General Research Links

Search Engines (free) — The web’s top search engine. Various pages give hints and tips on how to make Google work best for genealogy searches. One is at AncestorSearch: (free and pay versions) — This service tries to search for and bring results only for genealogy and surname databases and webpages. The free version has lots of great features including (after free registration) a way to have Mocavo search all it’s sites for names and places you enter in search requests)

Subscription (pay) Services — The premier pay genealogy service. However, you can use it free several ways:
(1) You can get a two-week FREE TRIAL at this link: . NOTE: Remember to cancel before the two weeks have expired, or Ancestry will charge the crdit card you list when applying for this service.
(2) You can search and find data (either indexes only or indexes with a chance to view actual records depending on the database) by going to this link (<a href=”;) and typing FREE in the keyword field and selecting SEARCH. The databases which are displayed to the right are free to search (more than one page of them).
(3) If you are near a library which has the database, you can search and work in it for free at the library. LDS churches usually have a research center at which you can access Ancestry for free. Public libraries in the Wood County, Texas area with FREE access include the Quitman Public Library and the Longview Public Library. — Historical Military Records at There are some free areas. — A service of Newsbank, historical recods including obituaries, and historical newspapers, books, and documents.

Record Click — (“Record Click offers you all the basics to conduct a solid ancestor search, including state-of-the-art extras, such as DNA testing (including consultation and analysis), along with other forensic genealogy research methods, and of course comprehensive project reports.”) (This for pay service offers a free initial consultation.)

Free Services
Access Genealogy Free (A variety of databases with a strong selection of — but not limited to — native American data including censuses, rolls, etc.)
AfriGeneas Free (African-American research, chats, mailing lists, vital statistics, surnames, slave records, etc.)
Ancestry Free Services at Ancestor Search Free (A listing of services, databases, and resources Ancestry makes free to anyone)
►BYU Family History Archive Free (Searchable Family History Books from libraries around the USA including Family History Library, BYU Collection, etc.)
CensusFinder Free (Census records links) Free (Census abstracts and links)
ِCivil War Soldiers and Sailors System Free (More than six million names. Search Union and Confederate with units designation, regimental histories)
CousinConnect Free (Free queries site)
CyndisList of Genealogy Sites on the Internet Free (Tons of genealogical internet links sorted by Free (Includes 32 million name index) Free (Passenger lists)
►FamilySearch Free (Family History Library catalog, International Genealogical Index, family trees. Additions and updates continuing.)
Also, FamilySearch Research Wiki (, FamilySearch TechTips (, FamilySearch Labs(, Community Trees(, and Forums(
►Find a Grave Free (Thirty-one million plus graves searchable or browse by cemetery)
GenealogyTrails Free (Relatively new website divided into states and counties resources)
►HeritageQuest Online Free but you will need a user name and password from your local library if it subscribes to HeritageQuest Online. Free to you if your library subscribes. (All U. S. censuses, Periodical Source Index of genealogical periodicals, searchable genealogical books) Free (Standard graves listing but also includes special data such as cemeteries that no longer exist, flooded cemeteries, Woodmen of the World burials, etc.)
Library of Congress American Memory Collection (LOC) Free (Historic maps, photos, documents, audio and video)
Linkpendium Free (Tons of genealogical links sorted by category)
Making of America Free (“A Digitial Chronicle of the 19th Century in Print”
National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) Free (Historical electronic records including maps, photos, WWII enlistment records, “some” immigration records, etc.) Free (Obituary database)
One-Step Web Pages Free (Better ways to search Ellis Island and Castle Garden for immigration, censuses, etc.)
Perry-Castaneda Map Collection Free (Historical map collection from The University of Texas at Austin)

Roots Television Free (Videos for and about genealogy and how to techniques for genealogy)

►Rootsweb Free (WorldConnect Project, mailing lists, message boards, surname entries, help files)
Texas State Library and Archives Commission Free (Texas historical records. Especially strong on military but not limited to that)
U. S. General Land Office Records Free (Eastern Public-land states 1820-1908 in some instances including surveyor field notes, names of settlers in area, images of land warrants, etc)
►U. S. Genweb Free Volunteer sites of genealogical data by state and county categories) Free (Census abstracts from U. S. Genweb)
►WorldCat Free (Searches collections of more than 10,000 libraries – for locating a book but no online images, indexes, etc.)

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