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Genealogy/Family History Toolbox

A collection of resources related to genealogy and family history research.

Websites Immigration Downloadable Genealogy Forms Online Records/Indexes Blogs
Tips and Tricks Sources, Citations & Methodology Writing Family History Terminology Genealogy Software


General Resources

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

FamilySearch All Published Record Collections (to sort by most recent, click on last updated)

FamilySearch Wiki Research Guides by Country

FamilySearch Getting Started

Getting Started in Genealogy and Family History (GENUKI)

University of Strathclyde Library Genealogy Libguide

Federation of Genealogical Societies

Federation of Family History Societies

One-Step Search pages – Stephen Morse

Virtual Genealogical Association


British Columbia

British Columbia Genealogical Society

Genealogy and Family History at Vancouver Public Library

Genealogy and Family History at Surrey Public Library (Cloverdale Branch)



Library and Archives CanadaGenealogy and Family History

Pier 21

Points to the Pastaccess from


Canadian Civil Registrations Searchable Online Data

Digitized Canadian Newspapers (scroll down past US links)

Maple Stars and Stripes Canadian Genealogy Podcast (show notes are included)

Canadian War Museum Military Research Guides

Beginner’s guide to online Canadian historical images

The Prisoners of Kingston PenLinda Yip (Past Presence)

Webinar: Records of No. 2 Construction BattalionLibrary and Archives Canada – covers WWI military records and how to use them

Historical Parish RegistersArchdiocese of Toronto


United States

American Ancestors

NARAStart your genealogy research


The United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales) and Ireland

National Archives Family History Research Guide

GENUKIUnited Kingdom and Ireland Genealogy

Registrations Districts in England and Wales

Free UK Genealogy

National Library of Scotland Family History Research Guide

Irish Genealogy

Emerald Ancestors

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

National Archives of Ireland – Genealogy

Family Research 2016 – National Archives of Ireland

Irish Genealogy Toolkit

Irish Genealogy Project


National Library of WalesHelp with your Family History Research


Immigration (Back to top of page)

Ellis Island

National Library of Scotland – Emigration and passenger lists

Pier 21 Family History Centre

Researching Your Family’s History from Ships Passenger Lists


Downloadable Genealogy Forms (Back to top of page)

Charts and Forms – Ancestry Library

Misc Forms and Charts

Free Charts & TemplatesNational Genealogical Society

Downloads from The Shy Genealogist (Excel forms)

One-Page Research Form at the Andersonology blog


Online Records/Indexes (Back to top of page) (Free) / / / / Free Index Collections / FindMyPast FREE collections (Free)

AfriGeneas (Free) (Free index transcriptions)

Australian Women’s Register (index)


Blogs (Back to top of page)

31 Days to Better GenealogyAmy Johnson Crow

The Armchair GenealogistLynn Palermo

Canada’s Anglo-Celtic ConnectionsJohn D Reid

Eastman’s Online Genealogy NewsletterDick Eastman

Finding your Canadian StoryCandice McDonald

Genealogy à la carte Gail Dever

Heartland GenealogyMarcia Philbrick

The Legal GenealogistJudy Russell

Fortify your Family TreeDiAnn Iamarino

Olive Tree Genealogy BlogLorine McGinnis Schulze

The Parchment Rustler – Dr Sophie Kay

Past PresenceLinda Yip

Seeing the Wood for the TreesPhil Isherwood


Tips and Tricks (Back to top of page)

Automated Searches: Shortcut or Cheat? (using the Hints feature)

Finding your Canadian Story – Parish Records on Canadiana

Family Search – Tips and Tricks

FindMyPast – 20 things to do when you’re stumped

Focused Family Research – Genealogy Search Tips And Tricks For Beginners And Everyone Else!

The Family History Guide – Discover

Genealogy Explained – Genealogical Proof Standard

Library and Archives Canada blog – How to search for Enfranchisement Records

Leaves Family History Research Service – 8 Tips to get you started

Once Removed – Genealogically Limiting Factors

ThoughtCo. – Google Genealogy Style

Society of Genealogists – Hints & Tips

Yvette Hoitink  (Dutch Genealogy Blog) – Seven ways to find sources on FamilySearch


Sources/Citations & Methodology (Back to top of page)

Sources and Citations

Adding Source Citations to Roots Magic

Citations: A Guide to Creating Proper Source Citations – St. Louis Genealogical Society

Customizing TMG TM Source Templates My Way @MJH (citation examples included – useful even for non-users of the software)

Evidence Explained – Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage Sample QuickCheck Models

Evidence Explained – Ten Citation Commandments for Intimidated Souls

Genealogists’ Guide to Documentation and Citing Sources

Genealogy Source Citations for Those You Dislike Source CitationsDevon Noel Lee

Genealogy Source Citations SimplifiedLisa Stokes

Occasional GenealogistHow Do I Know a Genealogy Source is Correct?

Occasional GenealogistQuestions for Evaluating Genealogical Evidence

Occasional Genealogist – The Truth About Citing your Sources for Genealogy

Sources & Citations Series – References & Guidance for Citations

Understanding Genealogical Sources – Phil Isherwood

University of Strathclyde Masters (MSc), Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies Referencing guide (direct download)



Asking the Right Question: Parts One, Two, and ThreeDr. Sophie Kay

Lost in Genealogy: seven steps to battling biasDr. Sophie Kay

Mind the GapDr Sophie Kay

Walking in their Footsteps: maps and the family historianDr. Sophie Kay


Writing Family History (Back to top of page)

10 Steps to writing your Family History

Family History Starter Guide: Writing your family history

To Write or Not to Write: Respecting Privacy in Family-History Storytelling

Write Now!: How to write & share a compelling family history by Karen Inster Vance


Terminology/Glossaries (Back to top of page)

Family Tree Encyclopedia

A Glossary of Genealogical Terms (Family Search)

A Glossary of Genealogical Terms (Ancestry)

Glossary of Terms (Capital Area Genealogical Society, Harrisburg, PA)

Lee County Genealogical Society – Terminology and Definitions

Old Medical Terms for use by Genealogists

Old Occupation Names


Genealogy Software (Back to top of page)

3 reasons to have personal genealogy software and how to choose

Compare Genealogy Software Programs

How to choose the best genealogy software

Which genealogy software should I use?

Best genealogy software

Desperately seeking genealogy software: a guide to finding your perfect match


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