U.S. State Resources – Alabama thru Maryland

ALABAMA

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

Alabama Genealogy – Guide to Ancestry and Family Tree Records

ALGenWeb – hosted by county volunteers, so some sites are chock full of records, while others are sparse.

Alabama Genealogical and Historical Societies

Cyndi’s List

FamilySearch Online Genealogy Records for Alabama

Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records 1865-1872

Genealoger Alabama Genealogy Resources

Huntsville-Madison County Public Library

Mobile Public Library

Tuscaloosa Public Library

ALASKA

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.

Websites:

FamilySearch Alaska Wiki – Links to Alaska records and historical information

FamilySearch – Online Alaska Genealogy Records – This is likely the most comprehensive source of links.

Alaska Digital Archives

Alaska Genealogy and History

Alaska GenWeb

Alaska Historical Society

Alaska State Archives

Alaska State Library

Alaska State Library Resources

Anchorage Genealogical Society

Bureau of Land Management – Alaska

Chronicling America – long list of Alaskan newspapers

Dawson City Museum

Fairbanks Genealogical Society

Library of Congress – Alaskan resources

One Man’s Alaska – Iditarod Facts, History and Information

University of Alaska- digital collections

Sitka National Historical Park

The Sled Dog Relay That Inspired the Iditarod

Valdez Museum Historical Archive – Gold Rush Database

Yukon Genealogy

ARIZONA

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 Genealogical and Historical Societies

Arizona Historical Society – Library and Archives Tucson – online genealogy resources

Arizona Memory Project – online historical digital newspapers

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

Arizona State University Archives and Special Collections

AZ GenWeb

Chronicling America – Arizona

FamilySearch Wiki – Arizona

Linkpendium – Arizona

Online Arizona Death Records & Indexes

University of Arizona – Digital Collections

For earlier lines which might be found in New Mexico before there was an Arizona, here are some resources:

Albuquerque & Bernalillo County Public Library – genealogy resources AND local history collections

Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections

Chronicling America – New Mexico Newspapers

FamilySearch Wiki – New Mexico

Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico

Historical Society of New Mexico

Linkpendium – New Mexico

New Mexico Genealogical Society – Click on E-Research for links to

ARKANSAS

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.

Arkansas State Archives

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture

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.

CALIFORNIA

California Genealogical Society and Library– pre-1905 San Francisco death records index online

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

UCLA

UCSD

USC Digital Library

COLORADO

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.

Cyndi’s List

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 Genealogy Trails

Colorado State Archives – genealogy holdings and links

History Colorado Online Collection

Colorado Historic Cemetery Association

Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection

Colorado State Archives and Libraries

University of Colorado – Digital Library

Colorado State University – Digital Collections

Chronicling America – includes Colorado historical newspapers

University of Northern Colorado – Digital Archives

Also, the National Archives has a facility in Denver.

CONNECTICUT

FamilySearch Wiki – Connecticut

Connecticut State Library

Connecticut State Library – Newspapers – This collection is mainly microfilm, but there is a lot of information about its holdings.

Connecticut State Archives

CTGenWeb – Volunteer site that groups Connecticut information by county. Free and some great finds have been made here.

Online Connecticut Death Indexes & Records

Connecticut Genealogy Records Online – New Horizons Genealogy

Connecticut Genealogy

Chronicling America – digitized Connecticut historical newspapers, free at Library of Congress

UConn Library – Connecticut Digital Archive

University of Connecticut Archives & Special Collections

Connecticut Historical Society

Connecticut Society of Genealogists

French-Canadian Genealogical Society of CT

Yale University Library Digital Collections

Counties

Be sure to check CTGenWeb for county links, too.

FairfieldFairfield Museum & History Center, Linkpendium,

HartfordLinkpendium

LitchfieldLinkpendium

New HavenLinkpendium

New LondonLinkpendium

TollandLinkpendium

WindhamLinkpendium

DELAWARE

A Calendar of Delaware Wills, New Castle County, 1682-1800

Cyndi’s List – Delaware

Delaware Digital Archives

Delaware Genealogical Society

Delaware Genealogy – Guide to Ancestry and Family Tree Records

Delaware – Genealogy Trails

Delaware Public Archives

Delaware Vital Records, 1650-1974- FamilySearch database

Delaware Vital Records, c1680-c1934 – Index cards of marriages, baptisms, births and death on FamilySearch

Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society

Delaware – FamilySearch Research Wiki

Kent County Public Libraries

Lewes Historical Society

Linkpendium – Delaware

New Castle County Public Libraries

New Castle Historical Society

Online Delaware Death Records & Indexes

Sussex County Genealogy Society

Sussex County Public Libraries

University of Delaware Digital Collections

FLORIDA

FamilySearch Wiki – Florida

Florida Genealogical Society

Chronicling America – Florida digitized historical newspapers

La Florida – The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas

Florida Genealogy Records Online – New Horizons Genealogy

Online Florida Death Records, Indexes & Obituaries

Ancestor Hunt – Newspaper Links

Florida Newspapers Online – FL Department of State

Florida Vital Records Indexes

State Archives and Library of Florida – Florida Memory

Florida Digital Newspaper Library

University of Florida Digital Collections

Florida Gulf Coast University – Archives, Special Collections & Digital Initiatives

