United States of America Genealogy Help
Free links & Tools
for Genealogy Research in the USA
These Genealogy Links are Tools which you can use to uncover your USA Family Tree Archives & Heritage.
This page also has links for beginners to learn how to do genealogical research or use to brush up on the basics. Scroll down to find specific USA Genealogical Research Information.
Help Page USA & More:
Click on Topic Below for genealogical tips
BASIC Family Tree Research for all - Basic "how to guides" to research, pedigree charts, figuring relationships, keeping genealogical records, free genealogy forms
||PAF - Personal Ancestral File Software and Genealogy Record Keeping (on another page)
||CENSUS RECORDS - Tips, Enumeration District lookup, Soundex Generators, Free Online database links
||Freedom of Information Act Request
||Social Security Application REQUEST Form Letter
|| United States of America Government Records -US National Archives (NARA), FBI, Military Records & more
||Cemeteries and Death Indexes-plenty of online searches and databases
||Large Genealogy Sites including LDS Family History - microfilm instructions
||People Finding Resources - email, telephone look-ups, yellow pages...
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BASIC Family Tree Research & Genealogy Information for all
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CENSUS RECORDS, Soundex Generators Links & Tips
- FREE CENSUS ONLINE via Heritage Quest through participating Public Libraries - quote from the Encyclopedia of Genealogy started by Dick Eastman: "Heritage Quest is one of the most valuable services available today for anyone researching ancestry in the United States. The company is best known for its collection of the U.S. Federal Census records from 1790 through 1930."
- Free 1790-1930 U.S. Census Records Available at the Internet Archive - record of the population census from 1790 to 1930. Scanned from microfilm from the collections of the Allen County Public Library and originally from the United States National Archives Record Administration. Now More than 13,004,791 page images.
- Search Extracts of the 1790-1940 United States Census - Search All 650 Million Records Instantly with Mocavo for free.
- National Archives (NARA) 1940 U.S. Census Images Online - The census is available for viewing on microfilm at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, and at their 13 regional archives.
- Free Census Project (USGenWeb), Completed Transcriptions - Census Online Inventory Index is a volunteer project, which needs your help, see if your state is listed and what they they have finished and what needs to be done.
- The USGenWeb Census Project On-Line Inventory of Transcribed Census Links. -
USGenWeb Census "On-Line Inventory" lists all the states down the left and when you click on a state, the right side will open to show the links to all the transcribed census files for that state. The search is great for finding the specific state, county and year. Some have a "view" of the actual record.
- CLUES IN CENSUS RECORDS, 1790-1840 - good tips from the U.S. National Archives.
- MORE good Clues in Census Records, 1850-1940 - from NARA the U.S. National Archives.
- Calculating Birth Year Based on Census Information -
Click on the census year. Match the person's reported age* with the birth year.
- CENSUS and SOUNDEX HELP - Steve Morse has a great site to find US Census (1790-1940) lookups and more.
- U.S. Federal Census Facts - An Introduction to Federal Census Research from The USGenWeb Census Project.
- 154 Census Collections at FamilySearch.
- Census Online - Links to Online Census Records.
- Census Search at Rootsweb -
Census Database contains 491,023 records (44645 distinct surnames) Selected years, states and counties (as contributed)
- Online Census Finder - you will need to scroll past the commercials. Learn to sort through the free and avoid the for pay. Use the pull down arrow to locate the state you are interested in.
- World Wide Census Links - Click on United States then click on your State of Interest. Check back once a month for new additions.
- Key Online Library Catalogs for Genealogists
Census records can be had at a number of good libraries across the country look here to find one near you
- PDF Download from Madison Country Genealogical Society::: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nemcgs/pdf/Online-Library-Catalogs-for-Genealogists.pdf
- Census Records Abbreviations -
Here are some of the most common ones you will find when reviewing a census record.
- US Census Bureau Home Page - offers an age search for genealogy or other such purposes. Tells what the Bureau does and does not offer.
- SOUNDEX Code Generator -
and Immigration List Index by Cimorelli.
