This is the main site that I use to search for information and to build my trees. It does cost money to access documents but building a tree is free (but hard to do without accessing information).
This website is amazing. It has digitized books and other resources that are public domain. I have found a lot of information through finding books in archive.org. There are many books from the mid 19th century about specific towns, including genealogies of families in the town. They are a great resource for confirming or finding new information. Here are the books that I have used in my research and I will be adding more as I find them.
- The History of Haverhill Massachusetts from its First Settlement, in 1640, to the year 1860
- Ye Historie of Ye Town of Greenwich, County of Fairfield and State of Connecticut
- The True Genealogy of the Dunnel and Dwinnell Family of New England
- The Descendants of Thomas Whittier and Ruth Green: Of Salisbury and Haverhill, Massachusetts
- History of Fairfield County, Connecticut
Results from this website do show up on Ancestry.com but sometimes it is helpful to look up specific graveyards to see if there is any additional information.
Early Vital Records of Massachusetts
This is another amazing website. I found this archive much easier to browse and navigate than using ancestry.com.
I have the book, Family Photo Detective, written by Maureen Taylor. It’s an excellent resource to help with finding hidden information in family photos. Her website also has some great information.
Here are a few websites to help with ship manifests for early settlers to America.
Results from this website also come up on Ancestry.com but there is a very cool search function where you can filter the results by place and time. I have found information through this function that never came up on Ancestry.com. This website also costs money to subscribe to. Some Ancestry.com memberships come with a membership to this site.