African American Genealogical Resources at AL State University
Alabama Department of Archives & History – scroll on the left side to Other Sources and then Historical and Genealogical Societies for a PDF file of many local and county genealogical and historical societies, complete with contact info.
Alabama Department of Archives & History Digital Collections – This is a huge, varied collection. Be sure to check it out carefully!
Alabama Genealogical Society – some public links, but others require a membership
ALGenWeb – hosted by county volunteers, so some sites are chock full of records, while others are sparse.
First, there is a book that should be on every Alaskan genealogist’s wish list – Alaska Resources: A Guide to Historical Records and Information Resources by Connie Bradbury and David Albert Hales, published by Heritage Quest in 2001. It is currently out of print, but WorldCat shows it is in a number of U.S. libraries. Check Amazon to find one available to purchase.
FamilySearch Alaska Wiki – Links to Alaska records and historical information
FamilySearch – Online Alaska Genealogy Records – This is likely the most comprehensive source of links.
Bureau of Land Management – Alaska
Chronicling America – long list of Alaskan newspapers
Library of Congress – Alaskan resources
University of Alaska- digital collections
Valdez Museum Historical Archive – Gold Rush Database
In the early 1800s, Arizona and New Mexico were part of the vast New Mexico Territory. New Mexico Territory appears in the 1850 U.S. census. Arizona doesn’t make its first appearance until 1860, when it is listed as a COUNTY in New Mexico Territory!
Arizona Historical Society – Library and Archives Tucson – online genealogy resources
Arizona Memory Project – online historical digital newspapers
Chronicling America – Arizona
Linkpendium – Arizona
For earlier lines which might be found in New Mexico before there was an Arizona, here are some resources:
Chronicling America – New Mexico Newspapers
Linkpendium – New Mexico
New Mexico Genealogical Society – Click on E-Research for links to
Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society (Arkansas Chapter)- The resources link has a very long list of organizations and websites , including many geared to African-American research and/or local Arkansas research.
ARGenWeb – part of USGenWeb; free site updated by volunteers. It is organized at the county level. Some counties are full of great information, while others are hit and miss.
Arkansas Genealogical Society – The Arkansas Family Historian magazine is digitized and online covering 1962-2009.
Arkansas Historical Association – Many links to online materials and other organizations.
Butler Center for Arkansas Studies – This center is part of the Central Arkansas Library System. It has a digital collection of mostly historical topics online.
FamilySearch Wiki – As usual, the FamilySearch wiki has probably the most comprehensive list of websites with Arkansas records online, both paid and free sites. FamilySearch should be your first stop for vital records and probate, as both collections are available. Probate records aren’t indexed, but are browsable and organized by county.
The California Digital Newspaper Collection from UC-Riverside. Issues available span the time period from 1846-2012.
Calisphere – hosted by the University of California, this site has over 1,000,000 images, documents and recordings related to California history.
Los Angeles Public Library – LAPL has an online digital collection, which includes varied categories such as California Index, City and Street Directories, Fruit Crate Labels (a big industry in early Southern California), Movie Posters, Photo Collection and El Pueblo Photo Archive, among others.
Online Archive of California – Don’t be misled by the very limiting looking six little eyes denoting online collections. The Guide to the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Digital Collection alone currently has 8,920 images in it. If your family was in San Francisco at the time of the earthquake, this collection is a gold mine for you.
San Francisco Public Library – There is an online collection of browsable images divided into categories that appear to relate mostly to northern California. One category is a span of years from the 1850s to the 1990s.
CSU – Northridge Oviatt Library Digital Collections
San Jose State University King Library Digital Collections
UCB – Bancroft Library California Heritage Collection at Berkeley
FamilySearch Research Wiki for Colorado – The wiki has links to all of Colorado’s counties as well as for information on obtaining vital records. There are also links to info about migration routes through Colorado and to other resources.
COGenWeb – GenWeb is manned and supported by volunteers who contribute genealogical information. Sometimes the info is quite unique. Some counties are well represented with lots of contributed material, while others are sparse. It’s definitely worth a visit and it’s free.
Colorado Genealogical Society– Scroll down past the boxed table and there are links to societies, government offices, and much more
Colorado Genealogical Society – Facebook page
Denver Public Library– Photos, which can be browsed and some apparently can be purchased for use
Denver Public Library – Genealogy links and other website resources
Pikes Peak Library District – links to regional history and genealogy
Colorado State Archives – genealogy holdings and links
Chronicling America – includes Colorado historical newspapers
University of Northern Colorado – Digital Archives
Also, the National Archives has a facility in Denver.
FamilySearch Wiki – Connecticut
Connecticut State Library – Newspapers – This collection is mainly microfilm, but there is a lot of information about its holdings.
CTGenWeb – Volunteer site that groups Connecticut information by county. Free and some great finds have been made here.
Connecticut Genealogy Records Online – New Horizons Genealogy
Chronicling America – digitized Connecticut historical newspapers, free at Library of Congress
UConn Library – Connecticut Digital Archive
Be sure to check CTGenWeb for county links, too.
