Researching Your Past

Learning More About Your Ancestors

After you have learned about your ancestors from family records and relatives, you will be wondering where to go next to build your family tree. This depends on the questions you were able to answer in the immediate family phase of your search.

Researching your family tree is an enriching experience. Searching for resources that can help you make the connections from generation to generation further back in time has many possibilities. Your focus needs to be first to learn the basic information that will help you identify your ancestor as a unique person in time - birth, marriage and death dates and places. There is much more you will want to learn as you create your family history however.

Your ancestor existed in a unique period of time and participated in events that were part of the history that occurred at that time. Capturing this means you will go beyond the basic life events and enjoy investigating the lives of your ancestors and just how they fit into that period of history. Typically, certain institutions or organizations existed at the time your ancestor lived and this is where there will be records, as well as in family and possibly private collections of materials. So, how do you know where to find the records you are seeking?

FINDING RESOURCES Resources are abundant in an array of organizations -- government agencies, libraries, historical societies, genealogical societies, other specialized and private institutions. Many records today are accessible on-line and while not all records can be found on-line, these can be very useful. Your challenge is understanding the types of RECORD SOURCES AVAILABLE, becoming familiar with the KIND OF INFORMATION in the different sources that exist AND knowing WHERE TO FIND the type records you need for your specific research concerns.

Using the Research Topics (17 areas) and Record Types (over 700) in the Records Repository noted here at Kendall Ancestry can help you in getting a grasp of the possibilities for finding information about your ancestors. When a name originates or appears in a country, you will find these in the drop down menu of the SEARCH RECORD page.

USEFUL TOOLS There are many useful tools that you can rely on as a guide to researching your ancestors. There are so many, I will highlight the comprehensive ones, some of which I have included based on my own experience from over 35 years of research and work experience. Throughout Kendall Ancestry I have also noted useful resources. In some cases you may want to purchase the material as a reference tool or subscribe on-line. Again, I do not recommend subscribing unless you are sure the site offers you a number of possibilities or a key prospective answer you can find nowhere else. You may also want to join a local history or genealogy society, or an on-line forum, as well. Organization members and publications can be very helpful for networking and learning how to perform research. On-line forums can be particularly useful if the research interests of subscribers are clearly presented and communication about these interests is archived. You may find others with similar research interests you can exchange information with about your ancestor search.

Comprehensive resources organized by country follow. These countries were chosen for evidence of KENDALL sounding surnames or the probability they can exist based on surname etymology. See KENDALL SURNAME FORMS for more information. As the website progresses additional countries will be included as KENDALLs are identified in them.

The resources below include major archives, libraries, societies and research tools. These are or will all be tapped for information to be included in KENDALL ANCESTRY. The United States and England are listed first since the majority of records regarding the KENDALL surname, based on current repository information, are in these countries. An abbreviation for each country used in this website is also indicated. See ABBREVIATIONS for additional applications. Remember, each country has a cadre of recommended resources and links to additional on-line research tools often cited specifically for the benefit of family history researchers or genealogists. Be sure to look for these in furthering your research.

Whether you are new at tracing your family tree or a seasoned researcher, there is always something new that can be learned about searching for one’s ancestry. See the next section if you are an EXPERIENCED RESEACHER.

 

REPOSITORIES & RESEARCH TOOLS By COUNTRY

United States
England
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Australia
Belgium
Bermuda
Canada
Caribbean / West Indies (Islands)
Channel Islands
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Ireland, Northern
Ireland, Republic of
Isle of Man
Luxembourg
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Scotland
South Africa
Sweden
Switzerland
United States Insular Areas
Wales

Entries of research tools do not include year, publication date or edition since there are many reprints and updated editions that occur of sources. This will need to be looked into by each researcher. In addition to specific citations provided below for major repositories of specific countries related to KENDALL origins. Be sure to check the following websites for finding aids and repositories around the world. Many repositories, for which the native language IS NOT English, have an option for English and some have on-line databases with catalogues or indexes. These are noted below by English Option/Search Option.

Please advise Denise Mortorff if you come across major resources and links you feel would be a good addition to these research tools. Thank you.

UNITED STATES (USA)

Archives

The U.S. National Archives & Records Administration NARA

State Archives & Historical Societies. The Ohio Historical Society Outside Links

Libraries

Library of Congress
[This source has been checked for Kendall materials. See the REFERENCE LIST in the section of Kendall Ancestry combining, Biographies/ Autobiographies, Family Histories/Genealogies, Manuscripts & Oral Histories]
See also State Libraries for each state.

Family History Library - Family Search Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
The Records Collection, “includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 742,000 microfiche; 310,000 books, serials, and other formats; 4,500 periodicals; 700 electronic resources.” “ Approximately 200 cameras are currently microfilming records in over 45 countries. Records have been filmed in over 110 countries, territories, and possessions.” Additional resources include the Ancestral File (over 36 million names), International Genealogical Index (IGI) (about 600 million names), Pedigree Resource File (over 80 million names). CAUTION: Information should be scrutinized for sources and validated, as needed
[This source has been checked for Kendall materials. See the REFERENCE LIST in the section of Kendall Ancestry combining, Biographies/ Autobiographies, Family Histories/Genealogies, Manuscripts & Oral Histories]

Libraries on the Web. USA Public Libraries

Find A Library. National Center for Education Statistics. Institute For Education Sciences. U.S. Dept. of Education (Searches Public Schools, Private Schools & Colleges & Public Libraries)

AASLH American Association For State & Local History

Societies

State Archives & Historical Societies. The Ohio Historical Society Outside Links

THE USIGS RESEARCH LIBRARY. Genealogical Societies and Historical Societies State Index. United States Internet Genealogy Society.

