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Where did I come from? How did I get here? It's not biology, it's genealogy. Here are some places to go and tips and tricks to leaf out your family tree!
Last Updated: Apr 2, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Quick Links to the History related listing of Library databases.  Also quick links to some of the more useful historical databases.

  • American Civil War Research
  • ArchiveGrid
    Listing of libraries/archives, many with excellent genealogy resources. Coverage is academic institutions, state, national and international libraries and archives.

Best Subscription Databases

  • Ancestry
    Create your tree using tons of records from all over the place! Free trial and then subscription required.

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Getting Started

If you're here, then you think family is important and you're curious about yours. The Who, What and Why of it all. Did they do anything cool? I scan our pictures trying to see the passage of the gene pool through facial features and it amazes me when a face four generations away is identical to a current cousin. Enjoy our LibGuide to help navigate the plethora of genealogy resources. It's a rewarding, but maddening detective story discovering the truth.

This guide is still a HUGE work in progress.  All suggestions, especially of websites that are useful on this guide are great!!

Best Free Databases

These are in alphabetical order... not order of awesomeness or geographically or anything.

  • Cyndi's List
    It's the "So and So's List" for genealogy! Lots of good sites all in one place.
  • Family Search
    Free database sponsored by the Latter Day Saints, one of the foremost genealogical institutions in the world. Excellent organization with readily accessible information and links when searching about geographical areas, background information regarding census or other hard to find details.
  • Find A Grave
    Thousands of entries from cemeteries all over the US. Headstone photos, personal descriptions, photos and obituaries, GPS coordinates, links to other relatives.
  • Library of Congress Genealogy
    Our national library!!
  • Midwest Genealogy Center
    The Midwest Genealogy Center (MGC) is one of the nation's preeminent resources for family history, providing access to almost three-quarter of a million on-site materials.
  • National Archives and Records Administrations (NARA)
    National archives including census, immigration, land and military records.
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society
    Dating from 1845, the NEHGS was the first genealogical society established in the US. Contains MANY of the earliest records from the Northeast, especially Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
  • Texas General Land Office
    Records and interactive maps involving Texas land. As with all things Texas, we're unique in our land records and original land grants!
  • Texas State Archives Genealogy Section
    The resources of the Texas State Archives for genealogical research. Military records, land records, Republic records.
  • The Texas State Handbook Online
    Excellent resource for all things Texas including county and city historical information.

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