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Ancestry Library Edition- Discover your roots by searching census, immigration, birth, marriage, death, and military records and more.

Bureau of Land Management - Eastern States, General Land Office - Search original land patents by document number, warrantee name, patentee name, county, or land legal description.

BillionGraves - User-submitted gravestone information with GPS coordinates. Free to search but registration required.

Chicago & Cook County (Illinois) Death Records and Indexes - Illinois Death Index plus obituaries and death notices in Chicago and Cook County newspapers.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System - Ongoing project to provide searchable basic information on servicemen (both Union and Confederate), regimental information, and battle descriptions.

Chronicling America: Historic Newspapers - from the Library of Congress, links to free digitized newspapers.

Digital Past - Searchable collections of varying topics and formats of nearly 30 Illinois libraries and institutions. Collections include postcards from Illinois and the midwest, school histories, artwork, cemeteries, architecture, histories, and photographs.

Family History Archive - Searchable collection of digitized family histories in the Genealogical Society of Utah (Family History Center) and Brigham Young University. Search by surname, title, author, or advanced searcing. Rich repository if you think there is a printed family hisory available for your ancestors.

FamilySearch - Massive ongoing LDS database of ancestry; International Genealogical Index; Ancestral File; general genealogical information; many online publications on genealogical research and tips.

Federal Land Patents - Searchable database of federal land patents and information on how to obtain certified copies of land patents.

Find A Grave - User-submitted photos of more than 100 million grave records. Free to search.

GenTree - Over 500 family and surname database links.

Geographic Names Information System - Input a city, town or feature (cemetery, school, river, creek, mine, etc.) and this system will display the county name, elevation, latitude and longitude, and variant names. Good source for finding the name of the county in which a town is located.

Illinois Civil War Veterans - 250,000 Illinois men who served in the Civil War. Type in a surname and receive the full name, regiment and company, and city/town of residence.

Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950 - Searchable database of death certificates filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health; historical background, How to obtain death certificates; tips on using the database.

Illinois Digital Archives - Created by the Illinois State Library, these digital documents cover everything from the planned community of Park Forest to the evolution of O'Hare Airport. Search the entire collection or leisurely browse.

Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales - Searchable database of land sales recorded by field employees of the U.S. General Land Office, state and local officials, and clerks of the Illinois Central Railroad; how to obtain copies of land records, how to determine the location of public doman lands.

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900 - Searchable index to Illinois marriages occurring prior to 1901; how to obtain copies of marriage records; tips on searching the database.

Indiana Cemetery Locator - Locates cemeteries in Indiana; gives cemetery name, county, and call numbers of items in the State Library pertaining to that cemetery.

Indiana Deaths, Pre-1882 - Compiled by Dawne Slater-Putt (Allen County Public Library), a source (though not entirely comprehensive) of deaths occurring in Indiana before 1882, the date that death recording was required.

Indiana Digital Archives - Millions of digitally indexed records of collections housed within both the Indiana State Archives and other governmental units. Common materials (death, military and naturalization) as well as special collections (Indiana Civil War soldiers, Department of Correction prisoner records, slave registers, orphanage records, Indiana Lands records) included.

Indiana Marriages Through 1850 - Searchable index; gives names of bride and groom, county of marriage, date of marriage, remarks.

Indiana Marriages 1993-2002 - Searchable index, gives names of bride and groom, county of marriage, date of marriage, remarks.

Indiana Naturalization Records, pre 1951 - Searchable index to the naturalization records held by the Indiana State Archives.

Indiana State Archives - Search the holdings of the Archives by subject or name.

Indiana World War II Veterans Database - Searchable database of Hoosiers who were killed in World War II.

IRAD (Illinois Regional Archives Depository) - Search local governmental records including those from county, city, town, village, and township levels throughout Illinois. Numerous offices are represented from these levels. The record holdings of the IRAD system include over 5,400 different record series

Kentucky Vital Records Index - Death Index 1911-1986; Death Index 1987-1992; Marriage Index 1973-1993; Divorce Index 1973-1993.

Maine Marriages, 1892-1996 - Searchable by marriage year, name of groom, name of bride, or the home town of either.

McLean County (IL) Immigration/Naturalization Records - Abstracts, searchable by surname.

Michigan Death Records - Records from 1875 to 1880 with portions of 1881 and 1882 -- searchable by last or first name, father's last name, county of death or date of death.

One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse - Morse has developed a series of aids to search census, passenger list, and vital records sites in one step.

Ontario (Canada) 1871 Census Index - Search for heads-of-household or any individual with a different surname living in the house.

Rootsweb - Search databases, family trees, mailing list, websites, message boards, the Social Security Death Index, more.

Social Security Death Index - Searchable database of deaths reported to the Social Security Administration. People listed in this index either had Social Security numbers or were employed by the Railroad and received Social Security benefits.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall,WashingtonDC) Database - Information on known U.S. casualties from the Vietnam Conflict.

See the Directories, Indexes and Maps section of our Internet links to find telephone listings and maps.

General Information Sites

African-American Research - Information on African-American genealogical research from the National Archives.

Ancestry - Extensive site featuring online databases (some free, some fee); shopping; family searches; online news; online classes; links to other genealogical sites.

Ancestry Library Edition - Available on computers in the Hammond Public Library, this comprehensive site features genealogical information from around the world. (There are some key differences between and Ancestry Library Edition)

Calumet Regional Archives - Located in the Indiana University Northwest Library, the Archives collects, preserves, and makes available records from organizations and individuals to document the history of Indiana's Calumet Region (Lake and Porter Counties). This site contains general information; archives and manuscripts collections master list; archives use policies; map lists; newsletter; more.

Cemetery Iconography - List of meanings of letters and symbols commonly found on gravestones in cemeteries.

