Jump to a letter within the listings: A-G – H-N – O-S – T-Z
Alabama Department of Archives and History <archives.state.al.us>
Databases include Civil War service cards and 1867 voter registrations, plus indexes to maps, newspapers, church records and local government holdings. Don’t miss the digital archives, where you’ll find old photos, the complete four-volume History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography and 119 issues of the Alabama Historical Quarterly.
Encyclopedia of Alabama <encyclopediaofalabama.org>
Alaska Libraries, Archives and Museums <lam.alaska.gov>
Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates <genealogy.az.gov>
If only all states followed the vital-records practices of Arizona, where you can search for birth (1855 to 1934) and death records (1844 to 1959), then click to PDFs of the originals.
Arizona Biographical Database <lib.az.us/bio/default.aspx>
Arkansas History Commission <www.ark-ives.com>
Online Archive of California <www.oac.cdlib.org>
California Genealogical Society and Library <californiaancestors.org>
Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection <www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org>
This outstanding collection lets you browse or search more than 500,000 digitized pages, representing 163 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado from 1859 to 1923. You can search the whole collection or individual titles, and opt to search only articles, pictures or ads.
Colorado State Archives <www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/geneal.htm>
Connecticut State Library <cslib.org>
Delaware Public Archives <archives.delaware.gov>
Florida Memory Project <floridamemory.com>
Digital Library of Georgia <dlg.galileo.usg.edu>
Walk through this gateway to a million digital objects in more than 200 collections from 60 institutions and 100 government agencies. The collection includes newspapers, books, manuscripts, aerial photos and the New Georgia Encyclopedia. Search or browse by topic, time period, county or other parameters.
Georgia Archives <sos.georgia.gov/archives>
Hawaii State Archives <hawaii.gov/dags/archives>
BYU-Idaho Special Collections <abish.byui.edu/specialcollections/famhist>
Illinois State Archives <www.library.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html>
This data-packed site now includes databases of public-domain land tract sales and Illinois servitude and emancipation records. They complement the 11 military-records databases, statewide marriage index (1763 to 1900) and two-part statewide death index (pre-1916 and 1916 to 1950). Still stumped? The guide to the Illinois Regional Archives Depositories will tell you where to look next.
Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court <cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/nr>
Indiana State Digital Archives <indianadigitalarchives.org>
Allen County Public Library <genealogycenter.info>
This active genealogy group has provided county-by-county research guides, an alphabetical index of pioneer ancestors, a list of available naturalization papers and more.
Iowa GenWeb Project <iagenweb.org>
Kansas State Historical Society <kshs.org/genealogists/index.htm>
Kentucky Historical Society <history.ky.gov>
Louisiana State Archives <sos.louisiana.gov/tabid/88/default.aspx>
Look on the left under the Research Library link for a database of Confederate pension applications (a whopping 49,000 names indexed from 152 rolls of microfilm), plus death records (mostly 1911 to 1956), Orleans parish births (mostly 1819 to 1907), Orleans parish marriages (1870 to 1957) and some passenger manifests.
Louisiana Biography and Obituary Index <neworleanspubliclibrary.org/obits/obits.htm>
Maine State Archives <maine.gov/portal/facts_history/genealogy.html>
A new “Archives Interactive” feature lets you search to see if the record you want is in the collection, then click to order a copy. More searchable indexes cover marriages (1892 to 1996, with a gap from 1967 to 1976) and deaths (1960 to 1996).
Maine Memory Network <www.mainememory.net>
Archives of Maryland Online <aomol.net>
Land records here date from 1658. You’ll also find probate records as well as service records from the Revolution and Civil War (both sides). Don’t miss the Early State Records link, which includes digitized microfilm of newspaper pages, not all of them “early.”
Western Maryland Historical Library <whilbr.org>
Massachusetts Archives <www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcidx.htm>
Seeking Michigan <seekingmichigan.org>
Minnesota Historical Society <www.mnhs.org/genealogy>
Start with the indexes to births (1900 to 1934, plus selected pre-1900 records) and records from death cards (1904 to 1907) and death certificates (1908 to 2001), plus the Minnesota state census records from 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895 and 1905. But don’t overlook the building and house histories, guide to place names, maps and searchable photo collection.
Minnesota Discovery Center <mndiscoverycenter.com/research-center>
Mississippi Department of Archives and History <mdah.state.ms.us>
Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative <sos.mo.gov/mdh>
The Missouri State Archives has long excelled for its online offerings, including more than 185,000 searchable pre-1910 birth and death records plus death certificates (1910 to 1959, linked to a digitized image of the original), military records of 576,000 Missourians, 93,104 naturalization records (1816 to 1955) and 35,500 land patents (1831 to 1969). This umbrella site adds a wide range of special collections, photographs and old newspapers to what was already an outstanding Show Me State site.
