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Research Your Family's History

Researching your family's history has never been easier, thanks to the World Wide Web. Many comprehensive sites offer last name searches across many databases-vital statistics, cemetery records, ship's passenger lists and more. Other sites offer training and advice on getting started, documenting your family's history and building your family tree. Specialized sites offer the ability to browse photographs or do research within specific ethnic communities. However, the best innovation that the Web has introduced is the ability to collaborate with others. Many sites are interactive, with people responding to questions and posting new information daily.

Use this guide to genealogy sources to explore what the Web has to offer to explore and document your family's history.


General Genealogy Information Top

Ancestry.com
Billed as "the largest collection of family history records on the web," users of this site can search the U.S. Census and other records by surname, state, etc. Interactive services include the ability to build your own family tree and a message board for sharing information. Requires a subscription, although free trials are often offered.

A Barrel of Free Genealogy Links
A comprehensive list of linked genealogy websites is maintained by the Team Roots volunteer at Genealogy Today.

Beginner's Guide to Family History Research
A useful beginner's guide for researching your personal family history. Also provides guidance on organizing your family's artifacts and documents

CDC - National Center for Health Statistics
Guidance on purchasing birth or death records from various New Jersey governmental sources

Camden County Library System Genealogy Resources on the Internet
An excellent guide to genealogy resources on the web, including resources for getting started, genealogy megasites and more.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
More than 241,000 links grouped into alphabetical categories. Cyndi's list includes a helpful Beginner's guide with links for those just getting started with genealogy research

Ellis Island Passenger Arrival Records
Searchable directory of passenger arrival records for immigrants arriving at Ellis Island

FamilySearch
A website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch provides a beginner's guide for new genealogists, the opportunity to share research and find other genealogists, and the ability to search the Family History Library Catalog, a large genealogy library maintained by the Church.

Genealogy.Com
This site includes an excellent learning center with advice on getting started, developing research skills, free genealogy courses and a genealogy glossary.

Genealogy Gateway
A gateway to 42,000+ resources by surname or by type (e.g., military, obituary, etc.). Includes the ability to post queries, download software, etc.

Genealogy Help and Guides
A listing of many excellent genealogy sites. An excellent beginner's manual and how to guide from the UK that is equally relevant in the US.

Helm's Genealogy Toolbox
75,000+ resources that can be browsed by people, places and categories that include beginners' guides, books, gravestone rubbings, etc.

HeritageQuest Online
Many public libraries have subscriptions to this commercial database, which includes complete US Federal Census records, from 1790 to 1930, more than 25,000 searchable books on family or local history, an index to more than 1.6 million genealogy and local history articles and selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pensions and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files. HeritageQuest is a commercial database available for registered library users, generally for in-library use only. Check your local public library for availability.

Hints for Researching Your Family History
An excellent guide for getting started with family history research. Provides simple and useful first steps as well as definitions of types of records (vital records, military records, etc.) and what they contain. Also provides links for many vital records sources.

MyTrees.Com
Provides a name search for ancestors through multiple databases, advertised as "more than a billion names." Requires registration to download the relevant family trees accessed via the search. The site also provides ability to develop your own family tree.

National Archives and Records Administration Genealogy Page
This comprehensive site from the nation's archive provides geneaology resources, guidance on searching census records, complete links to military records from the civil war through the Vietnamese Conflict, access to relevant databases and links for ordering records online.

RootsWeb
RootsWeb includes a wealth of resources under useful categories, such as "Getting Started," "Search Engines & Databases," Websites," "Mailing Lists," "Hosted Volunteer Projects," "Free Genealogy Newsletters" and more. The large database may be searched by surnames, keywords and includes World Connect and GenWeb Projects, SSDI, WW I Draft Records, California vital records, Immigrant Transcribers Guild data and the Obituary Daily Times in the main "quick search." The search result is often accompanied by the name and email address of the information contributor. You can subscribe to an email update that will periodically provide you with information about new databases and information sources on the web. This well-organized website is a useful starting point for anyone, whether a beginner or an experienced researcher.

Social Security Death Index
Available via RootsWeb.com. The Social Security Death Index provides brief information about deceased people who were eligible for social security. Additional information, including information about family of the deceased, can often be obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request.

Surnames.com: Legacy & Lineage
A website providing step-by-step instructions for surname research, as well as Internet search engines for conducting surname research.

Treasure Maps
A treasure trove of genealogy information, including links to family tree software, articles on deciphering old handwriting, coat of arms, tombstone rubbings, the U.S. census, and more.

VitalRec.com: United States Vital Records Information
Provides an ancestor search through vital records, as well as the ability to order birth or death records online.

Your Past Connections
An interesting site that is "dedicated to helping people find lost & found original resources and memorabilia from their family's past." This site bills itself as a 'free service" that will help you locate family artifacts such as bibles, diplomas, marriage certificates, photographs, funeral cards, postcards, etc. A searchable database of available items, with entries listed by category and surname is provided.

Specialized Genealogy Resources Top

DeadFred, the Original Online Genealogy Photo Archive
A free searchable database of thousands of identified and "mystery" photos of potential ancestors and long lost family members.

AncientFaces: Where the Past is Your Present
A very interesting site that puts the "human face" on genealogy research with searchable and browsable photographs, family stories, family recipes, etc.

