This page contains some of my favorite tools for research.


Minnesota Genealogical Society & Minnesota Genealogy Center

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

International Society for British Genealogy and Family History

National Genealogical Society

New England Historic Genealogical Society

New York Genealogical & Biographical Society


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

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. “JSTOR provides access to more than 12 million journal articlesbooksimages, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.”

Allen Co. Public Library Genealogy Center
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Daughters of the American Revolution Library
Washington, DC

FamilySearch Library Catalog
Salt Lake City, Utah

U.S. National Archives & Records Administration

Education & Professionalism

Association of Professional Genealogists

Board for Certification of Genealogists

GRIP Genealogy Institute

IGHR, Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)

Commercial and Other Sites



Genealogy Bank

Internet Archive and The Wayback Machine


Research Tools


Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites

Google Books

Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records

Linkpendium Genealogy Sites

One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse

4 comments on “Resources

  1. Hi, Paula. I am currently on a search for tracing lineage back to the South Dakota area with relation to Lakota natives. We believe all of the documentation found in public records is listing the relatives name incorrectly and may have been changed when this relative was adopted. What resources can I use to hone in on any other documentation, etc to help me on my search?

    1. Hi Arianna,
      Without reviewing what you have and seeing the result, it’s tough to make specific suggestions. There are so many resources, but it depends on the time period, family, and places of residence. I will email you information on my analysis, consultation and research services. I wish you success in your search.

  2. Hi Paula, I watched your webinar about the railroads and where to search for records. Good news, I found my grandfather at the National Archives in Atlanta. I ordered his whole record–now new problem, I don’t understand all the info that is in the forms. Railroad retirement Board form G-663 (2-63) is just one. Any help on where I could go to help decipher these would be great. I’m giving the whole file over to my Mom for Christmas, since her dad died when she turned sixteen, and always wondered how her Mom (my grandmother) raised her children.

    Any info you can give me on knowing what the forms say (years 1958 to 1963) would be great. Thanks so much for helping make my Mom’s Christmas extra special.

    1. I’m sorry but I don’t have any background information on that specific form. If anyone else has an answer, please respond here. Beyond that, I think you might need to do some general searching online or contact the RR Retirement Board.

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