Other Online Resources

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.

Skidompha Collection

These non-newspaper scans are from our onsite collection and have been OCR indexed for ease of searching. New digital collections are being added all the time, so check back frequently to see what’s new! These archives are free to use and accessible to the public.  Digitized materials are available here.      Note:  The date fields are not functional in this portion of our archives.

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

Future Learn Genealogy Course

Six week free introductory course from the University of Strathclyde’s continuing education program started last week, but you can catch up!

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 www.familysearch.org 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.

 

 

 

Ancestry Library – PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS LINK IS ONLY FOR IN-LIBRARY USE AND WILL NOT FUNCTION FROM YOUR HOME.  Good news!  All library visitors can access the library version of ancestry (World Edition) on our computers or on your own laptop or tablet. Our computers have an icon which will take you directly to the site.  On your own laptop or tablet just connect to our Wifi “Skidompha Wireless” (see a librarian for the password) and then use the link shown above.