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!

General Genealogy & Family History

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.

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.

New England

New England's Hidden Histories - find colonial era Congregational Church records that give you more insight into the lives of your ancestors in the digital collections here.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society - the oldest genealogical organization in the U.S. with extensive holdings both in their library and online. For anyone with predominantly New England ancestry, like me, the $89.95 membership is well worth it. They also have records for the rest of the U.S., as well as Canada and many other countries.

For individual states, please visit the following pages:

Rhode Island


Automated Genealogy - this site has Canada's 1851/1852 census, 1901, 1906 and 1911 censuses.

Canada GenWeb Project - no matter which province your family lived in, this is the portal to the entire project. 

The Canadian Military Heritage Project - devoted entirely to Canadian military records, you might find your ancestors in a muster roll or enlistment here. 

Canadiana - this digital preservation project is "dedicated to providing broad access to Canada's documentary heritage."

Library and Archives of Canada - known for the widest variety of microfilm and digital holdings for all of Canada, it can take time to learn your way around the site. The digitized microfilms are not indexed, so you're in for the long haul if searching through them, but you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics - a free searchable database of births, deaths, and marriages in Nova Scotia. Absolutely recommended for anyone with ancestors or family in the province. There are some gaps in the coverage, but you will not find a more comprehensive online resource for Nova Scotia vital records.

Provincial Archives of New Brunswick - this fantastic resource includes land records, vital records, newspaper statistics, and much more.

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.

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