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*[http://ftp2.census.gov/geo/maps/general_ref/us_base/stco2003/stco2003.pdf United States Census Bureau State and County Map].  This map will allow you to zoom in on any State or County in the United States and read the names of all of the neighboring Counties. This makes it easy to see close by locations where other relatives might have lived. This map shows current Counties, consult the individual State Maps section to find out about historical maps. You can even type in a county name in the search box to locate the county on the map.  
 
*[http://ftp2.census.gov/geo/maps/general_ref/us_base/stco2003/stco2003.pdf United States Census Bureau State and County Map].  This map will allow you to zoom in on any State or County in the United States and read the names of all of the neighboring Counties. This makes it easy to see close by locations where other relatives might have lived. This map shows current Counties, consult the individual State Maps section to find out about historical maps. You can even type in a county name in the search box to locate the county on the map.  
 
*[http://www.google.com/books?id=1ooBAAAAMAAJ&pg A complete descriptive and statistical gazetteer of the United States of America ...: with an abstract of the census and statistics for 1840] (Compiled by Daniel Haskel, John Calvin Smith pub 1843)  
 
*[http://www.google.com/books?id=1ooBAAAAMAAJ&pg A complete descriptive and statistical gazetteer of the United States of America ...: with an abstract of the census and statistics for 1840] (Compiled by Daniel Haskel, John Calvin Smith pub 1843)  
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/US.pdf BYU United States Research Outline] largely duplicates these Wiki pages. Includes some bibliographic lists from BYU Library, 2001.<br>
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*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/US.pdf BYU United States Research Outline] largely duplicates these Wiki pages. Includes some bibliographic lists from BYU Library, 2001.<br>  
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*[http://www.digitalstatearchives.com/ Online State Archives] are an often-overlooked resource that can include very useful family history information such as state census and voter rolls, military pensions, slave records, court cases, and much more.&nbsp;
  
 
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*[[United States Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]  
 
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*[[United States Bible Records|Bible Records]]  
 
*[[United States Bible Records|Bible Records]]  
*[[United States Biography|Biography]]
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*[[United States Business Records|Business Records]]
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*[[United States Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]  
 
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*[[United States Census|Census]]  
 
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*[[United States Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]  
 
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*[[United States History|History]]  
 
*[[United States History|History]]  
*[[United States Land and Property|Land and Property]]
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*[[United States Livestock Brands|Livestock Brands]]
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*[[United States Maps|Maps]]  
 
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*[[United States Migration Internal|Migration]]  
 
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*[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]]  
 
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*[[United States Voting Records|Voter Records]]  
 
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*[[United States Water Records|Water Records]]
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*[[United States Other Records|Other Records]]  
 
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*[[United States For Further Reading|For Further Reading]]
 
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