Beginner Information


Haydon Burns Library (Downtown)
Genealogy Collection, 4th Floor
Florida Collection, 4th Floor
303 N Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: 940-630-2409

Family History Centers (FHC) (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS))
Orange Park: 461 Blanding Blvd. (Phone: 272-1150)
Jacksonville: 7665 Ft. Caroline Rd. (Phone: 743-0527)
Jacksonville: Haydon Burns Library (Downtown; 4th Floor)
St. Johns: 5467 County Rd 210 W, St. Augustine, FL 32084
MacClenny: 904 South 5th Street Macclenny, FL 32063-2689 (Phone: 904-259-6910)

Southern Genealogist’s Exchange Society, Inc.
6215 Sauterne Drive Jacksonville, Florida.
Phone: 778-1000

Museum of Southern History
4304 Herschel Street (Phone: 388-3574)
Civil War military records and artifacts.
Adults: admission fee or free with membership


Drake, Paul, J.D. What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical Terms for Genealogists. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1994 and What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical Terms for Genealogists. Some More Words, Volume 2. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1998.

Eales, Anne Bruner and Robert M. Kvasnicka. Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives. 3rd Edition. Washington, DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, 2000]

Eichholz, Alice, Ph.D., CG, editor. Ancestry’s RedBook: American State, County & Town Sources. Third edition. Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004

Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1973; ISBN 0-8063-0560-6 [Excellent reference work]

Hinckley, Kathleen W. Locating Lost Family Members & Friends. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 1999.

Hosman, C. Lloyd. Newspaper Research. Reprinted. Indianapolis:

Kirkham, E. Kay. The Handwriting of American Records for a Period of 300 Years. Logan, UT: The Everton Publishers, Inc., 1973.

Lynch, Daniel M. Google your Family Tree: Unlock the Hidden Power of Google. Provo, Utah:, Inc., 2008

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997.

Newman, John J. Uncle, We are Ready!: Registering America’s Men 1917-1918. North Salt Lake, UT: Heritage Quest, 2001

Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sanda Hargreaves Luebking, editors. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Third edition. Provo, Utah: Ancestry Inc., 2006.

The Handy Book for Genealogists, United States of America. Eleventh Edition. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, Inc., 2006.[State and County Histories, Maps, Libraries, Bibliographies of Genealogical Works, Where to Write for Records. Excellent reference work]


Family Tree Magazine, PO Box 420235, Palm Coast, FL 32142; (888) 403-9002 or (386) 246-3364; Website:

Genealogy Today, Moorshead Magazines Ltd., 505 Consumers Road, Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario, M2J4V8 Canada; Toll Free: 1-888-326-2476; Website:

Internet Genealogy, Moorshead Magazines Ltd. 505 Consumers Road, Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario, M2J4V8 Canada; Toll Free 1-888-326-2476; Website:

The Internet

AccessGenealogy ( [Millions of names in 250,000 pages, along with links to free data; especially useful for Native American information.]

Beine, Joe. Genealogy Articles, Tips & Research Guides. (

Beine, Joe. Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records: A Genealogy Guide. (

Bureau of Land Management. General Land Office Records. The Official Federal Land Records Site. ( [Digital images of more “than 3 million Federal land title records for Eastern Public Land Sates, issued between 1820 and 1908.”] The Calendar Home Page! ( [You can view a month or year calendar for any year 1 to 10000 A.D. Date calculator capability for tombstone reading.] America’s First Immigration Center. ( [Searchable database on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892]

FamilySearch. FamilySearch Catalog ( [Check the library catalog to find a listing of their holding for your research area. Search under the city, county, and state.]

FamilySearch. Research Wiki. (

FamilySearch. Search Historical Records. ( [Free online databases and images.]

Find-A-Grave. ( [Site was created in 1995. Volunteer submit the data. Currently has 137+ million grave records. Includes some photos of tombstones and people.]

GenealogyBuff. “A Kick Start in your Genealogy Research.” ( [Wonderful resource for all types of online records – census, cemeteries, immigration obituaries, etc.]

Genealogy Inc. ( [Choose a state and receive information on the counties, genealogy links, history, maps, databases, census records, vital records, etc.]

Ingle, Cyndi. Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet. ( [Categories include “Births & Baptisms”, “Marriages”, “Obituaries”, “Organizing Your Research”, “Numbering Systems”, “Records Preservation”, etc.]

Internet Archive. ( [“non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more. Includes the wayback machine.)

Isaacson, Karen E. ROOTS-L Resources: United States Resources. ( [Genealogical and Historical Resources on the Net for each state. Includes maps, photographs, military, etc.]

Library of Congress Catalog. ( [This site can be used to discover media that might be available in your own library or through inter-library loan.]

Library of Congress, American Memory Historical Collections for the National Digital Library. ( [Provides “more than 100 collections and more than 9 million individual items”.]

Linkpendium. The Definitive Directory. ( [Similar to CyndisList, except that it is only broken down to USA Localities and surnames (UK and Ireland are in beta). Within those links, however, are thousands more. Has about 10 million genealogy links.]

liveroots. ( [Search engine with a strong emphasis on original records and “helps researchers locate resources regardless of whether they are online, in print, or on a variety of other mediums.”]

Mocavo. ( [Built as a genealogy search engine. Website states “Mocavo provides access to genealogy libraries, historical records and family collections—all with one search.”]

Morse, Steve. Webpages by Stephen P. Morse, San Francisco ( [Forms for searching a variety of records in one-step. Includes passenger lists, manifests, census, vital records, etc.]

National Park Service. US Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. ( [Currently contains over 6 million soldier names from 44 states and territories. It contains data on men who served on both sides of the war. Has a name index, regiment histories, significant battle links, & other historical information.]

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. ( [Check the library catalog to find a listing of their holding for your research area. Once you have found a possible resource, see if your local library holds a copy or order it through Interlibrary Loan. Also check out the Genealogical Research System (GRS).] Public Libraries, Building Blocks of Our Community! Public Libraries in the United States. ( [Provides links to not only the public libraries but also to State, Presidential, National, College and Law libraries.]

RootsWeb’s World Connect Project (

The USGenWeb Project. Land of the Free … Genealogy. ( [This is an all-volunteer project spanning the entire United States. The top level is the US, then it goes to the State Level, and then to the County Level. Some projects they are involved in are: Digital Map Library, Pension Project, Census Images, Church Records, Marriage Records, Obituary Project, Lineage Project, Tombstone Project, etc.]

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. (

US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Research Our Records. ( [New prototype website that includes the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) and the Archival Databases (AAD) Systems.