You may have seen TV commercials for the website called Angie’s List that offers a list of approved websites for home services.
Did you know that there is a website called Cyndi’s List that is a complete resource for thousands of websites that are genealogy related?
What is Cyndi’s List?
Cyndi’s List is a website that contains thousands of links to genealogy websites all over the world.
The website went online in 1996 after it was developed by Cyndi Ingle. She saw the need to have an online resource for people to find genealogy websites and resources easily. The original site had 1,025 sites listed.
- There are over 180 categories filled with genealogy website links
- Roughly 1,500 websites are added (manually) on a monthly basis
- Cyndi, herself, maintains every aspect of this website which includes approving, adding and updating links.
Maybe one of the most important things to note is that this is a FREE website to find resources!
What Kind of Genealogy Websites are Listed?
Have you hit a brick wall lately? You can search their alphabetized listing of categories to find an almost endless number of websites that might be able to provide you with the assistance that you need.
These are just a select few categories just to give you an idea of the breadth of what is covered.
How Do Websites Get Added?
The original list of websites on the website was provided by Cyndi herself. As time went on and the website grew, anyone has the opportunity to provide genealogy websites to be added to the database.
While anyone can submit a link to be added to Cyndi’s List, there is one specific criterion for the website to be approved. Quite simply, it must be genealogy related.
Please make sure that links you submit aren’t already on the website by using the website’s search tool.
Famicity.com was submitted on 5/8/2017 around 11:00 am MST and was approved by 9:00 pm that same day. MST.
The website was developed by Cyndi Ingle of Puyallup, Washington. She has dedicated much of her life to maintaining this website, by herself. While she does do her own genealogy research, she doesn’t focus much time on it.
She is also an author, speaker and a member of a variety of genealogical societies.
Have you used Cyndi’s List as a resource for genealogy research? How has it helped you? Tell us about it in the comments.