Goshen Public Library and Historical Society

A Guide to Genealogy Resources on the Internet

*Getting Started
*New York State
*Vital Records
*General Sites
*Specific Ethnic Sites
*Related Research Topics
*Genealogical Search Tools

Resources for this guide collected and annotated by Anita Whitehead of Goshen Public Library.

Send comments, questions, suggestions to awhitehe@rcls.org

© Copyright 2000 Goshen Public Library & Historical Society


Getting Started: Courses, Books, Tips

Ancestry Home Town
Offers classes in genealogy, searchable databases, and access to the Social Security Death Index.
URL: http://www.ancestry.com/learn/start/main.htm

Family Tree Maker
Provides online classes in genealogy and tutorials on writing biographies/autobiographies.
URL: http://www.familytreemaker.com/howtofnd.html

Genealogical Basics
Addressing the "hows and wheres of genealogy, not just in cyberspace, but in your own home and in your hometown."
URL: http://www.everton.com/start.html

Getting Started Right
An introduction to genealogical research by Everton Publishers.
URL: http://www.everton.com/intro1.htm

Starting Your Family Tree
An introductory guide for those wishing to research their family history by New York State Library.
URL: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/genealogy/famtree.htm

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New York State Genealogy Sites

* Local Genealogical/ Historical Societies

* Orange County Libraries with local history/genealogy collections

* Area County Genealogy Sites

* New York State Genealogy Sites

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NYS Genealogical Sites - Local Genealogical/Historical Societies

Dutchess County Genealogical Society
PO Box 708
Poughkeepsie, NY 12602

Genealogical Society of Rockland County
URL: http://home.eznet.net/~halsey/NY/rockland.htm
c/o The Historical Society of Rockland County
20 Zukor Road
New City, NY 10956

Orange County Genealogy Society
URL: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nozell/ocgs/
1841 Court House
101 Main Street
Goshen, NY 10924

Westchester County Genealogical Society
URL: http://pages.progidy.com/HFBK19A/wcgs.htm
PO Box 518
White Plains, NY 10603

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NYS Genealogy Sites
Orange County Libraries with Local History/Genealogy Collections

The Documentarian
URL: http://www.mvla.org/lhg/index.html
The Mohawk Valley Library Association's local history and genealogical site.

Newburgh Free Library
URL: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyorange/library02.htm
124 Grand Street
Newburgh, NY 12550
(914) 561-1985 or 561-1836

Middletown Thrall Library
URL: http://www.thrall.org/lochis.htm
11-19 Depot Street
Middletown, NY 10940
(914) 341-5454

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NYS Genealogical Sites - Area County Genealogical Sites

Dutchess County
URL: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nydutche/

Orange County
URL: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyorange/

Rockland County
URL: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyrockla/

Sullivan County
URL: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nysulliv

Ulster County
URL: http://www.hopefarm.com/geneatop.htm

Westchester County
URL: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nywestch/

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NYS Genealogical Sites - New York State Genealogical Sites

Mailing list for researchers
URL: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nozell/GEN-NYS-L/

Historical Records Repositories of Southeastern New York
URL: http://www.senylrc.org/~senydhp/director.htm

New York Genealogy
URL: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nygenweb/

New York Public Library, Center for Humanities
US History, Local History, and Genealogy Division
URL: http://web.nypl.org/research/chss/lhg/research.html

New York State Library Genealogy Collection
URL: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/gengen.htm

The New York State Newspaper Project
Identifies, describes, preserves, and makes available to researchers significant newspapers published in New York State since 1725.
URL: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/nysnp/

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Vital Records

* New York State sources

* Federal sources

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Vital Records - New York State Sources

About Vital Records in New York State
From the New York State Department of Health
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/consumer/vr.htm

New York State Archives and Records Administration Home Page

URL: http://www.sara.nysed.gov/

Obtaining New York State records for genealogy purposes

URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/consumer/vr/geninst.htm

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Vital Records - Federal Sources

U. S. Census Bureau Genealogy FAQ
URL: http://www.census.gov/genealogy/www/

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
URL: http://www.nara.gov

Social Security Death Index
Includes more than 60 million Americans who held a Social Security card, who died since 1962, and whose death was reported to the Social Security Administration.
URL: http://www.ancestry.com/ssdi/advanced.htm