Research Tools

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

The Handybook for Genealogists by Everton

The Source: A Guidebook of American GenealogyBy Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking. Ancestry Inc.

The Researcher's Guide to American GenealogyBy Val D. Greenwood

 

ENGLAND

Archives

The National Archives TNA, Kew, Richmond, England
“The National Archives is also the official archive for England, Wales and the central UK government, containing 900 years of history from Domesday Book to the present, with records ranging from parchment and paper scrolls through to recently created digital files and archived websites. Increasingly, these records are being put online, making them universally accessible.”

Access 2 Archives
A collective database representing shire records from England and Wales dating from the 8th century. Over 10 million records representing over 400 repositories. Search results are in a catalog format so each result can contain up to a few hundred additional record abstracts.
[This source has been examined for surname variants and record sources for Kendall Ancestry. On-going process. Unlike many on-line databases, this one allows you to examine entries added from a specific date so you don’t have to go back and repeat reviewing records you have already examined.]

ARCHON Directory (TNA)
The directory, “includes contact details for record repositories in the United Kingdom and also for institutions elsewhere in the world which have substantial collections of manuscripts noted under the indexes to the National Register of Archives.”

Archives Hub
The Archives Hub provides a single point of access to 19,841 descriptions of archives held in more than 150 UK universities and colleges.

See County Records Offices (CRO’s) for information not in A2A.

Libraries

The British Library
Established by Parliament as “a national centre for reference, study, and bibliographic and other information services, in relation both to scientific and technological matters and to the humanities”. The collection houses some of the most rare manuscripts of our time and consists of millions of resources.

Familia: Libraries Index
British Isles library links within each country.

Societies

SOCIETY OF GENEALOGISTS
The Society Library is considered the largest family history centre in the UK and contains about “120,000 items.”

Federation of Family History Societies
Acts as an umbrella for all the family history groups around the Country. “Our principal aims are: to co-ordinate and assist work of Societies to other bodies interested in family history, genealogy and heraldry; to foster mutual co-operation and collaborative projects to help researchers; and to represent the interests of our member, and family historians generally, especially in the preservation and availability of archival documents.”
Link to Member Societies.

Institute of Historical Research
Collection includes “over 300 current periodicals and over 165,000 items, including a comprehensive collection of the chief printed primary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles and Western Europe.”

British Association For Local History
“Is the national charity which promotes local history and serves local historians.”

Research Tools

Ancestral Trails. The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History By Mark D. Herber

Medieval Genealogy: How To Find Tour Medieval Ancestors By Paul Chambers

Victoria County History
“Founded in 1899 and originally dedicated to Queen Victoria, the VCH is an encyclopaedic record of England’s places and people from earliest times to the present day”. Considered, “the greatest publishing project in English local history … written by historians working in counties across England.”

 

AUSTRALIA

Archives

National Archives of Australia
The Archives, “documents the full range of Australian Government activities since Federation in 1901, and includes significant 19th-century records dealing with activities that were transferred from the colonies to the Commonwealth.” The archives does not include records about “convicts, colonial migration, 19th century history such as gold rushes - exploration or colonial administration, land or land settlement, births, deaths and marriages.” See the Collection recommendations and “fact sheets” for pursuing such records in state and territorial archives, as well as the National Library of Australia.

The Register of Australian Archives and Manuscripts (RAAM)
An on-line “guide to collections of personal papers and non-governmental organisational records held by Australian libraries and archives.” Comprised of over 37,000 records in 2000, including “manuscript and archival material held in Australia, whether of Australian origin or not; Single unpublished items provided they are primary sources, e.g. a letter, a deed, a diary; Photocopies or microfilms of Australian manuscript or archival material, including non-government overseas material relating directly to Australia;[and] Personal records held in government archives”. “Links are provided from RAAM entries to the repository entries in the Directory of Archives in Australia maintained by the Australian Science Archives Project for the Australian Society of Archivists, so researchers can obtain more detailed information about the repository and its collections.”

Archives of Australia.
National Archive of Australia.
Broad range of Archive links at the territory and state level, as well as special collections.

Directory of Archives.
Australian Society of Archivists.

Archives of Australia Resources - Federation and Archives
(in ArchiveNet. Archives of Australia)
Includes information to reach state and territorial archives.

Browse Repositories. The Register of Australian Archives and Manuscripts (RAAM)

Libraries

National Library of Australia.
“The Library collects Australian materials of all kinds - not just works in print form - books, serials, maps, music and ephemera - but also online publications and unpublished material such as manuscripts, pictures and oral histories.” “The Library also has considerable collections of general overseas and rare book materials, as well as world-class Asian and Pacific collections which augment the Australiana collections.”

