For OWLS — Several Great Genealogy Websites

by Judy Kuster

Below are online resources that include additional information to explore. Only is subscription-based at this point. That means the rest are free! is one of the world's leading subscription databases for genealogy research, with more than 10,000 billion online records. It is my go-to resource. Parts of are available free on the 11 computers at the New Ulm Library — or you can bring your own computer and use their wi-fi. You do not need a library card. The librarians are helpful. You can also register at FREE REGISTERED GUEST ACCOUNT — — which you will never be billed for. It is much like what you can access in the library edition.

RootsWeb - Ancestry acquired another helpful genealogical resource called RootsWeb which I used a lot in the past. It's a genealogical community filled with forums and resources of its own. The free Rootsweb wiki has a wonderful Comparison of Census Information 1790-1940

Find a Grave They call themselves the world's largest gravesite collection with more than 170 million memorials. Search for free. Many photos and text have been added to gravesite information because of links to I think.

DeadFred a "Genealogy Photo Archive" designed to "Search, Preserve, Record, Remember," is available for members to add pictures so is complete for those families, but it's hard to find pictures that may be of interest to you. I found a picture of a younger Emeline Trimble I hadn't seen before. is considered "the global leader in online obituaries, partners with more that 1500 newspapers and 3500 funeral homes across the United State, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Europe." It features easily understood indexing for all US states leading to "all counties" and "all cities" that can be easily searched.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services can be used to find family members who entered the U.S as immigrants at one time and became citizens. Record-keeping has changed over time, so you may find it challenging to research (e.g. records of ancestors who arrived before 1924 will appear differently than those after) but it is a valuable resource to begin your family history exploration.

FamilySearch OR is a completely FREE genealogy database website. A favorite!! You can use an Advanced Search tool by surname, record type, and/or place to access millions of records. Enter a name in the search option! I Found the 1818 marriage registration of my g.g.g.grandfather James Milton Maginnis with his bride's name verified in Belmont County, Ohio. Literally millions of other records on this site. Spend time learning what is there — you will be amazed!!

The FamilySearch Wiki is a "go-to" resource to find what exists for a wide range of family history topics, even beyond FamilySearch's extensive databases. You can search North American records, but if your search goes to other continents, this is the place to start where you may be able to find birth, death, marriage, census records, and other genealogy resources by selecting the region and country. There are nearly 100,000 articles/records. I explored Norway, Germany, and Poland and was amazed at what I could find!!

WikiTree has a free collaborative genealogical source that's growing in popularity. As a social networking genealogical site, WikiTree allows for individual family tree building and collaborative genealogical information sharing. "Our tree includes 30,413,279 profiles, 9,789,033 with DNA test connections edited by 903,053 members from around the world"

1950 U.S. Census official site. Find yourself in the census FREE. Search Finding the ED (enumeration district) Discover explanations of all federal census years. Access copies of original forms and questions which lists the questions asked in various censuses. Also see Census Online for links to state censuses; tools for research; and calculators to convert year of birth. Not a complete database of census records, but you may get lucky.

USGenWeb Project Free county/state historical and genealogical resources; research resources and content projects driven by volunteers of local and state genealogical societies throughout the United States. It is stronger in some resources linked than others, depending on the volunteers. Also see the WorldGenWeb Project for records beyond the U.S. There are numerous countries to check, but I check GERMANY and NORWAY

Access Genealogy is a free genealogy website which provides "access to hundreds of links to genealogical data by state or by topic." It is a .com domain and does have advertisements but can be a helpful and handy website.

Genealogy Research Guides, Tips and Online Records — USA is a treasure It provides genealogy research guides and a subject index of "The Basics of Online Genealogy Research for Beginners and Beyond." One section includes Ship Passenger Lists and Immigration Records. A Genealogy Research Guide "focuses on providing guidance and links to records for passenger lists from about 1820 to the early 1950's." It includes suggestions for finding records for ports of arrival and immigration records.

MLC History — The Way It Was "links to many digitized resources that will help you research, learn about, and appreciate the many blessings that God has granted to our little 'City on a Hill,'" according to Steve Balza. Many pictures of faculty, students, and activities. The MLC library also has many of the school annuals going back to 1950 on the open shelves.

Cyndi's List is an internationally renowned resource for amateur and academic genealogists, currently boasting more than 330,000 links to genealogical resources organized into topics/categories such as newspapers, adoptions, births, and baptisms, obituaries, ports of entry, census records, etc. Has links organized by topics and categories. Be sure to check to see what may be available in various states at

Personal References Mentioned and Extra Local Resources

Emeline Trimble Fuller's Left by the Indians is available to read in two different formats on my website. It is not for children. Be aware that it reflects some views of Native Americans that may have been considered acceptable at the time of writing but thankfully would not be expressed today.

Madison Lutheran School 1942-1965 located first in Eastside English Lutheran Church and later at 1001 Jenifer Street in Madison, Wisconsin, began in 1942 as a "Synodical Conference School." It was supported by several Madison area Lutheran churches in the Missouri Synod (now LCMS), Wisconsin Synod (now WELS), and "old Norwegian" Synod (now ELS). It closed in 1965.

New Ulm Now and Then is a Facebook group for those who want to share memories and photos and fun events happening in our hometown. "We do not advertise businesses, sell items or tolerate negativity. NO people or business bashing is allowed !! NOTHING NEGATIVE — Just some New Ulm fun !!"

Genealogy Club — New Ulm Library Are you interested in family history, historical research, or connecting to the past? Join the new Genealogy Club meeting monthly on the third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the New Ulm Public Library's meeting room. This program is free and open to the public. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, May 19, so bring your questions, current projects, stories to share, and join us for a fun time and refreshments. We hope to see you there! Call the library at 507 359-8331 or visit our website at for more information.

Date and time: May 19, 2022 6:30-7:30
Location: New Ulm Public Library meeting room, 17 N. Broadway, New Ulm, MN 56073