Christine's Genealogy Website - Extensive collection of African American genealogical resources.

Cook County (IL) Clerk's Office - How to obtain birth, marriage and death records for Cook County.

Family Search Research Help - How-to publications and forms published by the LDS genealogy division, many of which are out of print and only available here; language guides; census forms; research guides for each state and many countries; word meanings; tips on how to use the Family History Catalog.

Federation of East European Family History Societies - Large list of links to sites; text files; research tips; maps; many ethnic links.

Genealogy Abbreviations - More than 600 common and not-so-common abbreviations encountered in genealogical research.

GENUKI : U.K. + Ireland Genealogy - Links to web sites for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Island, and the Isle of Man. Information on archives and libraries, church records, census, gazetteers and maps, occupations, probate, taxation; more.

Getting Started in Genealogy - From the Illinois Secretary of State Gateway, links to the Illinois State Archives and other genealogical resources; bibliography of beginning books; tips on getting started.

Glossary of Diseases - If you ancestor died of dropsy, furuncle, jail fever, or other strange sounding disease, find out what it was with this listing of early names for diseases.

Indiana Genealogy Home Page - Indiana resources from the US GenWeb Project; Today in Indiana History; vital record information; genealogist's index to the World Wide Web; historical and genealogical societies; links to Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Archives; census profiles for Indiana; links to other genealogical sites.

Indiana State Library Genealogy Section - Information about the Indiana State Library Genealogy Section; links to Indiana Marriages Database and Cemetery Locator file; links to other genealogical resources.

Italian Genealogy - Links to other web sites; the Italian Genealogical Toolbox links includes "Reading Latin Documents", a good primer for all researchers; research tips; Italian surname database; history of Italian regions; more.

JewishGen - Extensive site with good information for all researchers, not just Jewish. Links to other web sites; frequently asked questions; fact sheets on genealogical topics; family searches; more.

Land Records Information - Information on the feudal land system, metes and bounds system, and public domain land system; bounty land warrants; buying and selling land; glossary of terms.

Map Your Ancestors - Make a map with markers showing locations on your family tree; family tree maps, life chronology maps, maps showing famous families, event chronology maps, more.

National Archives of Canada - Research services; how to get started in research; microfilm loan information; links to Ontario 1871 census; information on microfilm holdings.

National Archives Genealogy Page - Genealogical publications list; introduction to naturalization records; Soundex generator; online catalogs of Archives microfilms; workshops; more.

Odessa, the German-Russian Digital Library - Documents and records relating to Germans from Russia. Church records, cemetery records, genealogical articles, family histories, immigration, naturalization, ship records, obituaries, village histories, more.

Online Genealogy Records and Resources from, includes links to genealogy records and vital records (some fee; some free) on the Internet

Online Searchable Death Indexes - a private Web page with links to many sites.

Railroad Retirement Board and Genealogical Information - How to obtain information on ancestors who worked for the railroads.

Reunions Magazine - Planning a family reunion? Get hints here from the magazine devoted to planning reunions.

Local (Lake County) Genealogy

Lake County Public Library - Information on what is available at the Lake County (Merrillville, Indiana) Public Library.

Lake County USGenWeb Page - Lake County information and links.

Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society - Meeting information; projects; listing of Lake and Porter County cemetery locations; membership information; links to local and Indiana genealogy web sites (click "Online Archives" on this site).

Genealogical & Historical Societies

Chicago Historical Society/Chicago History Museum - Exhibitions; programs and events; collections; publications; general information; links to historical sites on the Web; Chicago information.

Federation of Genealogical Societies - Membership information; national conference information; links to local societies across the country.

Hammond Historical Society - Meeting times, past issues of society newsletter downloadable from site.

Illinois State Genealogical Society - Member information; publications information; conferences; search Illinois pioneers; links to Illinois archives and museums.

Indiana Genealogical Society - Member/Society information; conferences; news; links to Indiana genealogical societies; links to genealogical Internet sites.

International Internet Genealogical Society - Promotes using the Internet in genealogical research; online courses to learn and improve skills; more.

National Genealogical Society - Membership information; research articles and material; links to genealogical societies; links to genealogical web sites.

Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society - Meeting information; projects; listing of Lake and Porter County cemetery locations; membership information; links to local and Indiana genealogy web sites.

South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society (Hazel Crest, IL) - Membership information; publications; upcoming programs.

Indexes to Genealogical Sites

Cyndi's List of Genealogical Sites - Probably the most extensive list of genealogical links on the Internet, grouped by subject area. A great starting point!

Genealogical Journeys in Time - Over 40,000 genealogical links; surname of the month; home page of the month; research services; searchable family databases.

Genealogy Gateway - Over 16,000 links to genealogy and history resources.

Genealogy Home Page - Large site with over 1,600 links to genealogical help and guides, libraries, maps, genealogical home pages, genealogical software, genealogical societies, events and commercial services. SiteFinder - Over 40,475 indexed links to genealogy and family history sites.

Linkpendium - developed by the founders of RootsWeb; contains more than 10 million links.

Repositories of Primary Sources - Index to almost 2,000 web sites around the world which describe holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources.

US GenWeb - Index to U.S. resources, searchable by state, then county.

World GenWeb - Index to worldwide resources, searchable by country.

Yahoo Genealogy Sites - Links to many genealogical web sites from one of the nation's most popular search sites.

Blogs/Newsletters/Other News

Dear Myrtle - Weekly genealogical questions and answers.

Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter Blog - News from the genealogical world.

GeneaBloggers - For authors and readers of family history or genealogy-related blogs. Search for more than 2,000 blogs by blog name or blog type.

George C. Morgan's Along Those Lines Blog - News from the genealogical world.

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