Allen County Public
How does a humble county library make our list?
By being second only to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City in its
genealogy collection. Although especially rich in Indiana resources, this Fort
Wayne institution also has broader databases of family histories, surnames,
military records and family Bibles.
Illinois, Vital Records
The $15 to $17 this site charges to download
Chicago-area birth, marriage and death records is still cheaper than a plane
ticket to O’Hare. And even though privacy restrictions limit birth
certificates to 75 years or older, marriage records to 50 years or older and deaths
to 20 years or older, each category still numbers 1 million-plus records.
This Illinois State Archives site continues to
unlock the riches of the Illinois Regional Archives Depositories system,
telling you where to find nearly every scrap of the state’s past.
That includes an index to more than a half-million land sales, which you can
then look up on digitized plat maps. Other databases cover military records,
marriages and deaths.
This site offers almost as many genealogy
resources as Minnesota has lakes. Start with birth records (1900-1934, plus
selected earlier records), death cards and certificates (1904-2001), an index
of veterans’ burials, and state censuses (1865, 1875, 1885, 1895 and
1905). Then dive into a guide to place names, old photos, and building and
Drawing on collections of the Missouri State
Archives, the Missouri State Library and other institutions, this site makes
available more than 6.8 million records. Offerings range from old postcards to
military and naturalization paperwork to digitized death certificates
My Genealogy Hound
This new, free website from Hearthstone Legacy
Publications lets you access thousands of biographies extracted from pre-1900
county history books, plus old county maps. The initial focus is on Arkansas,
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee, with maps
also from Oklahoma and Texas.
Already a favorite, wherever your ancestors
lived, for its Atlas of Historical
, this site has beefed up its
Chicago-area offerings. New here are full-text searchable PDFs of volumes 1 to
39 (1969-2007) of the Chicago Genealogist.
Use the Quick Links dropdown menu in the upper
right to get to the good stuff at this resource-rich site, including War of
1812 rosters, an index to death certificates (1913-1944), and an index to
records from Ohio’s boys and girls Industrial Schools (1858-1944).
A new 1889 Oklahoma County Land Database and Map
and the 1933 Unemployment Relief Census add to what was already a super Sooner
site. Along with resources for American Indian ancestors, explore the 1890
territorial census, 1901 Land Lottery participants (partial), an obituary index
and the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture.
The 1884 and 1894 state censuses are new at this
handsome site, joining death certificates (1897-1920), Civil War service
records, naturalization records and more.
A whole new website design (in beta when we last
checked) may be ready by the time you read this. Underneath the hood will be
the same great Dairy State databases, including pre-1907 vital records, Civil
War files and the Wisconsin Genealogy Index to 150,000 obituaries and
See more of the 101 Best Websites for
genealogy in 2013:
From the September
2013 Family Tree Magazine