The National Bibliographic Database. Australian Libraries Gateway.
By the National Library of Australia

Societies

GENEALOGY, FAMILY HISTORY AND HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

MEMBER SOCIETIES - Overseas Soceities - Australia
Federation of Family History Societies

AFFHO Australasian Federation of Family History Organizations, Inc.
AFFHO was “established in 1978 to coordinate and assist the work of Australian and New Zealand groups with interests in family history, genealogy, heraldry and related subjects.” The organization serves as, “the umbrella organisation for family history societies in the region.”

Society of Australian Genealogists SAG
Over 6,500 members and a searchable on-line catalogue.

Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies

Research Tools

Federation: the Guide to Records By Foster SG, Susan Marsden and Roslyn Russell

 

BELGIUM

Archives

State Archives in Belgium (in NL, FR,DE, EN)

National State Archives
Includes descriptions of the state archives in Provinces.

Libraries

Bibliothéque royale de Belgique
English Option/Search Option

Societies

Flemish Society of Genealogists

Research Tools

TBD

 

BERMUDA

Archives

Bermuda Archives

Libraries

Bermuda National Library

Societies

Bermuda Historical Society Museum

Bermuda Maritime Museum

Research Tools

British Maritime Museum Publications

Bermudian Genealogy & History

 

CANADA

Archives

ARCHIVES CANADA
Canadian Council of Archives. CCA.
A portal “to provide online access to holdings in over 800 archival institutions across the country”. This includes Provincial and Territorial archives throughout Canada, as well as university, municipal, religious and medical archives. Miscellaneous resources including “Selective Genealogical Resources” are provided.

Library and Archives Canada
(Bibliothéque Archives Canada)
“Library and Archives Canada collects and preserves Canada’s documentary heritage, and makes it accessible to all Canadians. This heritage includes publications, archival records, sound and audio-visual materials, photographs, artworks, and electronic documents such as websites.”

Libraries

Canadian Genealogy Centre
(Centre Canadien de Généalogie)
“The Centre includes all physical and online genealogical services of Library and Archives Canada. It offers genealogical content, services, advice, research tools and opportunities to work on joint projects, all in both official languages.” See the PDF publication, “TRACING YOUR ANCESTORS IN CANADA”. While this source can be a good basic overview of records, also follow the link to “Sources By Topic: How To Access Library and Archives Canada Records” for more up-to-date information. This provides “records held at Library and Archives Canada; records held in other institutions; examples of documents; links to databases and Web sites; suggestions for published sources; and research tips.” Using the “Index of Topics” can make it easier to differentiate among resources available.

Directory of Special Collections of Research Value in Canadian LibrariesThis comprehensive source is described as, “A special collection of research value is one recognized by its own library, and by others, as an important resource at the regional and/or national level. The Library’s aim for each collection is generally to be exhaustive: to include any significant works of recorded knowledge, in all relevant languages, for a necessarily defined and limited subject field. The collection should be receiving special attention from its own library to ensure bibliographic and physical access as well as an adequate level of reference service for researchers.”

See also AVITUS under Research Tools.

Societies

Canadian Genealogical Societies

American French Genealogy Society

See also AVITUS under Research Tools.

Research Tools

AVITUSProvides links to a broad range of Canadian repositories and other resources including historical societies, genealogy societies, and special organizations.

 

CARIBBEAN/WEST INDIES (Islands)

GREATER ANTILLES | BAHAMAS GROUP | LESSER ANTILLES | CURACAO GROUP

GREATER ANTILLES

Cuba | Jamaica | Haiti | Dominican Republic | Puerto Rico | Cayman Islands

Cuba

Archives

Archivo Nacional de la República de Cuba (ARNAC)

Libraries

TBD

Societies

The Cuban Genealogical Society

Research Tools

Cuban Genealogy Center

Jamaica

Archives

Jamaica Archives and Records Department

Libraries

The National Library of Jamaica

Societies

Jamaica Historical Society c/National Library of Jamaica (see above)

Research Tools

Tracing Your West Indian Ancestors by Guy Grannum

Jamaican Ancestry: How to Find Out More by Madeleine E Mitchell (Heritage Books, 1998)

Jamaican Records. A Research Manual: a two-part guide to genealogical & historical research using repositories in Jamaica & England by Stephen D Porter (Stephen D Porter, 1997)

Stephen D Porter on the records of Jamaica (transcribed presentation)

Haiti

(part of Hispaniola Island)

Archives

Les Archives Nationales D´Haiti

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

 

Dominican Republic

(part of Hispaniola Island)

Archives

Archivo General de la Nación

Libraries

Biblioteca Nacional Pedro Henrique Ureña (National Library of the Dominican Republic)

Biblioteca República Dominicana

Societies

Instituto Dominicano De Genealogia, Inc.

