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  1. SSDI – Social Security Death Index – The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) is a database of death records created from the United States Social Security Administrations Death Master File Extract. Most persons who have died since 1936 who had a Social Security Number (SSN) and whose death has been reported to the Social Security Administration are listed in the SSDI.  For most years since 197 the SSDI includes 9 percent to 96 percent of deaths of individuals aged 65 or older.  It is frequently updated; the version of June 2 2011 contained 89835920 records.


Unlike the Death Master File the SSDI is available free from several genealogy websites. The SSDI is a popular tool for genealogists and biographers because it contains valuable genealogical data.

The SSDI does not include death records for everyone who has been issued a Social Security Number (card). Common reasons for exclusion include the following:

  • The death was not reported to the Social Security Administration (SSA).
  • The death occurred before the Death Master File was maintained in a computer database. About 98 percent of the deaths in this database occurred between 196 and the present.
  • The person did not participate in the Social Security program.
  • Survivor death benefits were (are) being paid to dependents or spouse.
  • A recent death May not be indexed yet.
  • Human error.

Social Security Death Index data

The data includes:

  • Given name and surname; and since the 1990s middle initial
  • Date of birth
  • Month and year of death; or full date of death for accounts active in 2000 or later
  • Social Security number
  • State or territory where the Social Security number was issued
  • Last place of residence while the person was alive (ZIP code)

Once a deceased person is found in the database the persons application for Social Security card (Form SS-5) can be ordered from the Social Security Administration. The SS-5 May contain additional genealogical data such as birthplace fathers name and mothers full maiden name or that information May be blacked out.

2.  The oldest and largest FREE genealogy site supported by

3. Funeral Homes  Find any funeral home in the United States. Browse by city and state.

4. Ahnenforschung.Net – German Genealogy Portal  Ahnenforschung.Net is a german genealogy webdirectory and search platform.

5. U.S. Death & Birth Databases – United States Birth & Death Records is a place to research your Family Histories. Hopefully this site will help fellow researchers find their missing relatives. You can add your GEDCOM files at Family Tree Datadex for others to search and search their Surnames while you are at it! Happy researching!

6. U.S. Obituary Records – United States Obituary Records is a place to research your Family Histories. Hopefully this site will help fellow researchers find their missing relatives. You can add your GEDCOM files at Family Tree Datadex for others to search and search their Surnames while you are at it! Happy researching!

7. FamilySearch – a database developed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Over 60 million people in the Pedigree Resource File.

8. – Surnames from over 90 million ancestors can be searched.

9. MyHeritage – research an aggregated search system covering a large number of genealogy databases.

10. – World Family Tree – covers 130 million names in 180000 actual family trees

11. GeneaNet – an international genealogy database. Includes entries in excess of 75 million statistically representing more than 210 million people

1. GENUKI information covering England Ireland Scotland Wales the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man; Irish County Based Genealogical Centres affiliated to the Irish Family History Foundation
1. Hindu genealogy registers at Haridwar India microfilmed at the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) USA.

14. – over 200 million names provided from family group sheets and contributed family trees.

15. – Native American genealogy research books printable forms

16. Rodovid – global genealogy over 19 languages.

17. Serbian Genealogical Society – Contains an online database with surnames locations and background information. Limited access for unregistered users.

18. SortedByName – millions of entries from transcription projects sorted alphabetically and by Soundex with links to their respective transcription project sites.

19. – large genealogy wiki supporting sourced collaborative. With wiki pages for over 2 million persons 700000 families. Sponsored by the Allen County Public Library and the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy. Also hosts the largest genealogical referenced place index with over 400000 wiki pages and a genealogical source index with almost one million wiki pages.

20. WorldConnect – User contributed entries are approaching 700 million people at the end of 201. It is part of the RootsWeb project now owned by

21. Linkpendium 1004972 links to genealogy websites categorized

2. Deutscher Genealogieserver of the Verein für Computergenealogie major portal for German genealogy and genealogical societies.

2. Rötter (Roots) major portal for Swedish genealogy and genealogical societies united in The Swedish Federation of Genealogical Societies (Sveriges Släktforskarförbund).

24. Rootsweb – The primary purpose and function of is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research. Most resources on are designed to facilitate such connections.

