Genealogy Programs

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While the Library is Closed to In-Person Programming

Free Online Research Sites

Family Search

You set up an account, but it is free. Has some, but not all, of the same records as Ancestry, and also has some unique records. Highly recommended for researching documents. Trees placed on this site are not private and may contain unsourced information.  Search > Records

The Ancestor Hunt 

The Ancestor Hunt – this site contains newspaper links to many free digital newspaper sites in every US State and Canadian Province, plus a small amount of information on Australian, Caribbean, and Europe.

Ancestry Library Edition and My Heritage via Digital Maine – NOW AVAILABLE FROM HOME!

The Digital Maine Library provides every resident of Maine with access to online resources that include a collection of full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference. It also provides students, business people, public library patrons, and higher education students and educators the ability to use online learning tools.  This is also your portal for accessing NOW FROM YOUR OWN HOME Ancestry Library edition and  My Heritage, genealogical databases, free for those in Maine/  Search > Genealogy    Choose Ancestry Library or My Heritage and enjoy your family history research!  Other wonderful links of note from this site:  Maine Memory Network and Digital Maine Repository.

Online Learning – These sites have some free, some paid webinars.

Family Tree Webinars

From the makers of Legacy genealogy software, offering 29 sessions of 22 different live webinars each on a specific date and time, between July 1 and September 15 (free, sign up required) and many pre-recorded webinars to watch anytime (in various languages even!) For pre-recorded webinars, go to the link shown above, then click on Webinar Library on the toolbar

To give you a sense of what’s available, here’s my personal list of a few pf these free live webinars that I hope to watch: Dissection a Civil War Pension Packet – Union and Confederate; Using DNA to Solve Adoption and Unknown Parentage Mysteries; 50 More Websites Every Genealogist Should Know; Researching a Loyalist Soldier; Researching German-Austrian Families; Using Chromosome Browsers, Segment Data and Triangulation.  For the free prerecorded webinars, two caught my eye:  Jewish Ethnicity and DNA:  History, Migration, and Genetics; What are the Odds? An Online Tool that can Help Solve DNA Puzzles.

American Ancestors Online Classes

This site is part of the New England Historic Genealogical Society; some of their next free (sign up required) webinars are:
July 7 Women in 19th Century American Bookbinderies
July 9 What’s New at 
July 10  The Scottish Architects Who Changed the World
July 23  Searching the Register on
August 11  Gretchen Sorin with “Driving While Black” 
August 14  Speed, Style & the English Country House 
August 25  Jews in the Catskills During and After the Holocaust 
September 11  All Roads Lead to London 
[Note that is a subscription-based site, so these 3 webinars are free, but researching on the site is not.]

Future Learn Genealogy Course

Six week free introductory course from the University of Strathclyde’s continuing education program available now!

Family Search Research Wiki

This site has nearly 100,000 articles to guide you to websites, research strategies, records & resources! You set up a free account at and then can use the above Wiki site directly with this link or from the main page: Search > Research Wiki. Keyword search by location, record type, etc.

Cyndi’s List

This is an extensive list which guides you to other sites with records & resources.  Over 20 years, genealogist Cyndi Ingle has created a “card catalog” to the vast amount of genealogical resources available online. It is categorized and cross-referenced for easier use. Cyndi was to be the speaker at the Maine Genealogical Society’s Spring Conference, but like most gatherings, that has had to be cancelled.

A Genealogist’s Guide to Tracing People from Our Past

This new suggestion comes from a family who found our Skidompha “other online resources” page and got busy researching their own family history online and via phone interviews. They’ve recommended this site as a good addition to our resources list, saying “it’s loaded with information from beginners tips, a wide variety of documentation tips, and preservation tips.”

New York City History: Ellis Island

We are grateful for this new addition to our list which came as a suggestion from someone who has used this pandemic time to begin their family history journey.  The page includes some background history on Ellis Island and then compiles a list wonderful links regarding Ellis Island and other topics related to immigration history.  This page was created by a lawyer.  Including this link to his New York City History: Ellis Island page and its links does not constitute a recommendation of any sort by Skidompha Library or staff, past, present or future, about this law firm or its partners and employees.  Also, be aware that not all immigrants came through Ellis Island; many came earlier than it opened and may have come through the earlier immigration and processing center, Castle Garden in New York, which operated 1 August 1855 – 31 December 1891.