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    We’re sure that after you take the time to explore our other web pages as listed above that you will  agree that there are more than enough FREE records and databases available for you to search for your ancestors before you make a commitment to subscribe at a pay site.  With the exception of we have found that most pay sites are not worth the money.   So keep you money in your pocket and use these no cost resources to help establish your family history.

     Family history doesn't have to be overwhelming, even though there's an endless supply of records to search. Censuses, military records and vital records are a great place to start—try one of them to get your feet wet.  You never know which nugget of information will set you on the path to breaking down your brick walls. These research ideas can get your family tree started or launch it to a new level.

     For genealogists, all family history research begins with Birth, Marriage, Death, and Divorce records contain virtually all the keys to discovering our ancestry.   Census records are also very important because in addition to counting the inhabitants of an area, the census generally collects other vital information, such as name, age, citizenship status and ethnic background.  Each census can paint an invaluable portrait of a family at a particular place and time.  In our collection of Military Records you can find enlistment dates, learn about famous battles, locate gravesites of war veterans and discover the unique details of military service that will help you chronicle the stories of the lives of those who served in the United States military.

     The records and databases we’ve collected are all from sources that are FREE of charge.  In addition to the types of records addressed in the previous paragraph you will find up to nine (9) more web pages with links to Court, Land, Wills, Tax & Occupational Records; Immigration & Emigration Records; Obituary Records; Family History Records; as well as  Directories,  Member Lists and much more....  

Following is a brief glimpse of the types of records you will find at our web pages:

BIOGRAPHICAL RECORDS - biographical sketches, family histories, general name lists, and surname studies.  

BIRTH RECORDS - birth certificates, christening records, and birth index databases

CEMETERY RECORDS - cemetery transcriptions, photos, and markers containing information about births, marriages, deaths, and burials.

CENSUS RECORDS & CITY DIRECTORIES - federal & state, free, slave, mortality, agriculture census records as well as city directories.

CHURCH RECORDS - births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials, membership registers

COURT RECORDS wills, deeds, probate, guardianships, etc.

DEATH RECORDS - death certificates, burial records, and death index databases, stillbirths, coroner inquests, and obituaries

IMMIGRATION & NATURALIZATION ship, passenger, crew lists, declaration of intention, immigrant advertisements, passport records,  naturalization court records

LAND RECORDS, GAZETTEERS & MAPS - grants, surveyor's records, deeds, plat maps and land transfers

MARRIAGE RECORDS marriage, divorce, cohabitation records, church banns, marriage bonds

MILITARY RECORDS - service records (militia, volunteer, or regular forces); pension records, bounty land warrants, draft, conscription, and selective service records

NEWSPAPERS - marriage, announcements of birth and anniversaries, obituaries, legal notices, letters to the editor, and social columns

ORGANIZATION RECORDS - Occupational and trade union records such as business license applications, newsletters, pensions, private welfare organizations, school and yearbooks as well as mining, accident & railroad reports.     Custodial records like resident rosters of private asylums, hospitals, or other institutions.  Club records may include name rosters of professional, religious, and fraternal societies.

FEDERAL; STATE and LOCAL RECORDS – Databases of records held by a governmental entity that covers one or more categories.  Also includes public welfare, prison, asylum, and hospital records.

TAX & VOTER RECORDS poll tax, personal property, voter lists and real property taxes

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Some of the most useful records for genealogists are kept at the state level. State departments of health oversee birth, marriage and death records, and state archives and historical societies have taken the lead in preserving newspapers, county records, state censuses and more. Many of these repositories have digitized all or part of their holdings. In addition the following listing includes other significant archives of genealogical records.

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·         Alabama Department of Archives and History - Click on Search Our Collections to look for a name in Civil War service cards and 1867 voter registrations. Online catalogs cover microfilmed newspapers available via interlibrary loan, as well as local and county records, church records and maps.

·         Alaska Libraries, Archives and Museums - Click on the “For Researchers” tab to access several databases, including the Fairbanks/Juneau Newspaper Index, and indexes to naturalization and probate records.

