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For "Beginners":

*  Genealogy for Kids: Building a Family Tree 

Getting Started  (  

*  Begin Your Genealogy Quest  (

Ancestry Academy

DNA / Ethnicity

*  Getting Started - Tips to Help You On Your Way  ( 

In addition, you need to become familiar with Cyndi's List at Cyndi's List has been a trusted genealogy research site for more than 18 years. Cyndi's List is free for everyone to use and it is meant to be your starting point when researching online.

What exactly is Cyndi's List?
    A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.
    A list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.
    A free jumping-off point for you to use in your online research.
    A "card catalog" to the genealogical collection in the immense library that is the Internet.

Rootsweb Mailing Lists    Sign up for a mailing list for a surname, or a place to see if others are researching your surnames or places.

*  25 Best Genealogy Websites for Beginners

Reclaim The Records:

The following are links to the vital record indexes obtained through the efforts of the Reclaim The Records group:

Reclaim The Records - All Collections 

*  The Connecticut Genealogy Index - 576,638 births, 2,180,700 marriages, 2,086 civil unions, and 2,772,116 deaths.  

New York State Birth Index, 1881-1942

*  New York State Death Index, 1880-1956

*  New York State Marriage Index, 1881-1952

*  Buffalo (New York) Death Index, 1852-1944

Maryland Vital Records, Maryland Birth 1898-1922, Marriage 1914-1940, Death Certificates 1898-2012 

Missouri Birth Death Index, 1920-2015 

*  New York City Geographic Birth Index, 1880-1912 (or 1917) 

*  New York City Marriage License Index, 1908-1972 (index images)

*  New York City Marriage License Index, 1950-2017 (searchable)

*  New Jersey Birth Index, 1901-1903

*  New Jersey Delayed Birth Index, 1901-1929  

*  New Jersey Geographic Birth Index, 1901-1929  

*  New Jersey Marriage Index, 1901-2016

*  New Jersey Death Index, 1901-2017

Mississippi Death Index, 1912-1943 

Nebraska Death Index, 1904-1968 

Yonkers, New York Birth Index, 1882-1916 

Genealogy Software:

We recommend checking out some of the software reviews, and checking the software sites to see what program features
interest you. Software developers often offer trial versions for you to try out.

Software Reviews:




Popular Genealogy Software:

*    RootsMagic [for Windows]

*    Legacy Family Tree  [for Windows]

*    Family Treemaker  [for Mac and Windows]

*    Reunion  [for Mac]

You can create a family tree on line for free at


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* (free) 41 million pages of newspapers

* (free) Search more easily

*    Association of Professional Genealogists  (Directory of Professional Genealogists)

*    Board for Certification of Genealogists  (Directory of Certified Professional Genealogists - Advanced Search)

*    Civil War veterans Grave sites  National Graves Registration Database

* (free) collaborative genealogy platform with 1,000,000 members.

Long Island Genealogy Groups

*    DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island

*    Genealogy Workshop of the Huntington Historical Society

*    Irish Family History Forum

*    Italian Genealogical Group

*    Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island 

*    Genealogy Federation of Long Island

*    A Guide to Writing the old German “Kurrent” Script"  by Margarete Mücke

*    Script tutorial, examples and practice sheets

*    Ancestry German Record Collections

* - Germany-Wide Protestant Church Books (expanding database of Protestant records; no name index; PAY SITE)

*    Meyers Orts Gazetteer Online  

* - German research aids

*    GenTeam - Austria (some Germany) various record indexes - 21 million total   

*    German Church Records- FamilySearch,org wiki

*    German Roots- Resources for German Genealogy on the Internet

*    German Heritage Books

*    German Phone Book 

*    German Phone Book (alternate)

*    Germans from Lithuania church & civil records of ethnic Germans & Lutherans in the former Suwalki Gubernia of the Russian Empire--today, southwest Lithuania


*    Extensive database from the Rheinland-Pfalz town of Birkenhördt, and links to many other places in Germany.

*    Germany in NYC

*    Germany Surname Distribution Map

*    Germany Surname Distribution Map (geogen alternate)

*    German Evangelical Lutheran Church indexes - Newark, New Jersey

*    City Archive of Koln with Civil Records

*    Baden-Württemberg State Archives 

*     Baden-Wiirttemberg Emigrant Index

*    Emigration from Hessian (Kurhessen, Ziegenhain County), Germany in the 19th century 

*    Emigration from southwest Germany

*    European Church Books including Austria & Passau

*    European Genealogy Collections

*    Familienforschung in Westpreußen - Einwohnerdatenbank 

*    German Genealogy Website

*    German Genealogy with and GedBas (

*    Germany-Wide Protestant Church Books -

*    Geogen Telephone Index with Maps

*    Hessen State Archive On-line  (Protestant records of Hessen; no name index; FREE SITE)  

*    Lagis Hessen. Birth (1876-1900), marriage (1876-1930) and death (1876-1958)-free

*    LDS FamilySearch Digitized Germany Collections

*    Litomerice (NW Bohemia) Church Books

*    Matricula  (expanding database of Catholic records; no name index; FREE SITE)  

*    Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society - On line databases

*    Moselle (Lorraine) Civil Records

*    Northern Alsace State Archive,  Bas Rhin, On-line  (Protestant and Catholic records; no name index; FREE SITE)

*    Online Ortsfamilienbücher - Online family heritage books

*    Online Online family heritage books, another site

*    Passau, Bavaria, Catholic Diocese, Archive

*    Plzen (W Bohemia) Church Books

*    Trebon (SW Bohemia) Church Books

*    Wikitree Germany     Germany research help.   

Other New York/New Jersey Sites

*    Albany County, New York Naturalization Index 1821-1991

*    Atlantic County, NJ searchable Naturalization Database  (Images of Declaration of Intent)

*    Brooklyn Genealogy Info with links to all borough information pages

*    Cedar Grove Cemetery , Flushing, NY; Interment Search 

*    County; a database of county government offices in the United States

*    Ellis Island History & Other Useful Links

*    Fosters Meadow Heritage Center, Long Island German Farming Community

*    General Slocum Families Tree  700 Families In The General Slocum Families Tree, on

*    General Slocum genealogies  a thousand source documents added   

*    The Immigrant Genealogical Society based in Burbank, CA

*    Kings County, New York Naturalization Index

*    Kings County, New York Old Town Records - Flatlands Book 412 (page 101) 

*    Kings County, New York Old Town Records - Flatlands Book 421Civil War Soldiers/Sailors (page 481)

*    Long Island Genealogy

*    Louisville [Kentucky] Anzeiger Death Listings 1849—1865

*    Mattituck-Laurel Library, Long Island - Local History Collection

*    Mount Lebanon Cemetery , Glendale, NY;  Interment Search

*    New Jersey Archives Searchable databases 

*    New Jersey, Woodland Cemetery, Newark- Searchable database 

*    New York City United Methodist Marriages 1957-1999; Baptisms 1964-1966  , by Philip Clarke

*    Ontario County New York Naturalization Index 1808-1956


*    Rockland County New York Naturalization Index 1812-1991

*    Spring Valley New York Marriage Record Index Index 1865-1935

*    Warren County New York Naturalization Petition Index 1907-1955

*    Westchester County, New York Archives (Naturalization, Marriage, Surrogates indexes)

*    Westchester County, New York Naturalization Index

*    Woodlawn Cemetery, Canandaigua, New York Burial listing

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