- SOUNDEX Code Generator in Java Script -
Soundex is needed in some Census Searches. Do your Soundex lookups before you go into LDS or NARA.
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Obtaining USA Government Records
- Where to Write for USA Vital Records - Click on the USA State where birth, death, marriage, divorce occurred for full information on where to write for vital records and how to obtain the record.
- Freedom of Information Act Request - You can get a copy of your ancestors FBI, CIA or other Government File by using a FOIA letter of request. This one was developed by Mike Ravnitzky who has personally filed more than 5,000 requests for copies of restricted Government Archives.
- Genealogy Page at NARA - U.S. National Archives and Records Administration research room section.
- How to Make a Request to INS - information Download INS Form G-639 for FREE from the Immigration and Naturalization Service Immigration Forms Page.
- NARA - see what records are available at the US National Archives and Records Administration.
- NARA Locations by State - US National Archives locations and contact email information
- NARA's holdings of electronic records - use the Internet to check more than 50 million historical records at the US National Archives, (NARA) from Civil War battles to other Military Records. Supposedly they will eventually have access to immigration files but so far its slim pickings. The database draws from the records of 20 federal agencies.
- NARA Military Service & Pension Records - The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.
To get your own military records or those of your parent, grandparent or other ancestor, write a letter to:
National Personnel Records Center,
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
- Military Indexes & Records - An Online Genealogy Guide by Joe Beine
- Military Records Requests FAQs - good list of information on requesting Military Records. NOTE - many USA States have Historical Archives so do a search for: "Military Records + State" on google, msn, yahoo and your favorite.
- Military Records - a list of records and research tips that may help you.
- Military Rosters - Rootsweb free Military Database. Selected countries, states and/or counties (as contributed)
- Naturalization Records from the US Immigration and Naturalization Service - INS naturalization records duplicate those found in naturalization courts throughout the country.
- New York State Archives - many records and helpful information. Small fee for information in most areas.
- Newspaper Abstracts - Search United States Newspapers (Volunteer Transcriptions - U.S., Canada and Ireland)
- Railroad Retirement Board - Official Site of the United States of America Railroad Retirement Board.
- Social Security Administration Online
- Guide to Freedom of Information Act Requests.
- Social Security Application REQUEST Form Letter - you can print-out this form letter for your use or use it as an example and write one yourself.
- U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY DEATH INDEX - Free lookup from the LDS Family History Center.
- Social Security Death Records Index - Interactive Search by RootsWeb. IMPORTANT NOTE: "generally speaking" you will *not* find anyone listed who died before 1962 listed on the Internet. If you can't find your ancestor in the US Social Security Death Index Online, do what I did; obtain the Official State Death Notices on each ancestor. Their death notice will have their SSN on it. I also included a copy of each individual's Death Notice on the copies of the SSN app I requested. All of my grandparents had names that many other people share (ie: Maria Nigro) so it made it a lot easier to just get the number off the State Death Record.
- Social Security Death Index Search - new FREE lookup by GenCircles / Family Tree Legends.
- U.S. Genealogy Sites State by State - U.S. Genealogy Sites State by State list of United States Genealogy sites. Plenty of free info and helpful genealogical web sites from Genealogy Today.
- U.S. Public Record Research Library - provides a core group of links to FREE government searchable sites along with some important non-government sites
- U.S. Vital Records Information - Commercial site lists where to obtain vital records for each state, territory and county of the United States with good subcategories for cities, etc.
- U.S. Vital Records Room at D'Addezio.com - United States Vital Records listing every county by state. Please Note: On all the "Vital Records" links here and above, except for the actual payment for records from Government Offices remember to go for the FREE stuff first. Try doing your own research for at least 5 years, then "if you hit a brick wall", you may need to pay to belong to a group or buy CDs etc., but forgetaboutit until you have exhausted free or do-it-yourself resources.
- United States Genealogy Links - Databases for all of the States, includes ships passenger lists, census records, cemetery transcriptions, military records and more.
- American Fact Finder Advanced Geography Search - US Census Data lookup by street and town or zip code.
