Genealogy Internet Resources at FSPL

Arkansas/Oklahoma Resources | General Genealogy Resources | Genealogy Sites for Other Groups
How to Find People on the Internet | Libraries and Other Sites of Interest
Native American Genealogy Resources | Southern Genealogy Resources

If none of these resources provide what you are looking for, try out the following subject guides and search engines.

General Genealogy Resources

Ancestors The site for the popular PBS television show includes, among other things, new genealogy tips each month, blank pedigree charts and other forms you can download, and a guide to libraries and other genealogy resources by state. Although you must be a subscriber in order to access the full site, is worth a look. The site contains online newsletters and information about genealogy, tips for beginners, and more. Each day a genealogical database is provided that non-subscribers can search for free.
NOTE: If you are at any one of the library's four locations, you might want to try Ancestry: Library Edition to which FSPL has a subscription. It provides a much wider range of resources but, due to Ancestry's contractual restrictions, it must be accessed on-site through our Online Databases page.

Ancient Faces Browse old family photographs by surname or search by keyword, name, date, or location.

Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States Land Patent Records Site This is a site created by the Bureau of Land Management. The site provides "live database and image access to more than two million federal land title records for the Eastern Public Land States, dating back to 1820." You can search Federal Land Patents databases and request certified Land Patent reports from this site.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet A very comprehensive list of links to all kinds of Internet resources for genealogy. The links are arranged into categories such as adoption, cemeteries, heraldry, military resources and more. Links can also be viewed by geographical location there is a link to Cyndi's list of Arkansas genealogy sites online in the Arkansas Resources section of this page.

DAR Patriot Lookup - Fill out this search form and the DAR will search its database of proven Revolutionary patriots. The request and resulting search are free.

Dead Fred: The Original Genealogy Photo Archive - "a free, fun web site devoted to helping you visualize your heritage! Our searchable database contains thousands of identified photos as well as mystery photos for genealogy enthusiasts looking for long-lost relatives."

Genealogy on MSNBC Find information about the science of genealogy; you can also access a beginner's guide to genealogy, links to helpful pages, ideas to help you get started, and more.

FamilySearch Online Now you can search for your ancestral roots by using the online version of FamilySearch. This is a test site, which means it may not work all the time.'s Genealogy Dictionary a handy tool for looking up genealogy words and phrases.

GenServ An online genealogy database containing GEDCOM files on over 350,000 surnames. You can search their sample database for free, but you must be a subscriber to gain full access to their files.

Helm's Genealogy Toolbox is a well-organized, helpful site. It includes many online genealogy resources. You can view information organized by state, by the surname you're interested in, or by general subject category.

I Found It This genealogy search engine allows you to search its database of genealogy sites for information. For instance, you can search for a surname or a ship name, and find out which genealogy sites have the information you're looking for.

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild Provides online access to the passenger lists of many ships carrying immigrants to the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. You can search for passenger lists by name of ship, port of departure or arrival, or by date.

Name Distributions Using samplings from Social Security Card applications, this site lists the most popular baby names, from every decade, between 1880 and the present. It's an interesting site that is worth a look.

The National Archives and Record Administration's Genealogy Page includes explanations of how to get government records, an online Soundex machine, and several microfilm catalogs.

National Genealogy Society Information about the society, how to join, resources available through the NGS, and more can be found here.

Professional Genealogists Provides contact information for professional genealogists all over the world, sorted by the genealogist's specialty. This is a good site to visit if you need some genealogical research done.

RootsWeb is the home base of the Roots-L listserv, a mailing list for people interested in genealogy. RootsWeb contains links to Roots-L archives, a library of useful text files, oral history questions, and links to genealogy sites on the Internet.

United States Historical Census Data Browser get census information from 1790 to 1970 through this site.

U.S. Census Bureau has a list of frequently-occurring surnames from the 1990 census.

U.S. GenWeb is a volunteer-run service that attempts to use the Internet to provide contacts and links to state-specific resources, as well as U.S. genealogy resources in general.

U.S. Surname Distribution Enter your surname and you can see the distribution of people who have the same surname. Data from the 1850, 1880, and 1920 census, as well as 1990s phone books, is used to create the distribution.

Vital Records Information information on how to obtain vital records (including birth, marriage and death certificates) from any state or territory in the United States.

Yahoo's Genealogy Sites include links to beginner's guides, organizations, products and services, regional resources, and much more. (Sites Yahoo thinks are cool are marked with a sunglasses icon.)

Arkansas and Oklahoma Genealogy Resources

Arkansas Genealogical Society A group of people interested in finding information about their Arkansas ancestors. Information about upcoming events, how to join, publications, and more is available.

Cyndi's list of Genealogical Resources on the Internet for Arkansas is a helpful resource, containing information about Arkansas-based genealogy Web pages, Arkansas maps, records, and genealogy groups, and more. Well worth the visit. Check out Cyndi's list of Oklahoma resources, too.