Research Tools

TBD

Puerto Rico

Archives

ARCHIVO GENERAL DE PUERTO RICO - INSTITUTO de CULTURA PUERTORRIQUEÑA

Libraries

BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL - INSTITUTO de CULTURA PUERTORRIQUEÑA

Societies

Puerto Rican Hispanic Genealogical Society

La Sociedad Puertorriqueña De Genealogía

Research Tools

TBD

Cayman Islands

(overseas territory of the United Kingdom)

Archives

CAYMAN ISLANDS NATIONAL ARCHIVE (government website)

National Trust. Cayman Islands

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

 

BAHAMAS GROUP

The Bahamas | Turks & Caicos

The Bahamas

Archives

THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF THE BAHAMAS

Libraries

The College of the Bahamas Library (defacto library for The Bahamas)

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

Bibliography of Bahamian Genealogy

Turks & Caicos

(overseas territory of the United Kingdom)

Archives

TBD

Libraries

Victoria Public Library

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

 

LESSER ANTILLES

Virgin Islands | British Virgin Islands | Anguilla | Netherland Antilles | Saint Kitts & Nevis | Antigua & Barbuda | Montserrat | Guadeloupe | Martinique | Dominica | Saint Lucia | Barbados | Saint Vincent & the Grenadines | Grenada | Trinidad & Tobago

Virgin Islands

(Territory of the U.S.)

St. Croix | St. Thomas | St. John

Archives

Virgin Islands History/Archives

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

St. Croix

Archives

St. Croix Landmarks Society Library & Archives

The Caribbean Collection at the Florence Williams Public Library (see Libraries)

(see also Virgin Islands History/Archives above)

Libraries

The Florence Williams Public Library

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

St. Thomas

Archives

The Enid Baa Public Library & Archives

The Von Scholten Collection at the Enid Baa Public Library & Archives

(see also Virgin Islands History/Archives above)

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

St. John

Archives

(See Virgin Islands History/Archives above)

Libraries

Libraries Elaine Ione Sprauve Library & Museum

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

 

British Virgin Islands

(overseas Territory of the United Kingdom)

Tortola | Anegada | Virgin Gorda

Archives

TBD

Libraries

TBD

Societies

British Virgin Islands Heritage Conservation Group

Friends of the National Archives

Research Tools

A Brief History of the Caribbean From the Arawak And Carib to the Present by Jan Rogozínski

Tortola

Anegada

Virgin Gorda

Archives

Department of Archives BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

Anguilla

(overseas territory of the United Kingdom)

Archives

TBD

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

 

Netherland Antilles

(part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands,
except for Sint Maarten part of the overseas collectivity of France)

Saint-Martin/Sint Maarten | Saint-Barthélemy | Saint Eustasius | Saba

Saint-Martin/Sint Maarten

Archives

TBD

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

Saint-Barthélemy

Archives

TBD

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

Saint Eustasius

Archives

Nationaal Archief van de Nederlandse Antillen (NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF THE NETHERLANDS ANTILLES)

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

Saba

Archives

TBD

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

Saint Kitts & Nevis

Archives

National Archives

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

Antigua & Barbuda

(overseas territory of the United Kingdom)

Archives

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA NATIONAL ARCHIVES

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

 

Montserrat

(overseas territory of the United Kingdom)

Archives

TBD

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

Guadeloupe

(region of France)

Archives

TBD

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

Martinique

(region of France)

Archives

Archives

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

 

Dominica

Archives

NATIONAL DOCUMENTATION CENTRE AND PUBLIC LIBRARY OF DOMINICA
DOMINICA COMMONWEALTH

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

Saint Lucia

Archives

Saint Lucia National Archives

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

Barbados

Archives

Department of Archives Black Rock

Libraries

National Library Service, Public Services Division, Coleridge St, Bridgetown, Barbados

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

 

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

Archives

NATIONAL ARCHIVES Department of Libraries, Archives and Documentation Services

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

Tracing Ancestors in Barbados: A Practical Guide by Geraldine Lane (Genealogical Publishing Co Inc, 2005)

Grenada

Archives

TBD

Libraries

Public Library Grenada

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

Trinidad & Tobago

Archives

National Archives Trinidad & Tobago

Libraries

National Library and Information System Authority of Trinidad and Tobago

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

 

CURACAO GROUP

Aruba | Netherland Antilles

Aruba

(part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; seceded from Netherland Antilles)

Archives

National Archives of Aruba (not on-line)
Sabana Blanco 60
Oranjestad
ARUBA

Libraries

Biblioteca Nacional Aruba (National Library of Aruba)

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

Netherland Antilles

(part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)

Bonaire & Curacao

Archives

see Netherland Antilles above.

Libraries

TBD

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

TBD

 

CHANNEL ISLANDS

Archives

ARCHON - Repositories in Channel Islands (TNA)

Libraries

Familia: Libraries Index
British Isles library links within each country. In this case for each region.

Societies

The Channel Islands Family History Society

Also research specific region for further information.

Research Tools

See CIFHS Publications.
The Channel Islands Family History Society

 

DENMARK

Archives

Danish National Archives
Statens Arkiver

English Option/Search Option
See also ROOTS IN DENMARK below for local archive information.

