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Research Databases

19th Century U.S. Newspapers
Access over 28 million articles of primary source newspaper content from the 19th century, featuring full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S.
Ancestry Library Edition
Resources for genealogical research including U.S. federal census records, military records, the Social Security Death Index, New York and other passenger records and selected records from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Biographical materials include the American Genealogical-Biographical Index, Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books, slave narratives and Native American indexes.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index
Index to biographical material on subjects from all time eras, geographical locations, and fields of activity.
Fold3 History & Genealogy Archives
Over 50 million pages of historical documents; census records from 1860 and 1930; documents relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, and U.S. Presidents; historical newspapers; naturalization documents; Matthew Brady Civil War photos; city directories; etc.
HeritageQuest
Use this database to access selected U.S. Federal Census Records (1790–1930); thousands of family and local history books; and search a comprehensive subject index of over 1.6 million genealogy and local history articles.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Cincinnati Enquirer (1841-1922)
Full-text articles from the backfile of the The Cincinnati Enquirer.
ProQuest Obituaries
Access more than 10 million obituaries and death notices in full-image format from the historical archives of top national newspapers, such as The New York Times.

General Sites

About Genealogy
Lists more than 700 sites dealing with all facets of genealogical research.
Ancestors
Home page for the PBS series "Ancestors" which has useful information on researching family history.
Ancestral Chart
Printable genealogical forms.
Barrel of Genealogy Links
Numerous links to genealogical websites.
Behind the Name
Find out the etymology and history of first names in English as well as many foreign languages.
Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Frequently updated, comprehensive listing of websites, including foreign and ethnic.
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
Dick Eastman covers a variety of genealogical topics ranging from upcoming conferences to genealogy basics.
Family Treemaker Online
Links to genealogical sites, Online FamilyFinders Index, and articles of interest to researchers.
FamilySearch
Access to massive collections of ancestral records compiled by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Also includes links to websites by surname.
GenCircles
Upload your family information or post queries. Registration is required but there is no charge.
Genealogy Today
This site offers a variety of resources for genealogical research.
GenealogyBuff.com
Type in a surname and this site will retrieve links to obituaries, surnames pages, censuses, cemeteries, vital records and other research tools. Some linked sites require establishing a subscription.
GeneaNet: Your Family Tree Online
Universal register of family tree research online.
GenForum
Post queries on surnames and other genealogical topics.
GenHelper
Advice on a multitude of genealogy topics.
Kenton County Marriage Records
This site provides indexes to and digitized copies of Kenton County marriages licenses recorded at the Independence, Kentucky Courthouse. Records available cover the years 1840 to 1940.
Kentucky Cemetery Records Database
An on-going project of the Kentucky Historical Society, this database provides available records for Kentucky cemeteries.
One-Step Webpages
Search ship passenger lists, New York immigrations, marriages and deaths. Researchers seeking Jewish or Russian ancestors will find a number of helpful links. Some resources require a paid subscription.
Pennsylvania State Archives
Includes military records for Pennsylvania soldiers serving in the Civil War, Spanish American War, and Mexican Border Campaign.
RootsWeb.com
Home of the Roots Surname List, a searchable database of surnames submitted by genealogists.
Treasure Maps: The How-to Genealogy Site
Offers free online genealogy tutorials.
U.S. GenWeb Project
National group of volunteers working to provide websites for genealogical research in every county in the U.S.
Walnut Hills Cemetery
A burial index of one of the oldest cemeteries in Cincinnati.
YourFamily.com
Check this site for family home pages.

Adoption

jlight’s Adoption Search Links
Links and articles designed to assist adoptees or birth parents with genealogical research.

