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*[http://www.nationalatlas.gov/printable.html Printable Maps from the National Atlas of the United States] -- The Reference and Outline Maps of the United States and of the individual states are of most value to a genealogist. Other types of maps are also available from this site.<br>  
 
*[http://www.nationalatlas.gov/printable.html Printable Maps from the National Atlas of the United States] -- The Reference and Outline Maps of the United States and of the individual states are of most value to a genealogist. Other types of maps are also available from this site.<br>  
 
*[[Tracing Immigrant Origins|Tracing Immigrant Origins]]  
 
*[[Tracing Immigrant Origins|Tracing Immigrant Origins]]  
*[http://ftp2.census.gov/geo/maps/general_ref/us_base/stco2003/stco2003.pdf United States Census Bureau State and County Map]. &nbsp;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.  
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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://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>  
 
*[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>  
*[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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*[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.  
  
 
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''<br>  
 
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''<br>  
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*[[Image:American Samoa flag.png|border|22x11px|American Samoa flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[American Samoa|American Samoa]]  
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*[[Image:American Samoa flag.png|border|22x11px|American Samoa flag.png]]   [[American Samoa|American Samoa]]  
*[[Image:District of Columbia flag.png|border|22x11px|District of Columbia flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[District of Columbia|District of Columbia]]
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*[[Image:Guam flag.png|border|22x13px|Guam flag.png]] [[Guam|Guam]]  
*[[Image:Northern Mariana Islands flag.png|border|22x11px|Northern Mariana Islands flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Northern Mariana Islands|Northern Mariana Islands]]
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*[[Image:Puerto Rico flag.png|border|22x15px|Puerto Rico flag.png]] [[Puerto Rico|Puerto Rico]]  
*[[Image:Virgin Islands flag.png|border|22x14px|Virgin Islands flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[U.S. Virgin Islands|Virgin Islands]]
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*[[Image:Marshall Islands flag.png|border|22x12px|Marshall Islands flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Marshall Islands|Marshall Islands]]
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*[[Image:Philippines flag.png|border|22x11px|Philippines flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Philippines|Philippines]]
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== Help Wanted  ==
 
== Help Wanted  ==
  
Interested in [[Help:Contributor Help|editing or adding to the Wiki]]? The United States page, the state pages, and the county pages need you! Here are some simple ways you can add information other researchers need!&nbsp;
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Interested in [[Help:Contributor Help|editing or adding to the Wiki]]? The United States page, the state pages, and the cohttps://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gifunty pages need you! Here are some simple ways you can add information other researchers need!
  
*[[Create an external link|Add links]] to the [http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/ David Rumsey Map Collection] for the state or county in question. For an example, see the [[Pennsylvania]].&nbsp;
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*[[Create an external link|Add links]] to the [http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/ David Rumsey Map Collection] for the state or county in question. For an example, see the [[Pennsylvania]].  
*Volunteer to be a [[FamilySearch Wiki:Moderator|moderator]] for the United States portal, or one of the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Moderator#Who_are_the_Moderators.3F|unclaimed states]]. Contact [https://help.familysearch.org/help/?wicket:bookmarkablePage=:org.familysearch.help.helpcenter.page.OpenCase us]&nbsp;&nbsp; to express your interest in this role.&nbsp;
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*Volunteer to be a [[FamilySearch Wiki:Moderator|moderator]] for the United States portal, or one of the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Moderator#Who_are_the_Moderators.3F|unclaimed states]]. Contact [https://help.familysearch.org/help/?wicket:bookmarkablePage=:org.familysearch.help.helpcenter.page.OpenCase us] to express your interest in this role.  
*Add each state or county's creation date and parent states/counties. This information can be found using the [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog Place Search&nbsp;] in the Family History Library Catalog. <br>  
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*Add each state or county's creation date and parent states/counties. This information can be found using the [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog Place Search] in the Family History Library Catalog. <br>  
 
*Add links to digitized state and county histories. A large collection of such histories is Brigham Young University's [http://www.lib.byu.edu/fhc/index.html Family History Archives]. A shortcut to searching it for local histories is on the BYU-FHL Digital Books Collection page.  
 
*Add links to digitized state and county histories. A large collection of such histories is Brigham Young University's [http://www.lib.byu.edu/fhc/index.html Family History Archives]. A shortcut to searching it for local histories is on the BYU-FHL Digital Books Collection page.  
*The Research Wiki is also available in ten other [[FamilySearch Wiki:Non-English versions of the wiki|languages]]. You can help by [[FamilySearch Wiki:Translation|translating&nbsp;pages]] into one of the other languages.
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*The Research Wiki is also available in ten other [[FamilySearch Wiki:Non-English versions of the wiki|languages]]. You can help by [[FamilySearch Wiki:Translation|translating pages]] into one of the other languages.
  
 
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*[[American Indian Genealogy|American Indians]]  
 
*[[American Indian Genealogy|American Indians]]  
 
*[[United States Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]  
 
*[[United States Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]  
*[[United States Basic Search Strategies|Basic Search Strategies]]
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*[[United States Basic Search Strategies|Basic Search Strategies]]  
 
*[[United States Bible Records|Bible Records]]  
 
*[[United States Bible Records|Bible Records]]  
 
*[[United States Biography|Biography]]  
 
*[[United States Biography|Biography]]  
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*[[United States Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]  
 
*[[United States Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]  
 
*[[United States History|History]]  
 
*[[United States History|History]]  
*[[United States, How to Find Genealogy Records|How to Find Genealogy Records]]
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*[[United States, How to Find Genealogy Records|How to Find Genealogy Records]]  
 
*[[United States Land and Property|Land and Property]]  
 
*[[United States Land and Property|Land and Property]]  
 
*[[United States Livestock Brands|Livestock Brands]]  
 
*[[United States Livestock Brands|Livestock Brands]]  
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*[[United States Periodicals|Periodicals]]  
 
*[[United States Periodicals|Periodicals]]  
 
*[[United States Probate Records|Probate Records]]  
 
*[[United States Probate Records|Probate Records]]  
*[[United States Record Selection Table|Record Selection Table]]
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*[[United States Record Selection Table|Record Selection Table]]  
 
*[[United States Societies|Societies]]  
 
*[[United States Societies|Societies]]  
*[[United States and Capitols|States and Capitols Map]]
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*[[United States and Capitols|States and Capitols Map]]  
 
*[[United States Timeline|Timeline]]  
 
*[[United States Timeline|Timeline]]  
 
*[[United States Taxation|Taxation]]  
 
*[[United States Taxation|Taxation]]  

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