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This page contains free online databases and quick family history research resources.
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This page contains free online databases and quick family history research resources.  
  
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*[http://www.earlylds.com Early LDS Ancestors] - This site allows the user to locate information on early LDS ancestors.
  
'''Pioneer Ancestors Coming Across the Plains:'''[http://www.lds.org/churchhistory www.lds.org/churchhistory].
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*[http://www.lds.org/churchhistory Pioneer Ancestors Coming Across the Plains] - Click on “Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel.
  
Click on “Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel.
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*[http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/archives/pbinfo Ordering a Patriarchal Blessing] - Descendants of Latter-day Saints may order
  
'''Ordering a Patriarchal Blessing:'''[http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/archives/pbinfo www.lds.org/churchhistory/archives/pbinfo].
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*[http://www.lds.org/churchhistory Photos, Journals, Sound Recordings, and Letters from Early Church Members] - Click on “Resources Available,” then search the “Church Archives Catalog” to see what exists. Surname, First Name. Author search for journals and letters. Subject search for Photos, oral histories, etc. Visit or write for copies of items of interest. PH &amp; CR = Photos; OH = Oral Histories; AV = AudioVisual; MS = Manuscripts, journals, letters.
  
'''Photos, Journals, Sound Recordings, and Letters from Early Church Members:'''[http://www.lds.org/churchhistory www.lds.org/churchhistory].
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*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss Locate Civil War Soldier] - Click on “Soldiers” and search by '''name''' and '''state'''(if known) for an ancestor who would have been age 16-50 between 1860-1865. Once the regiment/company are known, additional records may be easily located. If you know if they were in a prison, click on “Prisoners.” If they were Union, search Andersonville, if Confederate, search Fort McHenry. If you don’t know, search both. See '''Military Records and More''' below.
  
Click on “Resources Available,then search the “Church Archives Catalog” to see what exists. Surname, First Name. Author search for journals and letters. Subject search for Photos, oral histories, etc. Visit or write for copies of items of interest.''''''PH &amp; CR = Photos; OH = Oral Histories; AV = AudioVisual; MS = Manuscripts, journals, letters.'''''
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ Homestead or Land Patents] - Click “Search Land Patents” at the top of the page. Enter a zip code, then select the state where an ancestor may have bought or homesteaded land from the federal government. New records are added every day. Click on the ancestor’s name. If ‘View Image’ is available, you may see the original document. Using the coordinates from the land patent, find the homestead or land using GoogleEarth. Use Step 10 to order the whole homestead packet. For further details see [[Land Patent Search|Land Patent Search]].<br>
  
'''Locate Civil War Soldier:'''http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss.
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'''Newspapers:''' There are MANY online newspaper resources, usually put online by a University in the state, or a public library. Utah newspapers were digitized by the University of Utah. BYU also uses the University of Utah database.  
  
Click on “Soldiers” and search by '''name'''and '''state'''(if known) for an ancestor who would have been age 16-50 between 1860-1865. Once the regiment/company are known, additional records may be easily located. If you know if they were in a prison, click on “Prisoners.” If they were Union, search Andersonville, if Confederate, search Fort McHenry. If you don’t know, search both. See '''Military Records and More'''below.
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*[http://digitalnewspapers.org/ Utah Digital Newspapers]. New papers are added every day. Search for an ancestor’s name in the search box under all newspapers first, then narrow the search if the results are too great.
  
'''Homestead''''''or Land Patents:'''[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ www.glorecords.blm.gov].
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*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases.html Illinois Records Online] - Locate and search the desired database. This includes military records, birth, marriage, and death records, and various other databases listed by the hosting University.
  
Click “Search Land Patents” at the top of the page. Enter a zip code, then select the state where an ancestor may have bought or homesteaded land from the federal government. New records are added every day. Click on the ancestor’s name. If ‘View Image’ is available, you may see the original document. Using the coordinates from the land patent, find the homestead or land using GoogleEarth. Use Step 10 to order the whole homestead packet. For further details see [[Land_Patent_Search|Land Patent Search]].<br>
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[http://genealogy.az.gov/ Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates]. Arizona Birth Records starting in 1855 and that occurred at least 75 years ago can be searched. Arizona Death Records starting in 1844 that occured at least 50 years ago can be searched. Unofficial Certificates can be view online and downloaded.  
  
'''Newspapers:'''There are MANY online newspaper resources, usually put online by a University in the state, or a public library. Utah newspapers were digitized by the U of U. BYU also uses the U of U database. [http://www.lib.utah.edu/digital/unews www.lib.utah.edu/digital/unews]. New papers are added every day. Search for an ancestor’s name in the search box under all newspapers first, then narrow the search if the results are too great.
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'''West Virginia Vital Records Online:''' [http://www.wvculture.org/vrr http://www.wvculture.org/vrr] This database is incomplete but contains many birth, marriage, and death records for West Virginia, from the 1700s-1970s. (West Virginia was Virginia prior to 1863).  
  
