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Best Internet Genealogy - Directs you to a number of free quality sources of genealogical information and includes a search page that aids you in formulating internet searches using the major search engines.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites - Comprehensive index to genealogy sites, organized by subject.

Ellis Island - Immigration History Center - Allows name search for passengers who came to America through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924. Free registration is required to view the full passenger records but site will then keep a record of your searches.

Family Search Internet Genealogy Service - Family history records collected and indexed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) - A portal for answering many questions relating to Central (German, Swiss) and East European genealogy.

Genealogy Exchange and Surname Registry - A genealogical data exchange where visitors and researchers alike can go to find specific persons, and exchange specific data with one another.

Genealogy Home Page - Provides links to genealogy sites sorted by category. Subjects include help and guides, religious resources, family/personal pages and other Internet guides.

Genealogy Today - Includes reviews of genealogy search engines, a site of the day and a question and answer section. Provides detailed reviews of genealogy software and advice on planning family reunions, as well as articles on topics such as searching for birth parents and using the National Archives.

Genealogy.com - A good all-purpose site with emphasis on the novice. There is a glossary of terms, links to other Web sites and a question and answer section.

Geneanet - Focuses on genealogical lines of European descent. Includes links to specialized U.S. and European sites such as the Kansas Pioneers Project or 1801 Norwegian census.

General Land Office - Bureau of Land Management - Offers researchers a source of information on the initial transfer of land titles from the Federal government to individuals. In addition to verifying title transfer, this allows the researcher to associate an individual (Patentee, Assignee, Warrantee, Widow, or Heir) with a specific location (Legal Land Description) in time (Signature date).

Heraldica - This site contains a variety of information on heraldry (coats of arms) and related topics, in the form of texts, images and links. It is organized into articles, collected by themes.

Kenosha County Genealogical Society - Official web page for the local group. Includes an events calendar, meeting locations and a guide to getting started.

Kenosha County WIGenWeb Page - Includes some cemetery information, early history of the area, indexes for births, deaths and marriages (which are works in progress) and other local resources.

Kindred Trails - A nicely organized and easy to use portal to locality databases worldwide. Each locality page has detailed categories such as census, tax lists, histories and the like.

Linkpendium - Offers links to over 5 million websites listed under two headings - U.S. Localities and Surnames Worldwide. The first group takes you to sites where detailed genealogical information is available for a specific location. The second, and by far the larger portion of the site, provides sites for specific surnames.

National Cemetery Administration - Department of Veteran Affairs - Provides information on national cemeteries including links to their web pages and a nationwide gravesite locator that covers most of the DVA's 120 national cemeteries. Information is also given on other veterans' cemeteries.

Online Genealogical Database Index - Contains links to all known genealogical databases searchable through the Web. It is limited to searchable databases and does not include links to sites devoted to a family unless a database is available for searching.

Rootsweb - One of the largest genealogical sites. It both provides information and serves as a portal to other tools and databases.

Social Security Death Index - Rootsweb lets you search the Social Security Death Index. Records begin (but are incomplete) with deaths that occurred in the 1960's and become more complete in later years. Only the month and day are given until about the mid 1990's and until then middle initials were not used.

Soundex Converter (Rootsweb) - Just enter a name and this will provide the Soundex equivalent.

U.S. GenWeb Project - "We are a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone." Includes a link to the WorldGenWeb Project which attempts to cover every country in the world.

United States Vital Records Information - Directory of national, state, and county offices to contact for vital records.

University of Wisconsin - Parkside Archives and Area Research Center - This center is a repository for a variety of state-owned manuscript and public record collections related to Kenosha and Racine counties. Their site contains descriptions of their resources, links to area societies, libraries and archives, LDS Family History Centers and to general genealogical sites.

Wisconsin Historical Society Library - Official site. Allows search of their catalog and access to the Archives Catalog (ArCAt) for the 13 area research center collections in the state.

Wisconsin Resources - Genealogical Information - The Reference and Loan Library provides a description of types of genealogical resources available and procedures for requesting specific materials or information.

Wisconsin Vital Records - Application forms for receiving copies of birth, marriage, divorce, and death certificates.