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Guide to '''United States genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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==Country Information==
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The United States of America is a country in North America bordered by [[Canada Genealogy|Canada]] and [[Mexico Genealogy|Mexico]]. Portions of the United States were formerly colonies of [[Great Britain Genealogy|Great Britain]], [[France Genealogy |France]], [[The Netherlands Genealogy|The Netherlands]], [[Spain Genealogy|Spain]], and [[Russia Genealogy |Russia]]. The official language is English. <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "United States," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States, accessed 28 March 2016.</ref>
  
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==Getting Started ==
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<h3>Getting Started with United States Research</h3>
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Links to articles on getting started with United States research.
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*[[How to Find United States Birth Records|How to Find Birth Records]]
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*[[How to Find United States Marriage Records|How to Find Marriage Records]]
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*[[How to Find United States Death Records|How to Find Death Records]]
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*[[Step by Step Research by State|Step by Step Research by State]]
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*[[United States Research Tips and Strategies|Research Strategies]]
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:[[United States Genealogy#More United States Research Strategies|''See More Research Strategies'']]
  
=== Getting started with United States research  ===
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<h3>United States Research Tools</h3>
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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Links to articles and websites that assist in United States research.
 
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*[[United States Record Selection Table|United States Record Finder]]
[[Principles of Family History Research|'''Principles of Family History Research''']]  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/ US County Boundary Changes Maps]
 
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*[[United States Archives and Libraries|United States Archives and Libraries]]
#[[Identify What You Know|Identify What You Know]]  
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:[[United States Genealogy#More United States Research Tools|''See More Research Tools'']]
#[[Decide What You Want to Learn|Decide What You Want to Learn]]
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#[[Select Records to Search|Select Records to Search]]
 
#[[Obtain and Search the Records|Obtain and Search the Records]]  
 
#[[Use the Information|Use the Information]]
 
 
 
== States ==
 
 
 
'''Click on a state to go to that state's page:'''
 
 
 
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== Research Strategies  ==
 
 
 
*[[Principles of Family History Research|'''Principles of Family History Research''']]  
 
*[[How to Locate Your Ancestor in the United States|How to Locate Your Ancestor in the United States]]
 
*[[How to Recognize your United States Ancestor|How to Recognize your United States Ancestor]]
 
  
== Research Tools  ==
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{{Click|Image:US_ORP.png|United States Online Genealogy Records}}[[File:Ask the Community Button New Version.jpg|link=FamilySearch Genealogy Research Groups on Facebook]]
  
*[[United States Record Selection Table|United States Record Selection Table]]
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==United States Clickable Map==
*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.
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Genealogy records are kept on the state level in the United States. Click on a state below to go to the state Wiki article listing more information.
*[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]]
 
*[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://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.
 
  
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''<br>
 
  
*[[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)]]
 
*[[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, Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
  
== Territories and Federal District  ==
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==States==
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Genealogy records are kept on the state level in the United States.  Click on a state below to go to the state Wiki article listing more information.
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*[[Alabama, United States Genealogy|Alabama]]
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*[[Alaska, United States Genealogy|Alaska]]
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*[[Arizona, United States Genealogy|Arizona]]
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*[[Arkansas, United States Genealogy|Arkansas]]
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*[[California, United States Genealogy|California]]
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*[[Colorado, United States Genealogy|Colorado]]
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*[[Connecticut, United States Genealogy|Connecticut]]
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*[[Delaware, United States Genealogy|Delaware]]
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*[[Florida, United States Genealogy|Florida]]
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*[[Georgia, United States Genealogy|Georgia]]
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*[[Hawaii, United States Genealogy|Hawaii]]
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*[[Idaho, United States Genealogy|Idaho]]
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*[[Illinois, United States Genealogy|Illinois]]
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*[[Indiana, United States Genealogy|Indiana]]
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*[[Iowa, United States Genealogy|Iowa]]
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*[[Kansas, United States Genealogy|Kansas]]
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*[[Kentucky, United States Genealogy|Kentucky]]
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*[[Louisiana, United States Genealogy|Louisiana]]
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*[[Maine, United States Genealogy|Maine]]
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*[[Maryland, United States Genealogy|Maryland]]
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*[[Massachusetts, United States Genealogy|Massachusetts]]
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*[[Michigan, United States Genealogy|Michigan]]
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*[[Minnesota, United States Genealogy|Minnesota]]
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*[[Mississippi, United States Genealogy|Mississippi]]
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*[[Missouri, United States Genealogy|Missouri]]
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*[[Montana, United States Genealogy|Montana]]
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*[[Nebraska, United States Genealogy|Nebraska]]
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*[[Nevada, United States Genealogy|Nevada]]
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*[[New Hampshire, United States Genealogy|New Hampshire]]
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*[[New Jersey, United States Genealogy|New Jersey]]
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*[[New Mexico, United States Genealogy|New Mexico]]
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*[[New York, United States Genealogy|New York]]
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*[[North Carolina, United States Genealogy|North Carolina]]
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*[[North Dakota, United States Genealogy|North Dakota]]
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*[[Ohio, United States Genealogy|Ohio]]
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*[[Oklahoma, United States Genealogy|Oklahoma]]
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*[[Oregon, United States Genealogy|Oregon]]
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*[[Pennsylvania, United States Genealogy|Pennsylvania]]
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*[[Rhode Island, United States Genealogy|Rhode Island]]
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*[[South Carolina, United States Genealogy|South Carolina]]
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*[[South Dakota, United States Genealogy|South Dakota]]
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*[[Tennessee, United States Genealogy|Tennessee]]
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*[[Texas, United States Genealogy|Texas]]
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*[[Utah, United States Genealogy|Utah]]
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*[[Vermont, United States Genealogy|Vermont]]
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*[[Virginia, United States Genealogy|Virginia]]
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*[[Washington, United States Genealogy|Washington]]
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*[[West Virginia, United States Genealogy|West Virginia]]
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*[[Wisconsin, United States Genealogy|Wisconsin]]
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*[[Wyoming, United States Genealogy|Wyoming]]
 