'''Illinois''''''Records Online:'''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases.html www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases.html]. Locate and search the desired database. This includes military records, birth, marriage, and death records, and various other databases listed by the hosting University.
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'''Immigration Records:''' Search [http://www.castlegarden.org/ Castle Garden] to locate 11 million immigrants who arrived in New York between 1820-1892. Search [http://www.ellisisland.org/ Ellis Island] to locate over 20 million immigrants arriving in New York between 1892-1924.These are free searches, no subscrition needed for Port of New York Records.  
  
'''Arizona''''''Records Online:'''[http://genealogy.az.gov/ http://genealogy.az.gov]''''''Death Index 1878-1956 &amp; Birth Index 1887-1931
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'''Military Records and More: '''[http://www.archives.gov/research/order/orderonline.html http://www.archives.gov/research/order/orderonline.html] Once an ancestor’s regiment number and company number are known, service records may be ordered. Many ancestors also applied for a pension. Order these online from the National Archives. You are not charged if they do not find anything. Click ‘Proceed to Order Online,’ then click ‘New User.’ After registering, repeat the previous steps, and log in. Click ‘Made-to-Order Reproductions.’ Select a military service record or Union pension record for order, fill out the order form, and watch your mailbox for the records to arrive! You may also order immigration, naturalization, homestead files, and Native American records following these instructions. Call 1-86-NARA-NARA for help.
  
'''West Virginia''''''Vital Records Online:'''http://www.wvculture.org/vrr.''''''This database is incomplete but contains many birth, marriage, and death records for West Virginia, from the 1700s-1970s. (West Virginia was Virginia prior to 1863).''''''
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'''Utah Vital Records Online:''' [http://historyresearch.utah.gov/indexes/index.html http://historyresearch.utah.gov/indexes/index.html] Death certificates from 1905-1956 are available online as well as many other databases and indexes. Search this page to see what is available. More records are added every day, listed by county.  
  
'''Immigration Records:'''[http://www.castlegarden.org/ www.castlegarden.org] Before Ellis Island there was Castle Garden. To locate immigrants who arrived in New York between 1830-1892, search this database. In 1892, Ellis Island opened, and all immigrants arriving in New York were filtered through this location. A free registration is required to use this resource. Go to [http://www.ellisisland.org/ www.ellisisland.org] and click, ‘Sign In,’ then click, ‘Yes I am New to this Site.’ Fill in the registration, check the box, and click, ‘Submit.’ Now click ‘Passenger Search’ on the toolbar and begin searching.
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'''Utah Cemetery/Burials:''' [http://history.utah.gov/apps/burials/execute/searchburials http://history.utah.gov/apps/burials/execute/searchburials]. This database is still growing, and is easy to use to find ancestors buried in Utah.  
  
'''Military Records and More:'''http://www.archives.gov/research/order/orderonline.html Once an ancestor’s regiment number and company number are known, service records may be ordered. Many ancestors also applied for a pension. Order these online from the National Archives. You are not charged if they do not find anything. Click ‘Proceed to Order Online,’ then click ‘New User.’ After registering, repeat the previous steps, and log in. Click ‘Made-to-Order Reproductions.Select a military service record or Union pension record for order, fill out the order form, and watch your mailbox for the records to arrive! You may also order immigration, naturalization, homestead files, and Native American records following these instructions. Call 1-86-NARA-NARA for help.
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'''Any U.S. Death Since About 1940: '''[http://ssdi.rootsweb.com/ http://ssdi.rootsweb.com]. The Social Security Death Index lists anyone who had a Social Security Number who is dead. This free online database is also available on [https://www.familysearch.org/ www.familysearch.org]. With a person’s SSDN, their application may be ordered, listing parents, birthplace and birth date, and other useful information. Once you locate the record on rootsweb, click ‘SS-5 Letter,print it out, fill in your personal information, and mail it with $27.00 to the Social Security Death Administration to obtain the application.  
  
'''Utah''''''Vital Records Online:'''http://historyresearch.utah.gov/indexes/index.html.''''''Death certificates from 1905-1956 are available online as well as many other databases and indexes. Search this page to see what is available. More records are added every day, listed by county'''.'''
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'''British Isles Vital Records:''' [https://www.familysearch.org/ www.familysearch.org], [http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/ www.ukbmd.org.uk], [http://freebmd.org.uk/ http://freebmd.org.uk]. On the last one, the search box at the top of the page is an advertisement.  
  
'''Utah Cemetery/Burials:'''http://history.utah.gov/apps/burials/execute/searchburials. This database is still growing, and is easy to use to find ancestors buried in Utah.
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'''Various Free Records:'''[http://www.rootsweb.com/ www.rootsweb.com]. These are individually hosted sites and may contain a variety of records contributed by volunteers.  
  
