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This is one of the most comprehensive and current web sites for researching African American genealogy on the web.

Ancient Faces

Scan and share your old family photos here. They are arranged by surname and include Family Photos, Military Photos, and Mystery Photos.

Archaic Medical Terms

Contains a glossary of archaic medical terms used for cause of death from Genealogy Quest, an organization of professional genealogists.

Archaic Occupations

This is a cooperative effort at defining occupations which may no longer be in existence.

Census Finder

A directory of over 10,000 free census databases available on the Web. The site includes census images, transcriptions, and indices, city directories, tax lists, and veterans census, as well as census information from all 50 states, the UK, Canada, Sweden, and Norway. An extensive set of links to useful genealogical sites completes this useful site.

Church of the Latter Day Saints

The Church is the foremost collector of genealogical materials in the world. In addition to its collection effort, the church also makes the research results of its members available to other researchers, working cooperatively toward the goal of one world family tree. It contains links to do surname searches in their Ancestral File and International Genealogical Index, and to access the collection stored in their library.

Ellis Island

Ellis Island was the major immigration gateway to the United States. It has been estimated that one quarter of Americans today have ancestors who came into the US through this port. Consequently, the immigration records available here are of primary interest to genealogists. The Ellis Island Immigration Museum is the site of a new family genealogy facility and its data is now accessible via the Internet.

Find a Grave

Sometimes a gravestone is the only link you may have to your vanished ancestor and his/her birth and or death dates. Find the grave sites of both famous and non-famous individuals alike. Search by surname and geographic location. Add the grave records of your own ancestors to the site. There are currently approximately 2.8 million individuals listed in this database.


Cemeteries and their caretakers can provide a wealth of information for the genealogical researcher. FuneralNet is an online resource to connect you with cemetery, obituary, funeral and cremation information.

Genealogy Dictionary

A dictionary listing of unusual or archaic terms put on the web from Genealogy Quest, a organization of professional genealogists, that you're likely to find in the course of your genealogical research.

Notable Women Ancestors

Most of us have known the frustration of finding any, let alone detailed, information on our female ancestors. This database of female biographies, generously hosted by Rootsweb, is designed to honor all of our female ancestors. Most of the biographies here have been contributed by the descendants or relatives of these women. They may not have been famous, but their lives have all been "notable." In addition to the ability to search the existing database for biographical information, researchers are encouraged to submit biographies of their "notable" female ancestors so that their stories will not be lost.

Soundex Indexing System

This link from the NARA explains how the Soundex Indexing System translates surnames into code. The table below lists the numbers that correspond to each letter.
Number Represents the Letters
1 B,F,P,V
2 C,G,J,K,Q,S,X,Z
3 D,T
4 L
5 M,N
6 R