Benzie Area Genealogy Society

"Genealogists do not gather facts, but breathe life
into all  that have gone before them"
                 Family Tree Magazine

Helpful Resources to get you started

New to Genealogy - Beginners First Step

Cyndi’s List- over 337,000 links for Genealogy Sites 

Seeking Michigan - Great source for Michigan Records  

The USGenWeb ProjectState-by-State Genealogy Records

World GenWeb ProjectSimilar to US GenWeb Project but world wide

Access Genealogy General and Native American Ancestry

Dead Fred -Genealogy Photo Archive

We Relate - A wiki for genealogy

Seventh-day Adventist Obituary Database : hundreds of thousands of obituary entries

Bureau of Land Management - General Land Office Records

Free African Americans  of Virgina,  North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland & Delware - Lot of resources

Genealogy TV - great videos on how to research things

Story Worth -easy and fun to write your memoir

Ellis Island - The Port of New York Passenger Records 1820 - 1957

Castle Garden -This was America's first Immigration Center 

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild (ISTG) - if you can't find them at Ellis Island or Castle Gardens- try this site.

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness- A volunteer group that will look up resources 

Vital Records Guide- tells you when states started recording them 

Digital Public Library Discover 34,527,818 images, texts, videos

New York Public Library Explore 849,461 items digitized from The New York Public Library's collections

Dave Rumsey Historical Map Collection - 80,000 on-line maps and images from the 16th century to the 21st century 

The Library of Congress American Memory Collection - Online collection of early North American maps from 1750-1789

Norman B Leventhal Map Center - Global map collection and a must for those researching New England and Revolutionary War ancestors