·         Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates - Genealogists can thank Arizona for making vital records so accessible. You can search for births from 1855 to 1935 and deaths from 1844 to 1960, as well as view the original records online.

·         Arizona Memory Project - Coordinated by the Arizona State Library, this site provides access to government documents, photographs and maps at libraries, archives and museums. To find a person in city and phone directories, search on an exact phrase with the surname first.

·         Arkansas History Commission - This attractive site has special sections for records on the Civil War, black history and folk life. Search the CARAT catalog to find biographies, land records, Confederate pensions and WWI discharge records.

·         Arkansas - Browse over 765,000 gravestone photo records from across the state of Arkansas.


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·         California Digital Newspaper Collection - More than 5 million California newspapers articles from 1846 to 2009 are at your fingertips here.

·         California Genealogical Society and Library - Click the Databases tab to search 350,000 records in the California Names Index for free. It costs $10 for a lookup in the original source. Members have online access to San Francisco church records and newspapers

·         San Francisco Genealogy - In addition to extensive resources for the San Francisco Bay Area, this site has statewide indexes to births from 1905 to 1995 and deaths from 1940 to 1997.

·         Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection - Finding marriage notices, obituaries and local news items is easy in this collection of 500,000 pages from 163 newspaper titles published in Colorado from 1859 to 1923.

·         Colorado State Archives - A single search here scours more than a million entries in original sources, including county birth and death registers, and a statewide divorce index from 1880 to 1939.

·         Connecticut State Library - Extensive finding aids will help you request an index search and find microfilmed newspapers to order on interlibrary loan. A “C” icon indicates databases available to nonmembers.

·         Connecticut State Library Digital CollectionsSearch 24 collections of digitalized books, diaries, photos, court records, newspapers, vital records indexes and more.


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·         Delaware Public Archives - Click on the Digital Archives link to access Civil War records, naturalization records, historical maps and more. Don’t miss the index to probate records from 1680 to 1925 


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·         Florida Memory Project - Free databases from the Florida State Library and Archives include Confederate pension applications, WWI service cards, Spanish land grants and more than 167,000 photographs.


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·         Georgia Archives - Click on Virtual Vault to search Colonial wills, Confederate pension applications, death certificates from 1919 to 1927, and the General Name File. Use the search box to search across multiple collections or click on the Advanced Search tab for more options.


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·         Hawaii State Archives - Under Quick Links, click on Genealogy Indexes to search marriage, divorce, citizenship and death records. Click on Digital Collections to search vital records, land records, passenger lists and WWI service records.


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·         Idaho’s Digital Archives – Search indexes to biographies, Civil War veterans, naturalization records, pension files, inmate records, as well as special censuses.

·         BYU-Idaho Special Collections - This site has two indexes to Idaho deaths: The Idaho State Death Index (1911-1956) is drawn from official state records, while Eastern Idaho Death Records has information from obituaries, funeral home records, cemetery records and gravestones. The Western States Marriage Index contains nearly 700,000 records from Idaho and seven other states.

·         Illinois State Archives - In addition to various county indexes to births, wills and other records, you can search statewide indexes to marriages (1763 to 1900) and deaths (pre-1916 and 1916 to 1950). Another 11 databases cover Illinois war veterans.

·         Indiana State Digital Archives - This site has more than 2.8 million searchable records, including military, naturalization and prison records.

·         Indiana State Library: Genealogy Collection - Click Databases to search indexes to marriages, deaths, biographies and newspapers. The VINE database has Indiana local history and vital records from libraries, historical societies and genealogical societies.

·         Iowa GenWeb Project - One of the most useful state sites in the USGenWeb Project, the Hawkeye State site has 668,000 gravestone photos, more than 2,900 family group sheets, and state census transcriptions from 1836 to 1925 (some transcriptions are in progress).


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·         Kansas Historical Society - This site’s Kansas Names Index covers the 1895 state census, biographies, marriages, death notices and more. The Kansas Military Index has records from the Civil War to the Iraq War.

·         Kentucky Digital Library – Search digital images of more than half a million items, including books, manuscripts, newspapers, maps, oral histories and pictures.

