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The following is a list of general resources that I personally use in my own research. This was getting to be a very long page and I have much more to add, so I’ve decided to list multi-State resources here and will dedicate a separate page for each State to try and keep it organized and easy to find what we are looking for.

I’ve tried to include as much information as possible such as addresses, maps, phone numbers, websites and any transcriptions or images found online. This page is here for my recap in case I need to visit one of these resources again and hopefully this will help you with something that you may need. Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any additional information on one of these resources or a source that I have not listed that you would like to include here.


Genealogy Programs – (Free)

Web Address: http://www.rootsmagic.com/Try/RootsMagic/default.aspx
This is the program that I use and I only use the free version at this time. It’s been a very good and very reliable program. It’s easy to use and navigate. Some of the features are only available with the paid version, but that’s mostly if you want to print certain reports and/or a book.

US National Archives – (Free)

Web Address: http://www.archives.gov
This is the official website of the US National Archives. I don’t even know where to begin to explain all the information that can be found on this site. The Archives hold our history. Granted, not everything is digital and available on-line, however,  this is where you will obtain information as to what is available to you, where and how to obtain that information. Also the 1940 US Census was recently released to the public. This was the first time it was put into digital format rather than microfilmed. All of the 1940 census records are available on this site for free. At this time, volunteers are working hard to index it by name.

Fold3 – (Pay Site with a 1 week Free Trail. It does have some FREE sections)

Web Address: http://www.fold3.com
This site is pretty cool. I just started to check it out with the free trial (May 2012), so I’m not sure of everything available as of yet. So far I’ve been able to download and print the original Civil War Records of several people. I would suggest that you look them up on the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System link below first. It will help you find the information you will need before you start such as (1). Were they Union or Confederate (2). What Regiment they were in (3). What Company they were in. After that you simply click on the letter that their surname begins with and look for them through and alphabetical list. I can’t even get those records on Ancestry.com so I’m very happy with this site. They are very interesting and I’ve already learned some great information from these records that I hadn’t known before. Although this site states that it has records from WWI and WWII, I haven’t been able to find actual Service Records for individual soldiers from those era’s. I am currently looking through some of the original handwritten documents of the Militia and Military from the Revolutionary War and Post War Documents.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System – (Free)

Web Address: http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/
The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System is a computerized database containing very basic facts about servicemen who served on both sides during the Civil War. The initial focus of the CWSS is the Names Index Project, a project to enter names and other basic information from 6.3 million soldier records in the National Archives. The facts about the soldiers were entered from records that are indexed to many millions of other documents about Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration. Other information includes: histories of regiments in both the Union and Confederate Armies, links to descriptions of 384 significant battles of the war, and other historical information. Additional information about soldiers, sailors, regiments, and battles, as well as prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records, will be added over time.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) is a cooperative effort by the National Park Service (NPS) and several other public and private partners, to computerize information about the Civil War. The goal of the CWSS is to increase the American people’s understanding of this decisive era in American history by making information about it widely accessible. The CWSS will enable the public to make a personal link between themselves and history.

Find A Grave.com – (Free)

Web Address: http://www.findagrave.com/index.html
A free website that started out as a hobby site dedicated to the final resting places of famous people or those who where a part of a famous event, over the last decade it has grown into a massive on-line cemetery with literally hundreds of thousands of people from around the world contributing cemetery photos, transcriptions and short biographies everyday. There are over 11 Billion records on-line. The genealogy community has definitely seen what a great contribution this site is and has joined in. I think that one of the best things about this website is that it is interactive. You can leave virtual flowers, notes, pictures, additional information. This is a five-star site as far as I’m concerned. I’ve started a virtual cemetery for all the families we are researching, click here to check it out. This site is extremely addicting, just remember that I warned you.

Open Library – (Free)

Web Address: http://openlibrary.org/
This site is AWESOME and will save you lots of money and time. They have books that are very hard to find and sometimes out of print. They are FREE. I just found a book I had been looking for that only had a couple of prints left and they were near the $30 range plus the cost of shipping – free here. And not just a transcription, it’s the full book, scanned in page by page in a very easy to read and fast loading reader. I can link directly to the page(s) I need to. I’m very quickly becoming in love with this site.

Internet Archives – (Free)

Web Address: http://archive.org/index.php
Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music and Wayback Machine. The above site, Open Library, links to books that scanned on this site. I haven’t even tried the movies, music or wayback machine (no clue what that is yet). The books alone make this site a big hit with me. I so appreciate what they have done here.

Histopolis – (Free)

Web Address: http://www.histopolis.com/Default.aspx
This is a new site for me and I’m still getting acquainted with it. So far it’s been helpful in locating and mapping some smaller locations such as townships and cemeteries. Here is the description they give on their Facebook page: “Histopolis.com provides free genealogy and history information on over 130,000 cemeteries and 220,000 other places in the United States and Puerto Rico including links to other sites with related information. The Histopolis Grave Index allows researchers to find grave information on other genealogy sites, large and small.”

BLM – (Free database, there is a cost for certified copies)

U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, Automation
Web Address: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/
From their website: “We provide live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present. We also have images related to survey plats and field notes, dating back to 1810. Due to organization of documents in the GLO collection, this site does not currently contain every Federal title record issued for the Public Land States.”

Rootsweb.com – (Free)

Web Address: http://www.rootsweb.com/
If you do genealogy – you need to be familiar with this website! There are free databases, web space, websites, message boards, mailing lists, newsletters, etc…

USGenWeb Project – (Free)

Web Address: http://www.usgenweb.com
The USGenWeb Project is made up of a group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone.

Familysearch.org – (Free)

Web Address: http://www.familysearch.org
Free family history and genealogy records. From their homepage “Our records span billions of names across hundreds of collections—including birth, marriage, death, probate, land, military, IGI extracted, and more.” This is one of the few free sites left where you can still search the SSDI (Social Security Death Index)

Western States Marriages – (Free)

Web Address: http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm
“For nearly three decades, the BYU-I (formerly Ricks College) Arthur Porter Special Collections area of the David O. McKay Library in Rexburg, Idaho has been extracting early marriage records from counties in the western part of the United States. This extraction is called the Western States Marriage Index.
Most of the pre-1900 marriages are included in the index for Arizona, Idaho and Nevada. Many counties for those same states have been extracted into the 1930’s and some, much later. A significant number of marriages from selected counties in California, western Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Utah, eastern Washington, and Wyoming are also included. Very early marriages (1700’s) in New Mexico are currently being added. For more details, see “List of Counties by State“. As of May 22, 2012, this file contains over 700,757 marriage records with additional entries being added nearly every working day.”

Cyndi’s List – (Free)

Web Address: http://www.cyndislist.com/
“A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.”


STATE Resources:

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arkansa
  4. Arizona
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut
  8. Delaware
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Hawaii
  12. Idaho
  13. Illinois
  14. Indiana
  15. Iowa
  16. Kansas
  17. Kentucky
  18. Louisiana
  19. Maine
  20. Maryland
  21. Massachusetts
  22. Michigan
  23. Minnesota
  24. Mississippi
  25. Missouri
  26. Montana
  27. Nebraska
  28. Nevada
  29. New Hampshire
  30. New Jersey
  31. New Mexico
  32. New York
  33. North Carolina
  34. North Dakota
  35. Ohio
  36. Oklahoma
  37. Oregon
  38. Pennsylvania
  39. Rhode Island
  40. South Carolina
  41. South Dakota
  42. Tennessee
  43. Texas
  44. Utah
  45. Vermont
  46. Virginia
  47. Washington
  48. West Virginia
  49. Wisconsin
  50. Wyoming

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