National and Out-of-State Research Links

Here is a list of links to free websites and databases that are helpful in researching historical and genealogical topics. They are not a complete list and we may add some more from time to time as we find them. For a more comprehensive list of links, you should visit Cyndi’s List.

Links for Nation-wide Resources

FamilySearchThis is a free database with millions of records, most of which you have to skim through yourself, but it has more and different records than Ancestry. Used in combination, you can find a ton of information from these two sites.

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US National Archives Research DatabaseSearch through the National Archives Database and skim through US Censuses, some military records, videos, pictures, and more
Soldiers & Sailors DatabaseNational Park Service database to search for Civil War soldiers and sailors. It’s very helpful for finding clues about ancestors who served on either side.
The Official Federal Land Records SiteSearch through the database using names or township, range, section, meridian, and state information to find maps and land patent information. This is great for finding out about where ancestors lived.
Library of Congress Digital CollectionsSearch through the digital collections and maybe find information on counties or states that ancestors lived in.
Chronicling AmericaLibrary of Congress project to digitize American newspapers from across the country into a searchable database.
Community History Archive Newspaper DirectoryThis is a collaboration between libraries across the country that digitize newspapers and put it in a searchable database. Filter through the directory and then click on the map pin of a newspaper you want to search.
Find A GraveSearch through cemetery graves for clues on where your ancestors are buried. These are updated by public users.
Search ABMC Burials and MemorialsSearch for names of casualties from WWI to the Vietnam War that have been buried at overseas military cemeteries, memorials, or are listed on the Walls of the Missing.
Ellis Island Passenger SearchSearch for passenger records for immigrant ancestors that passed through Ellis Island.

