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Recommended Websites

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Excellent, free online resources help your quest for genealogical information.  Most of the sites have how-to guides and tools to develop your search.

A helpful destination to genealogical research is the Genealogical Society of the West Fields.   gswf.weebly.com

 

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Afrigeneas         

   

Designed for those exploring African-American roots.  Search marriage, death, and slave data records. Message boards and chats allow easy communication between members.
Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Interactive map and historical data confirms actual county names in a certain year, includes cross-name checking and information on the session laws that created and changed counties. An excellent tool designed to confirm geographical information, even in non-county areas and territories.
Cyndi’s List What’s a weblist without a website of links?  Compiles genealogy links through categories such as Adoption, Obituaries, Preservation and Conservation, and Cemeteries and Funeral Homes. Find information on geographical backgrounds such as Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, United Kingdom and Ireland, or Japan.
Family Search                   
Offered by the Church of Latter-Day Saints, this site has search capabilities, access to library catalogs and genealogy indexes.  Users can develop and share family trees and photo albums.
Family Tree Magazine  How-tos, podcasts, ebooks, newsletters, and article of interest for beginner and experienced genealogists.
Find a Grave                     
Discover burial information through thousands of images of tombstones.  Search by name, death or birth date, or location.  Browse through famous and historical tombstones.  Share and add information and images.
General Land Office Records     
The Bureau of Land Management provides images of the 5 million land title records purchased from 1820 to the present, mainly in the Midwest and West.  A research library also contains field notes, survey plats, and information on federal public land sales.
Geni    
This is a genealogical social network that lets you build a family tree and then connect with other users who have done the same thing and have common ancestry.
Consumer Affairs: Best DNA Testing and Ancestry Websites

If you’re ready to learn more about your family ancestry, this guide will walk you through all your options when choosing a DNA testing company or ancestry website.

JewishGen        



   

Explore Jewish ancestors through location or surname.  Databases include Holocaust names, a town finder, and family trees.  Join discussion groups or take free online genealogy classes.
My Heritage      Designed for the tech-savvy and mobile-friendly.  Create online family trees, receive email alerts discoveries, and chat with other members.  The site can be accessed through a tablet or smartphone as well as a computer.
National Archives         Databases, research tools, chats, forums, and a wealth of digitized records.  Search military records, census data, and land records.  Ability to order some records online.
The Genealogy Guide This resource offers advice on where to start in genealogical research and where to find information.


Genealogy Research Strategies This website offers advice on how to find vital records in the USA.
Union County (NJ) County Clerk's Office Public Land Records This online resource from the Union County Clerk's Office provides a searchable database for public land records and deeds from 1977-2018.
New Jersey Genealogy
newjerseygenealogy.net Contains links to a host of county records, court records, and census records. Also provides information on local, county, and state historical genealogical societies and how to find a professional genealogist.
State of New Jersey Genealogical Holdings A comprehensive site for county marriage, birth, and burial records and historical colonial-era records including marriage records 1666-1799.  Also contains information and background on adoption records and former slave records.
Union County Historical Society
Contains information on meetings and notes of the Union County Historical Society

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