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Indiana State Library
The Indiana State Library has a large collection of genealogy and family history materials. The collection includes family history books, indexesmicrofilmed federal census records, Indiana county records, passenger lists, military pension information, and much more. The emphasis is on Indiana and bordering states, as well as eastern and southern states.
Indiana Vital Records
Information about finding and requesting birth, death, and marriage certificates in Indiana from the Indiana State Department of Health.
Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana is a valuable resource for genealogists, just a short drive from Anderson. Housing one of the largest public research collections available, you will find records from all over the world.
This site, maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, gives you access to some of the Mormon genealogy files. It allows you to research the Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index, the Family History Library catalog and the Pedigree Resource File. Be cautious; the information in some of the files, especially the Ancestral File, is sometimes incorrect.
National Archives and Records Administration
Provides a comprehensive guide to one of the great treasure troves of U.S. genealogical information. There are few searchable records online, but the site will help you identify what records the Archives holds, whether they would helpful to your research and where to find them.
The GenWeb Project sites
There's a GenWeb site for each state, divided up by counties. What's available at each county site may vary some from place to place, but most should have a queries list (that you can submit to free of charge), a surnames list and a list of some of the basic county resources available in the area.
This site is modeled on the U.S. GenWeb sites. Its goal is to offer a genealogy Web site for each country in the world. It is a mixed bag of some very good sites (Germany and the British Isles), some sites just starting up and some orphan countries. Don't be surprised if the site you are browsing is not in English or is bilingual.
This site features several searchable lists, the most important of which is the Roots Surname List. It allows genealogists to make contact with others researching the same surnames as they are. The surname list gives some brief details on time and place and provides contact information, usually an email address.
Ellis Island Records
Allows you to search the transcribed ships' manifests from all the ships that passed through Ellis Island (1892-1924). To view passenger information, you must have a site membership (which is free).
Ancestry, originally a publisher of genealogy books, has developed one of the premier genealogy sites on the Internet. There are several searchable indexes for free, including Ancestry's World Tree (which features user-submitted family trees) and an excellent online version of the Social Security Death Benefits Index. There are also several for-pay databases available.
Kentucky Vital Records Index
This is the sort of database that everyone wants to find more of. Contains indexes to Kentucky Deaths Records (1911-1992), Kentucky Divorces (1973-1993), and Kentucky marriages (1973-1993). With indexes like this, it really IS easier to do it all at home.
Ohio Death certificate index
This index, created by the Ohio State Historical Society, allows you to search a list of death records held by the Ohio Vital Records office for the years 1913-1937. Minimal information is available, but it will help you determine death date and location.
Cyndi's list of genealogy sites on the Internet
Unless your interest is genealogy on Mars, you should be able to find something here. Cyndi offers links to more than 100,000 websites, some of which are really databases you can search.
Free Public Records
A wonderful site containing links to public information databases worldwide. Most of the databases are free.
Find a Grave
Search 41 million grave records and find the famous, the infamous, and the ordinary--frequently with gravestone pictures.
This site, a subsidiary of FamilyTreemaker's website, provides online forums for thousands of surnames and allows users to post queries to them.
Most Americans have heard of Ellis Island and assume their ancestors came through this famous immigration center. However, before Ellis Island, which opened in 1892, there was Castle Garden. This very good database offers transcriptions of immigrant ships' manifests from 1820-1892 and allows you to search for your ancestor by name.
This site allows you to search a surname for country of origin and (sometimes) a name meaning. It also has links to pages with family trees and database hits.
Political Graveyard: A Database of Historic Cemeteries
Information about where politicians were born, lived, died, and buried in Madison County.