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General Genealogy Internet Sources

Site for the PBS series. Includes downloadable family tree charts and genealogical forms.
URL: http://www2.kbyu.byu.edu/ancestors/

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Links to about 30,000 web sites, mailing lists, ftp sites, and E-mail addresses arranged in 60 categories.
URL: http://www.CyndisList.com

Family Search
The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints sponsors this site to help people find and share family history information.
URL: http://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy Bibliographies and Guides (Library of Congress)
URL: http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/lhg.html#bibl

The Genealogy Home Page
A guide to various Internet sites of interest to genealogists, including guides, maps, newsgroups, software, and societies.
URL: http://www.genhomepage.com/full.html

Genealogy SiteFinder
A comprehensive guide to over 40,000 genealogical resources on the Internet
URL: http://sitefinder.tbox.com/

The Genealogy Web Project of Surname Resource Centers
Alphabetically arranged links to surname databases.
URL: http://www.surnameweb.org

Internet Hotlinks
URL: http://www.archives.state.ut.us/referenc/world.htm

Journal of Online Genealogy
An electronic publication dealing with genealogical resources, research tactics, and other issues and interests.
URL: http://www.onlinegenealogy.com

Local History and Genealogy Reading Room (Library of Congress)
URL: http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/

Newberry Library, Chicago
Reference guides on a wide range of topics, including Cherokee Indians, Chicago, French Canadian, Irish, and Polish genealogy.
URL: http://www.newberry.org/geneal/genealog.htm

New England Historic Genealogical Society
URL: http://www.nehgs.org/main-01.htm

Online Genealogical Database Index
Contains links to all known genealogical databases searchable through the Web.
URL: http://www.gentree.com

Home of the RootsWeb Surname List and ROOTS-L, the original mailing list for genealogy.
URL: http://www.rootsweb.com

USGenWeb Project
Links to genealogical sources in all 50 states and most counties.
URL: http://www.usgenweb.org

The WorldGenWeb Project
From the mission statement: "The goal of the WorldGenWeb Project is to have every country in the world represented by an online website and hosted by researchers who either live in their own country or who are familiar with their country's resources."
URL: http://www.worldgenweb.org

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Specific Ethnic Genealogy Sites

African American Genealogy
Christine's Genealogical Website
URL: http://ccharity.com/

Canadian Genealogy
URL: http://indexes.mtrl.toronto.on.ca/genealogy/index.htf

East European Family Genealogy
URL: http://feefhs.org/

Italian Genealogy
Provides sample form letters for writing to archives and churches.
URL: http://www.italgen.com/main.htm

Jewish Genealogy
Includes the International Jewish Cemetery Project which indexes 600 cemeteries and a database of Jewish Civil War veterans.
URL: http://www.jewishgen.org/

Resources for Genealogical Research Outside of the United States of America
URL: http://www.everton.com/resources/world.html

United Kingdom and Ireland Genealogy
Primary source materials, detailed finding aids, and guides. Links to the important British genealogical societies.
URL: http://midas.ac.uk/genuki/

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Related Topics

Calendar Conversions
Converts dates among various calendar systems, including Julian, Gregorian, Jewish, and French Republican.
URL: http://genealogy.org/~scottlee/calconvert.cgi

Cousins: How Far Removed?

URL: http://www.cswnet.com/~mgoad/cousins.htm

Deciphering Old Handwriting
An online tutorial to aid in understanding old records.
URL: http://www.firstct.com/fv/oldhand.html

Over 8,000 electronic forums (AKA "message boards") open to all genealogical researchers for the purpose of sharing data and encouraging communication between family historians.
URL: http://www.genforum.com/welcome.html

Gravestone Studies
Techniques for preserving and photographing grave markers.
URL: http://www.berkshire.net/ags

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Genealogical Search Tools

Research names in free and premium databases, including the Social Security Death Index and the World Family Tree.
URL: http://www.ancestry.com

Everton's Full Name Index Database
Searchable surname/given name database with premium research options.
URL: http://emh.everton.com/full-name.html

Six Search Engines for Genealogy
URL: http://feefhs.org/../sesearch.html

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