Alabama Department of Archives and History
624 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36130,
Interlibrary loan: See the list of newspapers available for loan at www.archives.state.al.us/newsp/newsp.html.
Reference services: The fee of $5 for residents and $20 for nonresidents includes up to 20 pages of photocopies.
Alaska State Library
333 Willoughby Ave., Floor 8, Juneau, AK 99811,
Interlibrary loan: The library loans newspapers; see the list at www.library.state.ak.us/hist/newspaper/news.html.
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
1700 W. Washington, State Capitol Room 300, Phoenix, AZ 85007,
Interlibrary loan: You can borrow up to four rolls of microfilmed newspaper per request. See www.dlapr.lib.az.us/anp/titles.htm for the list of newspapers.
Reference services: Residents are allowed one and a half hours of free research twice every four months. Nonresidents are allowed one and a half hours of free research once every four months. All additional requests for research are $15.
Arkansas History Commission
1 Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201,
Online databases: Search for residents of the Arkansas Confederate Home for indigent Confederate soldiers and their widows.
Reference services: Click on Selected Materials for forms to request military service records or Confederate pensions ($15). Photocopies of newspaper articles cost 50 cents per page, with a $5 minimum charge for residents and a $10 minimum charge for nonresidents.
California State Library—Sacramento
900 North St., Room 200, Sacramento, CA 95814,
Interlibrary loan: The library’s Sacramento location lends newspapers, county histories, the 1852 state census of California, the 1890 Great Register of Voters Index and many other items.
Reference services: The library accepts brief reference questions by mail, phone, fax or e-mail. This branch has sources for research focusing on California history.
California State Library—Sutro
480 Winston Drive, San Francisco, CA 94132,
Interlibrary loan: Materials may be lent to libraries in California (except rare items).
Reference services: Sutro also accepts brief reference questions by mail, phone, fax or e-mail. Its large genealogical collection—the biggest west of Salt Lake City—covers areas beyond California.
Colorado Historical Society
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203,
Interlibrary loan: The collection doesn’t circulate, but you can purchase microfilmed newspapers.
Reference services: Requests to photocopy specific pages from the historical society’s books and magazines cost $15 for residents and $20 for nonresidents. The fee includes the search, five pages of photocopies and postage. Additional photocopies cost 25 cents per page.
Colorado State Archives
1313 Sherman St., Denver, CO 80203,
(303) 866-2358 or (303) 866-2390
Online databases: Dozens of Internet indexes cover birth, marriage, death, probate and other records. See the index to the 1870 Colorado census at www.archives.state.co.us/1870/index.htm
Connecticut Historical Society
1 Elizabeth St., Hartford, CT 06105,
Interlibrary loan: Members of the historical society may borrow up to three books per month. Postage and handling cost $5 per volume.
Connecticut State Library
231 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106,
Interlibrary loan: Newspapers on microfilm and extra copies of genealogies and local histories circulate. See www.cslib.org/coll_ill.htm for a catalog of materials.
Reference services: The library will search seven statewide indexes for one name in response to written requests only. The fee is $5 for residents and $15 for nonresidents.
Delaware Public Archives
121 Duke of York St., Dover, DE 19901,
Online databases: Check the Web site for indexes to Delaware probate records from 1680 to 1925 and naturalization papers. Digital images of Civil War records, naturalization papers and slavery papers are also indexed online.
Historical Society of Delaware
505 Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801,
Reference services: Fees for nonmembers are $30 per hour of research or $5 minimum per name for an index check. Photocopies cost 25 cents per page.
Florida State Archives
500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399,
Online databases: Images of 14,000 Florida Confederate pension application files are available at dlis.dos.state.fl.us/barm/pensionfiles.html
Reference services: Staff will search indexed records and books for up to 30 minutes per request. Photocopies cost 25 cents. You also can get a Confederate pension file for $7.50 plus $2 for mailing.
State Library of Florida
500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399,
Online databases: Click on Reference Services, and then on Genealogy Resources to search cemetery records. The library’s site also hosts a Florida biography index.
Georgia Department of Archives and History
5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA 30260,
Online databases: Click on Index to search the Georgia Land Lottery Grants to Revolutionary Veterans, 1820 to 1832.
Reference services: The archives accepts requests by mail. Out-of-state requests cost $30 and in-state requests cost $15.
