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This page contains resources and internet sites that may be of interest to genealogy enthusiasts. If you have a site you would like to add, please do so.

Genealogy organizations

  • Campbelltown District Family History Society Inc (NSW, Australia). We are a community organisation born out of the need to help others in our area learn how to do their genealogical research. We also raise money to help provide more resources in the local library's Family History Room.
  • Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. This is an informal group of Genealogists who voluntarily assist others by doing look ups of U.K. records we have collected over the years. They call themselves "online parish clerks" because the major resources they use are the (ecclesiastical) parish records of births, deaths and marriages. The group concentrates on Cornwall.
  • The WorldGenWeb Project is a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to providing genealogical and historical records and resources for world-wide access.

Family information sites

  • Ann Forbes (First Fleet Convict) and Descendants. This site is for Ann Forbes' descendants. Ann was a First Fleet Convict who arrived in Australia on the 'Prince of Wales' in 1788. There are now many thousands of descendants and quite a lot of us are very interested in her life, times and family.

General information sites

  • FamilySearch.org is one of the main international sites for genealogy. It is operated by the CJCLDS. (beta form)
  • GENUKI presents a large collection of genealogical information pages for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.
  • RootsWeb is the Internet's oldest and largest FREE genealogical community.
  • Wikipedia is a useful resource for sourcing place names and their histories. Text, maps and related images are available under the GNU Free Documentation License or a similar, freely distributable licence.
  • Cyndi's List Over a quarter of a million genealogy related links.
  • Rodovid.org is a MediaWiki-based genealogy site.
  • WeRelate.org is a free wiki-based genealogy site covering people, families, places, sources, etc.
  • Genealogy Wikia or "Familypedia" is a free wiki-based genealogy site covering individuals, families, places, sources, etc; includes substantial copying of Wikipedia material about genealogy and places and people, then enhancing it.
  • Internet Archive purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
  • ftp genealogy is an old repository with softwares and other files related to genealogy.
  • Hathi Trust Digital Library is a very large-scale collaborative repository of digital content from research libraries including content digitized via the Google Books project and Internet Archive digitization initiatives, as well as content digitized locally by libraries.
  • WikiSource is an online library of free content publications, collected and maintained by a community. Collaborative transcriptions are welcome.
  • Family Tree Forum is a free genealogy forum; also contains extensive Reference Library with research guides & external links, as well as Surname Database, Timeline, online magazine, Costume Gallery, plus much more!

US resources

Australian sources

  • Public Record Office Victoria: this site provides a wide range of services to enable researchers to access the public records of Victoria. Links to immigration and emmigration records such as the Index to Registers of Assisted British Immigrants 1839-1871 and Index of Inward Passenger Lists for British, Foreign and New Zealand Ports 1852-1923
  • Cameron genealogies: this website celebrates those who descend from the Clan of the name of Cameron, in Australia.
  • Cemeteries of S.W. Victoria: a useful collection of cemetery records. Keep in mind that before 1851, Victoria did not exist and the area was known as New South Wales.
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission: the Debt of Honour Register is the Commission's database listing the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars... The register can also be searched for details of the 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action in the Second World War.
  • First Fleet is a searchable database from the University of Wollongong. A text listing of the first three fleets is also available.
  • Australian Cemetery Geolocations A list of more than 3000 Australian cemeteries, with co-ordinates and a map to help locate each one.

French resources

Online search

Others databases

Collaborative

Association/Societies

  • Association des Releveurs Bénévoles pour la Recherche et l'Entraide (A.R.B.R.E):

Marne County (51) and related Meuse (55), Haute-Marne (52), Réunion (974), Aisne (02), Ardennes (08), Meurthe-et-Moselle (54), Jura (39).

General repositories

History

See also the US National Archives and Emigration from North of Alsace to USA.

  • America/France is a bilingual digital library made available by the Bibliothèque nationale de France in partnership with the Library of Congress the great library of Washington. It explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th Century to the end of the 19th Century.
  • Ancestramil provides useful informations about ancestors who were soldiers during their lifetime.
  • APEnet (Archives Portal Europe) aims to build an Internet Gateway for Documents and Archives in Europe where fourteen European National Archives in close cooperation with the Europeana initiative will create a common access point to European archival descriptions and digital collections.
  • Archives d'outre-mer is a repository with most documents related to olds colonies. Every country where French government was present (all continent) are listed. You may find some maps, images, data for your genealogical search.
  • Archives of Québec (BAnQ) offers its services throughout Québec via a network of nine regional centres. This regional presence enables researchers from everywhere in Québec, or from beyond its borders, to discover and, in turn, present to others, the manifold pieces of our historical tapestry. The archival fonds and collections at the centres are accessible to the public, except for certain confidential documents.
  • Archives Portal Europe provides access to information on archival material from different European countries as well as information on archival institutions throughout the continent. Related to APEnet (Archives Portal Europe)
  • Canada/France is a collaboration between Canada and France Archives.
  • Europeana is more what could be an european library using OCR and open source engine Lucene. Hungary, Portugal and France were active. Curently, seems to be a real European project. See also europeana's open projects.
  • French Revolution Digital Archive is a chronologically-ordered edited collection of sources on the French Revolution.
  • Gallica is the French numerical librarie with open specifications. Sounds, pictures, text are free of charges. Like Europeana, Gallica use OCR (optical character recognition) for search.
  • Louisiana/France.
  • Mémoire des hommes gives the public access to databases created from the digitalization and indexation of biographical records preserved in the services of the ministry of defence. It also aims to honour the memory of those who took part in contemporary wars and sometimes gave their lives for their country.
  • For Russian and Armenian migrations, you can contact the Office Français de Protection des Réfugiés et Apatrides.
  • PRDH (Programme de Recherche en Démographie Historique : The Research Program in Historical Demography) at the Université de Montréal undertook the exhaustive reconstruction of the population of Quebec from the beginnings of French colonization in the seventeenth century.
  • Medals of Saint-Hélèna aims to create a database that will be of interest both to genealogists and historians. This work is especially important as the archives held by the Grand Chancellery of the Legion of Honour was destroyed in Paris in 1871. The Saint Helena medal, created in 1857 by Napoleon III, was awarded to the 405,000 soldiers still living in 1857, who had fought with Napoleon I during the 1792-1815 wars.
  • OurOntario for search about Ontario province (Canada).

German information sites

  • Denkmäler is to memorialize the names of the dead and to collect, archive and make publicly available, particularly for use by genealogists, inscriptions from war memorials of the German and Austrian armies.
  • Genealogienetz.de is a portal for genealogy in Germany. There you can find German genealogy-wiki, local online heritage books, online databases, address books and many more.
  • Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge is registering the German war dead abroad and to ensuring that it is updated and monitored.
  • Die Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (beta) offers everyone unrestricted access to Germany’s cultural and scientific heritage, that is, access to millions of books, archived items, images, sculptures, pieces of music and other sound documents, as well as films and scores, from all over Germany.

Online search