Explore Your Ancestry

Cyndi’s List is a free genealogy website with many resources for beginning your genealogy research online. From genealogy charts and forms to pension records, Cyndi’s List links you to a variety of websites that will help you find the information you need.

Find a Grave, A national tombstone database, is updated by users and volunteers who have submitted information on the over 55 million tombstone records that are searchable by name.

HeritageQuest Online – Census data, family records, and local histories (Must login with library card and phone number). Go through the Catalog.

U.S.GenWeb Project is organized by state and county. The links found on this site will connect you with the state and county genealogy websites. Volunteers from all over the country host county websites, transcribe data (like cemetery lists) and scan and upload documents (map, etc.).

OK Gen Web Volunteers from all over the country host county websites, transcribe data (like cemetery lists) and scan and upload documents (like maps, etc.).

The Gateway to Oklahoma History link features old Oklahoma newspapers, dating from the 1840s to the 1920s.

Ellis Island site has immigration records from 1892 through 1924.

Atlas of historical county boundaries site from Chicago’s Newberry Library is simply the best way to understand how shifting county boundaries might have affected the whereabouts of your ancestors’ records.

Professional Genealogy and Family History Research includes many sources and links for genealogical researchers, compiled by Joe Beine.

Social Security Death Index is the name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962.

Family Search – Large site from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Access to the Family History Center website is free and provides users with a myriad of viewable records, including birth, marriage, and death records, census records, and much more.

The National Archives and Records Administration contains records for military, land, immigration, and censuses. They provide resources and tips for getting started with your research and ways to order copies of their records for a fee. The main headquarters is in Washington, DC, but there are several locations around the country. The resources and records housed at each location vary and are usually based on the history of the region.

CDC’s Vital Records – States are listed alphabetically on the CDC’s Vital Records Information page, which tells you where to write for copies of birth, marriage, divorce, and death records. A fee is charged for receiving a copy of these records, and the name and date of the event are both required to find the appropriate document.