Missouri History Museum <mohistory.org/genealogy>
Montana Historical Society Research Center <mhs.mt.gov/research>
Nebraska State Historical Society <nebraskahistory.org>
Nevada Census Database <nvshpo.org>
New Jersey State Library <www.njstatelib.org/NJ_Information/Digital_Collections>
New Mexico Genealogical Society <www.nmgs.org>
New York State Archives <www.archives.nysed.gov/a/research/res_topics_genealogy.shtml>
New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center <dmna.state.ny.us/historic/mil-hist.htm>
North Carolina State Archives <archives.ncdcr.gov>
NCGenWeb Project <www.ncgenweb.us>
North Dakota State University Institute for Regional Studies <library.ndsu.edu/archives/biography-genealogy>
Search the statewide North Dakota Biography Index, 212,000 naturalization records, the 1885 Dakota Territory census, obituaries from the Fargo Forum newspaper and indexes to Cass County marriages, divorces and probate cases. “Fact pages” will help you start your North Dakota research.
North Dakota Department of Public Health Public Death Index <secure.apps.state.nd.us/doh/certificates/deathCertSearch.htm>
Ohio Historical Society <www.ohiohistory.org/resource/archlib>
Search the catalog of 230,000 items in the society’s library, or research your Ohio kin without leaving home using digital resources such as the index of death certificates (1913 to 1944), War of 1812 roster, and online index to admission records from the Boys Industrial School (1858 to 1944) and Girls Industrial School (1869 to 1943).
Ohio Memory <www.ohiomemory.org>
Oklahoma Historical Society <okhistory.org>
Oregon State Archives <arcweb.sos.state.or.us/banners/genealogy.htm>
Pennsylvania State Archives <www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us/archive.asp>
Perhaps ironically for the state Quakers founded, the highlights of the Archives Records Information Access System here are military records. You can research many Pennsylvania soldiers from the Revolutionary War to the Spanish-American War, plus WWI medal applications.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania <www.hsp.org>
Rhode Island Historical Society <rihs.org>
South Carolina Department of Archives and History <archives.sc.gov/genealogy>
South Dakota Department of Health <apps.sd.gov/applications/ph14over100birthrec/index.asp>
Nearly 200,000 South Dakota births are searchable here, including many delayed birth certificates issued for folks born before statewide registration began in 1905.
South Dakota State Historical Society <history.sd.gov/archives/genealogists.aspx>
Besides finding aids and research tips, this site contains databases such as Death Notices in Nashville Newspapers 1855-1907, indexes to death records (1908 to 1912 and 1914 to 1931), Confederate pension applications and guides to Tennessee place names and post offices.
Tennessee Virtual Archive <teva.contentdm.oclc.org>
Texas State Library and Archives Commission <tsl.state.tx.us/arc/genfirst.html>
Helpful guides to Lone Star State records and resources here complement 54,634 Confederate pension applications, indexes to republic claims and Texas adjutant general service records (1836 to 1935) and Confederate indigent families lists.
Texas State Historical Association <tshaonline.org>
Utah Death Certificate Index <archives.utah.gov/research/indexes/20842.htm>
Search death certificates from 1904 to 1958. Each links to an image of the original.
Cemetery and Burial Database <history.utah.gov/research_and_collections/cemeteries>
A perfect complement to the death certificate index is this searchable database of Utah burials. You can search for a person’s name or for a cemetery.
Utah Digital Newspapers <digitalnewspapers.org>
Vermont Historical Society <vermonthistory.org>
Virginia Memory <www.virginiamemory.com/collections>
This roundup of digital collections from the Library of Virginia ranges from Revolutionary War bounty land warrants to questionnaires completed by Virginia WWI veterans. Recent additions include “cohabitation registers” for married former slaves and old photos from Fairfax County.
Virginia Historical Society <vahistorical.org>
Washington State Digital Archives <digitalarchives.wa.gov>
This great site keeps getting better, with dozens of records being added every month. More than 90 million records have been preserved here, with more than 28 million searchable online and many, including vital records, censuses, military records, land records and naturalization papers, linked to digitized originals.
Historic Newspapers in Washington <www.sos.wa.gov/history/newspapers.aspx>
West Virginia Archives and History <www.wvculture.org/history/archivesindex.aspx>
Wisconsin Historical Society <www.wisconsinhistory.org/genealogy>
Wyoming Newspaper Project <wyonewspapers.org>
- vital records
- wills and probate records
- court records
- military records (perhaps a surprise, but keep in mind that state governments used to raise regiments)
- early land records
- legislative and other government records
- records of orphanages, asylums, prisons and other state institutions
- state censuses
- naturalization records
Nongovernmental resources, such as these, often wind up being collected at the state level, as well:
- old newspapers
- city directories
- historical maps and photos
- oral histories