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See also the History & Genealogy databases page for historical or genealogical research databases.

All-encompassing

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Cyndi Howells is a columnist for Heritage Quest magazine, the author of Netting Your Ancestors: Genealogical Research on the Internet, and creator of this Web site. It links thousands of sites through very specific categories based on subject, nationality or ethnicity. Don't get discouraged; the first page is very long, but it is worthwhile investigating every topic.

Familysearch.org: Family History and Genealogy Records
Site created and maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Offers everything from how to get started in genealogy research to the entire US 1880 census online with searching capabilities. Also has information about using their Family History Library (the world's largest) and locating a nearby Family History Center.

American History

Mayflower and Early Families
This site provides numerous links to sites pertaining to the New England states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts) and their history, places, people, and events. A search engine allows the user to do simple or complex searches of the entire site.

Descendants of Mexican War Veterans
This site is dedicated to the history of the U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848). The site index will guide the user to assistance and advice in searching for and identifying ancestors who fought in this conflict.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
This site is sponsored by the National Parks Service in conjunction with the National Archives and Records Administration. The database includes all of the estimated 6.3 million records of soldiers who served in the Federal and Confederate armies and navies.

In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience
This site captures a vital part of African-American history by presenting illustrations, texts, and maps. Organized around 13 defining migrations, each migration is broken down into units. Browse by Migration, Geography, or Timeline or do a keyword search.

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Specific Geographic Locales

The USGenWeb Project
The goal of this project is to provide a Web site for every county in every state of the U. S. This site links all the current state sites, and in turn, acts as a gateway to each state's county Web pages. All sites are maintained by volunteers; many counties are still waiting to be adopted. USGenWeb also provides links to two other projects: The Census Project (transcribing Federal censuses to the web) and The Tombstone Project (an online inventory of cemeteries around the U.S.). Both of these are still under construction.

Immigration

Ellis Island Passenger Arrivals

Castle Garden (America's first Immigration Center)

Libraries & Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration
The NARA is the storehouse of all federal records-census, tax, military, congressional, immigration. While not providing online access to the records themselves, this site does tell the user how to request records and where to get them.

Texas State Library and Archives
The Texas State Library maintains a collection of genealogical and archival materials. Select "Archives and Manuscripts" to be connected to the online catalog, and be provided with information about records that are--and more importantly, are not online. Many items can be requested through interlibrary loan.

Dallas Public Library
The Central Library houses a vast collection of genealogical materials in a variety of formats. Online access allows the user to search before traveling downtown.

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Cemetaries & Gravestones

The Association for Gravestone Studies
While not a genealogy site, per se, it does provide useful information to family historians through its links to cemetery-related sites. Of particular interest is the information on tombstone art and symbols, and methods for cleaning and reading old markers.

Pedigree Charts & Name Indices

RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative
This is one of the oldest genealogy sites on the Web, having been founded in 1988. Its database of surnames is available for the public to search for free and correspond with others researching the same surname. Other special services are available to members. This site also provides links to hundreds of other genealogy sites.

Vitalrec.com
"This site explains how to obtain vital records (such as birth certificates, death records, marriage licenses and divorce decrees) from each state, territory and county of the United States. See the guidelines for information on how to order vital records."

Societies & Organizations

Peters Colony Historical Society of Dallas County (Carrollton, Farmers Branch)

Collin County Genealogical Society (McKinney, Plano)

Dallas Genealogical Society

See also the History & Genealogy databases page for historical or genealogical research databases.

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