The Danish Emigration Archives

Libraries

Danmarks Biblioteksskoles Bibliotek

Societies

genealogi.dk
Society of Danish Genealogy

Research Tools

ROOTS IN DENMARK

Scandinavian Genealogical Research By Finn A. Thomsen

The Beginners Guide To Danish Genealogical Research By Finn A. Thomsen

 

FINLAND

Archives

Arkistolaitos
English Option/Search Option
“National Archives Service. Information on the Archives--its history, organization, and duties, links to genealogical research, provincial archives, and more. In Finnish and Swedish, some English.”
Link to Genealogical Research in Finland at the Archives.

National Board of Antiquities
English Option

Libraries

Kansalliskirjasto
National Library of Finland
(English)
English Option/Search Option

Societies

The Genealogy Society In Finland
English Option/Search Option

Research Tools

Articles and Books About Finland-Authors.
The Genealogy Society In Finland

English Option
Outstanding list of resources! Too many to isolate a main resource
For researching Finnish Ancestry.

Finding your Scandinavian Ancestors By Christensen, Penelope Ph.D

Scandinavian Genealogical Research By Finn A. Thomsen

The Beginner’s Guide To Finnish Genealogical Research By Margarite Choquette, Lee Choquette, Pirkko Huuskonen, Finn A. Thomsen.

 

FRANCE

Archives

Archives de France
See Resources en Ligne.
Search Option

Libraries

Bibliothèque nationale de France
National Library of France
(English)
Search Option

Societies

Fédération Française De Généalogie

Société Franco-Ontarienne d Histoire et de Généalogie (SFOHA)

Le Associations sur le net (regarding genealogy)
Detailed list of organizations throughout France

france-genealogie.fr
le portail officiel de la généalogie en France

Research Tools

Franco-Gene
Includes links for research in Quebec, Acadia, Canada, West Indies/Guyana, America, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and other places in the world.

Ancestral Research in France, A - Z of Genealogical References and Sources by Patrick Pontet

 

GERMANY

Archives

Das Deutschland-Portal - German National Archive Online
English Option/Search Option

Bundesarchiv
National Archive Direct Link

English Option under development/Search Option

Libraries

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
German National Library
(English)
English Option/Search Option

Societies

Federation of East European Family History Societies FEEFHS
FEEFHS is “as an umbrella organization that promotes family research in eastern and central Europe without any ethnic, religious, or social distinctions. It provides a forum for individuals and organizations focused on a single country or group of people to exchange information and be updated on developments in the field. While it primarily serves the interests of North Americans in tracing their lineages back to a European homeland, it welcomes members from all countries.”

Palatines To America “Palatines to America (Pal Am) is a German genealogy society dedicated to the study of ancestors from all German speaking lands.”

Germanic Genealogy Society. GGS St. Paul MN.
English

Research Tools

GERMANIC GENEALOGY. A Guide to Worldwide Sources and Migration Patterns
Edwards, Lois Hemmeter

 

IRELAND, Northern

Archives

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
PRONI is, “the official place of deposit for public records in Northern Ireland. Our aim is to collect, catalogue and preserve any documents that provide a legal or historical record of the past. We also try to make as many as possible of these records available to the public for consultation and research.”

ARCHON Repositories in Northern Ireland (TNA)

Libraries

NATIONAL LIBRARY of IRELAND
“The mission of the Library is to collect, preserve and make available books, manuscripts and illustrative material of Irish interest.” Note that, “The Genealogical Office, the Office of the Chief Herald in Kildare Street, and the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar are all part of the National Library.” Pre-1922 records, in particular, will be relevant to Northern Ireland research.

Societies

RASCAL Research And Special Collections Available Locally
(Northern Ireland)

“RASCAL is a new electronic gateway to research resources in Northern Ireland. You can use this web-site to search and browse information about the wide range of research and special collections held in libraries, museums and archives across the region. The Directory consists of comprehensive descriptions of collections available to researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences recording details of content, location, format, and access. Links to institutions’ on-line catalogues and other digital resources are provided where appropriate.”

Research Tools

IRISH RECORDS: Sources For Family and Local History Ryan, James G. PhD.
Ancestry Inc. and Flyleaf Press.

Genealogical Publications.
The National Archives of Ireland.

A list of sources on a variety of topics in family history.

Ireland Genealogy Links

IGSI Irish Genealogical Society

 

IRELAND, Republic

Archives

National Archives of Ireland
“The National Archives holds the records of the modern Irish state which document its historical evolution and the creation of its national identity. Under its governing legislation - the National Archives Act, 1986 - the National Archives provides services both to the Government and the public.” The library, while mainly concerned with the records of the Government of the Republic of Ireland, holds materials which pre-date the founding of the state in 1922, some of which relates to Northern Ireland.
Follow the link to Genealogy for more information.

ARCHON Repositories in the Republic of Ireland (TNA)

Libraries

NATIONAL LIBRARY of IRELAND
“The mission of the Library is to collect, preserve and make available books, manuscripts and illustrative material of Irish interest..” Note that, .“The Genealogical Office, the Office of the Chief Herald in Kildare Street, and the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar are all part of the National Library.”

Familia: Libraries Index
British Isles library links within each country.

