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Internet Trends for Genealogists

wiki based technology government societies & special interest groups commercial sites with a mix of paid/free content
Family Search Labs is the site you can search for all the new information they are indexing at FamilySearch.  It also has other Wiki-based features that are very helpful.

Find a Grave

One World Tree



projects like the Iowa Graves Registration Survey are done in cooperation with WPA government records

Michigan Death Index 1867-1897 from Michigan.gov

Immigration projects have begun in some state sites that had port cities like the
 Boston Massachusetts Passenger Manifests 1848-1891

the National Archives now has the
Irish Famine Immigrants to New York 

Bureau of Land Management
Site is not new but they are adding new types of content.

county courthouses are getting involved

Shelby Co. TN Archives

Hardin County KY Court


this is also happening in other countries - sites like Danish Demographics Database has Danish census.

or the
Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics

the Italian research group has done indexes like

Ohio Historical Society now has the
Ohio Death Certificate Index 1913-1944

the Rutheford B. Hayes Presidential library provides an Obituary Index to over 300,000 Ohio obits from the 1810s to present.

Cherokee Heritage Documentation Center

Miami Valley Genealogical Index indexes records found in Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby & Warren Co. OH

New York City Brides Index 1866-1937
New York City Grooms Index 1864 -1936
New York City Death Index

New York State Vital Records 1847-1849
and put them at the New York Public Library site

the Castle Garden Society(the New York port of immigration before Ellis Island) now has a database of its own

Oklahoma Historical Society Newspaper Index Card Database

Death Certificates of Finns in King County


World Vital Records

Pennsylvania Archives Series Online (Footnote)

Sometimes professional genealogists are now building their sites and adding content such as the Immigrant Servant Database  

Scotlands Family a portal for people with Scottish Roots run by professional researchers.

We are also seeing Ancestry like services for other countries.  While these are by subscription they often have helps for free and may also give short trial subscriptions such as Genline: Swedish Genealogy Online

Libraries & Archives & Universities

Family History Library Catalog will soon be showing up in Google searchs! You also want to make certain you look carefully at family histories. Example: Keyword: Peters Lineage Five Generations


Illinois State Archives Databases

Library of Virginia

Maryland State Archives

Massachusetts Archives Collection Database 1629-1799

Access Pennsylvania Digital Repository 

Pennsylvania Archives Digital Archives  which include things like
Pennsylvania Land Warrant Registers

Washington State Digital Archives

Library & Archives of Canada

British Columbia Archives



Eastern North Carolina Digital History

English Heritage  [British Isles]

Historic Pittsburg Digital Collection

Illinois Digital Archives  [even has some newspapers]

Illinois Digital Past

Iowa County Histories Online

Iowa Heritage Digital Collections which includes The Hixson Plat Map Atlases

Michigan County Histories

Missouri Digital Heritage

University of Missouri's Digital Library - has county histories and all kinds of wonderful resources.  Do your search and if something looks interesting click on the results details link

Virtually Missouri  Digitized Missouri Collections

New York Public Library Digital Library

Ohio Memory Digital Archives

University of Oklahoma Digital Collections

Pennsylvania County Histories & Biographies Online

University of Missouri's Digital Library - has county histories and all kinds of wonderful resources.  Do your search and if something looks interesting click on the results details link

Virtually Missouri  Digitized Missouri Collections

State of Wisconsin Collection

University of Wisconsin Digital Collections  which includes the Historical County Plat Maps of South Central Wisconsin

Wisconsin Genealogy Index



Europe Historical Atlas

IowaMap Collection (University of Iowa) - includes county plat maps of the late 1800s

Irish Placename Search



Digital Newspaper Projects:

Chronicling America
[Library of Congress]

California Digital Newspaper Collection

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection [University of Illinois]

Missouri Historical Newspapers Database

PA Digital Newspapers  (Penn State)

also many state libraries have directories to what newspapers were published and where they reside on film

New York State Newspaper Project

also services like
Missouri Newspaper Search  The State Historical Society will search for obits etc. for a reasonable fee.



California Death Index Pre 1905  Project
partners volunteers from RootsWeb and film from the Family History Library

BYU Idaho has students at BYU indexing death records from Idaho and marriage records from the Pacific Northwest

Massachusetts Death Index 1841-1910  from the Massachusetts State Archives

Massachusetts Vital Records Search 1841-1910 from the Massachusetts State Archives

Missouri Birth & Death Database (Missouri State Archives)