Help for Beginning Genealogists

Suggestions On How To Begin

Beginning Genealogy (Slide Show by Jean Cooper)’s Introduction to Genealogy (Free)

Basic Resources ( offers many useful resources for the budding genealogist, in particular, free copies of forms used in doing genealogical research. Charts and forms can be found here:

Cyndi’s List ( Created by Cyndi Howells, Cyndi’s List of Genealogical Sites on the Internet is the original and most comprehensive index to websites pertaining to genealogy. It is updated daily. is a free resource that contains scanned, searchable copies of primary source documents for all U.S. states, plus many international locations.

HeritageQuest Online. Available only from U.Va. locations. ( Contains searchable access to the complete 1790-1940 U.S. Census, Periodicals Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, Freedmen’s Bank Records, and ProQuest’s Genealogy & Local History Collection of 25,000+ family and local history books.