·         Kentucky Historical Society - Click the Search our Collections tab to access several catalogs and databases on this beautiful site. The cemetery records database has hundreds of thousands of names transcribed from gravestones across Kentucky.


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·         Louisiana State Archives Research Library – Search passenger lists for the port of New Orleans as well as Confederate pension applications. Under Vital Records, you’ll find death records (mostly 1911 to 1956), and Orleans Parish births (mostly 1819 to 1907) and marriages (mostly 1870 to 1957).

·         Louisiana Biography and Obituary Index - A digitized version of a 650,000-name card file at the New Orleans Public Library, this database indexes obituaries and death notices published in New Orleans newspapers from 1804 to 1972 and biographical information published in Louisiana biographical collections. A copy of the original document costs $2.


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·         Maine Genealogy – This site has extensive resources for researching in the State of Maine.  A wide variety of databases include indexes to vital records, obituaries, passenger lists, military records as well as court records.

·         Maine State Archives - This site’s expanded marriage records database covers 1892 to 1967 and 1977 to 2009. A death records database covers 1960 to 2009. Click on Databases for Downloading to access an index of divorces from 1800 to 1891, as well as records pertaining to soldiers of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Mexican War.

·         Maine Memory Network - Developed by the Maine Historical Society, this attractive site has over 20,000 items from more than 200 historical societies and libraries across the state. Search letters, manuscripts, photographs and other items for your family name or hometown.

·         Archives of Maryland Online - This online series from the Maryland State Archives has more than 471,000 historical documents. Click Probate Records for an index to colonial probate records from 1634 to 1777, and Military Records for Revolutionary War and Civil War resources.

·         Maryland State Archives - Select the Reference and Research tab for links to genealogical resources across this site, including research guides and various indexes. Under Quick Links, click to access Maryland death indexes.

·         Massachusetts Archives - Search indexes to birth, marriage and death records from 1841 to 1915, plus an in-progress index to passengers arriving in Boston between 1848 and 1891.

·         American Ancestors - Among the benefits of membership in the New England Historic Genealogical Society ($79.95 per year) is access to nearly 3,000 online databases. They include a large collection of Massachusetts vital records, plus church, town and probate records.

·         Michigan Family History Network – This website features transcription of records from every county in Michigan. In addition there are state-wide databases for births, deaths, military records. etc.

·         Seeking Michigan - Click the Seek tab to search multiple collections at once, including digitized death records from 1897 to 1920, and Civil War service records and photographs.

·         Western Michigan Genealogical Society - Search indexes to more than 2 million marriages, deaths, obituaries and other records for free. A copy of most records cost $5. 

·         Minnesota Historical Society - Trace your Minnesota ancestors from the mid-19th century to the present with these records. Indexes cover state censuses from 1849 to 1905, birth records from 1900 to 1934 (plus a few earlier ones) and death records from 1904 to 2001.

·         Minnesota Discovery Center - The genealogy database covers birth, marriage and cemetery records from the Iron Range and alien registrations, naturalization records and obituaries from across Minnesota.

·         Mississippi Department of Archives and History - Check the Genealogy section for finding aids to key record collections, and use the online catalog to identify specific records.

·         Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative - Access more than 6.8 million birth, death, military, naturalization and other records from around the state through a single search. You can also search several digitized newspaper collections, but just one title at a time.

·         Missouri History Museum - The Genealogy and Local History Index covers an extensive genealogy and local history collection focusing on St. Louis. If you find a reference to a person or business name, you can request a photocopy of the item.

·         Missouri State Archives – This link to the state archives’ main site offers several important databases that include births and deaths before 1910, death certificates from 1910 to0 1961, military records from the War of 1812 to World War One.

·         Montana Historical Society Research Center - Explore the multimedia Montana Memory Project, and search the Research Center’s online catalog covering oral histories and manuscripts.

·         Montana State Genealogical Society - You can view an index to Montana deaths through 2002. Another free index covers marriage and naturalization records of Norwegian immigrants.


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·         Nebraska State Historical Society - Select Additional Research Databases from the Search Collections tab to access indexes to names in cemetery transcriptions, prison records, and county atlases and plat books.

