Getting Started

Begin your genealogy quest 

Wiki on the familysearch website for anyone just getting started with genealogy.

AGBI (American Genealogical Biographical Index)

AGBI Key Title Index Decoder for AGBI sources, from the Allen County Public Library
AGBI Lookups ($) online at ancestry
AGBI Wiki How to use AGBI WIKI, with links to order form, from FamilySearch
AGBI Order Form AGBI order form for the Godfrey Memorial Library

Access Genealogy  Links portal to a variety of databases, especially good for researching American Indian ancestors

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

Several free databases and portals including the African American Gateway, Family Bible Records and Our Military Heritage. Other resources include digitized full-text books and pathfinders to various areas of research.

Ancestry ($ or access at local library or Family History Center)

Many records including all US census images, UK records and census images (requires subscription, free at the Kitsap Regional and many public libraries)

Ancestry Wiki genealogy articles and reference material
Recent Genealogy Databases the latest additions to ancestry
Records from the National Archives Passenger manifests, border crossings, immigration and naturalization records, census records, mortality schedules and military records

Cyndi’s List

Categorized list of links to online genealogy research resources


FamilySearch Learning Center Find out how to do genealogy research using the Familysearch Research WIKI, online classes and discussion forums.
FamilySearch Labs preview of the latest developments and record searches
FamilySearch Wiki Family Search research advice from the community
IGI (International Genealogical Index): Partial index to vital records from around the world. Includes information on baptisms and marriages (and some births and burials) from parish registers of England, Scotland, Ireland and the Channel Islands as well as some patron submissions.
Ancestral File: Combined pedigrees and family information from all submissions (many individual sources
Pedigree Resource File: Pedigrees submitted by individuals
Family History Library Catalog: Search the library catalog online, links to some books online
Online Film Ordering Order films online to be delivered to the local Family History Center
Research Series Classes: tutorials with videos, class notes and outlines
Updated Youtube Channel Short videos with tips, news and getting started ideas

FindMyPast ($ or access at local Family History Center) 

Premier UK collection, now with Irish, Scottish, Australian and U.S. records

Genealogy ($) 

Many records including US census images, historic books

Genealogy Resources by Veritas Prep 

Nice overview of resources for anyone getting started


Genealogy portal, a website with links to free online resources for the U.S., England, Ireland, Scotland and Australia

Genealogy Resources by State 

The U.S. government’s list of states’ genealogy resources, with links to state archives and historical societies

Godfrey Memorial Library ($) 

Collection of databases and links to genealogy resources including online newspapers. Requires subscription.

Google Advanced Search

Create a complex search without knowing the syntax.


Search Electronic Resources/Genealogy/HeritageQuest Online (need Kitsap County library card number to login)
US Census Records
Historical Books
PERSI (periodical source index, archive version, no longer being updated)
Revolutionary War Records

Historical New York Times (1851-1999)

Search Electronic Resources/Genealogy/Historical New York Times (need Kitsap County library card number to login)

MyHeritage ($) 

Large collection of searchable records, online family trees with smart matching and DNA testing

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) 

Find out how to obtain copies of US immigration and military records at the archives; use online research tools and guides; access digital collections.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Locations 

Locations across the United States


The world’s oldest free genealogy site, now owned by ancestry, with message boards, surname and place lists, shared family tree and lots more

Searching for Your Genealogical Records 

Web page with links to genealogy resources

World Vital Records ($ or access with King County or Sno-Isle Library Card) 

Search 10,000 databases including family histories, gazetteers, even English census records (requires subscription, free at the Family History Center or from home with King County or Sno-Isle Library Card)