Family History, a primer.
  • Introduction to Genealogy
    (http://genealogy.about.com/library/lessons/blintro.htm)
    Learn genealogy from the ground up in this four-lesson Introduction to Genealogy.
  • The RootsWeb Ancestor Search.(http://www.rootsweb.com/) Information from the Internet’s oldest and largest free genealogy site.

Research

  • Ancestry.com
    (http://www.ancestry.com/)
    Lessons, a genealogy store, and many ways to search for ancestors.
  • Behind The Name
    (http://www.behindthename.com/)
    This site gives info about the origin of names as well as ethnic variations for given names. It helps when thinking up variations on search terms in an interface like Ancestry.
  • Caleb Johnson’s MayflowerHistory.com
    (http://www.mayflowerhistory.com/)
    Read passenger lists (arranged alphabetically or by family structure), wills of some of those on board, crew lists, the Mayflower Compact, a handful of early writings and more.
  • City Directories of the United States of America
    (http://www.uscitydirectories.com/)
    City directories are an overlooked source for genealogical research. This site seeks to catalog the city directory collections in repositories across the country. For a fee, you may order page copies from many of the available directories.
  • Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
    (http://www.CyndisList.com/)
    An enormous list of useful sites (over 240,000) that have been categorized into more than 150 different subject areas.
  • Family History Resources on the Internet
    (http://www.ihrc.umn.edu/research/sourcesInternet.php)
    A useful guide to general resources and specific ethnic group resources, from the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota.
  • FamilySearch
    (http://www.familysearch.org/)
    An impressive new genealogical resource from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Genealogy Buff
    (http://www.genealogybuff.com/)
    The purpose of GenealogyBuff.com is to be a free genealogy search site that will hopefully inspire new family researchers.   By providing a means to gather a large amount of data for a surname, one can build a family tree very quickly.
  • GenealogySpot
    (http://www.genealogyspot.com/)
    Begin your genealogy search, research records, conduct specialized searches by country, ethnicity, religion or state, communicate with living relatives and more.
  • GenSource
    (http://www.gensource.com/)
    Search I Found It! to locate genealogy sites on the internet. Search Common Threads to find other genealogists researching your family name.
  • Heritage Quest
    (http://www.heritagequest.com/)
    Articles, reviews of genealogy-related software, news, and links to other resources.
  • Historical Genealogy: State-Specific Resources
    (http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy/stateres.html)
    A list of links to resources organized by state.
  • Legacy.com
    (http://www.legacy.com/Legacy.asp)
    Find recent obituaries from over 1,000 newspapers.
  • Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records
    (http://www.deathindexes.com/)
    This website is a directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices & registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery & burial records.
  • RootsWeb.com
    The Internet’s oldest and largest free genealogy site.
  • Shipindex.org
    ShipIndex.org is a site created to make researching a vessel easier and more effective than it has ever been. Shipindex.org finds valuable resources that serve as quality reference material for ships and put every mention of a vessel in that resource into our database. The index contains over 140,000 entries that are freely accessible.
  • Social Security Death Index
    (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3693)
    Not sure when or where an ancestor died? The SSDI has up-to-date information on anyone with a social security number whose death was reported to the Social Security Administration.
  • The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
    (http://www.ellisislandrecords.org/)
    Research passenger records from the ships that brought the immigrants.
  • UK Genealogy
    (http://www.ukgenealogy.co.uk/)
    Resources for each country and county in the UK. Try GenUKI as well (for the UK and Ireland).
  • The USGenWeb Project
    (http://www.usgenweb.org/)
    Created by a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet sites for genealogical research in every county and every state.
  • Vital Records Information: United States
    (http://vitalrec.com/)
    Choose a state, and the database will give you contact information for appropriate state, county, and municipal records offices as well as information about costs for obtaining birth, death, marriage, and divorce records.
  • The WorldGenWeb Project
    (http://www.worldgenweb.org/)
    Their mission is “to have every country in the world represented by an online website and hosted by researchers who either live in their own country or who are familiar with their country’s resources.”
  • Yahoo! Genealogy
    (http://dir.yahoo.com/Arts/Humanities/History/Genealogy/)
    An extensive list of directories and individual sites.

Societies/Organizations

  • Connecticut Society of Genealogists
    (http://www.csginc.org)
    Information for Connecticut genealogists with links to the Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut State Library, and the Connecticut GenWeb site.
  • Family History Society Hall
    (http://www.familyhistory.com/societyhall/)
    Society Hall is the most comprehensive directory of genealogical and historical societies on the Web. Societies publish newsletters and have lectures at society meetings to keep members abreast of current news and events. These services improve family history skills and provide a network of people to help break through research barriers.
  • National Archives and Records Administration: Genealogy
    (http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/index.html)
    This site provides many of the finding aids, guides, and research tools that can prepare you for a visit to one of NARA’s facilities or for requesting records.
  • National Genealogical Society
    (http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/)
    “Founded in 1903 as a non-profit organization, The National Genealogy Society is a dynamic and growing membership of individuals and other groups from all over the country — and the world — that share a common love of the field of genealogy.”
  • New England Ancestors
    (http://www.newenglandancestors.org/)
    The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is the oldest genealogical society in the country. Members receive many benefits, including access to a research library, research guides, expert tutorials, several genealogical publications, and more.
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Genealogy
    (http://www.census.gov/genealogy/www/)
    Includes information on Bureau resources. In keeping with the Census Bureau’s commitment to confidentiality, the Census Bureau information collected on individuals does not become available to the public until after 72 years.