Free Sites

  • RootsWeb – oldest on the web, links to international, states, church, history, maps and much, much more; list-serves and message boards plus “how-to”.
  • Cyndi’s List – of Genealogy Sites on the Internet.
  • FamilySearch – search for families locally or internationally, find which records from states, counties and cities are available, how-to research, information on Family History Centers around the world.
  • FindAGrave – Millions of cemetery records.
  • The National Archives – page for Genealogists and Family Historians.
  • Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness USA – lookups from resources by state-based volunteers. Also RAOGK International.
  • USGenWeb – dedicated to volunteer and free record information from census, tombstone insriptions and resource documents.

YouTube Channels




Subscription Sites

  • – collections: family trees, newspapers, history records, immigration and passenger lists, census from 1790-1930, new features added frequently; cost based on collections chosen. Available at our club’s Research Center. Also available throughout the Pima County Library system including Oro Valley Public Library, but only at library computers.
  • HeritageQuest – similar to Ancestry. Available via Pima County Library, not at our Research Center.

Vital Records

  • Land Records – early (1820-1908) US land patents, printable copies of original documents.
  • Ellis Island – records of immigrants coming through Ellis Island.
  • One-Step Webpages – Great site for easy access to Ellis Island records; also, valuable Jewish research site.

Genetic genealogy

There’s a non-profit organization, independent of those selling DNA tests, called The International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). The have a website which includes a page for Newbies (those “new to the field”) with a glossary and lots of other info. The organization also has an ISOGG Wiki (online encyclopedia) and a Yahoo! discussion group for asking and answering questions.