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Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites

Genealogical Resources (Data & Collaboration)

USGenWeb — The USGenWeb Project is a group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone. Organization is by county and state, and this website provides you with links to all the state genealogy websites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties. The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects at the national level and this website provides an entry point to all of those pages, as well.

FamilyTreeSeeker — A genealogy search engine, specifically meant for family tree owners who want to publish their family trees by themselves and who don’t want to give their whole genealogical data collection to a third party.

ACPL Genealogy Center — I have the good fortune to live in Fort Wayne, home of the Allen County Public Library’s Genealogy Center, one of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world. Check out their 10 Tips for Researching at ACPL.

Subscription Websites

I have not subscribed to any of these websites, so listing here is not a recommendation. These are just sites I’m considering if I ever decide to start spending money on genealogy. Most sites offer free membership, allowing you to submit family tree data, but allowing only limited access to existing data. — “The world’s largest online family history resource home to billions of historical records, millions of family trees and much more.”

GenealogyBank — “A leading online genealogical resource from NewsBank, Inc. Features a wealth of exclusive material including modern obituaries and historical newspapers, books, pamphlets, military records, government documents and more. GenealogyBank helps you discover fascinating information about your family history. GenealogyBank’s 6,100+ historical newspapers include letters, speeches, opinion pieces, advertisements, hometown news, photographs, illustrations and more. These unique primary documents go beyond names and dates, providing first-hand accounts that simply aren’t available from census or vital records alone. With GenealogyBank, you’ll get a glimpse into the triumphs, troubles and everyday experiences of your American ancestors.”

Geni — “Geni is solving the problem of genealogy by inviting the world to build the definitive online family tree. Using the basic free service at, users add and invite their close relatives to join their family tree. All Geni users can share an unlimited number of photos, videos, and documents with their families. Geni’s Pro subscription service allows users to find matching trees and merge those into the single world family tree, which currently contains over 60 million living users and their ancestors. Additional pay services include enhanced research tools and premium support. Geni welcomes casual genealogists and experts who wish to discover new relatives and stay in touch with family.”

Genealogical Software

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding — This is the software I use for this website.

Family Tree Maker — This is the software I use on my personal computers.

Genealogy Software Reviews — “For users of genealogy software to be able to rate and review what it is that they like or don’t like about the programs they use or have tried. This information should be able to assist other users to see if it might be a program they would want to use.”

Categorized Online Directories for Genealogy

Helm’s Genealogy Toolbox — “Includes not only the largest categorized list of genealogical links, it has genealogical software profiles, search engines, digitized images, how-to articles, queries, and genealogical news stories.”

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy SitesThe list of websites even remotely related to genealogy.