Best Genealogy Websites Part 3

Best Genealogy Websites Part 35

Today we will conclude our overview of the best online genealogical resources, records, and tools that will help you research and learn more about your ancestors and family history.  To catch up on Part 1, click here and to check out Part 2, click here.


This site is devoted to African American genealogy.  It gives you free access to education and resources to those seeking information about African-American roots.  Their Beginner’s Guide under the Records tab is the perfect place to start.  This site offers a great sense of community and you can sign up for their mail list, and browse the AfriGeneas message boards and daily and weekly genealogy chats.

Cyndi's List

Cyndi’s List has been a trust genealogy site for more than 20 years.  It gives you free access to categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical online resources, a list of links that point you to genealogical research sites, and is a great starting place for your online research.

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

This free tool is one you visit over and over.  Many records are created by counties and, as time passes, those boundaries change.  This site allows you to choose a state and enter the date for which you want to see county boundaries. Now, you’ll be able to see which county that town was a part of during a specific time.  By clicking, you can add layers of modern maps to see which county it’s a part of today.

Chronicling America

This website offers free access to the The Library of Congress’ database of America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963.  Use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.  Be sure to check back often for new content. For help using the site, be sure to use the Help section.


Use this site to research digitized US military records and databases starting all the way back to the Revolutionary War.  This paid site also allows you to browse stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

The USGenWeb Project

This website offers a directory of websites that offer free resources for genealogical research for each state and most counties.  You’ll mostly find how to access local resources, as well as indexes, marriage, death and other records.

General Land Office Records

Search and browse records of when land was purchased from the federal government.  This free site lets you access millions of land titles as far back as 1788. No state sale information is found here.

Billion Graves

BillionGraves is the world′s largest resource for searchable GPS cemetery data including tombstone images.  You can help increase the database size by collecting headstone images from local and other cemeteries and transcribing the information found on the images.  This site is free to use.

We hope this series has been helpful to you on your genealogical journey.  We would love to hear from you about your experiences with these sites and which you found most helpful.