Help for Beginning Genealogists

Suggestions On How To Begin

Beginning Genealogy (Slide Show by Jean Cooper)’s How to Begin Tracing Your Family Tree (Free)

Basic Resources (, 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 ( 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.

[Note: Patrons of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library may access HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition through that public library system.]