Hartford – Linkpendium
Litchfield – Linkpendium
New Haven – Linkpendium
New London – Linkpendium
Tolland – Linkpendium
Windham – Linkpendium
Delaware Vital Records, 1650-1974- FamilySearch database
Delaware Vital Records, c1680-c1934 – Index cards of marriages, baptisms, births and death on FamilySearch
FamilySearch Wiki – Florida
Chronicling America – Florida digitized historical newspapers
Florida Genealogy Records Online – New Horizons Genealogy
Ancestor Hunt – Newspaper Links
Florida Newspapers Online – FL Department of State
State Archives and Library of Florida – Florida Memory
FamilySearch Research Wiki – Georgia
Linkpendium – hundreds of links to every county in Georgia
RAOGK – State of Georgia Research Guide
Georgia Genealogy Records Online – New Horizons Genealogy
GA GenWeb– Volunteer site, free, with info grouped by counties. It’s been around since the 1990s and has some great stuff. However, amount of info depends on what has been shared and posted. Well worth a visit.
Chronicling America – Georgia historical newspapers digitized and online
Genealogy Society of Cobb County, Georgia – This website has a long list of links to other genealogical & historical societies in Georgia.
HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD Genealogy Links
FamilySearch Wiki – Hawaii Genealogy Records Online
Chronicling America – access digitized Hawaii historical newspapers
Hawaii & the Pacific – record links on Linkpendium
FamilySearch Wiki – Idaho
Chronicling America – digitized images of Idaho historical newspapers
RAOGK – Genealogical & Historical Societies in Idaho Links to a long list. Scroll down to see them.
Idaho State University – Digital Collections
Genealogy Today – State links for Idaho
Idaho State Historical Society – Searchable indexes
Idaho Falls Historical Society – with links to several other societies
IRAD – The university records section covers a good portion of the state. Don’t overlook the first category, as it not only includes Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records (1722-1863), but buried there is the Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database. That is hiding a great finding tool for those ancestors who acquired land in Illinois because the BLM database link is found there.
ChicagoGenealogy – Lots of links to Chicago area information
Illinois State Genealogical Society – Although a membership society, its website does offer links to some free databases, including IL Resources, Free Databases and Surname Research.
Vigo County Public Library has a couple of excellent resources on line, the Local History Books Online Index and Wars and Military Records concerning those who served from Vigo County, including some links to Grand Army of the Republic records.
Davenport Public Library – Genealogy & Local History
Iowa Historical Newspapers Digitized – University of Northern Iowa Collection
Linkpendium – Iowa, with thousands of links to resources in every county
RAOGK – Iowa Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies – Many links to groups in Iowa
Kansas Online Genealogy Resources – FamilySearch wiki, which is always the best place to begin!
Kansas – The Family History Guide (FamilySearch)
Digital History – Bleeding Kansas
Digital History Project – Territorial Kansas Online
Kansas Historical Society – Some vital records are online.
Town or County Websites:
SCKLS Digital Library Initiative – Includes links to historical materials and currently covers Barber, Butler, Cowley, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, McPherson, Reno, Rice, Sedgwick, Stafford and Sumner Counties in south-central Kansas.
FamilySearch – Kentucky Online Genealogy Records
Cyndi’s List – Kentucky
Boone County Public Library – Local History & Genealogy
Boyd County Public Library – local and outside resource links
Clark County Public Library – Local History & Genealogy
Eastern Kentucky University – Special Collections & Archives
Henderson County Public Library – Genealogy and Local History
Kenton County Public Library – Special Collections online
Kentucky Genealogy and History – Christian, Clay, Meade and Todd Counties right now, but growing
Kentucky Genealogical Society – public links to many KY resources
Lexington Public Library – Kentucky Room Digital Archives
Linkpendium – links to all Kentucky counties
Louisville Free Public Library – many links to resources, both in and outside of Kentucky
New Horizons Genealogy – Kentucky Genealogy Records Online
Louisiana is unique in that its regional governments above towns are parishes instead of the traditional county system found in the other 49 states. That’s not to be confused with the other common meaning of parish, e.g. a church community. Just substitute the word PARISH for COUNTY and you are good to go in Louisiana research.
FamilySearch Research Wiki – Louisiana
RAOGK – State of Louisiana Records Guide
Louisiana State University – University Archives Digital Collections
Xavier University of Louisiana – Digital Library
Chronicling America – digitized historical Louisiana newspapers online
Linkpendium – hundreds of links to Louisiana parishes
FamilySearch Wiki – Maine – Lots of Maine links
USGenWeb – Maine GenWeb
The Maryland Calendar of Wills by Jane Baldwin Cotton & Roberta Bolling Henry
Volumes 1-6 are links to HathiTrust. Volumes 7 & 8 link to FamilySearch; you might need to log into your account to view these. Volumes 9-12 were published much later and are still under copyright.
Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society – Prince George’s County
Central Maryland AAHGS – Afro-American genealogy research group
Enoch Pratt Free Library – Finding digitized Maryland newspapers online
Maryland City Directories – University of Maryland Special Collections
Maryland Historical Society – Digital Resources