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=== Getting started with United States research  ===
 
=== Getting started with United States research  ===
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== Research Tools  ==
 
== Research Tools  ==
  
*[[United States Record Selection Table|United States Record Selection Table]]<br>
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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]]  
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*[[United States Census Mortality Schedule, 1850 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Census Mortality Schedules, 1850 through 1880 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[United States Census Mortality Schedule, 1850 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Census Mortality Schedules, 1850 through 1880 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[United States Census Slave Schedule, 1850 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Census Slave Schedule, 1850 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[United States Census Slave Schedule, 1850 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Census Slave Schedule, 1850 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[United States, General Index to Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, General Index to Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
 
*[[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)]]  
 
*[[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)]]  
*[[United States, Index to Indian Wars Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, Index to Indian Wars Pensions Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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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)]]
*[[United_States,_Remarried_Widows_Index_to_Pension_Applications_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|United States, Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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== Help Wanted  ==
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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!
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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]].
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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.
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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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*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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== Former Territories  ==
 
== Former Territories  ==
  
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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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*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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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.
  • The Research Wiki is also available in ten other languages. You can help by translating pages into one of the other languages.
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