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Local Heroes

101 Best Websites for 2011: Local and regional resource sites

Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates
Hunt for Arizona ancestors with the help of this stellar vital-records site, where you can search for birth records (1855 to 1934) and death records (1844 to 1959). One click yields a PDF of the original document.

Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection
Page through Colorado’s past in this collection from the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Historical Society—more than 500,000 pages from 163 newspapers published in the state from 1859 to 1923. The whole collection can be searched at once, or you can select individual titles and search only articles, pictures or ads.

Cook County, Ill., Clerk of the Circuit Court
Check this trove of 500,000 naturalization records from 1871 to 1929 even if your kin didn’t settle in Chicago, as many other Illinois immigrants filed their “first papers” (or more formally, declarations of intent) here. The naturalization database is searchable by name or partial name, birth date, birthplace and even occupation.

Cook County, Ill., Vital Records $
It’s free to search this collection of more than 8 million birth (75-plus years old), marriage (50-plus years old) and death (20-plus years old) records; downloading an actual record costs $15.

Historical Newspapers in Washington
Sophisticated search options make it easier to ferret out your ancestors in this collection, the fruits of a project to digitize old newspapers that were previously accessible only on 40,000-plus microfilm reels.

Nevada Census Database
Click on the Nevada Census Database link on the right side of this State Historic Preservation Office website, and you can search 310,000 entries in Nevada federal census records, 1860 to 1880 and 1900 to 1920.

Utah Death Certificate Index
Once you’ve found a deceased Utah ancestor in this searchable database of more than 250,000 death certificates, 1904 to 1958, a simple click will take you to an image of the original.

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 From the September 2011 Family Tree Magazine

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