·         Nevada Census Database - Scroll down to the link for Nevada Census Database to search all 310,000 names recorded in Nevada census records from 1860 to 1920.

·         Nevada State Library Digital Archives – This site has more than 500,000 online records, including territorial census records from 1861 to 1864 and state land patents from 1868 to 2009.

·         New Hampshire Genealogy and History  - This extensive guide to researching your family history in New Hampshire covers all the major record groups and has numerous links to online resources. It even has detailed resources for every county.

·         New Jersey State Archives - Click Searchable Databases to access over a million entries in documents and photographs. The databases include indexes to marriage records from 1665 to 1799 and from 1848 to 1878, and to death records from 1878 to 1887.

·         New Mexico Archives Project - Scroll down the page to access statewide indexes to almost 51,000 deaths from 1899 to 1949.

·         German Genealogy Group and Italian Genealogical Group - Thanks to the coordinated efforts of volunteers in these two groups, you can search indexes to births, marriages, deaths and naturalizations in New York City and Long Island.

·         Old Fulton New York Post Cards - Despite the name, Old Fulton New York Post Cards has newspapers from all over the state. To download the complete list, click on FAQ_HELP_INDEX at the top of the screen, then To Browse the Different Papers Click Here, and select Download this Index as a Microsoft Excel file.

·         Sampubco - This index covers over 235,00 New York wills. Browse by county or use Google to search these and other indexes on the site. Search the entire site with Google, formatting your search terms like this: "Smith, John." 

·         North Carolina State Archives - Click on Online Projects to explore Tar Heel State maps, photos and newspapers. North Carolina Family Records Online includes family Bibles, as well as marriages and death announcements appearing in five North Carolina newspapers from 1799 to 1893.\

·         North Carolina Family Records Online – This site is a project of the State Library and State Archives.  Search Bible records, marriage and death notices from North Carolina Newspapers as well as cemetery photographs.

·         North Dakota State University Institute for Regional Studies - Search the statewide North Dakota Biography Index, 212,000 naturalization records, the 1885 Dakota Territory census for counties in present-day North Dakota and obituaries from the Fargo Forum newspaper. And don’t miss the indexes to Cass County marriages, divorces and probate records.

·         North Dakota Department of Public Health Public Death Index - Here you can search death certificates from 1881 on. You can’t search more than a 10-year span at once, so if you don’t know the year of death, you may have to do multiple searches.


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·         Ohio Historical Society - Online resources include an index of death certificates from 1913 to 1944, a roster of Ohio soldiers in the War of 1812, and an index to admission records from the Boys Industrial School (1858 to 1944) and Girls Industrial School (1869 to 1943).

·         Ohio Memory - This digital history storehouse lets you explore primary sources from 354 repositories, including grave registration cards, WWII oral histories, deeds and military records.

·         Oklahoma Historical Society - Click on Research Center to search databases and indexes, including the 1890 territorial census, the Dawes Final Rolls, obituaries and Smith’s First Directory of Oklahoma Territory.

·         Genealogical Forum of Oregon - Search multiple databases at once, including land claims, obituaries, and marriage and death records. You can order copies of most records for $5. 

·         Oregon State Archives - The Oregon Historical Records Index now has over 600,000 names from county records, including birth, marriage, death, divorce, naturalization and probate records.


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·         Pennsylvania State Archives - Seven databases cover military records from the Revolutionary War to the Spanish-American War, plus WWI medal applications. Many of these records include physical descriptions.

·         Historical Society of Pennsylvania - Select the Research and Collections tab to access online catalogs and guides to the society’s books, manuscripts and more. The society has started to post digitized documents, photographs, maps, letters and diaries at


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·         Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries - More than just an index to gravestones, this site includes dates of birth and death, family members and maps.

·         Rhode Island USGenWeb Project - Like most USGenWeb state sites, Rhode Island’s has a lot of useful resources, such as guides to state and county records, archives and societies. But Rhode Island’s site is notable for the Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Transcription Project and Master Index. It covers about 95 percent of the state’s gravestones from 1647-1900.


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·         South Carolina Department of Archives and History - Click on the link for On-Line Records Index to search more than 300,000 items (many with images), including records of Confederate veterans, criminal court records, state land-grant plats, legislative papers, will transcripts and school insurance photos.

