Basic Genealogical Websites

Major Links

FamilySearch - World's largest free family history site
Family History Digitized Books - Digitized from various major genealogical collections
Family History Research Wiki- Genealogical Word Lists for translations to English, research outlines, information on societies, etc.
Translator - Translate from foreign language to English
UsGenWeb Project - United States
WorldCat - Collections at Libraries

Death Related Links

Find A Grave - Graves in the USA and Canada
Obituaries -'s Obitfinder
Passenger Arrivals
Castle Garden - Passenger arrival search
Ellis Island - Passenger arrival search (Register for free)
Germans to America - Arrival search

People Locators - Minnesota Official Marriage System - Check for possible marriage, which may change name
Whitepages - US phone directory - Search by Person, Reverse Phone, Reverse Address - International phone directory

Selected Midwestern USA States

Minnesota Official Marriage System
The Peterson Chapel (Funeral Home) from 2011 to present - St. Michael-Albertville and Buffalo area
Dare's Funeral & Cremation Services - Elk River (Scroll down to locate past obits from A-Z)
Herald Journal Obituaries for - Dassel - Cokato - Delano

Outside the United States:


Surname Distribution Map - Austria



Calendar - Convert French Republican Calendar (Napoleon era) to Gregorian Calendar
French Word List - French to English

German Empire

Germany Genealogy Internet Portal - German genealogy site
Kartenmeister - Scroll down for German-Polish and Polish-German locality names and their church and civil records localities (not complete)
Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg - Digital images of some parish registers
Telephone Directory - Modern Germany
Handwriting (Click on Examples Box)
German Gazetteers & Maps
Baden - Not yet available online. May still be available on microfiche 6000833 at a family history center 
Bayern (Bavaria) - Digitized, but not yet available online
Search the index of the Prussian gazetteers:
Eifel Region - Five Counties - by Stephen S Barthel - Kreis Bitburg, Cochem, Daun, Prüm, and Wittlich - Note the church or civil (vital) records localities for village, then check type in the name of the records locality on
Eifel Region - Birth and Marriage Search by town - by Tom Pick - (Does not include all localities in the Eifel Region.)
Surname Distribution Map - Modern Germany
Map of the Former German Empire - Historical Maps - Scroll to grid map, enlarge map, select number in upper-right corner of desired map, scroll down further to select detailed map from selected number given in parenthesis.
Meyers Gazetteer - Type in name of Locality.



Modern Map - Poland
Meyers Gazetteer - Type in former German name of the locality
Under German Empire - see under GERMAN GAZETTEERS & MAPS
Deutsch-fremdsprachiges (fremdsprachig-deutsches) Ortsnamenverzeichnis. This name-change gazetteer is for areas lost from Germany to Poland after WWI, such as Posen, and further north.
Amtliches Gemeinde- und Ortsnamenverzeichnis der deutschen Ostgebiete unter fremder Verwaltung - for Schlesien (Silesia), which German lost after WWI. You may find this at family history centers on LDS microfiche 6053256 (not yet digitized). This type of gazetteer shows that Falkowitz, Kreis Oppeln, Silesia became “Germanized” to Falkendorf during the Hitler era, then changed to Fałkowice, Opole, Poland after WWII.
Kartenmeister - scroll the page and enter German or Polish info into appropriate field - incomplete.
Spis miejscowości Polskiej Rzeczypospolitej Ludowej is the standard gazetteer for Poland, used by catalogers at the Family History Library. It does not give parish jurisdictions.
Internet Polish Genealogical Source - Links to sites, databases, and other sources
Poznan Project - Database
Lublin Roots - Scroll the page for the parishes
Polish Genealogical Word List - Polish to English
Latin Genealogical Work List - Latin to English
German Genealogical Word List - German to English
Russian Genealogical Word List - Russian to English
(For German Handwriting Guide, see under German Empire)


Riksarkivet - (Digital Archives of Sweden)

Digitized Records from FamilySearch


Telephone Directory - To see where surnames are today

United Kingdom & Ireland




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