Have you ever needed more information for your family history search? You can find a multitude of records on websites like Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.com. Although, the fact remains, that there are many documents that they do not have in their databases.

If you cannot find a record on your family tree site, where do you turn? Where can you find information about this document? How can you get a copy of it?

Below I have listed several reference sites that may point you in the right direction. Reference sites are different from your family tree sites, such as Ancestry.com. They are referral sites, meaning they provide links to places that can help you. They do not usually contain searchable records.

Many of these are government sites, which give you links to town, county and state records. Others are genealogical websites that contain articles that may help in your search.


This site contains links to UK births, marriages, deaths, censuses, and parish records.
There is also a link to British Overseas.


This site contains links to England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.
Their virtual library currently has 11,000 pages of information on its website.


This site is the official archives of the UK and contains documents dating back more than 1,000 years. There are separate national archives for Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Also known as The National Archives of the United States.
This site contains historical records, such as census’, passenger lists and immigration records.


This site provides links to state records, gravesite locators, and Native American history.


This site is currently indexing historical and genealogical data in the United States.


This site has articles on genealogy in South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia.


This site has an article on 25 Austro-Hungarian websites for family history research.

There are thousands of other sites available on the internet. All you need to do is type in what you want to search for, like Methodist Church Genealogy Records. Once you press Enter, you will get a listing of every site that has information on this topic. You can also narrow your search to Illinois Methodist Church Genealogy Records.

Do not forget about family historical societies. Many are now listed online or available to visit during the week. These organizations are invaluable for local historical and genealogical information.

I have used many of these sites and found them to be a vital part of researching my family history. Interested to see what these websites have to provide? Click on the names above and a link will redirect you to their homepages.

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