The Villages Genealogical Society
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Beginner
  Cyndi's List for Beginners
  A large categorized and cross-reference directory of sites useful for genealogical research with hundreds of thousands of links.
  Research Your Family Tree 101
  About.com lists 100 free genealogy sites to help you learn how to find your family history.
Florida Genealogical Links
  Florida State Genealogical Society
  The Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) provides Florida source materials through the publication of books, the journal The Florida Genealogist, and the newsletter Florida Lines.
  Kinseekers
  A Group of Genealogists located in Lake County, Florida with interests all over the World.
  Marion County Genealogical Society
  Dedicated to creating and promoting an interest in genealogy, focusing on research in Marion County, Florida
  Sumter County Family History
  Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records & More
  Central Florida Genealogical Society
  Located in Orlando, Orange County, it serves genealogists from all of Central Florida, with a current membership of about 250.
  Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa)
  The Florida Genealogical Society is the oldest genealogical society in Florida, founded in 1958.
Free Genealogy Software
  Legacy Family Tree
  This is the software that I use and we have a SIG for users of this software. The free version contains many core features from the award-winning Legacy Family Tree version 7.5. It is also Family Search Certified.
  Ancestral Quest Basics
  Ancestral Quest (AQ) family tree software is the easiest to use and most versatile genealogy program for Windows on the market. Its format is perfect for the beginner and yet powerful enough for the most advanced genealogist. Easy data entry, keyboard shortcuts, scrapbooking, and excellent sourcing capabilities are just some of this genealogy software program's wonderful award-winning features.
  GRAMPS
  The Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System. Gramps is a free software project and community. We strive to produce a genealogy program that is both intuitive for hobbyists and feature-complete for professional genealogists. It is a community project, created, developed and governed by genealogists.
  Roots Magic Essentials
  RootsMagic Essentials is a free genealogy program that contains many core features from the award-winning RootsMagic family tree software.
Libraries & Digital Books
  Allen County Public Library
  Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, considered by many for having one of the best genealogy centers in the country.
  Family History Books
  Family History Books is a collection of more than 40,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world.
  FamilySearch File Lookup Service
  Form used to request photocopies from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Limit 5 images per month.
  Google Book Search
  A site where you can search for books on any subject, but especially valuable when searching for genealogy related books in the public domain.
  Internet Archive
  Internet Archives has made available millions of digitized offerings (text, video, sound, etc.) Genealogy will yield over 50,000 returns. Narrow the research with a location or surname. Thousands of county and local histories.
  Library of Congress
  The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world,
  Orlando Public Library
  Has many electronic databases and downloadable media along with their 6000+ genealogical book titles.
  Project Gutenburg
  The oldest website for free digital books. While there are relatively few books directly involving genealogy, there are numerous history and regional books.
  State Library of Florida
  Has many electronic databases.
Lineage Societies
  Cindi's List of Lineage Societies
  The most comprehensive list available.
  General Society of Mayflower Descendants
  More than one hundred years ago, a group of descendants of the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620, saw the need for a national society to honor their memory. The intention was to remember these Pilgrims who established Plymouth Colony. Today there are tens-of-millions of individuals descended from these brave souls. It is the goal of The Mayflower Society to join together people who share this heritage and to carry on the memory of our Pilgrim ancestors.
  National Society , Daughters of the American Revolution
  The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 177,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. Any woman 18 years or older-regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background-who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.
  National Society, Sons of the American Revolution
  The Sons of the American Revolution is the leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the war for independence.
  Puc Puggy Chapter, DAR
  The Puc Puggy Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, is named after William Bartram, a botanist researching plant life in Florida in the 1770s. He lived with the Seminole Indians for a period of time, and they called him 'Puc Puggy,' the Seminole words meaning 'Flower Hunter.' Bartram discovered a tree native to Florida, which he named Franklinia in honor of his friend, Benjamin Franklin.
  Sons of Confederate Veterans
  The Sons of Confederate Veterans is preserving the history and legacy of these heroes so that future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause.
  Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is a fraternal organization dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of heroes who fought and worked to save the Union. Organized in 1881 and chartered by Congress in 1954, we are the legal successor to the Grand Army of the Republic.
Mailing Lists
  Mailing List: Rootsweb
  Index on using the Rootsweb Mailing List
Research Resources
  1940 Census Overview
  This 1940 Census Overview will give you the basics for understanding and using the 1940 census for your genealogy research. There is also a tool for finding the 1940 census enumeration districts.
  Bureau of Land Management
  They provide live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access from 1820 to present.
  Castle Garden Immigration Center
  Offers access to a database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892.
  Civil War Soldiers & Sailor System
  A computerized database containing basic information about soldiers and sailors who served during the Civil War.
  Family Search
  Free Family History, Family Tree, and Genealogy Records and Resources from Around the World.
  Family Search Photoduplication Service Form
  Photoduplication is a service provided to FamilySearch patrons who would like individual images from microfilm or fiche, copies of records, or pages in books that can be found in the Family History Library.
  Family Tree Now
  They have census records from 1790-1940, birth records, death, marriage & divorce, living people, and military records. Free!
  Findagrave.com
  Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave, etc.
  Interment.net
  A free online library of cemetery records from cemeteries around the world.
  Lost Cousins
  Lost Cousins helps you locate others researching the same surname.
  Stephen P. Morse One-Step Search Forms
  This web sites has the capability to search Ellis Island, Castle Garden, Ports of Immigration, US Census and much more.
  The USGenWeb Project
  A group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.
  Veterans Affairs Gravesite Locator
  Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries.