Online Resources for Genealogy

Genealogy Clubs & Societies

posted May 17, 2017, 10:36 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Jul 5, 2017, 9:53 AM ]

Federation of Genealogical Societies - Representing the members of hundreds of genealogical societies across the United States and other nations, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is here to link the genealogical community and help its members grow. 

National Genealogical Society - To serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training, fostering increased quality and standards, and promoting access to and preservation of genealogical records.

Online Historical Indiana Plat Maps

posted Feb 1, 2017, 11:41 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Plat maps are wonderful, not only to jump-start the process by narrowing down when your ancestor owned the land, but to see at a glance who your ancestor's neighbors were (which is especially helpful when doing collateral research). 

Due to their large size and often fragile condition, historical plat maps for Indiana are not likely to have been digitized, so as a general rule you must visit local libraries and archives to view them. However, here are some notable exceptions.

Visit Indiana Genealogical Society Blog for more information. 

Immigration & Foreign Sources

posted Feb 1, 2017, 10:58 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:51 AM ]

American Family Immigration History Center® - Information on millions of ship passengers arriving at Ellis Island and the Port of New York can be accessed through this site: Just click the blue “Passenger Search” button in the upper right corner.

Association of European Migration Institutions  - An educational project of The Battery Conservancy. This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. More than 100 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period.

Jewish Genealogy - Affiliated with the Museum of Jewish Heritage, this site includes a discussion group, the Family Finder database of 400,000 surnames and towns, ShtetLinks for 200-plus communities and the Family Tree of the Jewish People, with data on nearly 4 million people. Regional special- interest groups range from Eastern Europe to Southern Africa.

National Archieves of Norway - The National Archives of Norway makes the list for its online 1801, 1865, 1875 and 1900 Norwegian censuses and its ongoing project to digitize 1.85 million pages of parish registers along with real-estate registers. And did we mention it's all free?

Roots Ireland - If you don't find your Irish family here, keep checking back—county genealogical research centers throughout the Emerald Isle are transcribing church registers, civil registrations (mostly 1864 to 1900 so far) and gravestone inscriptions here. Census returns include 1901 and 1911 plus extant records from 1821, 1834, 1841, 1884 and 1895. Searching is free; each transcribed record will cost you about $6.50.

Scotland's People - Searching the wills and testaments (1513 to 1901) and coats of arms (1672 to 1907) databases here is free. About $11 will get you record images in this official collection of statutory registers, old parish registers, censuses (1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901), births and baptisms (1553 to 1854, 1855 to 2006), marriages and banns (1553 to 1854, 1855 to 1933), and deaths (1855 to 2006).

Society of Genealogists, United Kingdom 

Oral History

posted Feb 1, 2017, 10:53 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:52 AM ]

How to do Oral History - Check out a comprehensive outline of the process of planning and recording an interview, including tips on how to ask questions, pinpointing problems, and self-evaluation.

Beginning Genealogy

posted Feb 1, 2017, 10:52 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Jul 5, 2017, 9:55 AM ]

20 Family History Resources 

Beginner's Guide to Starting A Family Tree - If you were to attend a beginner’s class on how to build your family tree online, it would almost certainly focus a lot on Classes for experienced genealogists would move beyond this to more obscure websites and specialized websites for certain types of genealogy. But, for beginners just getting started with conducting genealogy online, building their online family tree and doing it accurately are usually the main goals.  

History at Home: A Guide to GenealogyA listing of sites to start your search. 

NGS: Paths to your past - This video is optimized for viewing using a high-speed Internet connection.

Starting Your Research The basics for starting your genealogy search. 

Top 100 Genealogy Sites  

Military Resources

posted Feb 1, 2017, 10:45 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:53 AM ]

Military Indexes - This website is a directory of links to online military indexes and records for USA genealogy research. Included are rosters, databases of soldiers, draft card databases for World War I and II, and listings of military and war casualties. 

National Archives - Military Records - The National Archives site offers many resources for genealogists, and this article is a guide for researching military records.

Search Military Records - The extensive military collection on findmypast includes 3.6 million records from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Britain and the United States.  


posted Nov 22, 2013, 10:53 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Feb 1, 2017, 11:34 AM ]

A listing of over 160 million burial records world wide.  Cemeteries and gravesites are organized by location, claim to fame, date and numerous other categories.

Indiana Immigration Records

posted Sep 5, 2013, 5:46 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Feb 1, 2017, 11:35 AM ]

Allen County just added its naturalization records to the Indiana Digital Archives along with 40 other counties! Interested in Hoosier Immigration? Check it out at Indiana Digital Archives.

Birth & Death Certificates

posted Nov 1, 2012, 3:50 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Feb 1, 2017, 11:36 AM ]

Certified copies of birth and death certificates are available from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) by mail-in only or from the local health department in the county where the event occurred on a walk-in basis. All requests require proper identification and proof of relationship to the person whose record is being requested is required. Methods of payment and fees may vary. 

Visit the site below if you want/need to request a copy of a birth certificate (form 49607) or death certificate (form 49606) from the State of Indiana.

Indiana Department of Health - Vital Records

Following is the contact information and fees for the Starke County Health Department:

 Theresa Alexander, MD
53 East Washington Street
Knox, Indiana  46534

Phone:  574-772-9137
Fax:  574-772-8035

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 Birth Certificate - $10 / Copy - $10

Death Certificate - $10 / Copy - $10

Paternity Affidavit - $5

Genealogy Search - $10 for the first ten names,
$5 for each additional name

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