Includes PDF downloads for all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.
Each download is about four-pages long.
- Get started tracing your ancestors in the United States
- Find new ideas and resources to research ancestors in each U.S. state
Trace your ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guides including:
- A how-to article detailing each state’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- The best websites, books and other resources for research by each state, handpicked by our editors and experts
- Listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- Timeline of key events in the state’s history
- Full-color map to put your research in geographical context
For example, here’s a sampling of the helpful tips you’ll get in our Oregon Research Guide:
- In 1843, Oregon’s provisional government began giving free land to married couples. Then, under the Donation Land Act of 1850, citizens received real estate if they’d live on and farm it for four years.
- Your 19th-century Oregon ancestors may be on record in a pioneer file. The Oregon Genealogical Society, Oregon Historical Society and Genealogical Forum of Oregon keep registers of pre-1900 settlers and their descendants
- Although Oregon banned free African-Americans, it also banned slavery and joined the Union just in time for the Civil War. Look for relatives in the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System online index to soldier records.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view these PDFs on your computer and print pages for reference. Available immediately.