Societies

Irish Family History Foundation

The Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO)

Research Tools

IRISH RECORDS: Sources For Family and Local History Ryan, James G. PhD.
Ancestry Inc. and Flyleaf Press.

Genealogical Publications.
The National Archives of Ireland.

A list of sources on a variety of topics in family history.

Ireland Genealogy Links

IGSI Irish Genealogical Society

 

ISLE of MAN

Archives

National Library and Archives - Isle of Man Government
“For over a century manuscripts, plans, maps, photographs, films and printed works have been actively collected and preserved on behalf of the Manx Nation. Housed within the highest level of modern archival storage, these now form a rich central resource of information on all aspects of Manx heritage, history, landholding, law, folklore, government, international trade and relations, language and genealogy.” Review the Public Information Sheet to learn about “Sources For Family History.”

ARCHON Directory (TNA)
The directory, “includes contact details for record repositories in the United Kingdom and also for institutions elsewhere in the world which have substantial collections of manuscripts noted under the indexes to the National Register of Archives.”

ARCHON - Repositories in Isle of Man (TNA)

Libraries

Manx National Heritage Library See entry for National Library and Archives above.

Isle of Man Library Services (no URL)Harbour Court, Loch Road, Port St Mary, Isle of Man, IM9 5EB

Familia: Libraries Index
British Isles library links within each country.

Societies

Isle of Man Family History Society

Centre for Manx Studies - Laare-Studeyrys Manninagh
“Its primary functions are to teach students, to carry out research in Manx archaeological, cultural, environmental and historical studies and to further the international recognition of the Isle of Man in these areas.”

Research Tools

MANX Genealogy

Sources For Family History
By the MANX National Heritage - Isle of Man

 

LUXEMBOURG

Archives

Archives Nationales du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg

Libraries

Bibliothéque Nationale de Luxembourg
English Option/Search Option

Societies

Luxembourg Genealogy and Heraldry Society

Luxembourg Genealogical Association (ALGH)

Research Tools

Luxembourg Genealogy Research
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN

 

NETHERLANDS

Archives

Nationaal Archief

Libraries

Koninklijke Bibliotheek
National Library of the Netherlands

English Option/Search Option
“The KB also provides access to a number of national and international catalogues and databases,” including 600 libraries in the Netherlands."

Societies

Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie CBG

Nederlandse Genealogische Vereniging

genealogie.startpagina.nl

Research Tools

Data Archiving and Networked Services
DANS is the national organisation responsible for storing and providing permanent access to research data from the humanities and social sciences.”

A research guide by Mr. R. van Drie when published to be announced at Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie CBG.

 

NEW ZEALAND

Archives

Archives New Zealand
“Archives New Zealand, Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga is the official guardian of New Zealand’s public archives.” A PDF Document through the Archives New Zealand Website provides The Directory of Archives in New Zealand / Nga Pae Mahara lists nearly 200 repositories around New Zealand, providing contact details and an outline of the archival material they hold. Repositories listed include museums, public libraries, historical societies, government departments, schools and private research facilities, among others. Printed copies of the directory are available from your nearest Archives New Zealand office or through directory@archives.govt.nz. We would also welcome any new entries, updates or corrections for future editions.

Libraries

National Library of New Zealand
Te Puna Matauranga

Family History Information Link

Societies

New Zealand Society of Genealogists

Research Tools

New Zealand Beginners Guide To Family History Research Bromell, Anne

 

NORWAY

Archives

National Archives of Norway
“The National Archives (Riksarkivet) preserve the non-current records of government ministries and other central offices… The oldest complete document is from 1189 A.D.” “The regional state archives (statsarkivene) preserve documents from the regional and local branches of the state administration in their districts. There are eight regional archives in Norway. They are situated in Oslo, Hamar, Kongsberg, Kristiansand, Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim and Tromsø.”
English Option/Search Option

Libraries

Nasjonalbiblioteket
National Library of Norway

English Option/Search Option

Societies

Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening
The Norwegian Genealogical Society

Research Tools

How To Trace Your ancestors In Norway
By Nedrebø, Yngve
Recommended by the National Archives of Norway

Håndbok for Riksarkivet på nett
Recommended by the National Archives of Norway

Finding your Scandinavian Ancestors By Christensen, Penelope Ph.D

Scandinavian Genealogical Research By Finn A. Thomsen

 

SCOTLAND

Archives

National Archives of Scotland
Based in Edinburgh, NAS has one of the most varied collection of archives in the British isles. It is the main archive for sources of the history of Scotland as a separate kingdom, her role in the British isles and the links between Scotland and many other countries over the centuries.

Scottish Archives Network SCAN
Catalogue of records held in Scottish Archives

Scotland’s People.
Official Site of the General Register Office.

Scottish Council of Archives
See membership links.

ARCHON - Repositories in Scotland (TNA)

Libraries

National Library of Scotland

Familia: Libraries Index
British Isles library links within each country.

Societies

The Scottish Association of Family History Societies.
Membership, “now includes all established family history societies in Scotland, as well as several national and regional bodies throughout the world. Its main aims are to promote and encourage the study of Scottish family history, and provide a forum for the exchange, collection and distribution of information among members.”

The Scottish Genealogy Society

Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives ASGRA
Outstanding links to websites for Scot research.

