Find your U.S. ancestors, local history and details of their lives with these links to online family history and genealogy resources.
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Births, Marriages and Deaths
- Death Indexes U.S.
This website is a directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices & registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery & burial records. You can also find information here about searching the Social Security Death Index online.
- Albany, St. John’s Cemetery Records, 1841-1887
On the website, scroll to the bottom of the page to see the records, which are arranged alphabetically by surname.
- Find a Grave
Find a Grave has 78 million burials and graves from around the world which can be searched or browsed by surname. A great free family history resource.
- U.S. Federal Census Collection
Search all of the census records from 1790 onwards.
- United States Passenger and Crew Lists
Find ancestors who arrived by ship or plane to the East and West coasts of America. There are more than 118 million records in this collection.
- Civil War Soldiers & Sailors
A database containing the information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.
- U.S. Military Collection
Search military records for the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII and other conflicts.
- The 88th Division in WWI
Records of the training, life in the trenches and a complete list of every officer and man who served.
- U.S. Newspapers Online
3200 daily newspapers sorted by state.
Recent obituaries from over 1000 American and Canadian newspapers.
- Obituary Daily Times
The Obituary Daily Times started in 1995 as an obituary sharing project. As time went on, they made their database and email available to the public.
Societies and Groups
- National Genealogical Society
The National Genealogical Society aims to serve the genealogical community by providing education and training, fostering increased quality and standards, and promoting access to and preservation of genealogical records in the U.S.