The Douglas Library
Genealogy Databases and Information
For the residents of Hebron, CT, check out the Barbour Collection of the Connecticut State Vital Records for Hebron, 1708-1854. You will find your relatives in alphabetical order. To see which name begins on each page, you can check at the Vital Records Index.
|20 Ways to Avoid Genealogical Grief - Suggestions to help beginners prevent misfortune when learning how to do genealogical research.||
Barbara's Guide to Genealogical Research - About genealogical research with various tips and links to aid the researcher.
|Beginning Your Family Tree - From the Journal of Online Genealogy.||Cyndi's List - How To - Resources for the beginner genealogist.|
|Distant Cousins Genealogy - Help for amateur genealogists, with links, offline resources, books, and more.||Genealogy Primer - General advice on how to start your genealogy research.|
|Genealogy Treasure Chest - For those beginning their genealogy research. Includes tips and tricks.||Janet's Genealogy Page - Information for the genealogist, with a special emphasis on what's available on the internet, including specific location resources.|
|Treasure Maps - Series of step-by-step guides and 'how-to' features that help you with your genealogical 'family tree' research.||Usenet - soc.genealogy.methods - Genealogical methods and resources. (Moderated).|
LDS Family History Library Catalog - Over 2 million rolls of microfilmed original records and hundreds of thousands of books and maps are described and cataloged. It is searchable by surname or by location, or author. (This is NOT the page you come to when you type familysearch.org.)
Bureau of Land Management - Eastern States, General Land Office - The official land patent record site. This site indexes original land entry records for all public land states. You may also view a scanned image of the original conveyance.
NUCMC (National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections) - A searchable catalog of manuscript collections housed in libraries and museums all over the United States. Search both by surname and location for business records, correspondence and family papers. This material will not be accessible via interlibrary loan, you must travel to the repository to view the papers.
These sites feature searchable databases of names, events and locations derived from a wide variety of resources. The information in these databases should always be verified from original sources.
These sites do not charge to search their databases or to download material. Volunteers provide much of the information on these sites.
RootsWeb - The Internet's oldest and largest free genealogy community, includes more than 760,000 surname entries and host of over 16,000 mailing lists (primarily surname discussion lists.)
USGenWeb project - A volunteer project, that is attempting to provide Internet sites for genealogical research in every county and state of the U.S. Provides access to the USGW Digital Library transcription project, their Census transcription project, their Tombstone transcription project and a variety of other special projects and site. RootsWeb.com sponsors this effort. Also check CanadaGenWeb, EuropeGenWeb, etc.
Commercial Databases - These sites charge for access to their data. Fee structures vary and each site provides some free access. Inclusion on this site does not imply an endorsement of these providers. Genealogy Staff have reviewed these sites and found them useful. Additional fee-for-service sites may be found on Cyndi's List.
Ancestry.com - One of the oldest and largest of the commercial databases. Ancestry provides quick access to the Social Security Death Index (a free database). Over 500 databases available including the Automated Archive CDs, census indexes, marriage records, the DAR membership books and the Index to Hinshaw's Encyclopedia of American Quakers.
Geneas.com - Specifically for Canadian genealogists, this site focuses on Canadian passenger lists, land records and immigration documents. This site is designed and maintained by professional genealogists, who also do the majority of record transcription.
These are links to mega-sites which are organized collections of links to other web sites.
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites- By far the largest of the index sites, over 50,000 genealogy sites categorized and cross-referenced. This site is especially good for regional material and for access to library catalogs all over the United States.
RAND Genealogy Club - Information for beginning genealogists, as well as links to numerous special interests sites, such as medieval genealogy, royal lines, U.S. Presidents lines, and Civil War genealogy.
Genealogy GATEWAY - More than 45,000 links to surnames sites as well as links to ethnic pages for Scottish, Irish, Acadian, Central & Eastern European research.
Page updated 7 Feb.,2001