Saturday, October 16, 2010

Cyndi's List

Cyndi's List covers pretty much the whole planet.

I've written about hundreds of free genealogy resources on the internet, but somehow never got around to mentioning Cyndi's List before today. Time to rectify that oversight.

Cyndi Howells started up Cyndi's List in 1996 with (if memory serves) a few hundred links to genealogy sites. Her site has now grown to more than a quarter of a million links, with dozens added every week.

Of course, a site with hundreds of thousands of links has all the makings of a genealogical nightmare, but Cyndi does an excellent job of categorizing and sub-categorizing the links in a way that makes it an easy resource to use.

You can browse Cyndi's List by country or region, such as the 3,149 links for Cymru aka Wales.  You can also browse by:

There's even a category for Outer Space genealogy...really!

Cyndi's List is a not-to-be-missed site for family history research. I'm especially fond of the What's New section, where I always come across something that I just didn't know about, even though I'm one of those types who thinks he knows everything.

Thanks, Cyndi, for a terrific resource.


Visit the main page of Free Genealogy Tools for more, umm, free genealogical tools. And don't forget to also check for your family history at Ancestry.com and NewspaperArchive.com. These are subscription databases, but they are among the most powerful research tools available for looking into family roots.