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Genealogy Resources on the Internet


Illustration of a Family Crest with initials KGE and FHVCalifornia Room San Jose Public Library
Provides indexes to sources of information on many San Jose and Santa Clara County pioneers. See especially the California Room Database. 

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet 
One of the oldest and most comprehensive lists with weblinks to genealogy resources on the Internet. Includes a webpage for every state in the United States and almost every country in the world.  Links to both free and subscription genealogy websites.

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter 
A very fine online genealogy newsletter by a nationally known and highly respected professional genealogist.  This newsletter helps you keep tabs on new genealogy web content, conferences and events, and more.

Ellis Island Passenger Arrival Records 
Launched on April 17, 2001, this free website contains passenger list details for 24.1 million arrivals occurring from 1892 to 1924.  Besides immigrants, passengers included international travelers, U.S. Citizens, and ship crews.

Family History Library Catalog
Provides online access to the catalog of the world's largest genealogy library, the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Search for records about your ancestors that have been scanned by the LDS by using

Find a Grave  Hosts over 76 millions records, 400,000 cemeteries represented in over 200 countries. Some have obituaries attached to entry.

Google Books Search
Google is digitizing large parts of the book collections of several major university libraries, including Stanford. A surprising number of genealogy and local history books have been digitized.

Google News Archive Browse and explore information from historical newspaper archives dating back over 200 years, These include issues of San Jose Evening News back to 1930 and San Jose News back to 1926.

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
On the internet since 1998, the ISTG website is the work of hundreds of volunteers who have transcribed over 12,000 passenger manifests. Besides passenger records, the website also has maritime newspaper articles and ethnic information.

Library of Congress Local History & Genealogy Reading Room
Provides a wealth of weblinks and information on navigating the genealogical books and resources available in the Library of Congress. Search the Library of Congress Online Catalog.

National Archives -- Military Records 
The National Archives guide to genealogy research in military records.

National Archives -- Pacific Region
Historical records of the United States government. The National Archives has its Pacific Region branch in San Bruno.

Newspaper Archives Online List on Wikipedia provides a list with weblinks arranged by Country and for the United States a State by State sublist of both free and pay wall blocked online newspaper archives. For California, UC Riverside is host to the California Digital Newspaper Collection which contains over 400,000 pages of significant historical California newspapers published from 1846-1922, including California's first daily California newspaper, the Daily Alta California.

One-Step Search Tools by Stephen P. Morse 
Started as a one-step search tool for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database, this website now offers dozens of tools for researching passenger records, census records, and vital records.

Santa Clara County Archives
In October 2006, the County of Santa Clara established a public archive for its historical records. Volunteers have created online indexes on this website to some of the records retained by this archive including the:

  • County Coroner Inquests Collection
  • County Photographer's Collection
  • County Probate Cases Collection
  • County Naturalization Indexes
  • County Survey Collection
  • County Wills Collection.

Santa Clara Family History Center 
The local branch of the Salt Lake Family History Library is located at 875 Quince Avenue in Santa Clara on the north side of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Please visit their Family Search Wiki page for full details including hours of operation, contact information, services and collections.

Sutro Library
This is the Genealogy branch of the California State Library.

The U.S. GenWeb Project
Provides a Web link to each state in the United States and from each state's Web site to every county in the United States. A dedicated group of volunteers throughout the country works to monitor, create and provide Web sites for genealogical research.

The World GenWeb
The World GenWeb Project is a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to providing access to genealogical and historical records and resources all over the world.

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