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Genealogy Resources: Genealogy Websites

A guide to help you begin researching your family's history

Note about Genealogy Resources

A word of caution when utilizing any online websites to store your family history: While online websites are pretty and easy to share, family trees contain sensitive family information, such as date of birth, mother’s maiden name, name of grandchildren, previous addresses, etc. This personal information gets aggregated, and you can see other people’s family trees.  Your sensitive information is a gold-mine for an identity thief looking to take over a bank account, phone account, credit card account, email account, etc., and your sensitive information can also enable social engineering exploits for an entire family.
There are only a few Genealogy software packages left that let you keep your information on your own computer. Family Historian is one of them.

Limited-Time FREE NYPL Genealogy Resource

The NYPL has made the subscription-based website available for free while they are closed during the COVID-19 crisis. To access the website for free you will need a NYPL library card, which you can apply for online through the SimplyE app (a library E-Reader app). You must be physically present in NEW YORK to obtain a NYPL library card through SimplyE app. The app will require you to enable GPS, to verify that you are in New York State. Once your location is confirmed, you will be able to download the bar code and PIN to your smartphone through SimplyE. Select New York Public Library as your branch. To register, enter your bar code and PIN. That will give you immediate online access.
For download info:

             Quick Steps

  1. Download the SimplyE app.
  2. Click on settings
  3. Click on accounts
  4. Click NYPL
  5. Click "Don't have a library card?"
  6. Then follow the screen prompts

Plus, you can also checkout ebooks for free

Genealogy Resources

Historical and government records can help you trace your heritage. Use these free resources to research and build your family tree.

U.S. Census Data and Statistics

The United States Census Bureau provides data about the nation’s people and economy. Every 10 years, it conducts the Population and Housing Census, in which every resident in the United States is counted. The agency also gathers data through more than 100 other surveys of households and businesses every one to five years. You can explore the results of the surveys or find popular quick facts.

Other Popular U.S. Census Information



  1. Cyndi's list
    The largest collection of genealogical lists on the Web today
  2. Family Search
    For research, historical records by Mormons

  3. Find a Grave 
    Millions of online memorials, from transcribed headstones

  4. World GenWeb Project
    Genealogical data per country

  5. US GenWeb Project
    Genealogical data per state

  6. National Archives
    Archived Genealogical data from the US Government

  7. Genealogy Today
    Genealogical Data

  8. Access Genealogy
    Genealogical Data

  9. Family Tree Searcher
    Family trees

  10. GeneaBios
    Genealogy Biography Database

  11. Genealogy Federation of Long Island
    Assist researchers in various topics including general family history & tracing ethnic or geographic origins