*[http://worldcat.org/ WorldCat.org] In the 'Subject' field enter the surname plus the word “family” e.g., Prescott Family. This searches the catalogs and displays the results from thousands of especially U.S. libraries at once. Some of the types of documents you can find on WorldCat can be considered primary data sources. Others, such as compiled surname books, are definitely compiled.
*$ [http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/persi/search/people Periodical Source Index (PERSI)] allows searches for a family name in over a million article titles in genealogical periodicals. If the Article “Results List” is too long, redo the search but in the Keyword field add the two-letter postal abbreviation for the state where they lived.*$ and Free: [http://books.google.com Google books] type in the surname and another key word such as the locality, i.e. town, or county or state/province*[http://www.archive.org/ Internet Archive]
*The [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] Do a “Surname” search. This searches the world’s largest genealogical library holdings for published works cataloged by surname.
*[http://genforum.com/ GenForum of Genealogy.com] has 170 million names; quarter of million a week
*$ [http://Ancestry.com Ancestry.com] has one of the largest database listings of compiled data on families in their Family Trees.
*USGenweb.org or Canadagenweb.org or BritishIslesgenweb.org–numerous aids, databases online by state & county
*Genealogy.com (FamilyFinder) - has enormous databases (300m entries) for families
*[http://rsl.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Roots Surname Lists]
*$ MyTrees at [www.Kindredkonnections.com Kindred Konnections] a fabulous site for surnames
*$ [www.MyHeritage.com My Heritage] has over 353 million names worldwide
*$ [www.GenesReunited.com Genes Reunited] the largest UK site with over 650 million UK names; perhaps the most effective, powerful web site whose offerings allow researchers to find distant cousins working on in-common ancestry
*$ [www.lostcousins.com Lost Cousins] a wonderful site that provides access to hundreds of millions of UK-based and other ancestral names throughout many parts of the world
*$ [www.Onegreatfamily.com One Great Family] has over 130 million names worldwide
www. lib. byu.edu/fhc/index.php BYU’s Family History Archive] has scanned several thousands of free, published family histories all scanned, imaged, indexed and online
*[www.one-name.org Guild of One Name Studies] or with nearly 8,000 UK surnames registered
New Eng. Hist. & Gen. Soc http://www.americanancestors.org/* Allen Co. Indiana Public Library at http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/ eresources. html
*Google on 1) family “surname”, 2) “family history” or “genealogy” and 3) “town” or “city” name
*Ancestor Hunt at www.ancestorhunt.com has numerous databases and links to databases for those seeking compiled data on families; a great website *Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR) has one of the most exhaustive listings for family Bibles available (online) anywhere; visit periodically for new listings; at http://www.dar.org/library/online_research.cfm *Roots UK at www.rootsuk.org has census and family links *World Vital Records at www.worldvitalrecords.com with over a billion record entries *[[Family History Library Internet Favorites|Family History Library Internet Favorites]] at www.fhlfavorites.info; search name of British country, then “General” then under “Genealogy” and “Biography” etc. *Ancestral Findings at www.ancestralfindings.com has several offerings worth searching *Fold3 (formerly Footnote.com) works with US government agencies and provides hundreds of millions entries with data on families *Heritage Quest at http://www.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/index; great and extensive listing of online resources for genealogists *Gen Serve at http://www.genserv.com/ is a large gateway website with 1000’s of website links to it *Rootsweb.com at www.rootsweb.com is a well known site providing a search of nearly 300 million names with already completed data Repositories and libraries Search those libraries and prepositories holding the largest collections of compiled sources with online catalogs. Many of them especially hold published or manuscript family histories, genealogies, biographies and other compiled family and local histories (and many of which may have one and often more—internal alpha-arranged listing or index or related database[s]). If an publication is found, often you can order it through the Inter-Library Loan Service. Here’s a list of actual repositories and libraries possessing the best collections for genealogists--including the above sources as well as town and local histories, biographies, newspaper gleanings, and more: *Family History Library (FHL) – collections *National Archives of Canada – large collections of original record sources *New England Historical & Genealogical Society – magnificent collections *Dallas TX Public Library *Chicago’s Newberry Library - largest collection of published family histories *The National Archives (NARA) U.S. – enormous national records collections *The Genealogical Research Library, Toronto, Canada – significant Canadian *The National Archives - UK *Provincial archives (Canada) *A2A (Archives to Arch.) at The National Archives, UK *The British Library, London *Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. *County records offices – have numerous family genealogies and pedigrees – Google for their websites and search online catalogs or inventories *Local Public Libraries—often have published and/or typescript family histories *Aim25 at: www.aim25.ac.uk (100 archives within 25 miles of London) *Public Libraries in UK (may hold some local family histories, genealogies, biographies) General List of Repositories, Archives, Libraries and Societies Compiled sources manuscripts or typescripts on family histories, genealogies, biographies, and pedigrees tend to find their way into any country around the world, which have been deposited, generally may be located at: *State, provincial archives *County or local Archives *National Archives, i.e. U.S. National Archives, of Canada and The National Archives, UK *Library of Congress; and the UK equivalent--British Library, London *Research libraries, i.e. Genealogical Research Library, Toronto, Dallas Public Library or Allen County IN – have important genealogical collections *State or county or regional historical societies have libraries or reading rooms, i.e.www.americanancestors.org/ and the D.A.R.–have significant records including, biographies, family Bibles, and much more *University and college archives - i.e. University of York; BYU Lee Library-- with extensive and significant collections *County or township genealogical societies *College of Arms (London), Lord Lyons (King of Arms in Scotland)
*Large to very small local public libraries often have rich local genealogical holdings
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