Genealogy Resources

This is not an exhaustive or authoritative list of resources, but rather those I have found most useful in my research. Because this assortment of links is always growing, I've divided this page into categories by state, province, or country.

If you discover a broken link, please let me know and I will make a correction. Thank you!

Genealogy Podcasts

Genealogy podcasts are a great way to keep up with news, hear interviews with experts, and get tips and research ideas.


Look-ups I will do from my personal library of books, which center on Mayflower pilgrims, New England families, royal ancestors, and United Empire Loyalists.

New England

New England (general resources)


Canada (general resources)

New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

DNA & Genetic Genealogy

If you've had or are considering having your DNA tested, check out these useful tools to learn more about genetic genealogy.

African American Ancestors

The Freedman's Bureau Project - find Civil War-era African American ancestors starting here. You might also want to visit Mapping the Freedman's Bureau to find the Freedman's Bureau Field Office nearest your area of interest.

Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery - this collection of "information wanted" ads is both useful and heart-wrenching. See if your ancestors were among those seeking family from whom they were separated as a result of slavery.

General Genealogy & Family History

Guides & Glossaries - Glossaries about genealogy terms, law, clothing, occupations, and more.

Family Search - the free LDS-funded site for searching family trees, censuses, various records (vital, land, court, and more), share photos and stories. You can give back by volunteering on transcription projects.

Google News Archives - this search engine contains newspapers from all over the world and from various years.

National Archivesthe National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you. 

Newspaper Abstracts - sometimes you can find the most interesting items about your ancestors in newspapers. This site covers various countries, but the majority of the entries are in U.S. papers.

Rootsweb - the free community where you can search and share family trees, join mailing lists, participate on message boards, search and/or volunteer with a variety of projects (such as the World Gen Web and Free BMD projects), and much more.

Sanborn MapsThe Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Online Checklist provides a searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company housed in the collections of the Geography and Map Division.

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