There are many paid services for people seeking genealogical research assistance. These links are to searchable databases, tips and guidelines, or other free resources for genealogy research
U.S. Government Sites
Learn how to research your ancestors at the Genealogy and Family History site, an official website of the United States government.
- National Archives
Resources for genealogists at the National Archives
- United States Census Bureau
Access United States Census data for genealogical research
- Bureau of Indian Affairs: Genealogy
Indian Affairs does not conduct genealogical research or maintain a database that you can query in order to find information on your ancestor, but does provide a Guide to Tracing Your Indian Ancestry and some other resources.
- PA State Archives
The Pennsylvania State Archives has a partnership with Ancestry.com to digitize family history records in the State Archives and make them available online. Free access to Ancestry.com Pennsylvania is available to Pennsylvania State residents.
- Historical Society of Pennsylvania
- Directory of Pennsylvania Historical & Genealogical Societies
A large and current directory of Pennsylvania historical and genealogical societies.
- Chester County Historical Society
- Lancaster County Historical Society
- York County Heritage Trust
The York County History Center's Library & Archives houses an extensive and varied collection covering both local and national history, including genealogy, cultural arts, historic sites and military history
Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey
- USA.gov: Military Records and Identification
Access military records of U.S. veterans through the National Archives.
- Pennsylvania Volunteers in the Spanish-American War of 1898
PA soldiers in 1898. Rosters, biographies, diaries, letters home, pension records, and help to find a PA Spanish-American War ancestor.
- Revolutionary War Soldiers/Descendants
A handy guide to accessing public records
- The Genealogy Register
Search engine and directory of surname websites
Offers dozens of informative, beautifully illustrated articles on diverse aspects of genealogy research and free printable genealogy forms and charts.
- Parish Chest
Prior to 1837, British civil services did not keep records of births and marriages. Such events were instead recorded within parish (church) recorrds. Note that access to these parish records is not free, but this page contains some good free resources, with guidance on how to do genealogical research, particularly within the British Isles.
- Surname Guide
Tens of thousands of surnames, with listings to surname homepages.
- Newspaper Obituaries — ObituariesHelp.org
An informative and respected website designed to offer resources for obituaries, funerals and genealogy searchresources for obituaries, funerals and genealogy search.