Top 30 Genealogy Picks
1790-1840 Census Helper

This chart helps estimate birth years for people counted on the censuses from 1790-1840. Census helper, 1790 Census, 1800 Census, 1810 Census, 1820 Census, 1830 Census, 1840 Census

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American Military Records

American Military Records, Places to find records from the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, World War I and World War II.

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Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography

Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, Volumes 1-6, Biographical sketches.

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Biographical Review

33 volumes of biographies, sorted by County. (Mostly New England and the northeast).

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Bureau of Land Management

Search the U.S. Dept. of the Interior's General Land Office Records to find exactly where your ancestors lived.

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Chronicling America

Chronicling America is a great tool for finding and searching newspapers in most U.S. States.

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Having trouble finding a specific newspaper? Search the Library of Congress database of offline newspapers to find out which institutions hold copies. Then find the institution's website, if any, and check if the newspaper is online. If not, contact the institution to find out how you can access the publication. 

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D.A.R. Lineage Books

Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) Lineage Books contain pedigrees of descendants of soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War, who have applied for D.A.R. Membership. New unknown ancestors could be revealed in these valuable records. Volumes 1-67 are here at your fingertips!

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Early New York Church and Vital Records

My compilation of links to historical books containing early New York vital records. Free access. Early New York Church and Vital Records

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Early Settlers of New York State

Nine (9) volumes containing a wealth of information on the early settlers of New York State.

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Early Western Travels (32 Volumes)

Early Western Travels, 1748-1846: A Series of Annotated Reprints of some of the best and rarest contemporary volumes of travel, descriptive of the Aborigines and Social and Economic Conditions in the Middle and Far West, during the Period of Early American Settlement, published in 1904 in 32 volumes including the index.

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FindMyPast

With a paid subscription (or 14-day free trial), FindMyPast allows you access to British and Irish records as well as passenger lists, military records and much more. It's definitely worth checking out!

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Free Census Records Online

Where to find free U.S. Federal Census Records Online, what information each census provides, a list of years a State Census was taken in each State, where to find census substitutes, and more.

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Free Newspapers Online

My favorite places to go for free newspapers online.

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Historical collections of the state of New York

Geographical descriptions of every township in the state, illustrated by 230 engravings and information about early settlers. Historical collections of the state of New York, by John Warner Barber and Henry Howe, 1846.

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Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850

Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850; births, deaths, marriages.

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MyHeritage

With a free account you can create your family tree and check for matches. MyHeritage also offers DNA testing (for a fee) and the ability to find and collaborate with matches.

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New England Families Genealogical and Memorial

New England Families Genealogical and Memorial Volumes 1-4.

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New England Historical Genealogical Register

The New England Historical Genealogical Register (N.E.H.G.R.) Volumes 1-76 - all free online!

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New York Death Records and Index

The State of New York has released their death index books, which they began printing in 1881. These books can help find or confirm the date and place of death, as well as the file number, for deaths that occurred after 1880. New York Death Records and Index

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New York Genealogical and Biographical Record

54 volumes New York Genealogical and Biographical Record free online.

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New York Newspapers Published before 1831

Knowing where to look is key! Check out these New York Newspapers published before 1831.

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New York Probate Records, 1629-1971

Images from probate records in various county Surrogate Courts in New York. The content of the probate records and their year range vary by county. Most records end in the 1920s with some indexes continuing to the year 1971.

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New York State Birth Index 1881-1942

Scanned images of the index to births that occurred in the state of New York between 1881 and 1942.

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New York State Marriage Index 1881-1963

Find the date, place, and certificate number for marriages that occurred between 1881 and 1963 in New York State.

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Pennsylvania Archives Books Online

Find records going back to Provincial times in Pennsylvania in these historical books you can access for free. Pennsylvania Archives Books Online

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Pennsylvania Archives Records Online

Access thousands of records from the Pennsylvania Archives. Free to Pennsylvania residents. Others can access through Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania Archives Records Online

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Pennsylvania German Pioneers

Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Volumes 1-3, complete with index. A publication of the original lists of arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808.

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Rhode Island Vital Records

Vital records of Rhode Island, 1636-1850, by James Newell Arnold, contained at least 22 volumes of vital records. All the volumes are named here and some are linked. Rhode Island Vital Records

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The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy

The Compendium of American Genealogy, First Families of America, by Fredericak Adams Virkus, 1925, contains genealogies of thousands of early Americans. "A Genealogical Encyclopedia of the United State".

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The History and Antiquities of New England, NY, NJ and PA

History, anecdotes, and biographical sketches of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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Vital Records of Providence, Rhode Island

The city registrar published these volumes of births, deaths, and marriages in Providence from 1851 to 1935. Vital Records of Providence, Rhode Island

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