Scottish Records Association
Lists records of libraries, museums, and art galleries.

Research Tools

Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestral Research, A Guide to the Genealogical Records, Methods, and Sources in Ireland. 2 vols. By Margaret Dickson Falley

Scottish Ancestry, Research Methods for Family Historians Revised By Sherry Irvine

The Scottish Family Tree Detective: Tracing Your Ancestors in Scotland (Family Tree Detective) by Rosemary Bigwood

Scottish Roots: A Step-by-Step Guide For Ancestor-hunters in Scotland and Overseas by Alwyn James

Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors By the Scottish Record Office HMSO

Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry By Kathleen B. Cory

Your Scottish Ancestry by Sherry Irvine

 

SOUTH AFRICA

Archives

National Archives and Records Service of South Africa

Libraries

National Library of South Africa
“The National Library’s collections contain a wealth of information, and include rare manuscripts, books published in South Africa, periodicals, government publications, official foreign publications, maps, technical reports, Africana and newspapers.”

Societies

Genealogy Society of South Africa

Research Tools

An Abridged Guide To Genealogical Research In South Africa. Genealogy Society of South Africa

Suid-Afrikaanse genealogiese verwysingsgids = South African genealogical reference guide. Genealogical Society of South Africa

 

SWEDEN

Archives

STATENS ARKIV Riksarkivet och Landsarkiven (English)
English Option/Search Option
“the National Archives has the supervision of all public records of the agencies of the central Government, while it delegates to the regional archives the supervision of records generated by regional and local authorities. The Military Archives, SVAR (Svensk Arkivinformation) and Arkion are also parts of the National Archives.” Also, “The Research Center SVAR (Svensk Arkivinformation) at Ramsele specializes in family chronicles and courses in genealogy. It provides research facilities in a Visitors’ Center. It also produces and distributes microcards and provides scanned and digitalized records for customers. SVAR also distributes books and other publications via the Internet.”

Libraries

Kungliga Biblioteket
Royal Library of Sweden
(English)
English Option/Search Option

Societies

The Genealogical Society of Sweden

Finding Your Swedish Roots (English)
Federation of Genealogical Societies

Research Tools

Your Swedish Roots - A Step by Step Handbook By Ancestry Inc and Genline AB

Genealogiska Föreningen
The Genealogical Society of Sweden.

Volunteer group services requests including English.

Finding your Scandinavian Ancestors By Christensen, Penelope Ph.D

Scandinavian Genealogical Research By Finn A. Thomsen

 

SWITZERLAND

Archives

Schweizerisches Bundesarchiv
Preserves records and documents of the Swiss Federation. Offers access to numerical data and databases.

Généalogie en Suisse romande — Genealogy in French-speaking Switerland
Bibliothèques, Archives et Sociétés Libraries, Archives and Societies

Many links to resources.
English Option

Libraries

Schweizerische Landesbibliothek / Bibliothèque Nationale Suisse
Swiss National Library

English Option/Search Option

Societies

Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Familienforschung SGFF
Swiss Genealogical Society SGS

English Option

Research Tools

Swiss Genealogy on the Internet
English Option

 

UNITED STATES INSULAR AREAS

[includes only inhabited areas except for Palmyra and Wake Atolls]

Commonwealth & Territories

American Samoa | Guam | Northern Mariana Islands | U.S Virgin Islands | Puerto Rico

Freely Associated States under the
COMPACT OF FREE ASSOCIATION

Republic of the Marshall Islands | Federated States of Micronesia | Republic of Palau

American Samoa

Archives

The American Samoa Office of Archives and Records Management ASG Archives

American Samoa Historical Records Advisory Board (ASHRAB)
“The American Samoa’a Historical Records Advisory Board (ASHRAB) was created in 1996. It’s purpose is to promote historical records conservation, usage, publication and training. It is sponsored by the National Archives Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). ASHRAB’s mission statement encourages interagency communication, education, funding and advocacy of American Samoa’s public and private record repositories which include ASG’s Archives and Records Center, Territorial Registrar, High court, Vital Statistics Office and DOE School Transcripts Office as well as the Feleti Barstow Library and the Haydon Museum.”

American Samoa Historic Preservation Office

Libraries

Feleti Barstow Public Library

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

American Samoa Historic Preservation Office (ASHPO) - Cultural Organizations
Useful overview of organizations including historical and genealogical value.

Links to Samoan, Pacific, Archaeological and Historic Preservation Websites (ASHPO)

Federated States of Micronesia

Archives

TBD

Libraries

micsem org - Micronesia Seminar
“The MicSem Library, encompassing about 18,000 titles, is one of the best collections on Micronesia anywhere in the world. Aside from its published materials on the area, the library contains locally produced reports. It also carries close to 45,000 photos and slides, over 400 videos, maps, and microfilm.” Includes Guam and Northern Marianas.

