Welcome to the Links Page
These links are provided as a service to all readers of the Root Cellar – Sacramento Genealogical Society website.  The links come from members who have found them to be helpful in their quest for ancestors.  Lynne Roberts is managing this page and welcomes your submissions – please submit them by email to comment@lynnesgenealogy.com or info@rootcellar.org .  Thank you! 
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  One of the largest national and international genealogical websites out there. It is a subscription (annual cost) site that is truly helpful.
  Ancestry.com Search Tips
  Ten search tips from Ancestry.com, December 2012.
  BLM Land Records
  US Government (Bureau of Land Management) site with US land patents and some surveys.
  Cyndi's List
  A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online. A great, free jumping–off point for your online research.
  Family Search
  FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. This service is provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints, and is open to all people interested in family history research.
  Site holds a large number (and constantly growing) of filmed records from the National Archives and Records Administration, including military pension and service records. Generally considered subscription (paid) site, but offers many records that are free to the public to view.
  Geographic Names Information System
  GNIS is a searchable database to identify historic names and their specific locations. Contains information about physical and cultural geographic features of all types in the United States.
  Military Records Links
  Site lists and describes various sites that hold military records and the types of records held. Other helpful information such as military terminology.
  National Archives
  Learn how you can use the resources at the National Archives to explore your family's ancestry. Many genealogists request census records, military service records, immigration records, naturalization records, passport applications, and land records.
  A place to share your family history. The primary purpose and function of RootsWeb.com is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research. Most resources on RootsWeb.com are designed to facilitate such connections.
  Steve Morse One-Step Research
  The history, philosophy, explanation, demonstration and access to Steve Morse excellent process of using his one step databases. Databases cover searching Ellis Island, Castle Garden, US, British and New York census records, Vital Records, Jewish, Holocaust and Eastern European records. Plus - how to create your own one-step research tool.
  USGenWeb Project
  The USGenWeb Project consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. The Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone.
  World Cat - The Book World Catalog
  Site that locates books worldwide for either personal use of interlibrary loan purposes. Really essential if you use books for genealogical sources.
  Family Histsory in Australia
  The Australian Government's website for sites to assist you in your family history research in Australia. This site offers many different options for research that are part of the history of the continent.
  National Library of Australia - Trove
  Excellent site containing geographical (maps), newspapers, diaries, etc, for Australian research.
  British History Online
  Wonderful site for researching British history and American Colonial records.
  Find My Past - UK
  Subscription site that is worth the investment if you have a significant amount of British research. For full subscription for all records for 6 months - 69.95 pounds.
  History of the British Pound
  Everything you ever wanted to know about British currency - history, value, and conversion.
  National Archives of Britain
  Historical research source, and links to repositories of British records.
  United Kingdom Genealogy
  Treasure trove of links for all aspects of genealogical research in the UK.
  California Births (1905-1995)
  Family Tree Legends software site offers a California Births database (1905-1995) for free.
  California Deaths
  Family Tree Legends software site offers a California Deaths database (1940-1997) for free.
  California GenWeb Project
  Part of the USGenWeb Project, CAGenWeb provides a single entry point for all counties and town within California, where collected data will be stored. This is a volunteer project.
  Golden Nugget Library
  Site contains large number of searchable databases from many counties, and includes the California Pioneer Project.
  Golden Nugget San Francisco Library
  Searchable databases concering San Francisco - City Directories from 1850
  San Francisco Genealogy
  Great site for early San Francisco genealogy - lot of online searchable databases.
  San Joaquin County - Golden Nugget Library
  Excellent site for early San Joaquin research including school yearbooks, city directories, maps, etc.
California - Sacramento
  Center for Sacramento History
  The archives for the city of Sacramento is an excellent source of local records. Conducting research at the center is by appointment only.
  Friends of the California Archives
  Organization to support and complement the work of the Archives. The Friends are broadening access to the archives while helping better showcase its collections and spearhead efforts to add to the living history the archives protects. Site has full calendar of events occurring at the Archives.
  Sacramento County Historical Society
  An all-volunteer organization featuring programs, publications and events about the rich history of Sacramento County.
  Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
  Excellent site covers all burial in the old city cemetery including thorough indexing with a great deal of information and map of the cemetery.
  Sacramento Public Library
  This is the fourth largest library system in California serving more than 1.3M residents in Sacramento County, including the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento. The Central branch located in downtown Sacramento houses a genealogical reference collection sponsored by the Genealogical Association of Sacramento.
Caribbean and Latin America
  Caribbean Genealogy
  General website with connections to all islands - excellent information exchange possibilities.
  Finding Our Roots
  Subscription webpage with some limited access to information
  Digital Archive of the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive sponsored by the University of Texas.