African American

African American Census Schedules Online
Both federal slave schedules and state colored population schedules can be found here.
African American Genealogy Group of the Miami Valley
Promotes the interest and addition of knowledge of African American genealogy and black history, facilitates networking among researchers, and provides instruction and assistance in genealogical methods. Serves Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Preble, Shelby, Miami, and Montgomery counties in central and southwestern Ohio.
Africana Heritage
Under the sponsorship of the University of South Florida, the Africana Heritage Project website seeks to find documents recording the names and lives of slaves, freedpersons and their descendants.
AfriGeneas
Links, database of 10,000 plus African-American surnames, slave data.
Christine’s Genealogy Website
An excellent site for up-to-date information on African American genealogy research. The articles on topics such as the underground railroad and African heritage are especially helpful.
Civil War Slave Compensation Claims: Index
This index, compiled by St Louis County Library, indexes claims brought by loyal slave owners against the Federal Government whose slaves volunteered or were drafted into military service for the Union Cause. The list includes slave name, slave owner’s name, and reference to National Archives microfilm records.
Freedmen’s Bureau Online
Information on African American depositors with the Freedmen's Saving and Trust Co., marriages, orphans and police reports.
Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution Through the Civil War
UPA, publisher of this collection, lists and gives summary information of microfilmed family papers. Although not comprehensive, this can serve as a helpful starting point in researching plantation records.
Rootsweb: Slave Archival Collection Database
Part of Rootsweb, this database collects slave ancestry information such as dates and places of birth and death.
Slave Movement During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Provides information on the slave trade during the 18th and 19th centures. The data, which does need to be downloaded, contains information on the ship's port of arrival, date of arrival, master's name, number of slaves, and more.

Blogs

24/7 Family History Circle
Hosted by Ancestry.com, this site offers tips and updates on Ancestry offerings.
African-American News and Genealogy
African American genealogy, history, and news.
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
Dick Eastman covers a variety of genealogical topics ranging from upcoming conferences to genealogy basics.
Family Tree Circles
Research information and queries posted by genealogy researchers.
Genealogy Blog Finder
Directory of blogs, organized by subject.
Genealogy Genie
Free assistance for genealogists.
Genealogy Websites I Don't Hate
This blog critiques other blogs and websites.
Quaker Genealogy in Southwest Ohio
Karen Campbell explores Quaker roots in the Waynesville, OH area.
Roots Television Where History Meets Heritage
Genealogist Megan Smolenyak shares her thoughts on a broad range of genealogical topics.

Census

African American Census Schedules Online
Both federal slave schedules and state colored population schedules can be found here.
FamilySearch
Search the 1880 United States Federal Census, the 1881 British Census, or the 1881 Canadian Census.
Finding Treasures in the U.S. Federal Census
Information on locating data in federal census records.
HeritageQuest Online
A comprehensive, Web-based genealogy resource developed specifically for beginning and professional genealogists. Use this database to access selected U.S. Federal Census Records.
National Archives and Records Administration 1930 Census Microfilm Locator
A must for using the 1930 Federal Census. This site allows users to search by state, location and city, providing E.D. and roll numbers of 1930 film to request.
Obtaining EDs for the 1930 Census
This site provides ED listings of numerous major U.S. cities for use with the 1930 Federal Census.
U.S. GenWeb Census Project
Ongoing project to transcribe records from every federal census.

Greater Cincinnati Genealogy

Butler County Genealogical Society
Home page for Butler County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.
Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio Genealogy
Links and resources for Hamilton County and Cincinnati genealogy.
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
Owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, this facility opened in 1947 for Catholic burials in northeastern Hamilton County. Search by last name. Records include date of birth, death and location in the cemetery.
Hamilton County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society
Home page of the OGSHC.
Hamilton County Gen Web
Resources and links for genealogical research in Hamilton County.
Indiana Genweb
Information and links for genealogical research in Indiana.
Indiana State Department of Health Vital Records Department
The main repository for birth and death records for the state of Indiana.
Indiana State Library, Genealogy Division
Access to Indiana State Library databases (including marriage records to 1850) and links to Indiana sources.
Kentucky Cemetery Records Database
An on-going project of the Kentucky Historical Society, this database provides available records for Kentucky cemeteries.
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
Access state records, county histories and other records for the commonwealth of Kentucky.
Kentucky Department for Public Health Office of Vital Statistics
Online index to Kentucky deaths 1911–1992; marriages 1973–1993 and divorces 1973–1993. Data maintained by the University of Kentucky.
Kentucky Resources
Information and links for genealogical research in Kentucky.
Ohio Genealogical Society
Information on the state organization as well as links to other Ohio genealogical societies.
Ohio Genweb
Resources and links for genealogical research in Ohio.
Spring Grove Cemetery
The final resting place for Cincinnatians since 1844. Search the cemetery records by name or plot location. Records include date of birth, death, cemetery location and names of parents (if known).
St. Joseph New Cemetery Association
Researchers looking for the graves of Irish Catholics in Cincinnati can now search the records of St. Joseph's New Cemetery. Maps of the cemetery and information about its history are also available.
State Library of Ohio: Sources for Genealogists
Provides news and information from the State Library of Ohio. Contains an extensive genealogical and local history collection on all counties in Ohio.
University of Cincinnati--Archives and Rare Books Library
Access Hamilton County Citizenship Records (1837-1916), Hamilton County Wills (1791-1901) and Cincinnati Birth and Death Records (1865-1908) held by the Archives and Rare Books Library.
Warren County Genealogical Society
Useful information for those researching Warren County ancestors including some on-line indexes.

