History Room Links
Castle Garden: Search over 10 million names of immigrants who arrived in New York before Ellis Island opened in 1892.
Ellis Island: Access archival information available at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum including ship passenger lists or manifests, passenger records, and ship information for the more than 22 million passengers and ship’s crew members who entered the United States through Ellis Island between 1892-1924.
Recommendations from the Wisconsin Historical Society:
Wisconsin Historical Society
Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records
The USGenWeb Project
Find a Grave: Millions of Cemetary Records
RootsWeb: An ancestry.com Community
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness
FamilySearch, the largest genealogy organization in the world
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Websites
Fold3, “able to bring you many never-before-seen historic documents through our unique partnerships with The National Archives, the Library of Congress and other institutions.”
Sources of free eBooks for genealogical research
Family History Books is a collection of over 40,000 books made available by FamilySearch. All books on this site are free and relate to genealogy.
Google Books is provided by Google. This site contains literally millions of books. After you enter your search terms, you can limit your search to free books by clicking “Free Google eBooks” halfway down the left side of the page. Further down the column, you can also select a custom date range, or choose a 19th, 20th, or 21st century search.
The non-profit Internet Archive offers a wide range of volumes. To limit a search to books, select “Texts” from the drop-down menu labeled “All Media Types.”