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Top 11 FREE genealogy websites

1. Look for state specific blogs:

Dead Librarian Blog; or the Upstate New York Genealogy blog

2. Rootsweb:

3. Check out local public Libraries, for example:

a. Monroe County [NY] Public Library:

b. Richland Library [SC] genealogy resources:

4. Sciway genealogy [SC]: (links to SC Genweb sites)

5. Atlas of Historical County Boundaries:

6. Internet Archive (digital library of free books and collections):

7. Look for digitized local newspapers, for example:

a. Fulton County [NY] Newspapers:

b. Chronicling America:

c. Google News Archive:

Spartanburg Herald:

Sumter Item:

Herald Independent (Winnsboro):

Horry County News:

Browseable list of newspaper titles:

8. Archives:

a. NARA:

b. Georgia Archive:

c. NC State Archive:

d. National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections:

9. NetroOnline: public records database

10. Historical census browser: (Examine state and county topics for individual census years.)

11. Special thanks to Ms. Phillips class for bringing this site to my attention (and for letting me know this post was helpful!): History at Home: A guide to Genealogy . The site provides an extensive list of resources to start many family history side projects from oral histories to researching family businesses.