State Libraries: Maine to Nev.

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101,
(207) 774-1822
Reference services: Staff will check indexed genealogies, town records and directories for information about one ancestor. The $20 fee includes one hour of research time and up to 10 photocopies. Submit a question by phone, mail or e-mail.

Maine State Archives
84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333,
(207) 287-5795
Online databases: Indexes of Maine marriages from 1892 to 1966 and from 1976 to 1996 and deaths from 1960 to 1996 are on the archives’ Web site.
Reference services: A birth, marriage or death record between 1892 and 1922 costs $6 for an uncertified copy and $10 for a certified copy. Photocopies of other archives materials cost 15 cents per page plus 85 cents postage, with a minimum charge of $3. Phone, write or e-mail the archives with requests.

Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St., Baltimore, MD 21201,
(410) 685-3750
Reference services: The basic research fee of $12 for members and $16 for nonmembers includes up to one hour of research in indexed genealogical files and books. The extended research fee of $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers covers one hour of research throughout the entire collection. Use the Research Request Form on the Web site.

Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401,
(410) 260-6400
Online databases: Click on Reference and Research, and then on Electronic Indices to search census and death records. Go to to search marriages abstracted from materials at the archives. At, you’ll find the index of Maryland Church Records, Deaths and Burials from 1669 to 1967.
Reference services: The vital records serviceis temporarily suspended, but the entire contents of the indexes are expected to be online this fall. Other research requests will be processed for $25 an hour. If you provide an exact citation, staff will also photocopy records for $2 per page. You may place an order for research or photocopy services via mail, e-mail or fax.

Massachusetts Archives
220 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125,
(617) 727-2816
Reference services: Staff will do a brief search of vital records from 1841 to 1910, passenger lists, census schedules, military records and naturalization records in response to a question submitted by fax, mail or e-mail.

Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215,
(617) 536-1608
Interlibrary loan: You can borrow microfilmed materials, including early American newspapers and more than 100 manuscript collections.
Reference services: Submit a reference question by e-mail from the Web site.

Library of Michigan
702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48909,
(517) 373-1364
Interlibrary loan: Microfilmed newspapers may be borrowed only through Michigan libraries.
Online databases: An index to heads of household in the 1870 census of Michigan links to images of the census pages.

State Archives of Michigan
702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48909,
(517) 373-1408
Online databases: Search indexes to naturalization records in Michigan.
Reference services: Staff will check indexes to naturalization, vital, military or land records in response to your question submitted by mail, phone or via the Web site. Photocopies cost 20 cents from paper and 25 cents from microfilm.

Minnesota Historical Society
345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102,
(651) 296-6126
Interlibrary loan: Newspapers, naturalization records and Minnesota state censuses may be borrowed for $3 per roll plus $2.50 postage.
Online databases: The society’s site hosts an index to Minnesota death certificates that covers 1908 to 1996.
Reference services: Staff can search federal censuses, military records and obituaries for a fee of $12 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. Go to to print forms for submitting research requests.

Mississippi Department of Archives & History
100 State St., Jackson, MS 39205,
(601) 359-6850
Interlibrary loan: The archives has newspapers dating back to 1801, but doesn’t circulate them.
Reference services: Staff can search county marriage records and Mississippi death records from November 1912 to 1943. One hour of research is free to Mississippi residents and costs $15 for nonresidents.

Missouri State Archives
600 W. Main St., Jefferson City, MO 65102,
(573) 751-3280
Online databases: The Missouri Birth & Death Records Database has records before 1909. The World War I Military Service Cards Database has abstracts of 145,000 service cards for the US Army and Marines, as well as digitized images of 18,500 US Navy service cards.
Reference services: You may submit questions by phone, mail or e-mail, or use the forms on the Web site.

State Historical Society of Missouri
1020 Lowry St., Columbia, MO 65201,
(573) 882-7083
Interlibrary loan: Newspapers, county history books, city and county directories, land-ownership maps and periodicals are available; see the list of newspapers at You can borrow two rolls of microfilm at a time. Residents pay $6 and nonresidents pay $7.
Reference services: Nonresidents and nonmembers are charged $15 for up to one hour of research.

Montana Historical Society
225 N. Roberts, Helena, MT 59620,
(406) 444-2694
Interlibrary loan: The society lends microfilmed newspapers and manuscripts, as well as oral history tapes. Cost is $10 per shipment for out-of-state libraries.
Reference services: The $5 fee for Montana residents and society members ($15 for others) includes research, postage and photocopies. Print out the form on the Web site.

Nebraska State Historical Society
1500 R St., PO Box 82554, Lincoln, NE 68501
(402) 471-4751
Interlibrary loan:  You may borrow up to two rolls of microfilmed newspapers at a time. The fee is $10 per roll for non-Nebraska libraries and $7 + tax per roll for Nebraska libraries.
Reference services: Staff will check a newspaper for a birth, marriage or death. Nebraskans pay $10 per search; nonresidents pay $20.

Nevada State Library and Archives
100 N. Stewart St., Carson City, NV 89701,
(775) 684-3360
Interlibrary loan: The library’s newspapers may be borrowed.
Online databases: You’ll find a Carson Appeal Newspaper Index for 1865-1866, 1879-1880, 1881 and 1885-1886, as well as an index to obituaries in the Nevada Appeal for 1996 to the present.
Reference services: The staff responds to reference requests submitted by phone, fax, mail or e-mail. Fewer than 30 photocopies are free; additional photocopies are 10 cents per page.