- United States and Territories - U.S. Geological Survey (U S Gazetteer database)
- United States Postal Service - Zip Codes and more.
- USA City & Country Locator - Locate a county for any U.S. City by Geographic Nameserver (current as of 1987 and gives several other important links.
- USA Gazeteer Maps of the USA - and more from the U.S. Census Bureau. Look up your town, city, lake, mountain and more.
- USA Town Search - U.S. Town and County Locator from Rootsweb
- USA States & Capitals - State information resource links to state homepage, symbols, flags, maps, constitutions, representatives, songs, birds, flowers, trees, etc.
- USGenWeb Project State WebSites - Online Census Images, State Pages with a wealth of County related info, and lots of other help for Genealogy Researchers.
- World Statesmen - encyclopedia of nations, colonies, international and religious organizations, and other polities. Country facts, maps, anthems, flags, links, and multiple indexes.
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Cemetery, Death, Funeral Home, Grave Lookups
- Calculate Birthdate from Death Data - Calculates birthdate from death date and age of death in year-month-day format.
- Cemetery Records Online - Burial records & tombstone inscriptions from over 1,300 cemeteries.
- Department of Veterans Affairs Nationwide Gravesite Locator - includes burial location maps and burial records from many sources.
- Death Records - Online Searchable Death Indexes & Databases.
- Find a Grave - More than 13 million grave records. If the graveyard or cemetery of your ancestors is on this site and it has photos of the headstones, try contacting the submitter and make a request for a photo of your ancestor's headstone, if its not already there. It happened for me!
- Funeral Homes Online - they don't have all of them listed, so you might find it by searching Google. (also includes Cemetery Lookup)
- The Political Graveyard - find where notable people in your ancestry are buried includes a Gazetteer and lists of Cemeteries and Memorial Sites.
- US Cemeteries - United States listings by State.
- USGS GNIS - National Mapping Information for the USA. To find a cemetery simply specify the state and county, and enter cemetery for Feature Type.
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- AreaConnect Free Yellow Pages, White Pages and Guides - Local Search made easy.
- Letter Forwarding Service by the Social Security Administration - You can use the Social Security Administration to locate a lost person for humanitarian purposes only. (they read your letter first)
- Salvation Army Missing Persons Service officially known as the Family Tracing Service will in certain cases assist people in
locating family. For further Information, in the USA, contact phone or write to:
- Infobel World - Telephone Directories - the Internet's original and most complete index of online phone books.
- International Phone Book Search | International People Search - also has a free U.S. domestic telephone directory.
- AnyWho - AT & T People: phone numbers, addresses, maps for Business & People in the U.S.A. also Find a Business with a Toll-Free Number.
- Bigfoot - find people, search White Pages & Yellow Pages: you choose.
- Email Address Search - Search simultaneously all the most popular email registry services on the Internet.
- Find a Person & Email Search - Verizon, Yahoo, WhoWhere, Bigfoot, Google & MIT.
- Freeality Find People - Access dozens of resources for finding people.
- Genealogy.com search - death records, email addresses and much more.
- Google.com - search all their tabs.
- Info Space - White Pages: find people and businesses. Must have scripts enabled on computer to use.
- International Directory - Find Phonebooks by Country.
- Internet Address Finder - Search for someone's email or find phone number or address or reverse search by address/phone.
- NEDSITE - the ultimate people finder website by Marten ter
- Online Phone Books of the World - startpage from the Netherlands.
- SMARTpages White Pages - "Find a Person", "Find a Business" and more.
- SuperPages.com - Yellow Pages directory service with millions of business and residential listings nationwide.
- Switchboard.com - Internet Yellow Pages and White Pages - Maps
- White Pages from the Phone Book of the World - by Alexander Algard
- White Pages Phone Directory - free people and business searches in the U.S. and Canada
- WhoWhere? - Phone Numbers, Addresses, email listings and more
- World Directories - Find People Worldwide from
- Yahoo People Search - search their listings.
- Yellow Pages.com - United States and International: you choose.
- ZABASEARCH - Free People Search and Public Information Search Engine.
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