·         South Dakota Department of Health - More than 213,000 South Dakota births are searchable here, including many delayed birth certificates issued for people born before statewide registration began in 1905.

·         South Dakota State Historical Society - Find your ancestors with the help of these indexes to naturalizations, cemetery records and biographies, plus a transcript of the 1885 census of Civil War veterans.


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·         Tennessee State Library and Archives - Indexes cover Tennessee death records from 1908 to 1912 and from 1914 to 1932, death notices in Nashville Newspapers from 1855 to 1907, and Confederate pension applications.

·         Tennessee Virtual Archive - This highly visual site has several Civil War collections, including soldier photographs, military records and battlefield maps, plus historical maps of Tennessee and many old photos and postcards.

·         Texas State Library and Archives Commission - Databases for researching your ancestors in the Lone Star State include an index to Confederate pension applications, lists of indigent Confederate families and digitized republic claims.

·         Texas General Land Office - Click on Surname Index to view alphabetical listings of grantees and patentees who were issued land grants by the Republic and State of Texas. 

·         Texas Heritage Online -  A partnership among Texas libraries and museums, this site includes digitalized newspapers, and yearbooks as well as  other items.


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·         Utah State History: Cemetery and Burial Database - This database contains cemetery records for about 600,000 people buried in Utah, and more burials are continually added.

·         Utah Digital Newspapers - Search for a word anywhere in more than a million pages of Utah newspapers dating from 1850 to 1982.

·         Utah State Archives Name Indexes - The Beehive State archives has created this convenient list of online records searchable by name. In addition to images of death certificates from 1904 to 1959, birth registers and other records from several counties are also searchable. 


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·         Vermont Historical Society - Select Genealogy under the Library tab and then Genealogy Indexes & Lists for links to access online records, including baptisms, marriages, deaths, naturalizations and town records.

·         Virginia Memory - The Library of Virginia created this handy roundup to its digital collections. Click on Collections A to Z for links to the Chancery Records Index, Confederate pension roles, Revolutionary War records, Colonial records, and land grants and patents.

·         Virginia Historical Society - Digital collections include Civil War photographs and Civil War-era maps.

·         Library of Virginia -  Among the many indexes and digitalized documents at the Library of Virginia are marriage and obituary indexes from Richmond and Petersburg area newspapers.  Military record indexes from Dunmore’s War (1776) to the Civil War (1865), an index to wills and administrations up to 1800.


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·         Washington State Digital Archives - This terrific site already has more than a million digitized records, with more than 31 million searchable records. Among them are birth, marriage, death, census, cemetery and naturalization records.

·         Historic Newspapers in Washington - View digitized Washington newspapers dating from 1852 to 1892. The full text isn’t searchable, but the newspapers are indexed by personal names and subjects.

·         West Virginia Archives and History - Search and view digitized birth records from 1790 to 1935, marriage records from 1781 to 1971, and death records from 1753 to 1970. They’re not complete for all counties, but more records are continually being added.

·         Wisconsin Historical Society - The Wisconsin Genealogy Index covers a million births, a million marriages, 400,000 deaths, and 150,000 obituaries and biographies. But this site has much more to offer, including Civil War records and local histories.

·         Wyoming Newspaper Project - Search more than 900,000 newspaper pages on this site—that’s all the newspapers printed in Wyoming between 1849 and 1922.


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More sources for genealogy records

More Sources for Genealogy Records

·      Access Genealogy -

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·      American Ancestors (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts) -

·      American Memory (Library of Congress) -

·      American Civil War Research Database -

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·      Ellis Island: Immigration Passenger Search -

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·      FamilyLink -

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·      Genealogy Trails History Group -

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·      Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934 - 

·      Hugh Wallis’s Genealogical Web Sites -

·      I Dream of Genealogy -

·      Immigrant Ancestors Project at BYU -

·      Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild -

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·      Internet Archive -

·      LDS Church Archives: Selected Collections -

·      LDS Church History Library -

·      Library of Congress -

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·      PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) -

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·      State and Territorial Archives -

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