General Sources

Rootsweb - a good place to start searching for family names and other people researching the same families you are.

USGenweb Project - provides geographical access to genealogical information.

WorldGenWeb - provides geographical access to worldwide genealogical information.

Family Search - the genealogy site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons). You can check the information they have indexed including the 1880 federal census, check information others have submitted, and check to see what records have been microfilmed.

Richmond Memorial Library is an Affiliate Library with Family Search. Microfilm and microfiche can be ordered and sent to the library for your use. Images can be printed, emailed, or saved to a flash drive for future reference.

Family Search Wiki - The Family Search Wiki is a large, on-line library where users can find thousands of articles and how-to insturctions about doing family history.

Family History Archives - collection of published genealogy and family history books.  Histories of families, county and local histories, how to books on genealogy, genealogy magazines and periodicals.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - Cyndi Howell provides over 328,000 links to all types of useful genealogy sites on the Internet.

A One-Step Portal for On-Line Genealogy - Steve Morse provides alternate ways to search some of the most popular genealogy websites, including Ellis Island and Castle Garden. There are also links for people searches.

Live Roots - a specialized search engine that assists you with locating genealogical resources, including both those that are accessible online and others which may require assistance from another researcher.

Genealogy - an excellent genealogy site sponsored by the National Archives.

Archives Library Information Center - another excellent National Archives genealogy site. Don't forget to also check the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Heritage Quest - published family histories, Periodical Source Index (Persi), Revolutionary War Pension & Bounty Land Warrant Applications, Freedman's Bank Records.

Portions of Ancestry.com pertaining to New York , are free to NY state residents. The New York State Archives partnered with Ancestry to digitize some NY state records of interest to genealogists. This access requires a free Ancestry.com New York account. You will have free access only to the records available through Ancestry.com New York, not to the entire Ancestry database.

War of 1812 Pension Records - pension records provide a window into unique information of our ancestors and you might find military service details, death information, and other possible records. This database is not yet complete.

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System - over 6.3 million names from both North and South. Includes regimental histories.

Our Military Heritage - includes pension files, service records, journals, histories, discharge papers, and rolls of honor. This site is not yet complete.

USGS Geographic Names Information System - look up those hard to find places in the United States and link to maps pinpointing their locations.

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

Our roots: Canada's local histories online - full-text searchable Canadian local histories, with almost 5,500 digital texts with 13 million pages.

Education

Ancestry Learning Center - learn how to build a family tree, how to search, understand records, and collaborate.

Family Search Research Classes - free online classes. More than 23 classes available in formats including video, Power Point, and interactive. Learn new tips and techniques that will help you with your genealogical research.

New England Historic Genealogical Society - free online video lectures, including a beginner series with classes on census, vital records, maps, local histories and other sources.