AfriGeneas: African Ancestored Genealogy
"A site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general. It is also an African Ancestry research community featuring the AfriGeneas mail list, the AfriGeneas message boards and daily and weekly genealogy chats."

The JewishGen ShtetlSeeker
Provides the ability to search for towns in Central and Eastern Europe, using exact spelling or Soundex phonetic spelling, as well as by latitude and longitude. The search will display latitude and longitude, the distance/direction from the country's capital city and a link to a map. A very useful specialized resource for discovering your family's physical roots, particularly for Jewish settlements that may no longer exist.

New Jersey Genealogy Resources Top

Access Genealogy: New Jersey Genealogy
A website of free New Jersey genealogy websites and links, including cemeteries, military records, church records, immigrant records, census records, etc.

FamilySearch Research Guidance New Jersey
Provides guidance on locating and obtaining birth, death and marriage record by time period, beginning in 1638 and continuing through the present.

The Genealogy Shopper: New Jersey, the Garden State
Links to vital records, censuses, cemetery records, obituaries and more. Some resources require a subscription or a fee.

New Jersey Documents
A listing from the New Jersey State Library C41 of the primary documents (Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Wills and Inventories, and Court Records) useful for a genealogy search and where to find them.

New Jersey Genealogy
A compilation of resources to research New Jersey genealogy. Includes resources available at the Rutgers University Libraries, including a detailed guide in Acrobat PDF format to genealogical resources at the Archibald S. Alexander Library, the main Rutgers library on the New Brunswick campus.

New Jersey Genealogy Forum
A bulletin board where New Jersey genealogical queries can be posted and answered.

New Jersey Historical and Genealogical Societies
A directory of societies in New Jersey with links to home pages.

New Jersey State Archives Reference Services
Provides links to the Bureau of Vital Records, including a Vital Records Search Form, and fees, for obtaining birth, death and marriage records, wills and inventories, military records and other official documents of interest for genealogy research

NJ Genealogy BMD Project
NJ Birth Death and Marriage Project at RootsWeb. This search engine of Births. Deaths and Marriages is updated every Monday and can be browsed alphabetically by surname. Emails of information submitters are provided for each entry.

NJGenWeb Archives
New Jersey GenWeb provides rich genealogy information by county, including links to libraries, archives, and other information sources. This interactive site features a bulletin board where requests for information can be posted and answered and information by surname submitted by amateur genealogists wishing to share their research.

Roots-L New Jersey
A comprehensive website with information on daily life, geography, history and data sources, as well as links to archives, libraries and publications. A useful starting point for New Jersey genealogical research.

New Jersey County Genealogy Resources Top

Cemetery Junction: New Jersey Cemeteries
Alphabetical listing of cemeteries enables you to browse inscriptions by cemetery name. Includes family, religious, municipal and national cemeteries.

Interment.Net: New Jersey Cemeteries
This site supports searching cemetery records and markers by name or browsing cemetery listings by county. Includes links to other cemetery websites and vital records information sites.

NJGenWeb archives: County resources
Genealogical information specific to each county is provided in numerous categories, including school information, local biographies, local history, tombstone images, and more. Contributor names and addresses are provided for each entry, to facilitate followup.

VitalRec.com: New Jersey Vital Records Information for Counties
Provides links to vital records offices, County GenWeb pages, and more, for obtaining vital records within New Jersey. Many vital records can be ordered online

Atlantic County

Atlantic County New Jersey 1850 census
Text Files providing basic census information (Last Name, First Name, Age, Sex, Race, Occupation, etc.).

Burlington County

Burlington County Library System Genealogy Web Guide
Burlington County Library Genealogy page offers links to seven historical Burlington County newspaper indexes, information on the Library's New Jersey Collection of local history and genealogical materials, and web guides to researching your family history in Burlington County and elsewhere.
Burlington County Library System Newspaper Notices Index
A project of the Burlington County Library System. A continuously updated index with 30,000+ references to obituaries, death notices, marriage and birth announcements from 22+ historical and current area newspapers. References date back to the mid-1800s.

Camden County

Camden County Library System Genealogy Resources on the Internet
This excellent and comprehensive genealogy guide includes resources in the Camden County Library System and other local resources for genealogy research in Camden County, including Camden County phone directories from 1960 to the present.

Mercer County

Central Jersey Genealogical Club
Includes a schedule of meetings, a "how to" page entitled "Diggin' for Roots," a local query board for Mercer County and a local researcher who will perform ancestor research for a fee.

Monmouth County

Remembering the 20th Century: An Oral History of Monmouth County
Provides transcripts of oral histories from 100 Monmouth residents.

Morris County

MCL Reference: Records in Morris County and New Jersey
Includes information about obtaining birth, death, marriage and divorce records in Morris County and New Jersey. Also includes sources such as library access to high school yearbooks.

Warren County

Belvidere Apollo/Intelligencer/Apollo-Journal Obituary Index
The Belvidere Apollo was a weekly newspaper, published in Belvidere, NJ from 1826-1953. This comprehensive index, created by Mr. Robert Evans, a volunteer at the Warren County Library System, documents obituaries, death notices and news accounts containing death announcements. The first two volumes of the index, covering 1826-1882, can be browsed alphabetically by last name. The user is referred to the date of publication and the page number. The newspaper itself is available on microfim at the Warren County Library System and potentially at other New Jersey libraries. The user may also request a photocopy of an obituary notice.

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