  Latin American Genealogy
  Another excellent site sponsored by the University of Texas. Contains many links to all the Central American and Caribbean islands.
  Mexican Genealogy
  Very fancy and busy site with lots of ideas about researching your Mexican family history. A good place to start out.
  The Genealogy of Mexico
  Interesting site which includes a great deal of historical information.
  The Genealogy of Puerto Rico
  Website with lots of links and online information.
  Find A Grave
  THE website for general and national burial information. Grave/burial information is donated by volunteers - usually contains headstone data and often contains an obituary and additional family material.
  National Cemetery site
  Run by the Veteran Administration, this includes a gravesite locator for all national cemeteries, including Arlington and San Bruno.
  1940 Census
  This website hosts the 1940 Census beginning April 2, 2012 and is presented by Archives.com and the National Archives. The video provides a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations made to publish the 1940 Census.
  1940 U.S. Census Community Project
  Upon its release, the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project, a joint initiative between Archives.com, FamilySearch, findmypast.com, and other leading genealogy organizations, will coordinate efforts to provide quick access to these digital images and immediately start indexing these records to make them searchable online with free and open access.
  Census Finder
  Excellent site for all Federal census records - and census substitutes - including wills and administrations, colonial documents for some states, and old county and city maps.
  Finding Aids for 1940 Census Records
  This website has General Information, Finding Aids and more about the 1940 census. Digital images will be accessible free of charge at National Archives and Records Adninistration (NARA) facilities nationwide through its public access computers as well as on personal computers via the internet. The NARA facility closest to Sacramento is in San Bruno.
  One-Step Tool for the 1940 U.S. Census
  This is one of many helpful One-Step research tools developed by Steve Morse.
Genealogical Societies
  California Genealogical Society
  Essentially the Bay Area Genealogical Society, with some online searchable data, but provide excellent assistance online, and have a superb library that is NOT restricted to California.
  New England Historic Genealogical Society
  Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's leading resource for family history research for New England states and beyond.
  New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
  Founded in 1869, it is the authoritative source for research on New York families and families with New York connections.
Historical Societies
  New Jersey Historical Society
  Excellent source for New Jersey history; outstanding regular publications, Proceedings, which should be checked in PERSI for really important transciptions throughout New Jersey.
  New-York Historical Society
  The pre-eminent site for early New York City history, including many original documents.
  First Moms Immigrant Ship Passenger Lists
  Large number of ships from different european countries with transcribed passenger lists and great selection of links for other passenger list sites.
  Immigrant Ships Passenger Arrivals
  Includes sites to research emigration, immigration and naturalization, 100+ passenger list sites, ethnic research, libraries and archives, passenger ship types, descriptions and images, and additional worldwide maritime information available both on-line and off-line.
  David Rumsey Historical Maps
  Wide selection of historical 18th and 19th century maps of Europe, North and South America, available for purchase online at very reasonable prices.
  Digital Collection of Historical Maps
  Historical maps from the collections of archives and historical societies are widely available online and are a great resource for research or personal interest.
  Historic Map Works
  Internet site with a worldwide collection of historic maps - reasonable prices for prints; also downloadable.
  Historical Maps of the United Kingdom
  This blog post from Kith and Kiln reviews a variety of historical maps with contextual information and useful tips on how find and use them.
  An online, user-generated archive of historical photos. Users "pin" their photos to the Google map according to location and date.
  Map Collections of the Library of Congress
  The Geography and Map Division holds millions of items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form.
  Maps of Scotland
  Digital and paper maps of Scotland by town, county, coastline, military and more available from the National Library of Scotland.
  Perry-Castenada Map Collection
  Free site located at the Libraries of the Univ. of Texas - large collection of maps - downloadable and printable
  U.S. Coast Survey Maps
  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Historical Map & Chart Collection covers the land and waters of the United States of America, including territories and possessions (past and present).
  Missouri Digital Heritage
  Missouri Death Certificates - online at no cost - from 1883 (Pre-1910) and 1910 - 1961 and expanding according to Missouri law. Some birth and Missouri land patents also.
Native American
  Oklahoma Historical Society - Indian Archives
  Site includes the Dawes records of the Five Civilized Tribes (Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek and Seminole).
New Jersey
  Genealogical Society of New Jersey
  Very old and established society - no online databases or other material except cemetery inventory - publications and research assistance.
  New Jersey State Archives
  Repository of state archives from earliest New Jersey history - includes excellent online searchable databases.
  New Jersey, Probate Records, 1678-1980
  FamilySearch site for searching online databases for probate files for New Jersey. Contains images of probate files including accounting slips, wills, letters of administration and inventories.
