Best State Websites for Genealogy

Best State Websites for Genealogy

Location, location, location: That’s what it’s all about in genealogy, because finding out where your ancestors lived is key to locating the records they left behind. That’s why, for the December 2010 issue of Family Tree Magazine (now mailing to subscribers), we put together a list of 75...

Location, location, location: That’s what it’s all about in genealogy, because finding out where your ancestors lived is key to locating the records they left behind.

That’s why, for the December 2010 issue of Family Tree Magazine (now mailing to subscribers), we put together a list of 75 of the best US state-focused websites for genealogical research.

As a Family History Month gift, we’ve posted all the state websites online for everyone to check out, free. You’ll find at least one website per state.

Take some time to explore the sites for the states where your ancestors lived—you might find digitized documents, indexes to records, historical articles, finding aids, catalogs of holdings and more. I’ve already mined the Ohio Historical Society website for its death certificates index and the catalog of resources available at the state archives; and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission site is where I learned how to get records of Texas state penitentiary inmates (and thus confirm a family story).

Get more how-to resources for state research, include our downloadable State Research Guides, at Family Tree Shop.

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  1. Why does the 403 Forbidden sign come up when I click on the site for Kansas? It says that I do not have permission to access/genealogists/on this server. I ramdomly clicked on about 6 other states and the only one that I chose that did not work was Kansas, where most of my ancestors/relatives lived or still live. A big disappointment. Is this an incorrect web-site address for the public to use? http://kshs.org/genealogists/

  2. For the Pennsylvania State Archives the link given was just to the soldiers’ indexes. The jewels in this site are the complete land-grants indexes to original warrantees and grantees plus copies of the original land surveys. These are very difficult to find from the site home page (the search engine will not find them as "land records"), but

    Page with links to digital military and land records pages
    http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=2887&&PageID=383882&level=2&parentCommID=2887&menuLevel=Level_2&mode=2

    Site outline of land records
    http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/rg17.htm