Genealogy Resource Roundup (Blog Post)

Me (left) with genealogy rock star Cyndi Ingle.

Are you ready to explore your family history?

Here are some genealogy resources to help you get started!

This list is by no means exhaustive! It’s mostly a list of websites and tools I use myself. If you want exhaustive, check out Cyndi’s List below. I have used  Cyndi’s List since its inception in 1996, and got to meet Cyndi Ingle in person when she came to visit the New Mexico Genealogical Society a few years ago.

Please let me know if you find something here that helps you!

Ready to explore your family history? Here are some resources to help you get started! Share on X

Org4life Services

Family History Research Services

Org4life Blog Posts

Are we all descended from royalty?

Hit a brick wall? 20 reasons why you can’t find your ancestor

Climbing your never-ending family tree

What’s a photo without the story?

How to organize your family tree at any budget

Top 10 Reasons Why Genealogy is for Everybody!

The Gift of an Organized Family Tree

Puzzling Out Your Family History

Family History Lost & Found

Mother’s Day — Gifts I Got from Mom

Who Do You Think You Look Like?

The Basic Genealogy Checklist

Family history: How to organize your genealogy research materials

Family history: Why organize it if you don’t care about genealogy?

Programs for Your Computer

Family Tree Maker (the one I use)

Roots Magic

(There are more programs, of course, but these two are very popular and they both sync with Ancestry.)

Free Research Websites

Family Search


Google Maps

Cyndi’s List

National Archives

Albuquerque Public Library Genealogy Center (Check your local library!)

Paid Research Websites

Tools & Forms

Family Group Sheet (Ancestry)

Family Relationship Chart

Ancestry Clutter Flow Chart (Org4life)

DNA Match Chart (“The Green One”)

Handwriting Helps (Family Search)

Books (other people’s)

Genealogy Standards Second Edition  — Board for Certification of Genealogists

Blogs (other people’s)

Organize Your Family History — Janine Adams

Modern Genealogy Made Easy — Amy Johnson Crow

Are You My Cousin? — Lisa Lisson

Podcasts (other people’s)

The Genealogy Guys  — George G. Morgan & Drew Smith

Generations Cafe — Amy Johnson Crow

Getting to Good Enough — Janine Adams and Shannon Wilkinson (episode 20 is specifically about Genealogy)

Videos (instructional)

The Barefoot Genealogist — Ancestry’s Crista Cowan (series)

An Introduction: Genealogical Proof Standard — Ancestry

Is Everyone a Descendant of Royalty? — UsefulCharts

Facebook Groups

The Genealogy Squad — George G. Morgan & Drew Smith (The Genealogy Guys), Cyndi Ingle (Cyndi’s List), Cari A. Taplin (Genealogy Pants)

(There are Facebook groups for every ethnicity, religion, surname, timeframe, and location you can imagine. Just search for them.)


(These annual events offer both in-person and virtual sessions.)


Genealogy Jamboree


(Some are free to everyone when presented live, and then if you want access to the archives you need to be a member.)

Southern California Genealogy Society

Family Tree Webinars

Genealogy Libraries

There are way too many to list! But you should know about…

LDS Family History Centers

DIY Family Website

The Next Generation (TNG) — This is the program I used to build my Thornton Family History page on this website. (I’m not saying it was easy.)


The Best DNA Test For Ancestry (2020) —  Dan Miller (detailed comparisons)


PLEASE NOTE: This is the blog post version of a living document on my website of the same name, Genealogy Resource Roundup. <– Check there for updates!

What are YOUR favorite genealogy resources? I’d love to know!

Please share them with us in the comments below.

They can be the same ones I’ve listed or different ones.

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  1. Janet Barclay on October 12, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    You are my genealogy rock star! You’ve inspired and educated me more than you can imagine. Thank you so much for this roundup – I’ve pinned it to my Family History board.

    • Hazel Thornton on October 17, 2020 at 7:08 am

      Love knowing I’ve inspired you!

  2. Seana Turner on October 12, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Wow, and this isn’t exhaustive! There sure are a lot of resources out there for folks who want to explore their ancestry. It is such a fun hobby for the inquisitive and tenacious. I agree with Janet – you are my genealogy rock star!

    • Hazel Thornton on October 17, 2020 at 7:09 am

      Genealogy rock star — I’ll take it!

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