25. Obituaries –  OBITUARIES DATABASE … Database contains 280425 records (5978 distinct surnames) … Selected records (as contributed)

26. Free Obituaries On-Line – All the links lead to obituaries death or funeral notices mostly from newspapers but all are free although some sites May require you to register or allow cookies to be set. Some are for the current day only some are archived for a week a month or more. Also included are death registers.

New/Updated Websites for Counties States and Historical Societies

DAR = Daughters of the American Revolution
KHHP = Kansas History and Heritage Project
USGW = US GenWeb
TTTP = Trails To The Past


  • acwunits — American Civil War Units
  • arboone2 — Boone County (AR) History
  • azapactp — Apache County (AZ) Trails to the Past
  • azmaritp — Maricopa County (AZ) Trails to the Past
  • cosummtp — Summit County (CO) Trails to the past
  • gawalto2 — Walton County (GA) USGenWeb
  • illchgs — Lawrence County (IL) Historical and Genealogical Society
  • itchertp — Cherokee Nation (Indian Territories) Trails to the Past
  • ksmarhhp — Marshall County Kansas History and Heritage Project
  • ksmcphhp — McPherson County Kansas History and Heritage Project
  • ksnemahp — Nemaha County Kansas History and Heritage Project
  • kssalihp — Saline County Kansas History and Heritage Project
  • kswashhp — Washington County Kansas History and Heritage Project
  • kyadaitp — Adair County (KY) Trails to the Past
  • kybarrtp — Barren County (KY) Trails to the Past
  • kyhardtp — Hardin County (KY)Trails to the Past
  • kyharttp — Hart County (KY) Trails to the Past
  • kyjefftp — Jefferson County (KY) Trails to the Past
  • kyjohntp — Johnson County (KY) Trails to the Past
  • kysimptp — Simpson County (KY) Trails to the Past
  • kywarrtp — Warren County (KY) Trails to the Past
  • nccarte2 — Carteret County (NC) AHGP
  • nhmhs — Merrimack Historical Society (NH)
  • nykvhs — Kuyahoora Valley (NY) Historical Society
  • ohhvcsar — Hocking Valley (OH) Chapter Sons of the American Revolution
  • vaofp — Virginia Society Order of the Founders and Patriots of America


  • onvictgg — Victoria County (Ontario Canada) Genealogy Group
  • pakhist — Pakistan History and Heroes

Some of these Web pages might not be accessible yet. They are created by volunteers so if one that interests you isn’t up yet please check again in a few days or next week. These sites are accessible at where 48643x is the account/site name.
The largest collection of free family history family tree and genealogy records in the world.

Click to go – Global Tree
Super site! One of the originals. Community emphasis.

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TribalPages is a free service that lets you not only share but also document and view your family history online. Besides searching the database of 1 million-plus names you can store your own data and get online charts and reports. is the home for over 60000 Family Tree Genealogy sites with over 20 Million names and 700000 photographs.

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Ever since 1996 GeneaNet has offered an exclusive search engine for accessing all available genealogical resources on your ancestors.

Visit RootsWeb

RootsWeb – World Connect
The oldest and largest FREE genealogy site supported by
The WorldConnect Project is a set of tools which allow users to upload modify link and display their family trees as a means to share their genealogy with other researchers.

RootsWeb – FreeUKGen (
FreeUKGen is an initiative to help make more high quality primary (or near-primary) records of relevance to UK genealogy conveniently available online preferably for free in a coherent easy to access and search facility or set of facilities.
Includes FreeBMD FreeCEN (census data) and FreeREG (parish registers).

RootsWeb – FreeBMD (
FreeBMD is an ongoing project the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births marriages and deaths for England and Wales and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed records.

RootsWeb – FreeCEN (
UK Census Online

RootsWeb – FreeREG (
UK Parish Resgisters Online

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WeRelate is a free web search engine and wiki for genealogy.

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Olive Tree Genealogy: Your Link to the Past
Olive Tree Genealogy created by Lorine in February 1996 is committed to bringing you FREE genealogy records.

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Ancestor SearchFree Genealogy Search
Search for your ancestors using this interactive directory of the best free genealogy search engines. Search top world-wide & specialized genealogy databases from one genealogy search site! The Ancestor Search site also has unique custom genealogy search engines found no where else.

