United States – Links

United States – Links

USA Genealogy Web Sites

Genealogical and History Societies, USA

The Ancestry wiki includes up to date versions of two key books for United States genealogy research
The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy
Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

The National Genealogical Society USA (NGS): www.ngsgenealogy.org
Federation of Genealogical Societies USA (FGS): www.fgs.org
United States Historical Societies Directory, Society Hill: www.daddezio.com/society/hill/index.html
American Historical Association: www.historians.org/index.cfm
National [US] Railway Historical Society: www.nrhs.com

Archives, USA

National Archives and Record Administration of the USA (NARA): www.nara.gov

WWW-VL: USA History Archives, links to state, university and specialized archives, on-line collections: www.vlib.us/history/archives.html

Libraries, USA

Digital Public Library of America, content and access through participating partners – USA libraries, archives, and museums. For the list of current partners, including state library hubs and the USA National Archives and Records Administration, see the Partners page: http://dp.la

USA Public Libraries, Libraries on the Web. Links to all states: http://lists.webjunction.org/libweb/Public_main.html
Library of Congress, USA: www.loc.gov/index.html
USA Presidential Libraries & Museums, National Archives: www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/visit
Libraries in the United States, links to public, government, private, academic and specialized libraries, Libcat: www.librarysites.info

Broad Genealogical Database Websites with US resources – some free material even on pay sites.

Linkpendium, almost 1 million US genealogy links, state categories, state search engines for free websites. Submit your favourite sites: http://www.linkpendium.com/
US GenWeb Project, free, organized by state and county: www.usgenweb.org
Rootsweb.com, e-mail lists and message boards for all US states, territories: www.rootsweb.com  Rootsweb state resources pages: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/roots-l/usa.html
FamilySearch, free: www.familysearch.org
FindMyPast.com $: www.findmypast.com
GenealogyWise, US state and other resource groups, ‘social genealogy’ site, free, National Institute for Genealogical Studies: http://www.genealogywise.com/
Ancestry.com $: www.ancestry.com
Fold3, mostly US military records (formerly Footnote.com) $: www.fold3.com
World Vital Records $: www.worldvitalrecords.com
American Ancestors, $ – free access at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library: www.americanancestors.org
Godfrey Memorial Library, $: www.godfrey.org
Newspaper Archive, digitized newspapers, largely US: www.newspaperarchive.com
GenealogyBank, historical newspapers, books, documents, obituaries. US Social Security Death Index, 1937 – current: www.genealogybank.com
Free Public Records, USA, links to databases by state: http://searchsystems.net

Immigration & Passenger Databases, USA

Ellis Island Database, 1892 to 1924, free: www.ellisislandrecords.org
What America’s immigrants looked like when they arrived on Ellis Island by Ana Swanson, The Washington Post, 24 August 2015: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/10/24/what-americas-immigrants-looked-like-when-they-arrived-on-ellis-island/?tid=sm_fb&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Vox%20Sentences%2010.26.15&utm_term=Vox%20Newsletter%20All
See also the book, Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920 by Peter Messenholler – BCGS Call # 973 MES
and see more of Augustus F. Sherman’s Ellis Island photos at the New York Public Library: http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/search/index?filters[namePart_mtxt_s][]=Sherman%2C%20Augustus%20F.%20%28Augustus%20Francis%29%20%281865-1925%29&keywords=&layout=false#/?scroll=5

Castle Garden, free databases,10 million immigrants 1830 to 1892 : www.castlegarden.org/
One-Step Webpages – Steven P. Morse’s search helps for the Ellis Island and Castle Garden websites (as well as for many other sites): http://www.stevemorse.org
Mass Jewish Migration Database: search lists of emigrants who contacted information bureaux in the Russian Empire in the early twentieth century before emigrating, the Jewish Colonization Association (JCA) with 6,000 names and  the Jewish Territorial Organization (ITO) which, in 1907, established its own information bureaux in Kiev to send emigrants to the port of Galveston, Texas.with 5,000 names: .http://mjmd.haifa.ac.il/index.php?link=home
US Passenger Lists and Records Online: www.germanroots.com/onlinelists.html and Naturalization Indexes and Records: www.germanroots.com/naturalization.html Both from Joe Beine.
Ships Passenger Lists & Naturalization Records, Olive Tree Genealogy: www.olivetreegenealogy.com/immigration/index.shtml
A Guide to Interpreting [USA] Passenger List Annotations by  Marian L. Smith, Historian, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service: www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/manifests/

Handbook of the United States of America, and guide to emigration (1880)
by Watson, Gaylord; Stoops, Newton E., New York, 1879. Free on-line, various formats, Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/handbookofunited00watsrich

5 Steps to Research, Everton.com, “Ethnic Associations — A Source For Family Records”” by Charles Dickson, Ph.D., Everton’s Genealogical Helper, July 1993. This article has information about passenger records and is available in the BCGS Library. It may be available at WorldVitalRecords.com but is apparently no longer on-line free.

