• Church Records
• Court Cases Report
• Digital Map Library
• Document Preservation
• How to Write and Post a Query
• Index of State Pages
• Lineage Researchers
• Maiden Names and Naming Patterns
• Marriage Project
• Obituary Project
• Old Occupations
• Tips for Finding an Obituary
• Tombstone Transcription Project
• USGenWeb Archives Newsletter
• USGenWeb Archives Search Engine
• 7 Steps to Study Ancestral Places
• Growing Pains: USGenWeb and RootsWeb
• Navigating USGenWeb
Hacks and Shortcuts
• Remember to check state pages. Although most research gems live on USGenWeb’s county pages, be sure to check the state page for the place your ancestors lived, as well. The state-level pages often have links to special projects, queries too new to be indexed, lists of local researchers who’ll do lookups, contacts for state-level records and statewide databases.
• Search “unknown counties.” Make sure you visit the Unknown County Query section of a state’s page. Here, you’ll find surname queries left by researchers who knew only which state an ancestor was in, but not which county.
• Do an extended search. Don’t rely on just the state or just the national USGenWeb search engine—make sure you run the same searches using both. To be thorough, run a Google search of the entire site for pages with information related to your family. Model your Google search string after this one: “your search term” site:usgwarchives.net.
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