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Ancestor HuntFree Genealogy Search Engines
Search for ancestors and locate your family surnames in some of the best and largest databases of genealogy records online.

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Free marriage records database and links to marriage indexes online for the United States Canada and the United Kingdom. – Newspaper Obituaries
An informative and respected website designed to offer resources for obituaries funerals and genealogy search. Access newspaper obituaries and discover your genealogy online. Discover obituary resources like old newspaper obituaries archives and download free genealogy forms and printable family tree. charts.

Free Public Records Finder – Free public records from USA public records databases and worldwide public records directories including free people finder criminal records court records vital records property records and thousands of more free public records.

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Census FinderA Directory of Free Census Records
US Census Records – UK Census Records – Canadian Census Records – Census Indexes & Images – Census Links – 2990 links to free census records online and growing.

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DUNHAM – WILCOX – TROTT – KIRKJane Devlins New England site
You will find more than 3500 data files for CT MA RI NJ NY & MI including over 400 will & probate files 300 deeds & over 300 gravestone photos from Middlesex County CT

The Mayflower Passenger List
Mayflower Genealogy Resources

James Savage Online
A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England Before 169 by James Savage

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Can Genealogy – Canadian Genealogy
Your guide to the best sources for genealogy research in Canada

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Gen UK/I – UK & Ireland Genealogy
Large collection of genealogical information pages for England Ireland Scotland Wales the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Click to go – Family Records Online offers online access to over 600 million records of including 200 million US records. In addition and where available we provide the images to the Indexes dating from 1837 to 2004 for England and Wales.

TNG Network (
The Next Generation network of individual database sites (Old GENDEX). 1154 databases and 699985 names as of 4/24/2009.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks (
Database of Parish Register transcriptions for all of Cornwall

The English Royal Family (
Our Common Ancestors – Mark Humphreys superb site.

Directory of Royal Genealogical Data
Brian C Tompsetts site.

  • Silicon Valley PAF Users Group – The Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group is a group based out of Santa Clara California that provides a monthly newsletter a number of membership opportunities and numerous meetings and seminars about popular family history software programs.
  • Descendents of Charlemagne – The Descendants of Charlemagne is a database that can be accessed and read in a number of languages including English German French Spanish Polish and Dutch. This database features a complete list of the first 1 generations and later generations.
  • German Nobility – This database which is written in English German French Spanish Polish and Dutch specifically focuses on the titled nobility of Europe. There are several links that allow the reader to read the material in their native language thereby attracting a wider audience of genealogists.
  • PARCHAM – Although written completely in German this database is a helpful resource for those conducting genealogy research pertaining to German nobility. The genealogist associated with this project has also left his legacy on the Herder Institute in Marburg.
  • STARK Family – This website features information about Gene Stark Professor in the Computer Science Department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. This website provides detailed information on his study on the use of the Internet for genealogical research and his shareware program for genealogy purposes.
  • DaLee – Genealogy on the Web is a website that features links to a number of surnames. In addition to providing links for additional information on a number of popular surnames it also includes a comprehensive list of surnames that are currently being researched
  • ADAMS Genealogy – Tom Adams Photography and Graphics is a website that features contact information for Tom Adams and his interest in genealogy and family research. Adams has helped individuals preserve their family portraits and snapshots by providing photographic restoration and enhancement services.



Web Sites with Searchable Databases

National Archives Databases

Archival Research Catalog (ARC)
ARC contains online copies of some records that can be useful in genealogical research. The following topics have specific genealogical sources in ARC: African American history court records Federal employees immigration military records and Native Americans records. See:

Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
Our searchable database containing electronic records. The following topics have specific genealogical sources in AAD: Passenger lists of immigrants to the Port of New York 1846-1851 WWII POWs and casualties Korean War POWs and casualties Japanese-American internees Vietnam War casualties and more. See:

Other Web Sites with Searchable Databases

These links are provided for informational purposes only and do not imply endorsement of any organization or program by the National Archives and Records Administration.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy: 1719-1820
This website provides a searchable database for African-Americans from the Louisiana area.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Alabama African American Genealogy Research
A list of Alabama genealogy resources including records and databases.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Across the Generations: Exploring U.S. History through Family Papers
Family papers contain a wealth of useful genealogical information as well as providing a window onto evolving social conditions on-going economic change new political trends and cultural shifts over time. This web exhibit was produced by the Sophia Smith Collection and the Bodman Family Foundation.

