Helpful Tools for Genealogists
- Regional Genealogical Societies
- Research Aids
- Research Forms
- Directories of Links to Genealogy Resources
Genealogical societies are the best places to find like-minded individuals who would like to help others with their genealogical projects.
- Directory of
Michigan Historical and Genealogical Societies
Search or browse the directory to find societies in particular cities or regions across Michigan.
- Mid-Michigan Genealogical
The Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society is located in Lansing, MI. Their purpose is "to encourage and assist the study of family history" and "to publish materials of interest and use to genealogists". Find information on joining the Society, or on accessing the records published by the Society.
Society of Washtenaw County
The online presence of the genealogical society of Washtenaw County. Find information on how the society can aid an individual's genealogical project, membership information, and publications of the society. There are also extensive lists of links to various online records and resources.
- Western Michigan Genealogical
Find information on membership, resources, and events related to the society and to genealogy research.
A list of external links for information on how to research a genealogical project, where to start, what kind of records will be useful, and great places to find records online.
Foundation Historical Collection: Genealogy and Local History at the Library of
This page explains how to conduct genealogy research using the Library of Michigan and the Abrams Foundation Historical Collection at the Archives of Michigan, and links you to more research tools.
A site created by the Library and Archives of Canada, "offering genealogical content, services, advice, research tools and opportunities to work on joint projects". The opportunity to contact the Centre and request help locating an ancestor is another helpful feature.
- Everton Publishers
Offers a step-by-step instruction guide on genealogical research, from getting organized to presenting your research. Also offers free forms to download and links to help figure out how to solve a family tree mystery.
Started in Genealogy
A helpful guide to getting started with a genealogy project, which offer links to the most helpful internet resources for a particular aspect of a project. From Allen County Library, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Links to Michigan Resources
Find links to records, reference materials, historical societies and histories on Michigan. Created by the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.
An extensive guide to tracing family trees and on genealogy projects in general. Use RootsWeb.com and its partner, Ancestry.com, to begin searching online records straight from this site.
Saint Joseph County Public Library- Local History and Genealogy
More information on conducting a genealogy project, and learn how to access both physical and electronic records.
A list of external links to useful forms to keep a genealogical project organized.
Download the popular ancestral chart from Ancestry.com.
- Easy Genealogy
Download pedigree charts and family group sheets for free, from a genealogy researcher's website.
- Family Tree
Magazine- Download Forms
Download forms that will aid in the research and presentation of a genealogical project. The various forms record information on books or articles, tombstones or artifacts, census, people or families, and general research relevant to a project.
Genealogy forms created by genealogy researchers conducting their own project. The creators stress that their forms are easy and intuitive. Download family record sheets, pedigree charts, pedigree fan charts, general family relationships charts, various timeline charts, tracking cemeteries charts, research and correspondence logs.
Each of these websites has an extensive directory of links that cover any number of topic areas for genealogy research in general and for family history projects.
Historical Library Genealogy Page
Links back to the opening page for genealogy on this website. Connects patrons to resources and introduces patrons to topics specific to the University of Michigan and Washtenaw County.
- Cyndi's List
One of the largest directories for genealogists online. The site covers genealogy as a profession, links users to thousands of sites to find information and records across the globe, and helps users discover new methods and avenues of research. Search by keyword or browse by topic.
of Native American Genealogy Resources on the Internet
An extensive directory of many resources for conducting a Native American genealogy project using the internet. Links to both direct resources and to other websites that will help researchers interpret resources.
- Michigan Family History
Directory of links to many of the best Michigan genealogy pages online.
- Native American
Directory of links to Native American histories, records and reports related to genealogy, both online and in print.
- Passenger Ship lists
Action Donation Services has created a listing of many sites that contain passenger ship lists or databases of passengers coming to the United States.