Genealogy Links

Planning and Collecting
Family Tree Maker
Searching for your Genealogical Records
History at Home – A Guide to Genealogy
The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy
Roots Web wiki

Family Resources
HeritageQuest Online
Veritas Prep
Surname Genealogy Search

Researching Archives
National Archives and Records Administration
National Archives of the United Kingdom
Ellis Island passenger lists
American Immigration Center – Asian-Americans
University of Idaho – Special Collections

Vital Records
State and Local Records
Social Security Death Index

Libraries, Historical Societies and Genealogical Societies
New Canaan Historical Society
Connecticut Ancestry Society
New England Historic Genealogical Society
Association of Professional Genealogists
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
New York Public Library
Family History Societies
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
National Genealogical Society
American Society of Genealogists

Genealogy Education & Training

A number of organizations conduct genealogy education via the web. One of the better free courses is that of Rootsweb. It is written and compiled by Julia M. Case, Rhonda McClure and Myra Vanderpool Gormley, CG. The following is an index to the lessons any one of which can be of invaluable assistance. Just click on the appropriate title that interests you.

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  • Lesson 1 Where to begin?
  • Lesson 2 What’s in a name?
  • Lesson 3 Using technology to dig up roots
  • Lesson 4 Vital Records: Death, Tombstones and Cemeteries
  • Lesson 5 Vital Records: Marriage Records and Evidence
  • Lesson 6 Vital Records: Birth Records
  • Lesson 7 What is the Question?
  • Lesson 8 Why You Can’t Find Your Ancestors
  • Lesson 9 Census Records: Soundexes, Indexes and Finding Aids
  • Lesson 10 Exploring the SSDI (Social Security Death Index) and Railroad Retirement Board Records
  • Lesson 11 Taxing Tales
  • Lesson 12 Creating Worthwhile Genealogies: Evidence, Sources, Documentation,and Citation
  • Lesson 13 Military Records (worldwide)
  • Lesson 14 Military Records (United States)
  • Lesson 15 Tracing Immigrant Ancestors
  • Lesson 16 Naturalization Records
  • Lesson 17 Church Records
  • Lesson 18 Fraternal Organizations
  • Lesson 19 Heraldry for Genealogists
  • Lesson 20 City Directories and Newspapers
  • Lesson 21 Irish, Scots-Irish and Scottish Ancestors
  • Lesson 22 Finding Italian and Hispanic Ancestors
  • Lesson 23 Exploring Your Scandinavian Roots
  • Lesson 24 Canadian, French-Canadian, Acadian and French Connections
  • Lesson 25 African American, Native American, Jewish, Unique Peoples (Melungeon, Black Dutch, etc.)
  • Lesson 26 Germanic Ancestors (Plus: AustriansDutch, Belgians, Swiss,Luxembourgers,& Liechtensteiners
  • Lesson 27 Polish, Russians, Czechs, Hungarians, Croatians, Slovakians . . .
  • Lesson 28 English, Welsh, Australian, New Zealand, South Africa .
  • Lesson 29 American Land Records
  • Lesson 30 Court Records
  • Lesson 31 Adoption and Orphans Records

Genealogy Publications

Searchable records compiled or organized by general subject matter: marriages in New Hampshire, Civil War veterans etc. These databases can either be on line or on CDs. In some cases, they may be borrowed from the New Canaan or Darien Library. Some on-line databases will charge a fee for their use. Many of the organizations supplying this service permit some free investigation. The best approach is to give them a look to see if they can provide useful assistance in your search. Some of the more all inclusive are:

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  • is a fee-based service – very extensive databases and more being added weekly. Many of their databases are free. Note – Both the Darien and New Canaan libraries have a subscription to the service.
  • – operated by the Latter Day Saints (Mormon) Church. Free – one of the best – based on their extensive records. The Ancestral File pedigrees are submitted by members of the church and the IGI (International Genealogical Index) which are extractions from records of births,deaths, marriages, christenings, etc. – very worth while.
  • UK & Ireland Genealogy – the GENUKI site provides information on a vast array of historical, public and private data that has been provided by government sources, family history societies and genealogy volunteers. Data is available online, through email lists to volunteers and from online publications produced by Public Records Offices. The information is organized at both the country level and the county level.
  • FamilyTreeMakerOnline – a searchable 115 million name index.
  • RootsWeb Surname List (RSL) – a listing of all the names which have been submitted to RootsWeb and the name of the submitter, so that if you think there is a fit, you can contact them.
  • Surname Web – – a searchable genealogy registry.
  • Kindred Konnections – basically a collection of submitted information, some very good and some of the wishful thinking variety and without good sources. The initial looks are free, then you can decide whether to pay for further investigation.