The following are free web resources for researching geneaology records.
- FamilySearch: Explore the world’s largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources.
- Cyndi’s List: A comprehensive, categorized, and cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.
- RootsWeb: The hundreds of gigabytes of data on this pioneering site are byproducts of millions of online genealogists sharing research and records.
- The USGenWeb Project: This 50-state umbrella site remains essential for its state and county pages full of historical information, research how-tos, and records indexes and transcriptions.
- Castle Garden: This site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened.
- Ellis Island: This site provides access to 22 million records of passenger arrivals from 1892 to 1924 through the port of New York.
- Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guide: This site is a volunteer-transcribed collection of more than 11,000 passenger manifests, plus other special projects.
Josephine Community Libraries also has a variety of print resources about genealogy. Search the library catalog with a subject of “genealogy” to get started.