United States Genealogy

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

United States Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
United States Background
Cultural Groups
Local Research Resources


Getting started with United States research[edit | edit source]

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
Online Records


States[edit | edit source]

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

WashingtonOregonCaliforniaIdahoHawaiiAlaskaNevadaMontanaWyomingUtahArizonaColoradoNew MexicoNorth DakotaSouth DakotaNebraskaKansasOklahomaTexasMinnesotaIowaMissouriArkansasLouisianaWisconsinMichiganIllinoisIndianaOhioKentuckyTennesseeMississippiAlabamaGeorgiaFloridaSouth CarolinaNorth CarolinaVirginiaWest VirginiaPennsylvaniaNew YorkVermontNew HampshireMaineMassachusettsRhode IslandConnecticutNew JerseyDelawareMarylandDistrict of ColumbiaUSimagemap.jpg

Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Research Tools[edit | edit source]

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Territories and Federal District[edit | edit source]

Former Territories[edit | edit source]

Help Wanted[edit | edit source]

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 FamilySearch 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.

Wiki Volunteers Wanted

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