Historical Societies

Historical Society of Central Florida

Miami-Dade County Historical Society

Southwest Florida Historical Society

Genealogical Societies

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society – Tampa Chapter

Brevard Genealogical Society

Central Florida Genealogical Society

Citrus County Genealogical Society

Englewood Genealogical Society of Florida

Genealogical Society of Broward County

Genealogical Society of Collier County

Genealogical Society of Sarasota

Indian River Genealogical Society

Jacksonville Genealogical Society

Lee County Genealogical Society

Pastfinders of South Lake County Genealogical Society

Pinellas Genealogy Society

Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogical Society

St. Augustine Genealogical Society

GEORGIA

FamilySearch Research Wiki – Georgia

Linkpendium – hundreds of links to every county in Georgia

African-American Resources at Georgia Archives

Georgia African-American Genealogy

Georgia African-American Genealogy – Access Genealogy

RAOGK – State of Georgia Research Guide

Georgia Genealogy Trails

Georgia Genealogy Records Online – New Horizons Genealogy

Online Georgia Death Records & Indexes

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.

Georgia Archives – University System of Georgia

Chronicling America – Georgia historical newspapers digitized and online

Georgia State University Digital Collections

Georgia Department of Archives & History

Genealogy Societies

Georgia Genealogical Society

Central Georgia Genealogical Society

Genealogy Society of Cobb County, Georgia – This website has a long list of links to other genealogical  & historical societies in Georgia.

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society – Atlanta Chapter

Augusta Genealogical Society

Carroll County Genealogical Society

Genealogical Society of Henry & Clayton Counties

Muscogee Genealogical Society

Southwest Georgia Genealogical Society

Historical Societies

Chattooga County Historical Society

Eatonton-Putnam County Historical Society

Georgia Historical Society

Gwinnett Historical Society

Marble Valley Historical Society

HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD Genealogy Links

HAWAII

FamilySearch Wiki – Hawaii Genealogy Records Online

Hawaii State Archives Digital Collections

Chronicling America – access digitized Hawaii historical newspapers

Online Hawaii Death Indexes & Records

Hawaii Genealogy Records Online

Hawaii & the Pacific – record links on Linkpendium

University of Hawaii at Manoa Library – Digital Collections

Digital Collections of the University of Hawaii Virtual Museum

Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy, History and Heritage

Molokai History

Hawaii’s Plantation Village

Genealogy Societies

Honolulu County Genealogical Society

Okinawan Genealogical Society of Hawaii

Portuguese Genealogical & Historical Society of Hawaii

Hawaiian Royal Family

Historical Societies

Friends of Moku’ula

Hawaiian Historical Society

Historic Hawaii Foundation

Kauai Historical Society

Maui Historical Society

Polynesian Voyaging Society

IDAHO

FamilySearch Wiki – Idaho

Chronicling America – digitized images of Idaho historical newspapers

Idaho Genealogy Trails

Free Idaho Genealogy Resources on The Ancestor Hunt

RAOGK – Genealogical & Historical Societies in Idaho Links to a long list. Scroll down to see them.

Boise State University – Special Collections & Archives

University of Idaho – Special Collections & Archives

Idaho State University – Digital Collections

Genealogy Today – State links for Idaho

Genealogy Societies

Idaho Genealogical Society

Historical Societies

Idaho State Historical Society – Searchable indexes

Idaho Falls Historical Society – with links to several other societies

ILLINOIS

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 GenWeb 

FamilySearch

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.

Illinois State Historical Society

Illinois Labor History Society

Illinois Digital Archives 

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections

University of Illinois at Chicago

Northern Illinois University Digital Collections

INDIANA

Ball State University Digital Media Repository

Indiana State Library

Indiana Historical Bureau

Indiana Genealogical Society

Indiana Archives and Records Administration

Indiana Digital Archives 

Allen County Public Library

IN GenWeb

FamilySearch

Online Indiana Death Records and Indexes

Indiana State Library Genealogy Database: Marriages Through 1850

Sullivan County Public Library

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.