Hawaiian Historical Society
560 Kawaiahao St., Honolulu, HI 96813,
Online databases: The Historical Society doesn’t provide online indexes, but see www.hawaiianhistory.org/geneal.html for an overview of Hawaiian genealogical records available on site.
Idaho State Historical Society
1109 Main St., Suite 250, Boise, ID 83702,
Interlibrary loan: You can borrow county records from 1864 to 1920 and newspapers. There’s a minimum $5 shipping fee for out-of-state libraries.
Reference services: Questions are accepted by phone, fax, mail or e-mail. You’ll be charged for time-intensive requests. Photocopies cost 50 cents per page with a minimum charge of $5.
Illinois State Archives
Margaret Cross North Building, Capitol Complex, Springfield, IL 62756,
Online databases: Go to www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html to search indexes of Illinois marriages before 1901, deaths from 1916 to 1950, land records, emancipation records and several veterans databases.
Reference services: You can request copies of indexed records for up to two names at a time by phone, fax, mail or e-mail.
Illinois State Historical Library
Old State Capitol, Springfield, IL 62701,
Interlibrary loan: Circulating materials include microfilmed newspapers and selected books.
Reference services: Staff will check Illinois county histories and indexes to marriage records, census records and cemetery inscriptions. Photocopies cost 25 cents per page, and the $10 reference fee for nonresidents includes up to 10 photocopies.
Illinois State Library
300 S. Second St., Springfield, IL 62701,
Interlibrary loan: The library lends census microfilm.
Indiana State Library
140 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204,
Interlibrary loan: You can borrow microfilmed newspapers from the library.
Online databases: Searchable databases include indexes of Indiana marriages up to 1850, an Indiana biography index and a cemetery locator. Reference services: Library staff will check indexed sources, and photocopies cost 25 cents plus postage. See www.statelib.lib.in.us/www/isl/ask/askgene.html for request guidelines.
State Historical Society of Iowa
600 E. Locust, Des Moines, IA 50319,
402 Iowa Ave., Iowa City, IA 52240,
Interlibrary loan: Both locations lend microfilmed newspapers; it costs $6 for up to two reels. Iowa City lends census records, including the 1856, 1885 and 1915 state censuses, for $6 per county and census year.
Reference services: Both locations answer requests from Iowa residents only. The $10 fee includes up to 30 minutes of research, up to five photocopies and postage. Staff will make photocopies for nonresidents if an exact citation is given.
Kansas State Historical Society
6425 SW South Ave., Topeka, KS 66615,
Interlibrary loan: Newspapers, Kansas territorial censuses from 1855 to 1859 and the state censuses of 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915 and 1925 are loaned out up to two rolls at a time.
Online databases: Look for the 1895 state census, 19th Kansas Cavalry (Indian Campaigns, 1868 to 1869) and Topeka State Hospital Cemetery Records. Reference services: Staff will check indexes and search for an obituary or other newspaper items. The $15 reference fee includes up to five photocopies.
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
300 Coffee Tree Road, Frankfort, KY 40602,
Interlibrary loan: You can’t borrow from the department directly, but the University of Kentucky’s William T. Young Library lib.uky.edu/repro lends microfilmed newspapers.
Reference services: Staff will check indexed records, including birth and death records (1852 to 1862, 1874 to 1879 and 1891 to 1910), Civil War service records and state pension applications of Confederate veterans or their widows. The research fee for a 30-minute search is $6 for Kentucky residents and $15 for nonresidents. Use the forms on the archives’ Web site to submit your question.
Kentucky Historical Society
100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601,
Online databases: The Kentucky Cemetery Records Database has 179,750 grave records from 3,170 cemeteries.
Reference services: The $5 fee for Kentucky residents and $12 fee for nonresidents includes up to five photocopies. Use the form on the Web site to submit your question.
Louisiana State Archives
3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809,
Reference services: Staff will check Louisiana death records from 1911 to 1951 and Orleans Parish birth records from 1819 to 1901, marriage records from 1870 to 1951 and death records from 1819 to 1951. They also will check indexes to Orleans Parish births from 1790 to 1818, marriages from 1831 to 1869 and deaths from 1804 to 1818, but the archives doesn’t have the records. It charges $5 to search three years of records and provide a certified photocopy.