Though initially overwhelmed by the explosion of interest in the newly released census, this free site from the National Archives and Archives.com quickly recovered and now serves up census maps and descriptions to locate an enumeration district, plus complete 1940 census images you can save, share and download.
Not only Indiana researchers should make time for a virtual visit to this library in Fort Wayne renowned for its genealogy collection. Online databases include family histories, Bible records and military files, with special gateways for African-American and American Indian research.
In January, 63,000 new records were added to this searchable database that now totals 11 million arrivals through Castle Garden, America’s first official immigration center (it was open in New York Harbor from 1820 through 1892). That makes this pre-Ellis Island immigration collection nearly complete—so if you haven’t checked for your ancestors here lately, it’s worth another look.
This new American records site from British genealogy company brightsolid takes a different approach to searching and retrieving from its more than 535 million US census records, stretching from 1790 to 1940: You can search for free, then pay à la carte for your ancestors’ records. (except for the 1940 census, which is free). Prices start at $7.95 for 1,000 credits.
Search detailed information on about 80,000 individual slaves, 8,000 free people of color, and 62,000 whites—both slaveowners and non-slaveowners—extracted from legislative and county court petitions, wills, inventories, deeds, bills of sale, depositions and court proceedings. For slaves, data may include information otherwise lost to the tragic history of slavery, including age, dates of ownership, economic and family information.
Still the first place to search for your immigrant ancestors if they arrived on US shores between 1892 and 1924, this database covers 17 million passenger arrivals through the port of New York. You’ll need a free registration to view records.
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