The following sites provide free access to genealogy information -
Castle Gardens - This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened.
Eastman's – Is an online genealogy newsletter. It keeps you current with all things genealogy, new sites, what is available and where.
Ellis Island Records – Allow you to search for passengers that arrived at Ellis Island.
FamilySearch - Is a genealogy organization operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch maintains a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their familyhistory.
Find A Grave - Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave, etc.
Heritage Quest, CD-ROM databases and more - Rutland City residents should go to the Rutland Free Library website for access to Heritage Quest.
Library of Congress, Genealogy Department Information about the Library of Congress’s Genealogy collection, what is available and where.
National Archives and Records Administration, Genealogy Page –The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) is the online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC, area; Regional Archives; and Presidential Libraries.ARC contains many descriptions of records of interest to genealogists and family historians, including: applications for enrollment in Native American tribes,court records,fugitive slave cases, land records, military personnel records, naturalization records.
New England Historic Genealogical Society - Is the online repository for more than 200 million searchable names covering New England, New York, and beyond.
USA People Search: Big List of Genealogy Links – Is a “Big List of Genealogy Links”.
Genealogy sites that charge for accessing their database – though usually you can get some information for free -
Ancestry, Inc. – One of the largest genealogy databases in the United States and Great Britian. It has also purchased many other sites including the ones listed below. While there is some information available free of charge most of Ancestry’s sites require a subscription to access the complete database.
Genealogy.com - One of Ancestry’s competitors until they bought them out.
Genealogy Online – A site that lists many other genealogy websites.
Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild - Over 12,000 passenger lists transcribe and available.
Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records: A Genealogy Guide - This website is a directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices and registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery and burial state and county records. You can also find information here about searching the Social Security Death Index online.
Social Security Death Index, from Ancestry, Inc. – Search the Social Security Death Index.
Canadian Sites for Genealogy Research
Canadian Genealogy and History Links –The Canadian Genealogy and History Link has links to many Canadian genealogy web sites. Anyone researching their Canadian ancestor will want to check it out.
Canadian Passenger and Immigration Records - Owned by Ancestory.com. Contains information about passengers arriving in Canadian ports. Some of the information is available free of charge.
Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society (NNYACGS) - This is a link to the "Walks With Champlain" project. It is a device used to interest people in searching for their roots in early Quebec. The website list the first settlers who established themselves in Quebec City in the early 1600s and is alphabetized by husband. All of them knew Samuel de Champlain.
Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics - Contains vital statistics for Nova Scotia some records are as early as 1763.
Vermont Sites for Genealogy Research
Cyndi's Vermont List - Is a list of other genealogy sites on the internet.
Genealogical Research in Vermont, prepared by the Vermont Historical Society - Lists resources available for someone researching their VT roots.
Genealogical Society of Vermont - the Genealogical Society of Vermont is dedicated to assisting genealogists everywhere who are researching their Vermont ancestry.
Public Records Reference/Research (vital records), State of Vermont General Services Department - Vital records are available for research through the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration Records that comprise the State's register of vital events were compiled from various sources dating from 1760 to 2006. Vital records issued within the past five years are available through the Department of Health's Vital Records Office
Rutland County Vermont Naturalization Records (1836-1906) - This is an index of about 2100 Naturalization records from 1836 to 1906, which include some very valuable and detailed information at times. Other times it’s a ‘bare’ index record with minimal information. A majority of these records are from Irish immigrants. As we’ve learned, many Irish records were destroyed and making connections in the homeland can be near impossible. These Naturalization records are AWESOME because of that great loss of information.
Vermont Vital Records - From the Office of the Secretary of State – explains how to find vital records and where to search, including the ability of Vermont residents to access some Ancestry.com records for free.
Roots Web, Vermont – Another place to search for your VT roots – also a list of many other genealogical and historical resources.
St. Albans Border Crossings Explained (FAQ Page) - St. Albans Lists are lists of immigrants who crossed the border from Canada into the U.S. between 1895 and 1954.
Vermont City Directories in Vermont Repositories - City/town directories have been published for many Vermont communities from the mid-19th century onward. They are useful to researchers because they provide an inventory of the residents and businesses in a town for a given year. This is a list of the Directories and where they can be located.
Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society - Is dedicated to research in French-Canadian ancestry.
Vermont Genealogy Web Project (VTGenWeb) - Another site for VT information.
Vermont in the Civil War – A site that determines the details of the soldiers' service, their dates of birth and death, and their final resting place.
Vermont Old Cemetery Association - This web site features a Town Resource page which directs cemetery enthusiasts, historians, genealogists and the general public to more information about a town's cemeteries.
Vermont Town Clerks – A list of Town Clerks and how to contact them – includes phone numbers and hours.
Welsh-American Genealogical Society (Poultney, Vermont) - Formed in 1990 in the United States to serve as a common link for Welsh genealogical researchers
Burlington Free Press 1984- May 2009 and Rutland Herald 1984- April 2009 – Index to the Burlington Free Press and the Rutland Hearld – this is an index only it does not include the articles.
Rutland County Historical Societies
Rutland County Historical Societies - Provided by the Vermont Historical Society, this is a listing of the Historical Societies in Rutland County. It lists their hours, website (if they have one) and contact information.
Center for Rural Studies: Vermont Community Databank - There is a vast array of online resources with data and information on Vermont's counties, communities, schools, and beyond. The Vermont Community Data Bank is an inventory of informational websites from many different sources, containing various types of data, and covering all levels of geography from national to sub-town.
Daughters of the American Revolution -Ann Story Chapter-Rutland, VT – This is one of the 17 chapters in the Vermont State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution and a proud part of the National Society, which has a membership of over 170,000.
Internet Archive - The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.
Landscape Change Program at University of Vermont - The Landscape Change Program, at the University of Vermont, is a virtual collection of images that documents 200 years of Vermont’s changing face. We have thousands of views of Vermont as it was and as it is, online and free to everyone.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps - The Vermont Historical Society provides access to a collection of digital Sanborn fire insurance maps from Vermont for the period 1867-ca. 1948 for its members. Sanborn maps show detailed footprints of buildings in settled areas of the state; they do not cover rural areas or indicate the names of residents. If you are a member of the Vermont Historical Society, you can access the maps from your home. Sanborn Insurance Maps are also available from the Rutland Free Library. Their account requires that you use it in the library only.
Sustainable Rutland - Sustainable Rutland is committed to promoting environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability throughout the Rutland region.
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