This page contains some of my favorite tools for research.


Minnesota Genealogical Society

Minnesota Historical Society
When is the last time you checked the wonderful online finding aids for many of the collections at the Minnesota Historical Society? Of course, there’s the library catalog, general descriptions of collections, and paragraphs describing various types of records, but have you seen the detailed inventories for others? MHS has many in-house comprehensive finding aids but has been posting some of them on its website.

Wisconsin Historical Society

Federation of Genealogical Societies

International Society for British Genealogy and Family History

National Genealogical Society

New England Historic Genealogical Society


This is another way to search for specific records and locations with over one million collection descriptions from repositories all over the world. It includes much from NUCMC plus more descriptions not found in NUCMC. Archive Grid is now in beta format with a search and free to us via our home computers! For more on ArchiveGrid and NUCMC see the ArchiveGrid Blog at

WorldCat is free online and may be accessed from your home  computer. This offers access to catalog listings of thousands of libraries worldwide. The in-library counterpart of Worldcat has some extra features, including advanced search, “Find similar items,” and links to published reviews and excerpts of books. Searches on WorldCat can be limited in several ways by the user, including the category of “Archival material” which includes manuscript collections.

An online resource (aka Journal STORage) that currently features more than 2,000 searchable scholarly journals in several fields including history and other disciplines with articles that are helpful to family historians. One of the great uses I find for these articles is in the footnotes or endnotes of the articles. It’s a great way to pick up a manuscript resource that you might not find in any other way. Use your own computer or go through a library for full access.

Allen Co. Public Library Genealogy Center
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Daughters of the American Revolution Library
Washington, DC

Family History Library Catalog
Salt Lake City, Utah

National Archives & Records Administration

Education & Professionalism

Association of Professional Genealogists

Board for Certification of Genealogists

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)

Commercial Sites


Genealogy Bank

Research Tools

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites

Google Books

Google Newspaper Archive Search

Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records

One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse



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