U. S. Biographies Project

Useful Links

Genealogy Assists :

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Simply the best place to get information for your research. A bookmark MUST for genealogists.

Ellis Island Foundation
Search Ellis Island immigration records and find the ship your ancestor came in on, and see a picture of the ship, too!

LDS Family Search
The LDS library has the largest family history collection in the world. There are branch libraries all over the country. Learn how to start your family history, search for your ancestors in their vast record collections, get step-by-step research guidance on searching for your ancestors, view maps, forms, guides, and other research helps.

New England Historic Genealogical Society (Subscription for certain services)
The oldest genealogical society in the country. For over 150 years, NEHGS has helped new and experienced researchers trace their heritage in New England and around the world. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, NEHGS today has over 20,000 members worldwide.

Rootsweb Genealogy Website
The oldest and largest free genealogy website. Search family trees, message boards, SSDI records, and some vital records are available.


Government Records :

Federal Land Patents
Massachusetts Vital Records 1600-1849 Online
National Archives and Records Administration
NARA Microfilm Rental Program
Social Security Death Index


Historical Records :

Cape Cod Gravestones of the 17th, 18th & 19th Century
Their major goal is to photograph and display the most interesting old gravestones in Barnstable County before they are lost to the ravages of time. A related goal is to provide reasonably complete gravestone records from the earliest in 1683 up to 1860 or later for all Barnstable County cemeteries. Information about the gravestone carvers and gravestone styles is included. Reference sources for cemetery surveys done over the last one hundred years are provided for further research.

Massachusetts Civil War Research Center
This site contains a comprehensive collection of information pertaining to soldiers, sailors and marines who served in Massachusetts units and regiments during the Civil War. Information found on this site was taken in part from documents prepared, compiled and published by the Adjutant General's Office of Massachusetts in 1888.

Massachusetts Local History & Genealogy
Research Massachusetts local history by county, category & era via extensive collection of history and genealogy links, to learn about our ancestors and the history they lived. Do you want to explore new directions to solve the unsolved mystery? What was home and family life like? What did they eat? wear? read? What were the important happenings? Why were the wars fought and who fought them? How in the world did they move about? What is a tythingman anyway? Answers to those questions and more can be found on this website.

Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony: 1620
A educational study guide for instruction on the Mayflower, Pilgrims, Plymouth Colony, Native Americans and much more. Contains original artwork. Written by Duane A. Cline, former Education Chairman of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.


Ethnic Records :

Chinese Historical Society of New England/Waterman Scholarship
The objective of this scholarship is to encourage Chinese American students to become well-versed in their heritage and to contribute to the Chinese American community in New England.

Christine's Genealogy Website
African American Genealogy Resources: States/Massachusetts

Discover the African-Americans who lived in Massachusetts and the contributions they made to the settlement of the area, i.e. who was the first black student to attend MIT?


Maps :

Antique Town Maps for Genealogy & History
Reproductions of old town maps with family names are offered for sale.


Miscellaneous :

Massachusetts Family History Centers
A list of addresses, phone numbers and hours of operation from the Genealogy Home Page.

Official City Web Sites for the State of Massachusetts
The official government website for researching Massachusetts cities.

Tour of Massachusetts History and Trivia
Interesting and fun facts about the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.