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First Choice

Family Search
Census, marriage, birth, death, military records and more.

Cemetery Records

Find A Grave
Billion Graves

Census Records

Census Finder
Although these census records are free, websites that charge advertise on the page so be sure you locate the free search area.
Census Online Access to index is free.
United States census records
WikiTreer, Debra Allison, has compiled a list of places to go in order to find census records. These probably list both free and pay sites. She's also slowly adding actual census sheets:

Family trees created by others

They can provide good clues, but documentation is needed to make sure information is correct. Sometimes it isn't correct so be careful. :)
World Connect

G2G Discussions about finding sources

How Do You Find Sources?

Genealogy Web Searcher

Family Tree Searcher
Like any internet search engine, this will pull up both free and paid sites.

Message Boards and Forums:

Generally relatives are searching for information on forums, but often times they give good clues of what kinds of documents to search for and where to find them.
Ancestry Message Board


Access Genealogy
American History & Genealogy Project
Census Headings
Ellis Island Information
Google Books
Internet Archive: Digital Library
Social Security Records
US GenWeb Archives

Search for information by location:

Genealogy Trails
Land Records
Linkpendium has information arranged by location, but it provides links at other sites.
A great deal of historical information is on US GenNet. If you search using their search engine, you may get many hits that don't match what you're looking for. It's been my experience that the better way to search is to use a search engine such as Google. Enter then the name or place you want to research to get more specific results. For even more options, use Google Advanced Search.

Tips for Beginners

A Genealogist's Guide to Tracing People from Our Past

Websites with many links to other Genealogy Websites

Family History Daily Lists their top 100 genealogy websites. Information on this page is free to view, but they review both free sites and pay sites.
Linkpendium has information arranged by location, but it provides links at other sites.

DNA Repositories

(For recording and comparing DNA test results)
Family Finder DNA graphics
YSearch for Y chromosome
Mitosearch for mtDNA
mtDNA Community
GEDmatch for auDNA
official Y haplogroup tree
WikiTree's DNA Comparison page at FTDNA

DNA Information (simplified)

4 Kinds of DNA for Genetic Genealogy
Widen the Net

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On 30 Sep 2014 Debby (Barton) Black wrote:

On 14 Mar 2013 Christine (C) A wrote:

Great list, though I also use 1BGraves and have found so many 'cousins' through Genesreunited. I'm hoping to get them all on here though so we can work on the one tree.

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On 24 Aug 2015 at 05:41 GMT Debby (Barton) Black wrote:

On 29 Sep 2014 at 06:55 GMT Martin (Brown) Humphrey Jr. wrote:

I know this may be redundant and know it is on kitty's page but what about cyndi's list :P by the way I have used your's and kitty's pages alot in my research is a great help.

On 9 Jun 2014 at 06:30 GMT Debby (Barton) Black wrote:

Thank you, Emma, Mrs. Lowe, and the rest of Mrs. Lowe's students, for sending the Trace Your Family Tree resource.  :)

On 3 Mar 2014 at 04:00 GMT Debby (Barton) Black wrote:

This is way too much fun not to share:

Family Tree Rhapsody

On 4 Oct 2013 at 04:08 GMT Debby (Barton) Black wrote:

This isn't a good link for specific research. It's just a cool site that shows ethnicity in the United States, county by county.

On 21 Aug 2013 at 01:02 GMT Kathryn Cook wrote:

thank you for the lists the ones Ive used are very good ( find a grave & S.S. records especially )

On 17 Mar 2013 at 02:05 GMT Debby (Barton) Black wrote:

Thank you, Christina, for the 1 Billion Graves suggestion.