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Search vital records family surnames and learn more about genealogical research methods.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 610]>Ancestry
Ancestry is a subscription database available free-of-charge from any NARA location nationwide. It offers searchable ancestor databases of over 600 million names as well as specialized databases including census images. “ rel=gb_page_center[640, 610]> is available to individual researchers by subscription.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online 1841-1902
This web site which is a collaboration between the Brooklyn Public Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services makes over 70 years of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle available to the web-browsing public. Searchable by keyword date and content type this archive includes an introduction to the papers history as well as a timeline of important changes to the paper.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Colonial Connecticut Records 1636-1776
Sponsored by the University of Connecticut Libraries this site offers the Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut 1636-1776 searchable and indexed.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Cyndis List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Provides links to 200000 online genealogy web sites.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Ellis Island Database One-Step Search Tools
This site presents an overview of search forms to use and assists searches of the Ellis Island immigration databases.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>FamilySearch
This genealogical resource from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints hosts 300 million names in two indexes searchable by ancestor name keyword or custom search. The providers have not publicly stated whether this site will offer access to the entirety of their 2 billion name genealogical record repository.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Family Tree
Provides a 470 million name database as well as community message boards genealogy help how-to articles and bibliography.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Federal Township Plats of Illinois 1804-1891
The passage of the Land Ordinance of 1785 created the rectangular survey system for the mapping and subsequent sale of the western public lands of the United States. In 180 the first survey of lands began which would later become the state of Illinois.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Genealogy
From the Digital Librarian an extensive alphabetical list of genealogy resources available on the Web. Some entries are annotated.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Genealogy
From the Open Directory Project this site indexes over 6600 genealogy sites on the Internet. They are categorized by subject and geographic region. Links to foreign-language sites are also included.

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Offers tips on starting genealogical research web links and a 470 million-name searchable database.

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Resources on this site include a list of over 70000 links to genealogical resources on the Internet news and articles on family history research a guide to genealogical software and a site to register your genealogy home page.

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Includes a searchable database family newsletters books from societies and individuals queries announcement of new sites and information for beginning researchers.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 610]>HeritageQuest
Provides online searches of the Federal Population Census articles about genealogy and books describing family histories.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Illinois Veterans Databases
From the Illinois State Archives these databases cover all veterans from Illinois who participated in Americas wars from the War of 181 to the Spanish-American War. Included on this site is the “ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Database of the 1929 Illinois Roll of Honor which is a list of burial places of military veterans buried in Illinois as of 1929.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>History Genealogy and Education
This site maintained by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) gives information about the Immigration and Naturalization (I&N) Historical Reference Library collection and services.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Local History & Genealogy Reading Room
The Library of Congress site provides several guides for genealogical research including “ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Afro-American Genealogical Research and “ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Sources for Research in Welsh Genealogy

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Maps: Alabama Historical Map Index
This site is created and maintained by the Department of Geography University of Alabama.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Maryland State Archives Census Indexes
Created and maintained by the Maryland state archives this site allows searches of four different historical Maryland censuses.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution
Provides resources for genealogists including an online catalog.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Notable Women Ancestors
The majority of the pages located at this site have been contributed by descendants or relatives of the women.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>OMII Genealogy Project and Kidron Heritage Center
Information about a Swiss Mennonite and German Amish genealogy project and access to three databases containing information about more than 425000 persons.

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Provides searches of census and other data for Irish British and Scottish genealogical research.

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The free genealogy site offers a searchable name database as well as the Social Security Death Index.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Search Systems
Free searchable public records databases. City and county level databases include birth death marriage records.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>Source List for Genealogy Research
Created and maintained by Don Dale at the University of Kansas this site links to many resources for those interested in genealogy.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>World War I Service Cards Database
Database of over 145000 service cards of Army and Marine soldiers from Missouri between 1917 and 1919.

“ rel=gb_page_center[640, 510]>USGenWeb Project
Volunteers around the country provide resources and transcribed records for genealogical research for about every county and state of the United States.



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