Recommended Genealogy Websites

How-to, for Beginners:

Cyndi's List -Beginners

About.com - Genealogy

Genealogy.com - Getting Started

Genealogy.com - Online Classes

National Archives - Genealogy Resources

General Genealogy Sites:

Cyndi's List A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

Family Search A nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. 

Roots Web Connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research.

Roots Web - Illinois Genealogy & History Roots Web for Illinois.

National Archives - Census Records

Daughters of the American Revolution Library

Illinois State Archives- Databases

Illinois State Archives- Genealogical Research

Illinois Digital Archives

IMLS Digital Collections & Content - Opening History Provides coverage of American history materials.

Coles County Illinois Genealogical Society

Phone Numbers & Addresses: 

411 Locate  (basic information is free, offers more detailed information via paid reports)

Switchboard  (basic information is free, offers more detailed information via paid reports)

Land Records:

Bureau of Land Management

Geographic Names Information System 

Maps:

Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Library of Congress - Map collection

The Federation of East European Family History Societies - Map Library