Genealogy Links & Databases

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Genealogy blog posts on PI buzz

Genealogy Research and Family History Resources in the San Francisco Bay Area
Social Security Death Index is now restricted
Genealogical Resources in U.S. Federal Depository Libraries

Aggregated Records – Family History and Genealogy Records – 19th and 20th century genealogical – census, vital, passenger records.

Birth, death, marriage, divorce

Birth & Marriage Records Indexes
Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records
Searching the Social Security Death Index in One Step
U.S. Social Security Death Index – American Ancestors
U.S. Social Security Death Index – FamilySearch
U.S. Social Security Death Index – Genealogy Bank
U.S Social Security Death Index – Death-Record
Where to Write for Vital Records

Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
Alaska, Probate Index (1883-1960) (PDF)
Arkansas Death Search, 1935-1961
Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates
California Birth Index, 1905-1995, California death index images, 1905-1939
California Vital Records at Family Research Centers
Colorado Historical birth, marriage, divorce, court, corporation and professional license records (various inclusive dates)
Connecticut Death Records Index, 1897-1966 and Marriages, 1897-1966
Georgia – Augusta-Richmond County Vital Records Database (Augusta Chronicle newspaper, 1982-present)
Hawaii Birth and Christenings, 1852-1933 ; Onsite locations of vital record indexes
Idaho Death Index
Eastern Idaho Death Records Index
Illinois Death Certificates Database, Pre-1916
Illinois Death Certificates Database, 1916–1950
Illinois, Cook County Death Certificates Search
Indiana Marriages Database
Indiana, Indianapolis Commercial newspaper index of deaths (various dates from 1930-)
Iowa, Muscatine area – Birth, Marriage, & Death notices that have appeared in the Muscatine (city) newspapers since 1840 to present
Kentucky Death, Marriage and Divorce Index; Kentucky Death Index, 2000-2012
Louisiana Birth and Death Index
Louisiana – Orleans Parish Marriage Records
Maine Death Records, 1956-2009
Maryland State Archives County Death Index, 1898-1951 and Baltimore City Death Index, 1875-1880, 1943-1949, 1875-1972
Massachusetts, Birth, Marriage & Death, 1841-1910
Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003
Michigan Death Index, 1897-1920; 1921-1952; Michigan death certificate images, 1921-1939
Minnesota Death Certificates Index
Minnesota Birth Certificates Index
Minnesota Marriage Certificates Index
Missouri Death Records Index
Montana State Death Index Registry – through 2002
Montana Social Security Death Index
Montana – Liberty County Obituaries, 1905-2010
Nevada – Carson City, births, deaths, marriages, citizenship
New Mexico Death Index, 1899-1949
New York Death Index, 1957-1967
New York – The Long Island Advance – Index to Birth, Marriage and Death Announcements
North Carolina – County Births, Deaths, Marriages
North Dakota Public Death Index
North Dakota, Cass County, Marriage License Index, 1870-1944
North Dakota, Cass County, Probate Records Index, 1876-1944
North Dakota, Cass County, Divorce Records Index, 1870-1944
Ohio Death Certificate Search
Oklahoma Births and Deaths Index
Oklahoma, Oklahoma County Marriage Records, 1889-1951
Oregon, Portland Death Certificates 1881-1917
Oregon, Multnomah County Marriages 1855-1920
Pennsylvania Death Indices, 1906-1965
South Carolina Death Indexes 1915-1962
South Dakota Birth Index (birth dates over 100 years)
Tennessee Death Index (access granted using any Tennessee telephone number and zip code)
Texas, Caldwell County – Birth, Marriage and Death Index
Texas, El Paso County Death Index
Texas, Kerr County – Birth, Marriage and Death Index
Texas, Mitchell County – Birth, Marriage and Death Index
Texas, Washington County, – Birth, Marriage and Death Index
Utah Burials and Cemetery Database
Utah Death Certificate Index
Veterans Nationwide Gravesite Locator
Washington State Death Index and SSDI
West Virginia Death Certificate Search
Wisconsin – Birth, Death and Marriage


1940 Census Records – Everything You Need To Know
Obtaining EDs and streets for the 1910-1940 Census in One Step
Census Records locator – Census Finder


Indiana State Digital Archives – School, Hospital and Prison Admissions

Genetic (DNA) Genealogy and Adoption Search

Adoption Search and Reunion Locate Service
DNA Adoption Resources and Education
Autosomal DNA Statistics
Genetic Genealogy Education Resources
DNAeXplained; Looking for Birth Family
Switched at Birth: Unraveling a Century-Old Mystery with DNA
Testing for Your DNA
Download e-book: Use Genealogical DNA Testing to Solve Family Mysteries


Indiana Digital Archives
Minnesota Veterans Graves Index


California – Naturalization documents for residents naturalized in Contra Costa County
Indiana State Digital Archives, Naturalization Records
North Carolina Alien Registration and Naturalization
North Dakota Naturalization Records Index


Historical Newspaper Database – The Library of Congress
Free Newspaper Archives — Search History for Free — State Newspapers
Historical Newspapers Online
United States Online Historical Newspapers
American Newspapers: 17th-19th Century Newspapers Online
List of online newspaper archives
Best Sites for Free Historical Newspaper Research
Adding to your Genealogy with Online Digital Newspapers
Historical newspapers and obituaries – free to search
Newspaper Archive – fee
ePodunk – free to search
Newspaper Search Guide
New York State Historic Newspapers
New York Historic Newspapers and Documents
New York – Long Island Newspapers
Oregon Historic Newspapers
State Library of Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Historical Newspapers

Passenger Ship Records

Ellis Island – FREE Port of New York Passenger Records Search


Reunion Planning: Family Reunions, Class Reunions, Military Reunion

Search engines

One-Step Webpages – Genealogy, Search Engines, Census, Vital Records, SSDI
AncestorSearch using Google Custom Search

Mocavo – Free Genealogy & Family Tree Search Engine
Genealogy Query and Surname Database

UK and Ireland Resources

Commonwealth War Dead and Cemetery Database
Kerry Ireland Graveyard Records
Search graveyards in Ireland
Dublin family history resources
Ireland Family History records online

UK Family history records
Searching your Irish roots online
Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales
England and Wales – Birth, Marriage and Death records

Genealogical societies and archives

National Archives and Records Administration
Library of Congress Home
State Digital Resources (Virtual Programs Services, Library of Congress) – State Digital Resources: Memory Projects, Online Encyclopedias, Historical Cultural Materials Collections
Delaware State Archives Databases and Research Aides
California State Archives – Family History Resources
California Genealogical Society and Library Catalog
California State Genealogical Alliance
Directory of Genealogical Societies – Search by place or keyword to find historical and genealogical societies and archives, with descriptions of their collections.
Oregon State Archives: Oregon Historical Records Index
State Archives and Historical Societies

Reference, Search Guides, Search Assistance and Directories

Selected Guide to Sources for Genealogy California History Room – City directories, newspapers, vital records, voter registration (PDF)
High School and University Yearbooks – Mocavo, Classmates, E-Yearbook
Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2015
101 Best Websites for 2014 for discovering and sharing your family history, 2015
Genealogy Web sites with documents
Links for Genealogy on the Internet – Many in Texas
Free Genealogy and Family History Online – The USGenWeb Project
California Heir Finder info – State of CA guides on collecting money for beneficiaries
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness — Volunteers Around the World
Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
The rest of my favorite links are here.


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