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Online Resources for Genealogy

Popular Genealogy Web Sites
These site can be accessed from anywhere with a internet connection. Additional resources are available through the library for in-house use only on the Research Tools page.

  • Ancestry Library Edition - Access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Click here to log in through our catalog with your library card number and PIN (the default PIN is the last four digits of the phone number on your library record). Remote access will be available until the end of April. 
  • HeritageQuest Online - Research U.S. Census records (1790-1930), books and history articles, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank records (1865-1874) and more. 
  • Family Search
  • USGenWeb - Free online genealogy help and information for every U.S. state and county
  • Find a Grave - World’s largest gravesite collection. Over 180 million memorials created by the community since 1995.
  • Billion Graves - searchable GPS cemetery data.
  • RootsWeb - Find the tools you need to get started with your family history.
  • Cyndi's List - A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.
  • National Archives - Valuable records for family’s history, veteran’s military service and historical topics.
  • Freedman's Bureau - Millions of records that contain the names of hundreds of thousands of formerly enslaved individuals and Southern white refugees.
  • Shelby County Records - Shelby County, Tennessee Archives


  • Search online to find state archives of any state. Some U.S. counties with large populations have county archives online.
  • Be wary of any online family trees that have been posted by individuals. Many of them have lots of errors. Use these trees as clues only. Always check their sources. Even family trees with sources have errors. The most useful records that you want to look for on  genealogy web sites are vital records and obituaries, but be aware that some vital records documents contain errors. Sites such as Find A Grave and Billion Graves may contain birth date and death date errors. That’s why it is best to use more than one type of record to prove a fact such as a birth date or death date.

Other Free Genealogy Web Sites

  • AccessGenealogy - Birth records, death records, marriage records, census records, tax records, church records, court records, military records, historical newspapers, cemeteries and ethnic records for US research.
  • Olive Tree Genealogy - More than 1,900 pages of free genealogy records to help you find your brick-wall ancestors and build your family tree.
  • Elephind - World historical newspaper archive.
  • Digital Public Library of America - Discover 36,868,852 images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States.
  • Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center - One of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world.
  • David Rumsey Map Collection - Over 97,000 maps and related images online. The collection includes rare 16th through 21st century maps of America, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Pacific, Arctic, Antarctic, and the World.
  • Bureau of Land Management - The BLM General Land Office Records website provides online access to federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, which are states that were created out of the public domain.
  • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database - Information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.
  • JewishGen - 30+ million records related to Jewish Genealogy. Offers unique search tools, along with opportunities for researchers to connect with others who share similar interests.
  • AfriGeneas - Devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general.
  • Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society - Dedicated to the study of African American history and genealogy. 
  • FreeBMD - An ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales.
  • FreeCen - 19th century UK census records.
  • FreeReg - Baptism, marriage, and burial records, which have been extracted from parish registers, non-conformist records and other relevant sources in the UK.

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