Immigration

Ancestorsonboard
Database of an estimated 30 million records of passengers leaving the British Isles for world ports between 1890-1960. Searching is free but a subscription is required to view the records.
Castle Garden
Castle Garden was America's first official immigration center from 1855 to 1890. Use this site to access an estimated 10 million names of immigrants who entered through Castle Garden between 1830 through 1892.
Cimorelli Immigration Manifests Online
Online collection of databases on ships which includes the Morton Allan Directory as well as information taken from National Archives ships passenger indexes.
Ellis Island Home Page
Home page of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.
Immigration Ships Transcribers Guild
A volunteer endeavor which transcribes and posts ships passenger lists from the 1600s forward.
Mayflower Passenger List
Gives biographical information, including the names of children and other passengers on board the Mayflower.

International

American-French Genealogical Society
Homepage of the organization. Includes links to other sites.
Australasia: Births, Deaths, Marriage Exchange
This site allows you to submit as well as search for births, deaths, and marriages in Australia and New Zealand.
Canada Genweb Project
Links to sites to research ancestors from the Canadian provinces.
Canadian Genealogy and History Links
Links to general sites and provincial sites for Canadian genealogy.
Census of Canada
Search the 1881 Canadian census and view digitized images of actual census sheets.
Centropa: Jewish Heritage in Central and Eastern Europe
Search the large collection of pre (and post)-Holocaust family pictures and oral histories.
Chinese-American Genealogy
This site, developed by the Vancouver Public Library, offers an overview of U.S. Chinese immigration as well as other useful information for those researching ancestors from China.
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International
Homepage for this organization.
Dutch GenWeb
Resources for genealogical research in the Netherlands.
FrancoGene
Links to genealogy in French-speaking countries.
Genealogy.net
Comprehensive lists of sites for Germanic research.
GreekFamilies.com
If genealogical research is literally all Greek to you, you'll want to explore this website.
International Internet Genealogical Society: Births, Deaths and Marriages Exchange
Central indexing site listing international births, deaths, and marriages.
Irish Family History Foundation
Information on Irish research as well as links to Irish county research centers.
JewishGen
Links to other sites plus a database with 500,000 plus names for those seeking Jewish ancestors.
New ZealandGenWeb
Searching for ancestors in New Zealand? Try this site.
Polish Roots
Links to numerous resources on Polish genealogy.
UK and Ireland Genealogical Information Service (GENUKI)
Genealogical related information for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and other islands.

Libraries, Archives & Organizations

American Family Immigration History Center
Online access to immigration records from 1892 to 1924 for Ellis Island, New York.
Cincinnati and the Tristate · Genealogy
Use this directory for local resources.
Family History
Provides information on and links to Mormon Family History Centers and FamilySearch.
Federation of Genealogical Societies
Homepage of the FGS, with information on membership, projects, publications and conferences.
Genealogical Library Master Catalog
Provides information on and links to a number of U.S. libraries with genealogical collections
Hamilton County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society
Home page of the OGSHC.
Indiana State Library Genealogy Division
Access to databases in the Indiana State Library, including marriage records to 1850, and links to Indiana sources.
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
Access state records, county histories and other records for the commonwealth of Kentucky.
National Archives and Records Administration
Home page of the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
National Archives of Canada
Website of National Archives includes indexes for 1871 Ontario Census.
National Genealogical Society
Tips for researchers, informative articles and access to the society's catalog of holdings. A must for the serious genealogist.
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Offical website of the DAR.
National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
Membership criteria, links to genealogy websites, and reenactment information.
New England Historic Genealogical Society
Home page of the organization.
New York Public Library
Refers to the genealogical resources of the NYPL, including catalog access.
Ohio Genealogical Society
Information on the state organization as well as links to other Ohio genealogical societies.
Ohio Historical Society
This attractive and informative site is the starting place for almost any subject in Ohio history.
University of Cincinnati--Archives and Rare Books Library
Access Hamilton County Citizenship Records (1837-1916), Hamilton County Wills (1791-1901) and Cincinnati Birth and Death Records (1865-1908) held by the Archives and Rare Books Library.

