Genealogists were among the first to see the usefulness of the Internet as a tool in their research. In the past twenty years, great strides have been made in presenting source material and research online for the use of all researchers. The following few web resources represent only a small segment of the genealogical material now available. However, these particular sources are great starting points for the beginner and the experienced researcher alike.
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Kemp, Thomas Jay. Virtual roots 2.0 : a guide to genealogy and local history on the World Wide Web. Rev. and updated. Wilmington, DE : Scholarly Resources, 2003.
About.com’s Introduction to Genealogy (Free)
American Genealogical Studies: The Basics / National Genealogical Society ($) (http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/ags_thebasics)
Brigham Young University offers a bachelor’s degree in Family History (Genealogy) ($)
Cyndi’s List –Information for Beginners in Genealogy (Free)
Some Useful Web Resources
Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/) Subscription databases.
Includes charts and forms:
British History Online. (http://www.british-history.ac.uk/) University of London & History of Parliament Trust, c2014.
“British History Online contains primary and secondary sources for the history of the British Isles. … British History Online is run by the Institute of Historical Research – the centre for the study of history in the UK – at the University of London. Our goal is to produce highly accurate digital versions of the core works of British history, as part of the Institute’s national role in historical research.” (University of London, British History Online, 2014.)
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. (Free)
FamilySearch.org (http://www.familysearch.org/) This is a free resource supported by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It contains indexes to primary and secondary resources for U.S. and international research, and is free.
HeritageQuest Online. Available only from U.Va. locations. Often available through your public library. (http://www.heritagequestonline.com/)
Contains searchable access to the complete 1790-1940 U.S. Census and images of the original census books, 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.
Library of Congress. American memory. (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/) This website contains a plethora of primary sources, including the Documents of the Continental Congress and other U.S. government documents from 1774-1875, memoirs and papers of individuals, slave narratives, photographs, and historic maps to mention a few. As an example of the usefulness of these documents, the U.S. Statutes at Large can be useful to the genealogist to trace land grants, since the U.S. Congress investigated and ruled on many land grant disputes, mentioning the litigants by name. [Also, see U.S. Congress. Statutes at Large. listed below.]
The National Archives of Ireland site offers the 1901 and 1911 Irish national censuses for free. (http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/)
Note: 3/26/2014: The Library of Congress states, “As a part of ongoing modernization, we’ve migrated some of our collections to new presentations. Collections that have been migrated no longer appear in internal American Memory search results and browse lists. To search all Library collections (including American Memory) please visit loc.gov/search, or browse collections at loc.gov/collections.”
Rootsweb (http://www.rootsweb.com/) Rootsweb is now owned by Ancestry.com, and contains a variety of informational tools, as well as surname and location discussion boards.
United States. Congress. Statutes at Large, 1789-1875.
(http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwsl.html) (Available only from U.Va. locations.) This is a database of the early Statutes at Large, and a good source for “private laws,” that is, laws that deal with a specific person or persons.
University of Virginia Library Reference. Website.
Library Guide to Biographies
Library Guide to University of Virginia Historical Resources
Library Guide to Charlottesville/Albemarle County Local Resources
Library Guide to Newspapers
VAGenWeb Project (http://vagenweb.org/)