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*[[Image:American Samoa flag.png|border|22x11px|American Samoa flag.png]] [[American Samoa|American Samoa]]
 
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== Former Territories ==
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*[[Northern Mariana Islands|Northern Mariana Islands]]
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*[[Puerto Rico|Puerto Rico]]
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*[[U.S. Virgin Islands|Virgin Islands]]
  
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*[[Image:Cuba flag.png|border|22x11px|Cuba flag.png]] [[Cuba|Cuba]]
 
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==Former Territories==
*[[Image:Micronesia, Federated States of, flag.png|border|22x12px|Micronesia, Federated States of, flag.png]] [[Micronesia|Micronesia]]  
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There are six former territories of the United States.
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==More United States Research Strategies==
*[[Image:Panama canal zone flag.png|border|22x13px|Panama canal zone flag.png]] [[Panama Canal Zone|Panama Canal Zone]]  
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Research strategies give guidance on how to research or what records to search for first. Below are additional research strategy Wiki articles for the United States.
*[[Image:Philippines flag.png|border|22x11px|Philippines flag.png]] [[Philippines|Philippines]]
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*[[Principles of Family History Research|Principles of Family History Research]]
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*[[How to Locate Your Ancestor in the United States|How to Locate Your Ancestor in the United States]]  
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*[[How to Recognize your United States Ancestor|How to Recognize your United States Ancestor]]
  
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==More United States Research Tools==
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Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in.  Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools in the United States.
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/forms.html Printable Genealogy Forms] - Genealogy forms used in researching
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*[http://www.digitalstatearchives.com/ Digital State Archives] – Links to all State Archives websites and their online collections
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*[http://www.raogk.org/encyclopedia/  Terminology & Meanings of Genealogical Terms] - includes lists of genealogical terms, abbreviations, and occupations
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*[http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Red_Book:_American_State,_County,_and_Town_Sources Ancestry's Red Book]
  
== Help Wanted  ==
 
  
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!
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==FamilySearch Resources==
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Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.
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*[[Genealogy Help on Facebook|Facebook Communities]] - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html Learning Center] - Online genealogy courses
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records]
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*[https://familysearch.org/ask/help#localResource Family History Center locator map]
  
*[[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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==References==
*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.
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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.
 
*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.
 
  
{{Click|Image:Volunteers wanted sm.png|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/FamilySearch_Wiki:Help_wanted_on_the_Help_wanted_on_the_Wiki#Help_Wanted_-_United_States|Wiki Volunteers Wanted}}  
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United States Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
United States Background
Ethnicity
Local Research Resources
North America
United States

Guide to United States genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Country Information

The United States of America is a country in North America bordered by Canada and Mexico. Portions of the United States were formerly colonies of Great Britain, France, The Netherlands, Spain, and Russia. The official language is English. [1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with United States Research

Links to articles on getting started with United States research.

See More Research Strategies

United States Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in United States research.

See More Research Tools


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United States Clickable Map

Genealogy records are kept on the state level in the United States. Click on a state below to go to the state Wiki article listing more information.


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States

Genealogy records are kept on the state level in the United States. Click on a state below to go to the state Wiki article listing more information.

Territories and Federal District

There are five territories and one federal district under the jurisdiction of the United States.

Former Territories

There are six former territories of the United States.

More United States Research Strategies

Research strategies give guidance on how to research or what records to search for first. Below are additional research strategy Wiki articles for the United States.

More United States Research Tools

Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in. Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools in the United States.


FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "United States," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States, accessed 28 March 2016.