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== Getting started with United States research  ==
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=== Getting started with United States research  ===
  
 
Numerous articles are available on FamilySearch Wiki to help you get started in family history. This portal will provide links to articles about general research topics.  
 
Numerous articles are available on FamilySearch Wiki to help you get started in family history. This portal will provide links to articles about general research topics.  
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== Research Tools  ==
 
== Research Tools  ==
  
*[[United States Record Selection Table|United States Record Selection Table]]<br>
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*[[United States Record Selection Table|United States Record Selection Table]]  
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*Listing of all [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&region=UNITED_STATES records collections for the U.S.] available on FamilySearch.org.
 
*[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.  
 
*[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.  
 
*[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/UnitedStates.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>
  
== Help Wanted  ==
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'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''<br>
  
Interested in [[Help:Edit and Contribute|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!
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*[[United States Census Mortality Schedule, 1850 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Census Mortality Schedules, 1850 through 1880 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
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*[[United States Census Slave Schedule, 1850 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Census Slave Schedule, 1850 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[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;for&nbsp;[http://www.andrewflusche.com/ Spotsylvania reckless driving].
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*[[United States Index to General Correspondence of the Record and Pension Office (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Index to General Correspondance of the Records and Pension Office (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*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 a [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Special:Emailuser/Nixiao Sysop] to express your interest in this role.
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*[[United States, Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*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 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.
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*Want your name in lights? The [[United States Maps]] needs a major overhaul, and as soon as it's done I'd like to put it on the Featured Content section of this page. The current [[United States Maps]] article, was written years ago with printed sources in mind. Today roughly 80% of a genealogist's needs for U.S. maps can be met by using a few incredible, free Websites. If you'd like to overhaul this page, have at it! For ideas, see the [[Talk:United States Maps|United States Maps discussion page]].
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== Territories and Federal District  ==
 
== Territories and Federal District  ==
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*[[Image:American Samoa flag.png|border|22x11px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[American Samoa|American Samoa]]  
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*[[Image:American Samoa flag.png|border|22x11px|American Samoa flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[American Samoa|American Samoa]]  
*[[Image:District of Columbia flag.png|border|22x11px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[District of Columbia|District of Columbia]]
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*[[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]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Guam|Guam]]  
*[[Image:Northern Mariana Islands flag.png|border|22x11px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Northern Mariana Islands|Northern Mariana Islands]]
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*[[Image:Puerto Rico flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Portal:Puerto Rico|Puerto Rico]]  
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*[[Image:Puerto Rico flag.png|border|22x15px|Puerto Rico flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Puerto Rico|Puerto Rico]]  
*[[Image:Virgin Islands flag.png|border|22x14px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[U.S. Virgin Islands|Virgin Islands]]
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*[[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]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Marshall Islands|Marshall 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:Micronesia, Federated States of, flag.png|border|22x12px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Micronesia|Micronesia]]  
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*[[Image:Micronesia, Federated States of, flag.png|border|22x12px|Micronesia, Federated States of, flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Micronesia|Micronesia]]  
*[[Image:Palau flag.png|border|22x14px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Portal:Palau|Palau]]
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*[[Image:Palau flag.png|border|22x14px|Palau flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Portal:Palau|Palau]]
  
 
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*[[Image:Panama canal zone flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Panama Canal Zone|Panama Canal Zone]]  
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*[[Image:Panama canal zone flag.png|border|22x13px|Panama canal zone flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Panama Canal Zone|Panama Canal Zone]]  
*[[Image:Philippines flag.png|border|22x11px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Portal:Philippines|Philippines]]
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*[[Image:Philippines flag.png|border|22x11px|Philippines flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Philippines|Philippines]]
  
 
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== Help Wanted &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 county pages need you! Here are some simple ways you can add information other researchers need!&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]].&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]&nbsp;&nbsp; to express your interest in this role.&nbsp;
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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&nbsp;] in the Family History Library Catalog. <br>
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*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.
 
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*[http://www.footnote.com Footnote.com] has a new [http://go.footnote.com/blackhistory/ African American history collection] online.  
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*[http://www.footnote.com Fold3.com] has a new [http://go.footnote.com/blackhistory/ African American history collection] online.  
*New FamilySearch [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/education/frameset_education.asp?PAGE=education_research_series_online.asp%3FActiveTab=2 U.S. Research classes now online!]  
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*FamilySearch [https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html U.S. Research classes now online!]  
 
*The 1870 US Federal Census indexing project was posted on [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]  
 
*The 1870 US Federal Census indexing project was posted on [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]  
 
*New free databases for Russian, Italian, and German immigrants were added to [http://aad.archives.gov/aad/series-list.jsp?cat=GP44 NARA]  
 
*New free databases for Russian, Italian, and German immigrants were added to [http://aad.archives.gov/aad/series-list.jsp?cat=GP44 NARA]  
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*[[United States, How to Find Genealogy Records|How to Find Genealogy Records]]
 
*[[United States Basic Search Strategies|Basic Search Strategies]]  
 
*[[United States Basic Search Strategies|Basic Search Strategies]]  
 
*[[United States Record Selection Table|Record Selection Table]]  
 
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*[[United States Court Records|Court Records]]  
 
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*[[Major Databases for Beginning United States Research|Database Websites]]  
 
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*[[United States Digital Collections|Digital Collections]]
 
*[[United States Directories|Directories]]  
 
*[[United States Directories|Directories]]  
*[[United States Funeral Homes|Funeral Homes]]
 
 
*[[United States Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]  
 
*[[United States Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]  
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*[[United States Funeral Homes|Funeral Homes]]
 
*[[United States Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]  
 
*[[United States Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]  
 
*[[United States Genealogy|Genealogy]]  
 
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Getting started with United States research

Numerous articles are available on FamilySearch Wiki to help you get started in family history. This portal will provide links to articles about general research topics.

Principles of Family History Research

  1. Identify What You Know
  2. Decide What You Want to Learn
  3. Select Records to Search
  4. Obtain and Search the Records
  5. Use the Information

States

Click on a state to go to that state's page:

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Research Strategies

Research Tools

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Territories and Federal District

Former Territories

Help Wanted  

Interested in 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! 

  • Add links to the David Rumsey Map Collection for the state or county in question. For an example, see the Pennsylvania
  • Volunteer to be a moderator for the United States portal, or one of the unclaimed states. Contact 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 Place Search  in the Family History Library Catalog.
  • Add links to digitized state and county histories. A large collection of such histories is Brigham Young University's Family History Archives. A shortcut to searching it for local histories is on the BYU-FHL Digital Books Collection page.
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