Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
is a categorized and cross-referenced list of links for genealogical
research. The site contains roughly 260,000 links in 180 categories. Cyndi's List supplements operating expenses with affiliate advertising.
The list was first created as a short list of genealogy bookmarks that was shared with the members of the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society at the September 1995 meeting. The web site opened in March 1996; by the end of that year, it had more than 10,000 links. In 1998 it obtained its own domain name. The site has since received numerous awards
The creator of the site, Cyndi Howells, is the author of three books on genealogical research and the Internet, including a printed copy of Cyndi's List.
The links are categorised into sections which are then subdivided. The top level divisions are:
- Computers & the Internet
- Ethnic Groups & People
- Help from Others
- Immigration, Emigration, Migration
- Research Tools & Reference Materials
There are several other indexes, and a search facility using Google.
Books by Cyndi Howells:
- Howells, Cyndi Netting Your Ancestors : Genealogical Research on the Internet. Genealogical Publishing Company.
- Howells, Cyndi Cyndi's List: a Comprehensive List of 40,000 Genealogy Sites on the Internet. Genealogical Publishing Company.
- Howells, Cyndi Planting Your Family Tree Online: How to Create Your Own Family History Web Site. Thomas Nelson, Inc. (More details on NGS website)