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Free Online Resources

Link to Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the

Internet Your genealogy starting point online for more than a decade!

Link to Family Search The largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world.

Link to Genealogical Society of Santa Rosa County

Link to Rootsweb Finding our roots together.

Online Genealogy Resources Resources Requiring Library Card

Link to HeritageQuest Online inside library

Link to HeritageQuest

Online outside library HeritageQuest Online’s outstanding indexing and search capabilities have made it one of America’s favorite tools for researching family trees. HeritageQuest Online provides easy digital access to all these collections:

U.S. Federal Census collection, 1790-1930— original images, name indexes, and map guides for many years

The UMI Genealogy & Local History book collection, 1700s-1900s --Compiled genealogies --Local histories --Collective biographies --Documentary collections --Genealogy monographs --Primary-source documents, including church records, military records, vital records, city directories, and more

Periodical Source Index (PERSI), a comprehensive subject index covering over 1.7 million articles in over 6,300 genealogy and local history periodicals from 1800 onwards

Revolutionary War Era Pension Records and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files

Freedman’s Bank Records, a vital source for African-American research

Link to America's

GenealogyBank America’s GenealogyBank consolidates millions of the United States' core genealogical records from the 17th to the 21st centuries in a single, massive database. This comprehensive Web-based resource makes it easy for genealogists to search and browse digital images of genealogies, obituaries, marriage notices, birth announcements, local histories, casualty lists, military documents and many other types of primary sources published across the nation over hundreds of years.

Link to America’s Obituaries & Death

Notices Each day, America’s Obituaries & Death Notices consolidates records from hundreds of newspapers nationwide into a single, fully searchable database. This comprehensive resource features more than 16.5 million listings—this is approximately 70% of all recent obituaries and death notices published in the United States. Additionally, this resource will soon incorporate tens of millions of additional records, organized by state, from the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). An extensive, daily editorial review of every section of each newspaper ensures that obituaries and death notices are added to this database—including paid and unpaid death notices in the classifieds and records.

Link to Ancestry Library Edition (available only inside

the library) Ancestry Library Edition is one of the most important genealogical collections available today. It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas. This collection contains more than two billion names.

The Ancestry Library Edition collection has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as

  • U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930

  • the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps

  • American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes)

  • Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes)

  • The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630

  • Social Security Death Index (updated monthly)

  • WWI Draft Registration Cards

  • Federal Slave Narratives

  • strong Civil War collection

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