African American Genealogy Records from FamilySearch – Provides free access to valuable African American historical records. Including; United States, Civil War Service Records of Union Colored Troops, 1863-1865 Freedmans Bank Records, 1865-1874, Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages, 1815-1869 Virginia, Freedmen’s Bureau Letters, 1865-1872 You can also search for your African American ancestors in their census, vital, and other historical records.
From Access Genealogy – African American records are much more difficult to find due to the scant nature of record keeping for blacks prior to the Civil War. They have modeled this center much like they have for Native Americans, whose research can also be hampered by the available records. The links within provide an accurate reflection of what African American genealogy is available online.
African American Genealogy – from the National Archives.
American Family Immigration History Center – from the Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation, search millions of immigration records from 1892-1924, learn about the immigrant experience, make a donation, start a family history scrapbook, etc.
Ancestry.com – over 250 million names in existing family trees, more than 100,00 records added daily. Trial membership available, advanced information requires a PAID subscription. African American section. **Available for free from within the Portsmouth Public Library**
Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet – Hundreds of thousands of links related to genealogy, organized and cross-referenced in over 100 categories. This site is one of the richest resources for genealogy studies.
Familysearch.org – This Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) site has a search engine for over 35 million names in its “vast record collections,” including its Ancestral File and International Genealogical Index, census and other vital statistics sources, and a directory of family history websites. Also provides genealogical search advice. Free registration allows additions of websites, family record retention in the LDS vault, email list access, and other services.
JewishGen – The primary Internet source connecting researchers of Jewish genealogy. The most popular parts are its Discussion Group, Family Finder (a database of over 60,000 surnames and towns), Infofiles (comprehensive directory of information resources, organized by both topic and country) and a variety of other databases like the ShtetlSeeker. This excellent site also contains information on genealogical techniques and allows you to search by country as well as by topic, such as Holocaust, Immigration, Sephardic, Libraries and Archives, etc.
National Archives: Genealogists/Family Historians – [This] “website’s focus is on articles and information on how to conduct in-person research in the different types of records, along with finding aids, such as microfilm indexes.”
PolishRoots®: The Polish Genealogy Source – Searchable directory of “materials of interest to those researching their Polish ancestry.” Although the site focuses on genealogical resources (for example, surname search, online forum, databases), it will be of interest to anyone looking for information about Polish history, customs, geography, and heraldry. Includes links to information in both English and Polish.
Portsmouth Public Library Esther Murdaugh Wilson Memorial Room – Located in the main library at 601 Court Street, this room holds books, yearbooks, scrapbooks, primary documents, family genealogy records, wills, deeds & Census records on microfiche and much more historical information pertaining to Portsmouth, VA and the surrounding areas.
RootsWeb – “The oldest and largest FREE genealogy site, sponsored by Ancestry.com”. Search, family trees, message boards, research templates, tools, links and more.
USGenWeb Project – This comprehensive site provides links to all the state genealogy Web sites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties. They also sponsor Special Archiving Projects that include putting all U.S. census data online; Tombstone Transcription Project; tracking single lineage; and genealogy for children. In addition, there is an excellent guide to doing genealogy research that also includes such information as caring for old documents; repairing old books; preserving old photographs; and publishing your results.
UVA Library: Genealogical Resources – A genealogical guide by the University at Virginia, revised and updated to include not only the most recent genealogical materials in print acquired by the University Library, but also to include important online sources from the plethora of genealogical materials now available through the Internet. In addition, I have introduced a new section with Help for Beginning Genealogists, pointing out a few useful sources that will help them start out correctly.
WorldGenWeb Project – This online resource for international genealogists “is a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to providing genealogical and historical records and resources for world-wide access.” Divided into eleven world regions, it is searchable by countries, provinces, states, and other administrative divisions.