Indiana Historical Society

IOWA

FamilySearch Research Wiki – Iowa

Historic Archives Digital Collections

Iowa Online Genealogy Records at FamilySearch Wiki

IA GenWeb

Davenport Public Library – Genealogy & Local History

Iowa Genealogy and History

Iowa Genealogy Records Online

Iowa Heritage Digital Collections

Iowa Historical Newspapers Digitized – University of Northern Iowa Collection

Iowa State University Digital Collections

Linkpendium – Iowa, with thousands of links to resources in every county

New Horizons Genealogy – Free Iowa records

Online Iowa Death Records & Indexes

RAOGK – Iowa Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies – Many links to groups in Iowa

State Library of Iowa

University of Iowa Libraries – Special Collections

University of Northern Iowa Digital Collections

Societies

Des Moines County Genealogical Society

Iowa Genealogical Society

Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society

State Historical Society of Iowa

KANSAS

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.

Kansas Memory

Online Kansas Death Records & Indexes

KSGenWeb Project

Kansas Civil War Soldier Records

Kansas Digital Newspapers

KU Digital Collections

Midwest Genealogy Center

Kansas Genealogical Society & Online Library

Town or County Websites:

Coffeyville Public Library

Crawford County Genealogy

McPherson County Archives Holdings

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.

KENTUCKY

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

Filson Historical Society

Henderson County Public Library – Genealogy and Local History

Kenton County Public Library – Special Collections online

Kentuckiana Digital Library

Kentucky Christian University – Digital Library of Appalachia

Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA)

Kentucky Digital Library

Kentucky Genealogy and History – Christian, Clay, Meade and Todd Counties right now, but growing

Kentucky Genealogy Trails

Kentucky Genealogical Society – public links to many KY resources

Kentucky Historical Society

Kentucky GenWeb

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

Madison County Public Library

McCracken County Public Library

New Horizons Genealogy – Kentucky Genealogy Records Online

Online Kentucky Death Records & Indexes

University of Kentucky Digital Services Research Center

University of Louisville Digital Collections

LOUISIANA

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

African-American Griots

Louisiana Genealogy Trails

Online Louisiana Death Records & Indexes

Southeastern Louisiana University – Sims Library

Louisiana History & Genealogy

State Library of Louisiana – Genealogy

LA GenWeb

Louisiana Genealogy Records Online

Louisiana State Archives

Louisiana State University – University Archives Digital Collections

Louisiana Vital Records Index

Xavier University of Louisiana – Digital Library

New Orleans Historical

The Historic New Orleans Collection

Chronicling America – digitized historical Louisiana newspapers online

Linkpendium – hundreds of links to Louisiana parishes

Societies

East Baton Rouge Parish Genealogical Society

Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Society

Ark-La-Tex Genealogical Association

Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans

German – Acadian Coast Historical & Genealogical Society

Le Comite des Archives de la Louisiane

Louisiana Historical Society

Pointe de l’Eglise Acadia Genealogical & Historical Society

Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society

Louisiana Historical Association

Orleans Historical Society

MAINE

A Gazetteer of the State of Maine by George Varney, 1836-1901

Maine State Archives

Maine State Library

Online Maine Death Records and Indexes

Maine Archives and Museums

Maine Memory

Maine Genealogy

Maine Historical Society

FamilySearch Wiki – Maine – Lots of Maine links

Maine Genealogy Links

USGenWeb – Maine GenWeb

MARYLAND

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.

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Volume 4

Volume 5

Volume 6

Volume 7

Volume 8

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society – Prince George’s County

Allegany Regional Family History Society

Anne Arundel County Historical Society

Anne Arundel Genealogical Society

Archives of Maryland Online

Baltimore County Genealogical Society

Boyds Historical Society

Calvert County Historical Society

Caroline County Historical Society

Carroll County Genealogical Society

Central Maryland AAHGS – Afro-American genealogy research group

Charles County Historical Society

Chevy Chase Historical Society

Cyndi’s List – Maryland

Digital Maryland

Dundalk – Patapsco Neck Historical Society & Museum

Emmitsburg Area Historical Society

Enoch Pratt Free Library – Finding digitized Maryland newspapers online

Garrett County Historical Society Museums

Heritage Frederick – Historical Society of Frederick County

Heritage Society of Essex & Middle River

Historical Society of Baltimore County

Historical Society of Carroll County

Historical Society of Cecil County

Howard County Genealogical Society

Howard County Historical Society

Jewish Genealogical Society of Maryland

Kent County Historical Society

Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council

Maryland City Directories – University of Maryland Special Collections

Maryland – FamilySearch Research Wiki

Maryland Genealogical Society

Maryland Historical Society – Digital Resources

Maryland – Linkpendium

Maryland State Archives

MDGenWeb

Mid-Atlantic German Society

Montgomery History Genealogy Club

Online Maryland Death Records and Indexes

Order of the First Families of Maryland

Prince George’s County Historical Society

St. Mary’s County Genealogical Society

St. Mary’s County Historical Society

Silver Spring Historical Society

Society of The Ark and The Dove

Talbot Historical Society

United Methodist Historical Society
of the Baltimore-Washington Conference

University of Maryland Digital Collections

Washington County Historical Society

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