Sample Records Sources Websites

Welcome to the Wilson Cobb Library! Making it easier for you to search out your ancestry and genealogical history!

These categories correspond to those on the Genealogy Records Selection Table, and are sample websites to give you an idea what you can find on the Web. All websites are free except for the two marked Subscription website.

Please remember that your searches will be more effective if you qualify them with a specific surname or location. For example: McKean: land Pennsylvania

Bible Records


  • Ancestor Search – Free Historical Biography Records Search CLICK HERE
  • People: Biographies and Genealogy CLICK HERE

Birth Records


Census Records

Census Mortality Schedules

Church Records

Court Records

Death Records


  • City Directories of the United States of America CLICK HERE
  • Effective Use of City Directories CLICK HERE
  • Cyndi’s List – Directories County, City, Address, etc.: CLICK HERE
  • City Directories CLICK HERE

Emigration & Immigration Records

Funeral Home Records



  • Using Compiled Family Histories to Research Family Genealogies CLICK HERE
  • Locating Published Genealogies CLICK HERE

Historical Maps


Land Records

Marriage Records

Military Records

Naturalization & Citizenship



Pension Records


  • Your Guide to Finding & Using Genealogy Periodicals CLICK HERE
  • Finding Ancestors in Periodicals CLICK HERE
  • PERSI – the PERiodical Search Index (Subscription website) CLICK HERE

Probate & Wills

  • Cyndi’s List – Wills & Probate CLICK HERE
  • United States Probate Records CLICK HERE
  • U.S. Wills and Probates ( – subscription website) CLICK HERE
  • Maine Wills, 1640 – 1760 CLICK HERE

Social Security Death Index

  • The Social Security Death Index CLICK HERE
  • U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 ( – subscription website) CLICK HERE


Tax Records

Town Records

Vital Records

Voter Registration

  • Voters, Poll Books, Electoral Records CLICK HERE
  • Voter Registration Records and Genealogy CLICK HERE