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

DIGITAL MICRONESIA

University of Guam’s Micronesian Area Research Center (MARC)

University of Oregon’s Link - Micronesia and South Pacific Program

Links to Samoan, Pacific, Archaeological and Historic Preservation Websites

Guam

Archives

Guam Libraries Libcat: A Guide to Library Resources on the Internet

Libraries

micsem org - Micronesia Seminar
“The MicSem Library, encompassing about 18,000 titles, is one of the best collections on Micronesia anywhere in the world. Aside from its published materials on the area, the library contains locally produced reports. It also carries close to 45,000 photos and slides, over 400 videos, maps, and microfilm.” Includes Guam and Northern Marianas.

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

Richard Flores Taitano Micronesian Research Center MARC
Familian Chamarro Genealogy Database Index

Links to Samoan, Pacific, Archaeological and Historic Preservation Websites

Park Museum Collection Profile
“The park’s museum collection focuses on objects relating to the Pacific Theater of World War II (c.1939-1945): archival and manuscript material (military documents, newspapers, magazines, personal letters, legal documents, photographic prints and negatives, motion picture film, maps, battle plans, drawings, and prints); military equipment, weapons, uniforms, and accoutrements; personal items relating to significant individuals or to aspects of life in the Pacific Theater of World War II, archeological objects (pre-history of Guam) systematically recovered from sites within the park’s boundaries and associated field records; and natural history.” specimens related to Guam and associated field records.

Northern Mariana Islands

Archives

Trust Territory of the Pacific Island Libraries

Libraries

micsem org - Micronesia Seminar
“The MicSem Library, encompassing about 18,000 titles, is one of the best collections on Micronesia anywhere in the world. Aside from its published materials on the area, the library contains locally produced reports. It also carries close to 45,000 photos and slides, over 400 videos, maps, and microfilm.” Includes Guam and Northern Marianas.

JOTEN-KIYU PUBLIC LIBRARY Saipan Commonwealth Library e-mail sent about their web address and hist/gen soc´s

Societies

TBD

Research Tools

Links to Samoan, Pacific, Archaeological and Historic Preservation Websites

Puerto Rico

(See Caribbean/West Indies Islands)

Republic of Palau

Archives

Palau National Archive
“The Palau National Archives uses the University of Hawaii Hamilton Library website, that earlier contained the Trust Territory Archives digitized photos images database, as well as the index to the documents on the microfilms maintained herein. These websites addresses are http://libweb.hawaii.edu/ttp/ttpi and http://trusterrpacific.lib.hawaii.edu. ”

Libraries

Palau Community College Library
Includes an “extensive Micronesia-Pacific Collection” and “houses a unique collection of materials on the Pacific region and Micronesia with particular emphasis on Palau.”

Societies

E-Mail to Com Col of Palau re: a public lib and hist/gen society

Research Tools

DIGITAL MICRONESIA

Links to Samoan, Pacific, Archaeological and Historic Preservation Websites

Republic of the Marshall Islands

Archives

National Archives
Archival Holdings include Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Marshall Islands High Court Proceedings, Congress Legislaion, Nitijela Legislation, Journal Collection, Joachim de Brum Memorial Trust Corporation collection and RMI Birth and Death Certificates.

Libraries

Alele Public Library
The library maintains the Pacific Collections-a range of published and unpublished material specific to the Marshall Islands and Oceania, which is available for researchers.

Societies

e-mail re:hist/gen societies to Alele Museum, Library and National Archives

Research Tools

Micronesia Genealogy Project. A World GenWeb Project Website

DIGITAL MICRONESIA

U.S. Virgin Islands

(See Caribbean/West Indies Islands)

 

WALES

Archives

The National Archives TNA, Kew, Richmond, England
“The National Archives is also the official archive for England, Wales and the central UK government, containing 900 years of history from Domesday Book to the present, with records ranging from parchment and paper scrolls through to recently created digital files and archived websites. Increasingly, these records are being put online, making them universally accessible.”

Access 2 Archives
A collective database representing shire records from England and Wales dating from the 8th century. Over 10 million records representing over 400 repositories. Search results are in a catalog format so each result can contain up to a few hundred additional record abstracts.
[This source has been examined for surname variants and record sources for Kendall Ancestry. On-going process. Unlike many on-line databases, this one allows you to examine entries added from a specific date so you don’t have to go back and repeat reviewing records you have already examined.]

Archives Hub.
“The Archives Hub provides a single point of access to 19,841 descriptions of archives held in more than 150 UK universities and colleges.”

ARCHON Archives in Wales (TNA)

Welsh Record Office and Archives On the Web
Useful links for Welsh Research.

Libraries

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru - The National Library of Wales
English Option/Search Option
“In our building in Aberystwyth, a mountain of knowledge about Wales and the world - millions of books on every subject, thousands of manuscripts and archives, maps, pictures and photographs, films and music, and electronic information.” The OTHER RESOURCES category has links to outstanding resources.

Familia: Libraries Index
UK library links within each country.

Societies

Member Societies - Wales.
Federation of Family History Societies

Website and Contact Information.

Research Tools

Welsh Family History: A Guide To Research.Rowlands, John and Sheila

Second Stages in Researching Welsh AncestryRowlands, John and Sheila eds.

See Wales also as part of compilations with other countries like England and Canada.

 

Many more resources specific to your research needs are available by creatively searching catalogues and indexes of repository collections.

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