'''Any U.S. Death Since About 1940:'''[http://ssdi.rootsweb.com/ http://ssdi.rootsweb.com]. The Social Security Death Index lists anyone who had a Social Security Number who is dead. This free online database is also available on [http://www.familysearch.org/ www.familysearch.org]. With a person’s SSDN, their application may be ordered, listing parents, birthplace and birth date, and other useful information. Once you locate the record on rootsweb, click ‘SS-5 Letter,’ print it out, fill in your personal information, and mail it with $27.00 to the Social Security Death Administration to obtain the application.
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'''British Isles''''''Vital Records:''' [http://www.familysearch.org/ www.familysearch.org], [http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/ www.ukbmd.org.uk], [http://freebmd.org.uk/ http://freebmd.org.uk]. On the last one, DON’T use the search box at the top of the page, it is an advertisement.
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'''Various Free Records:'''[http://www.rootsweb.com/ www.rootsweb.com]. These are individually hosted sites and may contain a variety of records contributed by volunteers.
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Revision as of 23:47, 28 August 2012

This page contains free online databases and quick family history research resources.

  • Photos, Journals, Sound Recordings, and Letters from Early Church Members - Click on “Resources Available,” then search the “Church Archives Catalog” to see what exists. Surname, First Name. Author search for journals and letters. Subject search for Photos, oral histories, etc. Visit or write for copies of items of interest. PH & CR = Photos; OH = Oral Histories; AV = AudioVisual; MS = Manuscripts, journals, letters.
  • Locate Civil War Soldier - Click on “Soldiers” and search by name and state(if known) for an ancestor who would have been age 16-50 between 1860-1865. Once the regiment/company are known, additional records may be easily located. If you know if they were in a prison, click on “Prisoners.” If they were Union, search Andersonville, if Confederate, search Fort McHenry. If you don’t know, search both. See Military Records and More below.
  • Homestead or Land Patents - Click “Search Land Patents” at the top of the page. Enter a zip code, then select the state where an ancestor may have bought or homesteaded land from the federal government. New records are added every day. Click on the ancestor’s name. If ‘View Image’ is available, you may see the original document. Using the coordinates from the land patent, find the homestead or land using GoogleEarth. Use Step 10 to order the whole homestead packet. For further details see Land Patent Search.

Newspapers: There are MANY online newspaper resources, usually put online by a University in the state, or a public library. Utah newspapers were digitized by the University of Utah. BYU also uses the University of Utah database.

  • Utah Digital Newspapers. New papers are added every day. Search for an ancestor’s name in the search box under all newspapers first, then narrow the search if the results are too great.
  • Illinois Records Online - Locate and search the desired database. This includes military records, birth, marriage, and death records, and various other databases listed by the hosting University.

Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates. Arizona Birth Records starting in 1855 and that occurred at least 75 years ago can be searched. Arizona Death Records starting in 1844 that occured at least 50 years ago can be searched. Unofficial Certificates can be view online and downloaded.

West Virginia Vital Records Online: http://www.wvculture.org/vrr This database is incomplete but contains many birth, marriage, and death records for West Virginia, from the 1700s-1970s. (West Virginia was Virginia prior to 1863).

Immigration Records: Search Castle Garden to locate 11 million immigrants who arrived in New York between 1820-1892. Search Ellis Island to locate over 20 million immigrants arriving in New York between 1892-1924.These are free searches, no subscrition needed for Port of New York Records.

Military Records and More: http://www.archives.gov/research/order/orderonline.html Once an ancestor’s regiment number and company number are known, service records may be ordered. Many ancestors also applied for a pension. Order these online from the National Archives. You are not charged if they do not find anything. Click ‘Proceed to Order Online,’ then click ‘New User.’ After registering, repeat the previous steps, and log in. Click ‘Made-to-Order Reproductions.’ Select a military service record or Union pension record for order, fill out the order form, and watch your mailbox for the records to arrive! You may also order immigration, naturalization, homestead files, and Native American records following these instructions. Call 1-86-NARA-NARA for help.

Utah Vital Records Online: http://historyresearch.utah.gov/indexes/index.html Death certificates from 1905-1956 are available online as well as many other databases and indexes. Search this page to see what is available. More records are added every day, listed by county.

Utah Cemetery/Burials: http://history.utah.gov/apps/burials/execute/searchburials. This database is still growing, and is easy to use to find ancestors buried in Utah.

Any U.S. Death Since About 1940: http://ssdi.rootsweb.com. The Social Security Death Index lists anyone who had a Social Security Number who is dead. This free online database is also available on www.familysearch.org. With a person’s SSDN, their application may be ordered, listing parents, birthplace and birth date, and other useful information. Once you locate the record on rootsweb, click ‘SS-5 Letter,’ print it out, fill in your personal information, and mail it with $27.00 to the Social Security Death Administration to obtain the application.

British Isles Vital Records: www.familysearch.org, www.ukbmd.org.uk, http://freebmd.org.uk. On the last one, the search box at the top of the page is an advertisement.

Various Free Records:www.rootsweb.com. These are individually hosted sites and may contain a variety of records contributed by volunteers.