Suggestions On How To Begin
Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), for which one must have a subscription, offers many useful resources for the budding genealogist, in particular, free copies of forms used in doing genealogical research. Free charts and forms can be found here:
Cyndi’s List (http://www.cyndislist.com) 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.
FamilySearch.org 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. (http://www.heritagequestonline.com/) 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.
[Note: Patrons of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library may access HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition through that public library system.]