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Selected Internet Links for Genealogists
Research Tip 6

The following are a selected few of the web sites genealogists find useful, other than the sites already mentioned in other Research Tips.

1930 census finding aids:
a. Enumeration district descriptions, on the National Archives web site. Choose Geographic Search.
b. Enumeration district finder, an index to selected city streets, to help you determine the appropriate enumeration district in which to look for your ancestors.

American Memory collection finder, on the Library of Congress web site.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database, sponsored by the National Park Service.

Confederate pension information, on the National Archives web site.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites, links to thousands of useful Internet sites.

Ellis Island passenger arrival records, 1892-1924.

Finding aid for using the Ellis Island database.

Family History Library, Family History Centers, finding a center near you. Click "Library," then from top menu click "Family History Centers." Also look in your local telephone directory under Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and look for an entry for local Family History Centers.

Forms from the National Archives, required for ordering copies of land, military, passenger, and census records.

Military records of twentieth-century veterans, information and form SF180 (see link in preceding paragraph). Also information on military records from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis.

National Archives Microfilm Rental Program, a private company through which you can rent federal census and selected Revolutionary war records on microfilm.

National Archives new microfilm publications. This helps you identify National Archives records that have been microfilmed but are not yet listed in the published catalogs.

National Archives quarterly Prologue articles online.

Panoramic maps of cities, on the American Memory web site. See the American Memory collection finder above for more historical maps and other collections.

Research outlines with research information on U.S. states and other countries, at the Family History Library web site. Click "Search," then "Research Helps."

Slave narratives, "Born in Slavery" (from the WPA interviews), online.

Social Security Death Index, reported deaths after 1936, mostly after 1964; not all deaths and not all deceased Social Security card holders. Click "Search," then choose "U.S. Social Security Death Index." Also online at Rootsweb.com and at Ancestry.com.

Soundex code converter, to help you determine the Soundex code for your ancestral surnames, for use in researching census or immigration records:
Rootsweb and Brad and Kathy.com.

State archives web sites. This site does not contain genealogical information; it is the web site of the Council of State Historical Records Coordinators and links to states archives. It can be one way of connecting with your state archives web site.

United States Newspaper Program, with information and links to newspaper program web sites in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Click on the state or area of interest.

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