This list is based on several “top websites” lists (see below).  The TGS does NOT endorse these websites over any others you may find or use.

Top Genealogy Sites -- http://www.familychronicle.com/webpicks.htm


“With over 240,000 links it is also one of the largest directories of genealogy websites found online. It’s crowning achievement though is in providing Native American researchers an avenue for research online.”

“The Genealogy Center is home to the nation’s largest public genealogy collection. Those who cannot visit the Genealogy Center in person may need copies from specific sources held by the Center, broader research done in the collection, or copies of articles found by searching the Periodical Source Index (PERSI). The Genealogy Center has a Research Center arm that provides these services and long-distance patrons may use the Quick Search, Research Request and Article Request forms on the Center's website to request copies or research.”

“We provide live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present. We also have images related to survey plats and field notes, dating back to 1810.”

“Our goal is to preserve precious records found in cemeteries throughout the world. We use modern technology to capture images of headstones with their GPS locations so users worldwide can access those records anywhere. BillionGraves strives to do just that: preserve at least one billion graves.”

“Many censuses are recorded or transcribed and can be found online.  Locating free census records online can present a challenge.  With a bit of patience, you will find thousands of census links to free census transcriptions, census indexes and census images in our categorized directory.”

“Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.”

“A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.”

“News, reviews and a wealth of insightful commentary on various technologies as they relate to genealogy are the hallmark of Dick Eastman's blog……. A variety of helpful articles and tutorials are available to "Plus Edition" subscribers, but the majority of the content is available for free.”

“Our vision is carried out by a dedicated team of employees and volunteers who work tirelessly to preserve and share the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world. We strive to create and link the best and most valuable research resources to help people discover who they are by exploring where they come from. For over 100 years, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide.”

“Find a Grave's mission is to find, record and present final disposition information from around the world as a virtual cemetery experience. Find A Grave is a resource for anyone in finding the final disposition of family, friends, and 'famous' individuals.”

“In an effort to make its collections accessible to the largest possible audience, the State Library and Archives of Florida applied for grant funding under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) to digitize select collections. The Florida Memory website resulted from LSTA grant funding.”

“The Florida Pioneer Index provides a list of Florida Pioneers proven and recognized each year between 1979 and 2011. The alphabetically arranged index names the Pioneer who was proven to have settled in Florida prior to its statehood in 1845, along with the descendants who submitted the research proving the pioneer status.”

“Google Books is a service from Google Inc. that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition, and stored in its digital database.”

“The Internet Archive and Open Library offers over 6,000,000 fully accessible public domain eBooks. This includes a special modern collection of over 500,000 eBooks for users with print disabilities, and a very interesting curated, modern collection for the world at large.”

“This site is the online home of the Library of Congress and has a tremendous variety of material on many subjects relating to American history, veterans, and other areas sure to be of interest to any genealogist. Of particular interest, you should be sure to see the American Memory section which provides access to many photographs, maps, historic documents, as well as audio and video. An especially useful site for educators.”

This site includes thousands of links to other genealogy sites.

“The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.”

NGS Book Loan Collection

“In November 2001, the National Genealogical Society moved its 98-year-old library holdings to a new home in Special Collections at St. Louis County Library in St. Louis, Missouri. Previously loaned only to members, the entire collection now is available to the general public by Interlibrary Loan through a local library.”

“The Obituary Daily Times is a daily index of published obituaries. You can search the database anytime with the search engine.”

“The primary purpose and function of RootsWeb.com is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research. Most resources on RootsWeb.com are designed to facilitate such connections.”

“Name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962.”

“We are a group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone. Organization is by county and state, and this website provides you with links to all the state genealogy websites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties.”

 Leon County FLGenWeb