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Cyndi’s List Surname Links

Cyndi's general overview of surname links. It boasts over 50 different surname topics, which are listed alphabetically.

Ellis Island Records

The Ellis Island Records Online Immigration Database is now up and running! This database was over 8 years in the making and was compiled by volunteers who transcribed the microfilmed records of original ships passenger manifests for over 22 million passengers! It includes immigration records from 1892 through 1924 and links to computerized copies of the manifests.

Family Search

Search for your family names in the Pedigree Resource and Ancestral files and the International Genealogical Index (IGI) of the Church of the Latter Day Saints here. Contents are from submitters.


An Ancestry spin-off which hosts over 130,000 genealogy message boards. These are divided into three main categories, Surnames, Geography, and Research Topics. Access to the message boards is free.


An index of over 91 million surnames and contact information for who is researching them. Use of the site is free, however registration is required for additional benefits.

My Heritage

A resource to help users find family members and build an online family tree. A (free) account is required.

Roots-L Surname List

This is THE genealogy web site to begin your surname searching on the web. See if your surnames are listed on the RootsWeb list. If so, you can check with the poster via either e-mail or snail mail to compare data. If your surnames are not on the list, add your names and your contact information ASAP so a researcher can find you.