Free Resources

These are just some of the resources I use when researching family history.

Be patient! This is definitely a work in progress. I will be adding links regularly.

Please report any broken links or suggest your own links to

I’ve put them here for you for free as a starting point when researching online. 

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Websites of Other Genealogy Resources

Olive Tree Genealogy (my friend Lorine passed away in February, but left this website for us to treasure as I have for years)

Cyndi's List

6 Tips to Make Your Genealogy Research Easier

Nationwide or Worldwide Resources

Allen County Public Library (The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library is the second largest family research center in the United States.)

DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution)

Fold3 (Historical Military Records)

Locating Visa Files at NARA

National Archives USA

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (documenting boundary changes in all 50 states)

Traditions of the Ancestors

Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration (passenger and ship search)

ArchiveGrid (helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.)

The Genealogy Spot (outbound passenger lists from the US and Canada)

Manorial Documents Register (index to English and Welsh manorial records)

Chronicaling America (search through historic newspapers from 1789-1963)

Digital Public Library of America (millions of materials from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions across the country.)

Documenting the American South (or the study of southern history, literature, and culture.)

Austria Resources


Baptist Resources

Archives and Special Collections at Southeastern: Baptist Digital Collections Guide

Carolina Resources (North & South)

Albemarle Genealogical Society

The Lost Colony

Plantations of North Carolina

Photos of Dare County People

North Carolina GenWeb Project (A lot of resources)

North Carolina State Archives

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

North Carolina Genealogical Society (links to North Carolina, regional, and national genealogical resources)

North Carolina Family History & Genealogy

DigitalNC (has digitized newspapers, yearbooks, photographs, and articles)

Documenting the American South

Catholic Resources

New England Catholic Records

Finding Catholic Records

The Guide to Catholic Records Research

Cemetery & Death Records/Resources

BillionsGraves (records found in cemeteries throughout the world)

FindAGrave (a hint for this one, click on the cemetery for their contact information and contact them directly for records.)

Deceased Online (central database for UK burials and cremations) 

Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records (a directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county in the USA.)

Colonial Resources

American Ancestors (some free, some not)

Immigrant Servants Database (indexed compilation of records of indentured servants, convicts, and redemptioners, who began their American adventures in servitude)

Ventress Memorial Library (various Massachusetts resources)

Massachusetts Resources

Strategies for Researching Colonial Genealogical Records

Connecticut Colonial & Early State Records 

Massachusetts Collections Online

The Muster Roll Project

The Mayflower Society

Mayflower History (Mayflower passengers, Mayflower history and Mayflower genealogy and resources.)

England and Wales

General Register Office (holds records for all births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships that have been registered in England and Wales from 1837.)

Free UK Genealogy

Free BMD



UK National Archives

Facebook Pages

Genealogical Translations (this is my #1 page to go to for translations of a document.  Make sure you read the directions for proper posting.)

Loganalogy (of course!)

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum (my ancestors come from a long line of LifeSavers and this page gives a glimpse of their life back then.)

Slovenian Genealogy

Tillett Family of N.C. Outer Banks Genealogy

Tyrrell County Genealogy

Isle of Wight COUNTY, Virginia Genealogy

Pre 1800 Logans

Gottschee Genealogy

Prussian Genealogy & Heritage / German, Polish & Lithuanian Roots & DNA

Crnomelj, Dragatus, Vinica and Stari trg ob Kolpi Family Root Research

German Genealogy

Davenports of North Carolina

Clan Galbraith

Eastern Europe Genealogy Research Community

Rittenhouse Family Descendants and Friends

Ireland: Genealogy & Heritage

Slovenian Genealogy Society International, Inc. (SGSI)

Hatteras Island Genealogy and Preservation

🇵🇱Polish Genealogy

Clan Logan Society International

Huntingdon County, PA Genealogy

Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library (info on families through the Wiregrass area)

Early Virginia/West Virginia families. Surnames and descendants

Latvia Genealogy 

NYC Department of Records

Florida Resources

Florida Memory

Clay Clerk Archives (Clay County, FL)

Genealogy Resources: Florida Resources

The St. Augustine Historical Society

Florida Statewide Military

French Resources

France Archives

Guide to French Archives

France GenWeb

Georgia Resources

Georgia Genealogical Society (the tool on their website called "Finding Your Georgia Ancestors.")

