Genealogy Link Collections
Census & Vital Records
- Free Genealogy Charts & Forms Free family tree forms, family group sheets, descendent charts. List links to sites that offer different types/styles of forms.
- Pedigree Chart
Starts with one person and moves back about 4 generations. This charts the direct line of one person. An Ancestral Chart is a Pedigree chart that goes back more than 4 generations.
- Family Group Chart Records information on a single family unit. It includes a couple, their children and births, deaths, marriages, and burial places for each. For each marriage on the Pedigree chart, complete a family group sheet.
Immigration & Naturalization
Native American Indian
Surnames / Family Names
- U.S. Surname Distribution Map of the United States showing the distribution of people with this surname within the 50 states.
Links to surname databases on the web.
Tutorials & How-to Guides
- Introduction to Genealogy: an online course Excellent tips for getting started. Learn how to record names, dates, places; find forms; and find out how to start your research.
- Genealogy Learning Center
- RootsWeb Guide to Tracing Family Trees
Tips for where to begin as well as information on types of records that will be helpful in your search for ancestors.
- Genealogy Articles: The Basics/Getting Started
New to Genealogy? Find out how to get started, search techniques, mistakes to avoid, and more.
- Beginner's Guide to Family History Research
This online books provides information about getting started and about searcing for information for specific groups (Native American Indians, African Americans, etc.).
- Brigham Young University Independent Study
Free online courses in family history and genealogy topics such as getting started, specific types of records, and regional/ethnic resources.
- Library of Congress Guides to Genealogical Research
Compiled for the beginning genealogist, this selected list of references includes introductory books about doing genealogical research and compiling a family history in the United States.
- Lineages.com Genealogy Info Center Articles for beginning genealogists, detailed information about different types of records, a genealogy reference library, and free searchable online databases.
Terms to Know
Indiana Genealogy & Historical Societies
U.S. & International Libraries & Organizations