Federal Land Records for Arkansas Maintained by the Arkansas chapter of USGenweb, these are the pre - 1908 homestead and bounty land patents for the state of Arkansas, sorted by county.

Freedmen of the Frontier a resource for people interested in the history and genealogy of African Americans in Fort Smith. Includes some marriage and death records, among other interesting information.

NARA's Archive Research Catalog (ARC) includes two data collections of particular interest to students of Fort Smith history under the Native American and Court Records links. The Index to the Final Rolls (Dawes) includes descriptions of 52,000 Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole applications for enrollment in the Five Civilized Tribes between 1898 and 1914. Also included are the Fort Smith, Arkansas: 50,000 Criminal Case Files database which contains descriptions of criminal files of the U.S. District Court for the Fort Smith Division of the Western District of Arkansas.

Oklahoma Indian -- Pioneer Histories These Indian and Pioneer histories were done by the WPA in OK and the full text is now available on-line. The site is maintained by Oklahoma GenWeb.

OKLAHOMBRES Online "Dedicated to the careful, correct research and preservation of lawman and outlaw history." Contains some interesting information, including lists of known lawmen in Oklahoma Territory and in Indian Territory.

The Sebastian County GenWeb Project contains information about local research resources, as well as links to Arkansas and U.S. genealogical Web sites. If you wish, you can bypass the Sebastian County GenWeb page and go directly to the U.S. GenWeb Project.

Southwest Oklahoma Genealogy Society This home page for SWOGS contains information about members' genealogy queries, how to find information in the Federal Tract Books of Oklahoma, how to contact members of the society, and more.

Southern Genealogy Resources

Memphis/Shelby County Library Genealogy Department (Tennessee) The Memphis/Shelby County Library has placed some of their death and burial records in a searchable online database. Information about their genealogy collection as well as some history of the city of Memphis can also be found at this informative site.

Native American Genealogy Resources

Cyndi's List of Native American Genealogy Sites on the Internet This site lists Native American resources on the Internet by categories. It's well worth a look. Includes links to U.S. Genweb sites for several tribes.

History of the Cherokee This helpful site provides links to a wealth of information about Cherokee genealogy.

Native American Sites This site lists Native American sites on the World Wide Web. Not limited to genealogy sites.

Genealogy Sites for Other Countries and Ethnic Groups

African American
African-American Genealogy Resources on the Internet A detailed list of links for people interested in African-American genealogy, provided by Cyndi Howell.

AfriGeneas African Ancestored Genealogy. Includes a beginner's guide, links to resources by state, country and world, census records & slave data, and more.

Christine's Genealogy Websites provides links to many African-American genealogy resources and information on the Internet.

Freedmen of the Frontier a resource for people interested in the history and genealogy of African Americans in Fort Smith. Includes some marriage and death records, among other interesting information.

Cyndi's List of Hispanic Internet Sites contains links to many sites of interest to people researching their Hispanic roots.

Italian Genealogy Homepage Includes many helpful resources such as the Italian Surname Database, doing genealogical research in Italy, ten useful tips for doing Italian genealogical research, and an Italian Genealogy Toolbox.

JewishGen: Your Guide to Jewish Genealogical Research Provides searchable access to several databases, including one of towns and surnames that are currently being researched. You can read through past messages posted to the JewishGen Discussion Group, as well as gain access to many Jewish resources in Europe and in the United States. This is an excellent site.

Jewish Marriage Contracts This collection of ketubbot (marriage contracts) "is one of the largest in the world (over 1200 items). It contains ketubbot from dozens of different countries, covering a time period of over 900 years."

United Kingdom
Celtic Net Scottish Clan Reference -- The Scottish Clan List provides information such as the family crest and slogan for many different Scottish clans.

GENUKI An extensive, volunteer-run site that covers genealogy in the UK and in Ireland. Similar to the U.S. GenWeb project, and worth a look if you have ancestors from the UK.

Irish Ancestors If you're looking for ancestors in Ireland, here's a good place to start.

UK Genealogy Information and links for England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland genealogy resources, as well as surname lists, mailing lists and more.

Libraries and Other Sites of Interest

LDS Family History Library This is a link to the Church of the Latter Day Saints in Utah. You can find the location of the Family History center near you, read about the resources available at the Family History Library and Centers, and even get some basic tips on how to do genealogy research.

Library of Congress' American Memory Page The Library of Congress, along with its partners, is working to present original historical materials to the general public through the World Wide Web. This is an interesting place to browse through.

Other Sites
Heraldica: Francois Velde's Heraldry Site discusses different aspects of heraldry. It includes a bibliography on heraldry, the origins of heraldry, heraldry of different groups of people and individuals, and even includes a section on imaginary heraldry! Links to other Internet sites about Heraldry are also provided.

Finding People on the Internet

Are you looking for a long-lost friend or relative, or just curious about how many people have the same surname as you? There are several Internet services that can help you. If you're worrying about whether the information they have on you is correct, never fear. All of the services allow you to register with them so that you can update your information as necessary.

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