Directories, USA

United States Online Historical Directories, Miriam J. Robbins: https://sites.google.com/site/onlinedirectorysite/Home/usa

US and other Directories, Don’s List: http://evendon.net/PGHLookups/cgi-bin/HandOff-1_0.cgi?CT1848+CT1848+r002SP

Newspapers, USA

Newspaper Links of Old, national and state, Lawson Research Services: http://www.lawsonresearch.net/1/post/2012/09/newspaper-links-of-old.html

Search U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present, find the locations of filmed and other United States newspaper copies: Chronicling America, Library of Congress: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles

Growth of Newspapers Across the West, 1690-2011, a mapping tool, visualizes and identifies 140,000 US newspapers by place (as listed in the Chronicling America projec, Library of Congresst), Stanford University, Rural West Initiative: http://www.stanford.edu/group/ruralwest/cgi-bin/drupal/visualizations/us_newspapers

Newspapers by State, Penn Libraries, Historical Newspapers Guide: http://guides.library.upenn.edu/content.php?pid=338800&sid=2770243

Elephind, search facility for digital newspaper collections, currently mostly USA: http://www.elephind.com

Pacific Northwest ethnic & special audience newspaper list, University of Washington: http://db.lib.washington.edu/press/targetlist.htm

Pacific Northwest Regional Newspaper and Periodical Index, University of Washington: http://db.lib.washington.edu/pnw

Obituaries, USA

GenealogyBank $: www.genealogybank.com

Newspaper Obituaries On The Net, directory of USA online obituary indexes and archives, listed by state: http://www.newspaperobituaries.net

Obituaries Help www.obituarieshelp.org resources for online and newspaper obituaries (mostly USA) and articles covering everything from how to write an obituary to using obituaries for genealogy research.

Vital Statistics, USA

Where to write for Vital Records, information and links to state and territory offices and archives. Also for foreign or high-seas events – includes foreign adoptions by U.S. citizens, Panama Canal zone vital events. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm

Death Records, Birth Marriage and Divorce Records, links to death information by state; link to Social Security Death Index information, from Joe Beine: www.deathindexes.com/sites.html
The Vitalsearch Company Worldwide, US page. Some information free, some $: http://www.vitalsearch-worldwide.com California-specific data: www.vitalsearch-CA.com

Cemeteries, USA

National Veterans Grave Locator, US Department of Veterans Affairs: http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/j2ee/servlet/NGL_v1
Records Project – State & County Public Records, USA (ads): http://recordsproject.com/cemetery/  For each state information on National and Veteran Cemeteries, State Cemetery Associations, Cemetery Statistics, Burial Laws, Graveyard Preservation practices as well as links providing direct access to free burial records databases.
Find A Grave: www.findagrave.com/
Interment.Net: www.interment.net
Online Cemetery Records and Burial Indexes, Joe Beine: www.deathindexes.com/cemeteries.html
Billion Graves: http://www.billiongraves.com/
Teafor2, Allen Wheatley: http://teafor2.com

Census, USA

United States Federal Census Pathfinder, 2012, pdf format, by Michael Hait, CG: http://www.haitfamilyresearch.com/freeResources.htm

1940 US Census Community Project – from 2 April 2012: http://the1940census.com/

Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest, both $ sites include US census records, name indexed. Both may be available at local libraries or research centres. Heritage Quest is available at Cloverdale Public Library in Surrey, BC.
– Ancestry offers library and personal access and also has some US state census    resources:  www.ancestry.com
– Heritage Quest is for libraries. Information about the databases: www.proquest.com/en-US/catalogs/databases/detail/heritagequest.shtml

US Census Bureau: www.census.gov/genealogy/www/

1890 US Census Substitutes, Joe Beine: www.genealogybranches.com/1890census.html

Genealogy Research Guides, Census Records, Joe Beine: www.researchguides.net/census/index.htm

