Genealogy Links and Sites

Today, there are hundreds of web sites devoted to genealogy research in all subject categories. Typical topics for sites include:

  • ethnic, country, and national origin
  • religious institutional records
  • vital and probate records
  • cemetery records, obituaries, and funeral homes
  • tutorials, guides, forms, and charts
  • research organization and genealogy software
  • societies and organizations
  • libraries, archives, and other repositories
  • newsgroups, forums, message boards
  • land and financial records
  • military and veterans
  • dna and medical research

The Historical Collections maintains a small list of links that it uses to assist patrons in their research. Check out our brochures section for department guides, forms, and charts.

GENERAL INTEREST

Cyndi’s List
A very well organized, comprehensive list of sites arranged by research category. An excellent place to start!

Family Search – LDS Church
Access to millions of vital record extracts through the International Genealogical Index, (IGI), state and country guides, and the LDS Library catalog for world wide records.

Genealogy Home Page
Free genealogy software; news and chat groups; family/personal pages; genealogy help guides; North American sources, and more.

Genealogy.com
Learning Center; message board; family tree builder accounts and personal home pages.

Library Spot – Tracking Down Your Roots
Genealogy links selected by librarians. Research tool kit.

National Archives – U.S.
U.S. government agency maintains many valuable records for genealogists such as census, immigration, military, and Native American related documents. Research tips, articles, forms, and charts for family historians.

National Genealogical Society
Membership benefits and subscriptions, NGS publications, bookstore, home study courses, research aids, membership benefits, conferences and workshops, professional certification information.

RootsWeb
Site categories by US states and regions; volunteer projects; tools and charts; newsgroups and forums.

US Genweb – Directory of State Sources
Volunteers administered web sites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. Non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone. Organization is by county and state. USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects at the national level.

STATE and LOCAL

Connecticut Ancestry Society, Inc.
Founded in 1954 as the Stamford Genealogical Society — the oldest genealogical society in Connecticut. Now called Connecticut Ancestry Society, Inc., CAS publishes a quarterly journal, conducts workshops, and provides membership benefits.

Connecticut State Library – History and Genealogy Unit
The CSL has excellent sources for CT genealogy research including military, cemetery, probate, land, and vital records; church and bible records; passenger lists and naturalization records; town histories and family genealogies; newspapers and city directories; photographs; biographical and vertical files; subject guides and selected bibliographies; and much more.

Connecticut Society of Genealogists
CSG – non-profit organization promotes genealogical research and publication, attempts to maintain and elevate genealogical standards and to provide instructional and educational programs and publications. Publishes The Connecticut Nutmegger, which contains original articles relevant to New England genealogy, Connecticut vital records, CSGs Ancestry Service, and reviews of genealogical books. Membership benefits.

Fairfield Museum and History Center
Bridgeport and Fairfield share more than just a town border. Genealogists and researchers alike will find many “cross-over” items of interest at the FMHC. Maintains a research library and archives as well as a museum with changing exhibitions. FMHC offers educational programs and lectures throughout the year. Book Shop.

Godfrey Memorial Library – Middletown, CT
Holds over 200,000 books and periodicals in its collection including: state and local histories, international resources, family histories, biographies, records by religious organizations, church records, funeral records, cemetery records, military records, maps, etc. Publishes the American Genealogical and Biographical Index (AGBI), a 226 volume master index containing approximately 4 million names from over 800 genealogically related research books including many records from the Boston Transcript.

Stratford Historical Society
Stratford and Bridgeport share a long history together. Visit the SHS for information on area families, business and commerce, land management issues, cemeteries, buildings, activities on Long Island Sound and more! SHS sells several publications on local history.