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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Genealogy Research Resource Suggestions

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation suggest the following additional resources:


Cyndi’s List of Genealogical Sites on the Internet
A comprehensive categorized and cross-referenced index to more than 50,000 genealogical sites on the Internet.

Genealogy Online
Provides links to genealogical collections, software, libraries, universities, historical collections, and federal census data. Includes postings of upcoming seminars, conferences, and workshops.

In addition to providing access to federal and state government records, mailing lists, and files on over 500,000 surnames, RootsWeb offers Web site hosting, newsgroup support, and a monthly e-mail newsletter.



Helm’s Genealogy Toolbox
Contains links to over 60,000 websites with news and articles on family history research.


A good place to start looking for lost birth relatives. Includes a reunion registry.

A comprehensive source for genealogical research into African ancestry. Includes wills, inventories, census and Bible records, and slavery documentation.

Holocaust Global Registry
A central place for anyone searching for Holocaust survivors, for survivors searching for family members or friends, and for child survivors looking for clues to their identities.

RootsWeb Registry of Websites
Includes special projects such as the Native American Cemetery Preservation Project, National and Regional organizations such as the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, and personal and miscellaneous websites relating to African American and Native American research.