Free Genealogy Sites
Castle Gardens - An extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened.
Eastman's – An online genealogy newsletter, it keeps you current with all things genealogy: new sites, what is available and where.
Ellis Island Records – Allows you to search for passengers that arrived at Ellis Island.
FamilySearch - The largest genealogy organization in the world, operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, maintains a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history. Here you can find Vermont vital, land, town, naturalization, probate and immigration records, as well as the Social Security Death Index, Quebec Vital records, and much, much more! You can search for specific names, or browse collections.
Find A Grave - The world's largest gravesite collection. Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave, etc.
A Guide to Researching the History of a House - This website by HomeAdvisor provides guidelines on tracing the history of a home.
HeritageQuest Online - A genealogical research database that offers a collection of family and local history books as well as the complete census from 1790 – 1930. Cardholders of the Rutland Free Library have free access.
Library of Congress, Genealogy Department - Information about the Library of Congress’s Genealogy collection.
National Archives and Records Administration, Genealogy Page –The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) is the online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC, area; Regional Archives; and Presidential Libraries. ARC contains many descriptions of records of interest to genealogists and family historians, including: applications for enrollment in Native American tribes, court records, fugitive slave cases, land records, military personnel records, naturalization records.
New England Historic Genealogical Society - Is the online repository for more than 200 million searchable names covering New England, New York, and beyond.
Roots Web – Now owned by Ancestry.com, though much available is free to search.
Social Security Death Index - Search the Social Security Death Index.
Pay Subscription Genealogy Sites
Ancestry, Inc. – One of the largest genealogy databases in the United States and Great Britain. It has also purchased many other sites including some listed below. While there is some information available free of charge, most of Ancestry’s sites require a subscription to access the complete database. Vermont Records are available to Vermont Residents through MyVermont.gov.
Genealogy.com - Owned by Ancestry.
Genealogy Online – A site that lists many other genealogy websites.
Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild - Over 12,000 passenger lists transcribe and available.
Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records: A Genealogy Guide - This website is a directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices and registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery and burial, state and county records. You can also find information here about searching the Social Security Death Index online.
Canadian Genealogy Sites
Library and Archives Canada–This site has links to many Canadian genealogy websites. Anyone researching their Canadian ancestor will want to check it out.
Canadian Passenger and Immigration Records - Owned by Ancestry. Contains information about passengers arriving in Canadian ports. Some of the information is available free of charge.
Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society (NNYACGS) - This is a link to the "Walks With Champlain" project. It is a device used to interest people in searching for their roots in early Quebec. The website lists the first settlers who established themselves in Quebec City in the early 1600s and is alphabetized by husband. All of them knew Samuel de Champlain.
Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics - Contains vital statistics for Nova Scotia some records are as early as 1763.
FichierOrigine - A directory of French and foreign immigrants who settled in Quebec up to 1865.
Vermont Genealogy Sites
Cyndi's Vermont List - Is a list of other genealogy sites on the internet.
Daughters of the American Revolution -Ann Story Chapter-Rutland, VT – One of the 17 chapters in the Vermont State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution and a proud part of the National Society, which has a membership of over 170,000.
Genealogical Research in Vermont, prepared by the Vermont Historical Society - Lists resources available for someone researching their VT roots.
Genealogical Society of Vermont - the Genealogical Society of Vermont is dedicated to assisting genealogists everywhere who are researching their Vermont ancestry.
Vermont State Archives and Records Administration These are records that comprise the State's register of vital events were compiled from various sources dating from 1760 to 2006. Vital records issued within the past five years are available through the Department of Health's Vital Records Office
Rutland County Vermont Naturalization Records (1836-1906) - This is an index of about 2100 Naturalization records from 1836 to 1906, which include some very valuable and detailed information at times. Other times it’s a ‘bare’ index record with minimal information. A majority of these records are from Irish immigrants. As we’ve learned, many Irish records were destroyed and making connections in the homeland can be near impossible.
St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings - 1895-1964
Vermont City Directories in Vermont Repositories - City and town directories have been published for many Vermont communities from the mid-19th century onward. They are useful to researchers because they provide an inventory of the residents and businesses in a town for a given year. This is a list of the Directories and where they can be located.
Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society - Dedicated to research in French-Canadian ancestry.
Vermont Genealogy Web Project (VTGenWeb) - Another site for VT information.
Vermont Historical Societies - Provided by the Vermont Historical Society, this is a listing of the Historical Societies in Vermont.
Vermont in the Civil War – A site that determines the details of the soldiers' service, their dates of birth and death, and their final resting place.
Vermont Old Cemetery Association - This website features a Town Resource page which directs cemetery enthusiasts, historians, genealogists and the general public to more information about a town's cemeteries.
Vermont Town Clerks - A list of Town Clerks and how to contact them – includes phone numbers and hours.
Welsh-American Genealogical Society - Formed in 1990 in the United States to serve as a common link for globally located Welsh genealogical researchers.
Burlington Free Press 1984- May 2009 and Rutland Herald 1984- April 2009 – Index to the Burlington Free Press and the Rutland Herald – this is an index only it does not include the articles.
Center for Rural Studies: Vermont Community Databank - A vast array of online resources with data and information on Vermont's counties, communities, schools, and beyond. The Vermont Community Data Bank is an inventory of informational websites from many different sources, containing various types of data, and covering all levels of geography from national to sub-town.
Internet Archive - The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.
Landscape Change Program at University of Vermont - The Landscape Change Program, at the University of Vermont, is a virtual collection of images that documents 200 years of Vermont’s changing face. We have thousands of views of Vermont as it was and as it is, online and free to everyone.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps - Sanborn maps show detailed footprints of buildings in settled areas of the state; they do not cover rural areas or indicate the names of residents. Digital Sanborn Insurance Maps are available for free from the Rutland Free Library and the Library of Congress. The Vermont Historical Society provides access to a collection of digital Sanborn fire insurance maps from Vermont for its members. Each site has different years available.