hyperlinks to non-DAR sites are not the responsibility of the NSDAR, the
state organizations, or individual DAR chapters.
This popular free Web site from the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints (LDS) features several major
databases: Census Records, International Genealogical Index, US
Social Security Index, Vital Records Index. Also available at this
site are free downloads of PAF (Personal Ancestral File).
When searching RootsWeb’s abundant free
mailing lists, cemetery records and military records, don’t overlook these
Death Records—Search millions of death
records from California (1940 to 1997), Kentucky (1911 to 2000), Maine
(1960 to 1997) and Texas (1964 to 1998) at
Obituary Daily Times—Visit
obits.rootsweb.com to check an index to more than 8 million obituaries
across the United States, most from 1996 to the present.
Through the efforts of volunteers nationwide, this
extensive network has quickly become a key destination for genealogists.
Don’t overlook any of the project’s main parts.
For similar record collections from Canada and other countries, check out
World GenWeb at
Archives—Here you can view transcribed
records from every state. Use the search engines to find a name in a
specific state’s files or anywhere in the entire collection.
Census Project—The goal of these
ambitious volunteer efforts is to transcribe all US census records from
1790 to 1930. Some transcriptions include links to page images.
State Pages—These are the jumping-off
points to county pages, where you’ll find gravestone transcriptions,
church records, indexes to wills and much more.
Tombstone Project—Here you’ll find
gravestone transcriptions from cemeteries across the country.
Archival Research Catalog.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has posted only a
handful of its vast holdings online, but that includes some major Native
American records—Indian censuses from 1885 through 1940 and the Dawes
Rolls, applications for enrollment in the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee,
Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole) taken between 1896 and 1914. A few
alien registrations, court case files and military records are online,
too. NARA’s new Archival Research Catalog (ARC) lets you access document
descriptions and, when available, digital copies. You’ll need to use
specific search syntax to locate details in ARC, so be sure to read the
search hints (and see our guide on page 64).
www.ellisisland.org Ellis Island Immigration Records.
This hugely popular
Web site provides details on more than 22 million immigrants, passengers
and crew members who came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York
between 1892 and 1924. Keep in mind that the database also lists US
citizens returning home from travel abroad. Once you find your ancestors
on a transcribed passenger list, you can purchase an image of the actual
manifest, plus ship pictures and an electronic family history scrapbook.
(Look for tips to search this site in the December 2002 Family Tree
Magazine; you’ll also find tools for combing the database at
Federal Land Patent Records Site.
Were your ancestors
pioneers? Check out this database on the initial transfer of land titles
(patents) from the federal government to individuals. You can view images
of more than 2 million land patents issued between 1820 and 1908 in
eastern public land states (most states outside the 13 original Colonies
are public- land states).