  State Library of New Jersey
  Well developed Genealogy and Local History department - will respond to brief research requests - extensive research will be passed on to professional genealogist.
  California Digital Newspapers
  A free, accessible repository of digitized California newspapers from 1846 to the present.
  Library of Congress Chronicling America
  Free site, many newspapers, national coverage - 1836-1922
  Oklahoma Historical Society Newspaper Archives
  Online archive of Oklahoma newspapers from 1819.
New York
  Dutch West India Company Settlers
  This is an amazing site compiled by a Dutch woman in the Netherlands who has discovered early Dutch WIC records and has translated and transcribed them and posted them online for researchers to use. If you are researching early Dutch settlers, this is one site you must check out.
  History of New York City
  Contains excellent brief pages of information regarding Dutch settlers and settlements, historical figures, Ellis Island and other era and events.
  Italian Genealogical Society
  Outstanding online searchable databases for birth, death, and marriages in the New York City area, including other municipalities from the mid 1860's.
  New York City Marble Cemetery
  Second non-sectarian cemetery established in New York City. Interments occurred between 1831 and 1835. Larger than the first, has many interments, including President James Monroe. Interments listed on the website.
  New York Free Genealogy
  Lots of New York - NY county and NY state - records - including census records and Dutch and early church records - some originally published by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.
  New York Marble Cemetery
  Oldest non-sectarian cemetery in New York. Interments occurred mainly between 1830 and 1870, but the last one was in 1970. Site includes lists of interments.
  New York State Archives
  Repository of early New York records from the earliest settling of New York. No searchable databases; provides excellent online assistance.
  New York State Historical Literature Collection
  Housed and maintained by the Cornell University Library - contains the New York transcribed wills dating from 1665, private and governmental printed works.
  New York State Research
  Guide to New York State Resources - including access to many New York state historical societies and other historical sites of interest. Also includes libraries in important sites for New York genealogical research.
  Olive Tree Genealogy
  Excellent site for New Netherland research, especially the Reformed Dutch Church Records for New York. Also has passenger list, Ellis Island and other related databases.
  Records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany, NY
  Baptism, marriage and membership records from 1683 - 1809 for the Albany Dutch Reformed church.
  Western New York Genealogical Society
  Organization dedicated to genealogical research in the 8 western New York Counties: Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming, Orleans, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany
  Oklahoma Historical Society
  Excellent site for Oklahoma research - includes many searchable databases, including the territorial census, native american records, archived newspapers, and Smith's First Territorial Directory.
  Church and Cemetery Records - Dutch Migrants
  York, Adams, Cumberland Counties, Pennsylvania & Carroll County, Maryland Cemetery Pictures - current pictures of churches and headstones - some member indexes. Tracing Pennsylvania Dutch. "Some were Brethren, Reformed, Lutheran, Mennonite, Amish, Catholic or of other faiths. They came to America from Switzerland, Germany, and the eastern parts of France or wherever the German language was spoken before 1800. They came to Pennsylvania first. Some stayed and others went on to other places north, south, east and west."
  PA Land Records
  Pennsylvania State Archives site for PA land patents. Excellent site easily searchable - copies of original patents and surveys can be ordered at very reasonable cost.
  Pennsylvania genealogy site - supported by volunteers - some county histories online - searchable data online. Covers all counties.
  Encyclopedia of Genealogy
  Includes user-submitted explanations of how to look up your family tree and explanations of terms found in genealogy research, including obsolete medical and legal terms; describes locations where records may be found; describes how to do ethnic research. A service of the Eastman Online Genealogical Newsletter. Free
  Genealogical Dictionary of Legal Terms
  Includes user-submitted terms frequently found in genealogical research. From the FamilySearch Wiki. Free
  Public Land Survey System
  Definitive site for understanding and using the public land survey system. Definitions, diagrams, and explanations for use.
  Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
  Online, searchable version provided by Ancestry.com, this 3rd edition of the Red Book is designed to help family historians learn where to find information about their ancestors by taking an approach focused on localities. It is an expansive guide to the most useful resources in each of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia. Organized by state, the content easily directs the user to information-rich resources.
  Presbyterian Research
  Useful for locating original Presbyterian records; archival collections to assist genealogists; excellent reference assistance.
  Quaker Research
  Archival collections and records available to assist genealogists.
Rhode Island
  Rhode Island Cemetery Project
  Amazing site with cemeteries and interments all on pdf searchable databases for Rhode Island.
  Rhode Island Genealogical Society
  Statewide genealogical society - site includes great list of town volunteers who you can contact for assistance.
Vital Records
  Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
  Entryway to The National Archives databases.
  Death Indexes - USA
  Joe Beine's directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices & registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery & burial records. You can also find information here about searching the Social Security Death Index online. Free