Take the time to explore every one of these websites that covers a state (or territory) where your ancestors lived.
Expand your searches on these sites beyond personal names to other topics (such as places, schools, churches, wars, occupations and ethnic groups), and you’ll find lots of digitized material that provides insight into your ancestors’ lives. To filter out this year’s winners by state, use the drop-down menu below. For more award-winners in other categories, check out our annual list of 101 Best Genealogy Websites. All summaries written by Rick Crume.