Comparison of United States Census Information, 1790-1940, Ancestry.com Wiki: http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Template:USCensusComparison

Online US State Census Indexes & Offline Finding Aids, Joe Beine: www.genealogybranches.com/statecensusrecords.html

US Census Records, Joe Beine, Genesearch Professional Genealogy: www.germanroots.com/censuslinks.html

Census Finder, links to both free and pay databases and information: www.censusfinder.com/index.htm

Miscellaneous, USA

Find Zip Codes & addresses, check the quick tools on the USA Post Office Site.  www.usps.com/ncsc

Federal Land Records

USA Federal Land Records Site, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), General Land Office (GLO), Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, 1820 on, survey plats, field notes from 1810, land status records and control document index. Not complete: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov


Atlas of the HIstorical Geography of the United States by Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright, 1932 Edition. Animated, clickable. Digital Edition, University of Richmond, Virginia, USA: http://dsl.richmond.edu/historicalatlas

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, Newberry Library, William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture: http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/

Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) USA http://geonames.usgs.gov  Search 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the US and its territories. US Dept of Interior & US Geological Survey.

National Map: Historical Topographic Maps: http://nationalmap.gov/historical

United States Geological Survey (USGS), Historical Topographic Map Explorer: http://historicalmaps.arcgis.com/usgs/index.html

US National Atlas, various national and state maps, save and/or print: http://www.nationalatlas.gov/printable/reference.html

Hamrick.com http://hamrick.com/names   Enter a surname (last name) into the form and see maps of the United States showing the distribution of people with this surname within the 50 United States. The sources of the surname data are the 1850 Census, 1880 Census, 1920 Census, and 1990’s phone books. Note that the Census data is a sampling of 1 in 100 names, so the 1990 data is the most accurate.

Visualization map of USA Demographic Change from 1850 to 2008, from historical data and current estimates of the U.S. Census Bureau, Stanford University, Rural West Initiative: http://www.stanford.edu/group/ruralwest/cgi-bin/drupal/visualizations/vis-demographics

More US public domain map links, Public Domain Sherpa: http://www.publicdomainsherpa.com/public-domain-maps-resources.html


National World War I Museum and Memorial, USA.Includes searchable database of primary source documents, articles, videos, and more from institutions including the National Archives, Library of Congress, Stanford History Education Group, and HISTORY®: https://www.theworldwar.org/education

WW II USA Toolbox, Jennifer Holik: http://www.jenniferholik.com/world-war-ii-toolbox.html

Naval-History.Net. History, background, casualty lists from contemporary documents. Currrent projects for US Entry into WWI, world wide site: http://www.naval-history.net

The USA National WWII Registry, four searchable databases – 3 official, including those      buried in ABMC overseas military cemeteries,  those memorialized on ABMC Tablets of the Missing, and those listed on the War and Navy Department Killed in Service rosters held by NARA. Also a searchable unofficial database – the Registry of Remembrances – public acknowledgements honoring U.S. citizens who helped to win the Second World War. You can register a person, and after acceptance, photos can be added: http://www.wwiimemorial.com

USA Veterans History Project, personal accounts of US. Veterans involved in the military from W W I on; oral and written histories, photos, documents. American Folklife Project of the Library of Congress, USA: http://www.loc.gov/vets

US Army Heritage and Education Center, digital collections include photographs, some documents and manuals, bibliographies and finding aids. United States Army War College: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec

On Eternal Patrol “Dedicated to all men lost while serving in the U.S. Submarine Force.”: http://www.oneternalpatrol.com/

See also NARA and Fold3 above, and the Cemeteries section as well for information on military and veterans’ graves.

Canadians in the US Civil War, lists of soldiers, Medal of Honor recipients and Grand Army of the Republic members: http://pvtchurch.tripod.com

Irish in the American Civil War – stories, photos, letters, lists, including Donors to the Irish Relief Fund (units and individuals): http://irishamericancivilwar.com


American Memory, Library of Congress, USA: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html Don’t miss the National Jukebox! Free historical recordings: http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/ Check this info first: http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/ http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/first-time-here

The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: http://www.influenzaarchive.org

Black’s Law Dictionary by Henry Campbell Black, 2nd Edition, published 1910. Free as .pdf at the Internet Achive: https://archive.org/details/BlacksLaw2dEd