Gottschee Resources

Gottschee Heritage & Genealogy

Ireland Resources



The National Archives of Ireland

Griffith's Valuation (household survey's, like our census substitutes) 

Traditional Irish Naming Patterns

Irish Central (a guide to some of the best genealogy sites)

Irish Genealogy Toolkit  

Kildare Library and Arts Service Headquarters
Riverbank Arts Centre (they add things regularly as resources allow)

Jamaican Resources

Jamaican Ancestry (many different resources for research)

Jewish Resources

AVOTAYNU (Jewish Surname Index)

JewishGen (A global resource for Jewish genealogy)

Family Tree of the Jewish People

Logan Surname Resources


Logan Homestead Connecticut (map)

Logan Homesteaders and Immigrants by Alden Bradford Reed

The Rising Son built by John Logan 1748

Logan DNA Project

Gunn Historical Museum (Logan artifacts/photos)

Clan Logan Society of Canada

Clan Logan Society International

History of ancient Woodbury, Connecticut

Maryland Resources

Maryland Genealogy

The Maryland State Archives: Legacy of Slavery in Maryland

Michigan Resources


Michigan Societies List

Missouri Resources

Missouri Death Index

Burton Historical Society (how Detroit connects to the Old Northwest, New France, and Canada. This collection dates back to the 1700s.)

Montana Resources

Montana Historical Society

The Montana State Genealogical Society

Native American Resources

Native Americans in Florida (bibliography list of some of the published works in the State Library on Native American history in Florida.)

Nevada Resources

The Nevada Library Cooperative

The Nevada State Library and Archives

Indigenous Peoples of Nevada

New Orleans Resources

Archdiocese of New Orleans

The Louisiana Digital Library (contributions from different archives, museums, libraries, and more)

New York

NYC Department of Records

Orphanages and Children’s Homes

The Children's Homes Website (UK)

Former Children's Homes (UK)

Former Barnardo's Children (UK)

British Home Children Registry (children from the UK to Canada)

The National Archives (Kew)

The Orphan Finder (US)

The Orphan Finder (Canada)

Various Orphan Finding Websites 

Pennsylvania Resources

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

State Library of Pennsylvania

PA Ancestors

Polish Resources


Pomeranian Genealogical Society





Prussian and German Resources


Name Index of East and West Prussia

Prussian Mennonite Genealogical Resources

Jews in East Prussia

3 Essential Websites For German Family History (shifting boundaries over the course of history affect your research; study the history)

Tracing Your Roots Back to Germany

Puerto Rico Resources

Preb (genealogical articles, surname tables, and documents)

Puerto Rico Archives

Scotland Resources

Scotland's People (some free, some $$)

National Library of Scotland

Scottish Mining Website

Perth & Kinross Archive

The Friends of Dundee City Archives

Slavery Resources

Digital Library on American Slaves (tens of thousands of records relating to all 15 slave states and Washington, D.C. as well as a number of northern states.)

African American Online Genealogy Records (genealogy links to African American online databases and indexes)

Freedmen's Bureau Records

Race & Slavery Petitions Project (a searchable database of detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color.)

Freedom Narratives (This digital repository of autobiographical testimonies and biographical data establishes where people came from, why they were enslaved, whether or not they freed themselves, and what happened to them.)

Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery (has a database of all slave owners as well as their "inventory", estates, maps, and so much more!)

Saving Slave Houses (includes a database of slave houses.)

Slave Societies Digital Archive (digitally captured ecclesiastical records of more than 750,000 individuals)

International African American Museum (research center dedicated to African American genealogy.)

Virginia Resources

Library of Virginia (many digital collections including land grants, wills, pension rolls, and even vital records!)

William and Mary Libraries (Swem Genealogical Library)

Virginial Genealogical Society
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