I originally became interested in genealogy through my mother, who was trying to find out information about her family. Then a friend of mine, who was working for Broderbund software at the time, gave me a copy of Family Tree Maker for my birthday. I entered what little I knew about my family into the software. Then I checked out their “Family Finder Index” (on a whim) and found myself, my father and several other members of my family. I was astounded! It’s a pretty weird feeling to find yourself on the internet.
Anyway, through that I ended up finding a web site that one of my dad’s cousins created. He had researched my dad’s family all the way back to the 17th century! Thanks, Stephen, for all your hard work.
February 2015: I used to have my family tree on my web site, but have removed it due to maintenance issues. It’s still available on Ancestry.com.
American AncestorsNew – Website for the New Englad Historic Genealogical Society with searchable archive of records, including census records. Some record require a paid subscription to view.
Ancestry.com – Paid subscription site, with links to census records, birth & death records, and more.
Archives.com – Another paid subscription site, seems to be owned by Ancestry.com.
The Armchair GenealogoistNew – Blog with informative posts about various genealogy subjects, including a beginners section and research tips.
bmd-certificates.co.uk – (UK) Company that specializes in procuring and delivering replacement birth, marriage and death certificates from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
CastleGarden.orgNew – A project of the Battery Conservancy, “[t]his free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened”
Helm’s Genealogy Toolbox – “Within Helm’s Genealogy Toolbox you will find links to genealogical and historical resources gathered by our TreEZy search engine, digitized images of original documents, and an online store that features over 13,000 products for those interested in researching their family history.”
History Kat – “digitized records and resources for local and family historians.” Early census records availabe for free.
JewishGen – Free genealogy site devoted to Jewish ancestry
Military IndexesNew – “This website is a directory of links to online military indexes and records for USA genealogy research. Included are rosters, databases of soldiers, draft card databases for World War I and II, and listings of military and war casualties.”