General Websites - Good starting places to find specific tools - If you can think of a print tool, there's a good chance that a similar type of tool is available somewhere on the Internet.
Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society "The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS) strives to preserve African-ancestored family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity by teaching research techniques and disseminating information throughout the community. Our primary goals are to promote scholarly research, provide resources for historical and genealogical studies, create a network of persons with similar interests, and assist members in documenting their histories."
Cyndi's List "What is Cyndi's List? A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet. A list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online. A free jumping-off point for you to use in your online research. A "card catalog" to the genealogical collection in the immense library that is the Internet. Your genenealogical research portal onto the Internet. More than 101,500 links!" There is some advertising to keep the freebies coming and a lot of information to delve through.
Genealogy.com "Genealogy.com gives you the tools and resources you need to discover your family story." This is a commercial site with a lot of free information. There is also a point at which it is no longer free - ie. commercial. There is a "first steps" section for beginning genealogists.
Hispanic Genealogical Society "Our Hispanic Genealogical Club was formed to help foster Knowledge, Training, Help and Pride in the Search of Our Ancestors. We offer Data Bases on families of Northern Mexico, South Texas, California, and New Mexico." -- from the site's main page, 7-12-04. Sponsored by a commercial site, there are items for sale. "Funds raised though conventions, memberships, and book sales go to purchase Hispanic Genealogy books, data bases and are donated to the Clayton Library for Genealogical Research, here in Houston, Texas."
Historical and Genealogical Societies of the United States A page filled with links to a wide variety of contacts for those doing genealogical research. Includes lists by state, searches by category (i.e. Libraries, Cemeteries, Churches ....), Ethnic Societies, National Societies and a few commercial links. If you are traveling to do research this site may give you some additional stops.
Jewish Genealogy "Avotaynu, Inc. is the leading publisher of information and products of interest to persons who are researching Jewish genealogy and Jewish family history. Getting started tracing your Jewish family history? Avotaynu has a five-minute guide to Jewish genealogy research for you." This commercial site does sell information of interest to genealogists, but there are many free goodies including subscription to a newsletter.
National Archives & Records Administration Genealogy Page : Lists genealogical resources available through NARA. Gives list of other web resources at end of page.
National Genealogical Society "The National Genealogical Society is a service organization that: leads and educates the national genealogical community; Continues to assist members in tracing family histories since being founded in 1903; Serves over 17,000 members including individuals, families, genealogical societies, family associations, libraries, and other related institutions." ... from the Mission Statement.
The National Obituary Archive™ "The National Obituary Archive™ is the world's largest repository of obituaries and death records with more than 55 million individual entries on file. Visitors may search the archive freely to learn about the deaths of friends or family or to explore relationships when building family trees or doing genealogical research. Funeral directors across North America serve as Contributing Members to help us publish obituaries based on information provided by families. We also use information from international news organizations to report the most prominent deaths of the day. In addition to archival records from funeral homes and our own staff research, many historical archives are based on Social Security Administration files and other verified public records. To improve the completeness and accuracy of our archive, we encourage families and those familiar with one or more names in our records to correct any errors they find and to purchase lasting, illustrated memorials to replace the basic data from official sources. New names are added to the National Obituary Archive™ repeatedly throughout the day." ...from their website.
Rand Genealogy Club A variety of genealogy information, links, and discussion forums.
Roots Web Collection of research tools to find information and people who can assist with your research.
Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research "[A] Non-profit, Non-political, Non-sectarian, All volunteer service organization to promote Hispanic Family History Research." -- from the main page. Under the AOL umbrella, this site has several links including hints for the beginning researcher, a calendar of events, and subscription to a free online newsletter.
VietnamGenWeb "This website was designed to assist researchers in their quest for their ancestry in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam." This page provides some information on Vietnam but currently (8-20-01) not a lot of genealogical information. Perhaps it will grow. They are looking for help.
Local Area Websites - Starting places for local area information
HPL list of genealogy resources online A list of selected Internet resources compiled by Houston Public Library.
Clayton Library for Genealogical Research A branch of the Houston Public Library, this is a well-know research center for genealogists. An on-line look through their collections may make a trip to Houston more valuable.
Southeast Texas Genealogical and Historical Society Information about SETGHS, its members, and contact information for over 500 ancestor chart surnames.
GenWeb Project - Jefferson County Providing links to local message boards, a Southeast Texas bibliography, lists & locations of cemeteries & funeral homes (some have online listings)
Types of Tools
Mailing Lists - Send an email to a single address and everyone subscribed to the list receives the email. Archives are frequently searchable. Genealogy lists are often organized by surname, location, or topic.
Message Boards - Think of an electronic bulletin board organized by date that the message was posted. Also searchable and organized by surname, location, or topic.
Databases - Databases are searchable collections of information such as web page indexes, birth/death information or any other type of information you can imagine.
Software - A lot of software is available for free online and can be downloaded.
Port Arthur News Obituary Index Obituary Index for the Port Arthur News available from Febuary 1, 1969 - current year. Compiled by volunteers, we hope to keep the page within one year of the current date and to continue working back through the 1960s.
Social Security Death Index List of deaths and social security numbers for individuals listed in the U. S. Social Security Administration's Death Master File (98% of deaths recorded are from 1962 to present).
Tombstone Transcription Project Volunteer project listing recordings of transcriptions on tombstones.
HeritageQuest (TexShare Database @ Port Arthur Public Library): Go to "TexShare Databases", then find "HeritageQuest" in alphabetic order. Select In-Library or Remotely (with a Port Arthur Public Library card). Contains US Federal Census Records from 1790-1930 and 25,000+ family and local history books (every word searchable).
Texas Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 (TexShare Database @ Port Arthur Public Library): Go to "TexShare Databases", then find "Texas Digital Sanborn Maps" in alphabetic order.Select In-Library or Remotely (with a Port Arthur Public Library card). Sanborn fire insurance maps frequently indicate street layout, construction details, building use, factory owners, pipelines, railroads, wells, dumps and more.
The following is not an On-Line resource. It may be searched on Library computers:
Family Treemaker CDs (Available @ Port Arthur Public Library) Census Indexes, Miscellaneous Family Genealogies (1600-1900), Marriage Indexes, Revolutionary & Civil War Military Records, Birth Records, SSDI, Church Records, Land Records, Mayflower Vital Records, Immigrants & Passenger Lists Indexes