Military Genealogy

1883 Pensioners Online
Ongoing list of Civil War and War of 1812 veterans receiving pensions in 1883. Includes National Archives Certificate Number for requesting complete file.
1890 Veterans and Widows Special Census
Ongoing index taken from what survived of the the 1890 Union Veterans and Widows Special Census. Index covers states from Kentucky through Wisconsin.
AAD: Access to Archival Databases
Run by the National Archives, this site contains actual name records under select data files, including military listings. Clicking the down arrow on the Subject entry will list several military topics, including "Battle Casualties," "Military Officers" and "Missing in Action." Highlighting a particular topic will lead to specific data files (ex. "Korean Conflict Casualty File") where you can search under an individual's name.
Access to Military Service and Pension Records · National Archives and Records Administration
Contains information on military records available in the Archives covering the period from the Colonial Wars through the Spanish American War. Although this site does not contain individual files, you can obtain necessary NATF forms by email to request copies of military records.
American Battle Monuments Commission
Lists individual soldiers primarily involved in conflicts since World War I who are buried in overseas cemeteries and maintains a database of U.S. military cemeteries and memorials on foreign soil.
Civil War
Comprehensive site featuring all aspects of Civil War research.
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
An ongoing database project administered by the National Park Service, providing a brief file for every soldier who fought in the Civil War, as well as a list of those buried in cemeteries administered by the Park Service.
Civil War United States Colored Troops: Summary and Index
Very comprehensive privately run website containing content on specific units, primary documents, chronologies, and reenactments involving African American Civil War soldiers.
Family Search: Military Records
A selection of U.S. Military Records hosted by Family Search.
National Personnel Records Center
Provides information on obtaining records from the Military Personnel Records Center which houses most service and pension files from World War I to the present.
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Offical website of the DAR.
National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
Membership criteria, links to genealogy websites, and reenactment information.
Ohio Civil War Veterans Graves Registration
Ongoing project to index Civil War veterans buried in Ohio. Contains name of veteran and Ohio county of burial.
Researching Military Records - National Archives & Records Administration
The main site for locating military records in the National Archives. Can search by specific conflict, as well as branch of service.
Researching People of the Civil War Era
Contains a very good, precise primer for Civil War genealogical research, including links to the National Archives, state archives, and other useful resources.
State Summary of War Casualties from World War II for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel
Full-name state-by-state list of those Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard personnel killed or listed missing in action during World War II.
United States Veterans Cemeteries
National Cemetery name listing, organized by state, then cemetery name. Covers veteran burials from the Civil War onward.
World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing from Army and Army Air Forces Personnel
Full-name state-by-state list of those Army or Army Air Force personnel killed or listed missing in action during World War II.

Native American

Cherokee Heritage Center
This website gives detailed information, as well as referrals, for doing Native American genealogy.
Native American Genealogy
Use this site for online access to such records as the Dawes rolls and Cherokee censuses.
Native Web
A useful source for beginning Native American genealogy.

Vital Records

Illinois State Archives
Marriage and death indexes for Illinois are among the many searchable indexes one can access through this site.
Illinois State Archives.: Database of Illinois Death Certificates 1916-1950
Index of death records filed in Illinois from 1916-1950, giving date of death, certificate number, and place where certificate was filed.
Indiana State Library Marriage Database
Index of Indiana marriages through 1850. Searches by name of bride or groom.
Indiana State Library Marriage Database (1958-2005)
Index of Indiana marriages from 1958-2005. Searches by name of bride or groom.
Kentucky Vital Records Index
Online index to Kentucky deaths (1911-1986, 1987-1992), marriages (1973-1993), and divorces (1973-1993).
Michigan Department of Community Health, Genealogical Death Indexing System
Database with abstracts from 170,000 Michigan death records covering the years 1867 to 1884.
Missouri Death Certificates 1910-1955
This searchable index links to a digitized image of the original death certificate. Search by name, county, year, or month.
Obituary Index of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Search a database containing more than one million names found in obituaries, marriage notices, cemetery records, wills and estates, and cemetery records found in Ohio sources.
University of Cincinnati--Archives and Rare Books Library
Access Hamilton County Citizenship Records (1837-1916), Hamilton County Wills (1791-1901) and Cincinnati Birth and Death Records (1865-1908) held by the Archives and Rare Books Library.
Vital Record Information United States
Links to sites where one can access information on vital records for the U.S.
West Virginia Vital Research Records
Selected birth, death, and marriage records.