State Resources

ALABAMAADAH Digital CollectionsThe Alabama Department of Archives & History digital collections database. This includes newspapers, historic records, pictures, and more.
ADAH – Explore Our CollectionsADAH Collections list with links to different databases and information. Databases include: Electronic Records Collections, Civil War Soldiers Database, 1867 Voter Registration Database, and World War I Goldstar Database
Birmingham Public Library Digital CollectionsSearchable database containing newspapers, books, historic records, and pictures.
ARIZONAArizona Genealogy Record SearchSearch for Arizona Vital Records and view images of vital records.
National Park Service Mission 2000Database for Pimeria Alta missions records in Arizona dating from the 1600s to mid-1800s in Southern Arizona and the Northern Sonora, Mexico. It contains records for deaths, births, baptisms, marriages, and other events.
Arizona Historical Digital NewspapersDatabase of Arizona newspapers through the Arizona State Library.
Arizona Memory ProjectSearchable collections of Arizona history including newspapers, oral histories, pictures, and more.
ARKANSASArkansas State ArchivesThis goes to the collections information page for the Arkansas State Archives. The page has links to regional collections (mostly from universities), of which some have viewable records.
Arkansas Death Certificate Search and Order ServiceSearchable database for Arkansas death records between 1935 and 1961.
Arkansas Gravestone Photo ProjectThis is a database project to digitize cemeteries in Arkansas
CALIFORNIACalifornia Digital Newspaper CollectionSearchable database for newspapers in California
COLORADOColorado Historic Newspapers CollectionSearchable collection of over 2 million historic newspapers from Colorado.
Plains to Peaks Historic NewspapersA joint project between the Colorado Historic Newspapers Project and the Wyoming Newspapers Project to make one searchable database to find articles from both states.
Colorado State ArchivesSearchable database for historical records in the Colorado State Archives
Denver Public Library’s Digital CollectionsSearchable database containing historic records, pictures, maps, and more
Colorado Marriage Records 1858-1939Link to the Denver Public Library’s Digital Collections database.
Colorado Gravestone Photo ProjectProject to document cemeteries and headstones in Colorado
ILLINOISIllinois State Archives DatabasesA list of free, searchable databases from the Illinois State Archives. These include multiple death indexes, land records, veterans indexes, birth indexes, marriage indexes, case files, and more.
Illinois Digital Newspapers CollectionA project by the University of Illinois to digitize state newspapers into a searchable database.
Lawrence County Digital NewspapersA searchable database for local newspapers through Community History Archive
INDIANAHoosier State ChroniclesA searchable database for Indiana newspapers, created by the Indiana Digital Historic Newspaper Program
IOWAIowa Culture – NewspapersList of Iowa newspapers that are digitized and online, with links to each database.
Digital Archives of Southeast IowaNewspaper collection through Advantage-Preservation. It’s a searchable database containing newspapers from southeast Iowa.
Digital Archives of Monroe County Historical SocietySearchable database of newspapers from Monroe County
KANSASKansas State Historical SocietyThe research index for the KSHS with links to tons of searchable databases for Kansas history and genealogy.
Kansas Digital NewspapersThis is a link through the Kansas State Historical Society to view all Kansas newspapers that have been digitized with for free.
Kansas MemoryA digital archive with historical records and information from all across Kansas. Very useful for background research about areas where ancestors lived.
Territorial Kansas Online, 1854-1861Compilation of records from Territorial Kansas through the University of Kansas Libraries. Good for background research.
KENTUCKYKentucky Digital Newspaper ProgramA searchable database for Kentucky newspapers created by the University of Kentucky.
MICHIGANMichigan MemoriesA database collection for historical records from all over Michigan
Hoyt Local History & Genealogy CollectionA collection of databases of historical records and resources for Michigan, especially Saginaw, created by the Hoyt Library.
MISSOURIMissouri Digital HeritageA collection of databases and records through the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri State Library, and other institutions and organizations in Missouri.
Missouri Digital Newspaper ProjectThis is a list of links to Missouri newspapers that have been uploaded to and Chronicling America. With the uploads, when you click on one, you are automatically taken to the site, and you can search the whole state for free.
Missouri Birth & Death Records Database, Pre-1910Searchable databases for birth and death records before 1910.
Missouri Death Certificates, 1910 – 1970This is a searchable database, with downloadable images of death certificates through Missouri Digital Heritage.
The Missouri Death IndexSearch for names and death dates of people who have died between 1968 and 2015. This is good for finding relatives that you already know the date of death and/or name of.
Soldiers’ Records: War of 1812 – World War ISearchable database of Missouri military records. Some have images attached to them.
NEBRASKANebraska NewspapersSearchable database for digitized newspapers in Nebraska, created by the University of Nebraska.
History NebraskaLink to the History Nebraska website, which has genealogy and historical resources for the state.
NEW MEXICONew Mexico Digital CollectionsDatabase for historical documents and pictures through the University of New Mexico
New Mexico Historical NewspapersSearchable digital newspaper archive created by the University of New Mexico
Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Obituary DatabaseSearchable obituary database covering New Mexico newspapers from the 1860s to present, created by the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library.
NORTH CAROLINANorth Carolina Early NewspapersDatabase through North Carolina State Archives to search in digitized newspapers from 1752-1898
North Carolina NewspapersDatabase from the North Carolina State Archives to search through digitized newspapers from 1752-present
North Carolina Digital CollectionsJoint project between the North Carolina State Archives and the North Carolina State Library to create a searchable database containing historic records, newspapers, pictures, and more.
OHIOOhio MemoryA Collaborative Program of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio. It is a searchable database for Ohio history, including historic records, newspapers, pictures, and more.
Ohio Memory – NewspapersLink to a list of Ohio Newspapers that have been digitized.
The Digital Shoebox ProjectA collaboration between libraries in southeastern Ohio to make a searchable database with historic records from that area.
OREGONOregon Historic NewspapersSearchable newspaper database from the University of Oregon
TEXASThe Portal to Texas HistoryDatabase for Texas History, much like our Oklahoma Gateway. It includes searchable newspapers, books, pictures, and more.
Texas Marriage Certificate SearchDatabase of Texas Marriage Records from 1966-2013
Texas Divorce SearchDatabase of Texas Divorce Records from 1966-2013
Courthouse DirectSearchable court record database for Texas, California, and New Mexico.
UTAHUtah Digital NewspapersSearchable database for digital newspapers from Utah.
VIRGINIAVirginia ChronicleThe Library of Virginia’s database containing newspapers from all over the state.
WYOMINGPlains to Peaks Historic NewspapersA joint project between the Colorado Historic Newspapers Project and the Wyoming Newspapers Project to make one searchable database to find articles from both states.