Free or Low Cost Research Tips (GenealogyWise Forum Post)

This was such a good post over at GenealogyWise that I thought it would be good to get it out for more people to see.  I am not the originator of this list, but many people put thier two cents into making the list.  Its not 100% sorted but here goes:


Tennessee Death Certificate Indexes

Northern New York Historical Newspapers

Old Fulton (NY) Postcards -- much more than postcards here


Ohio death certificates

French-Acadian / Louisiana roots

Missouri State Archives death certificates (over 50 years old) from 1910 through 1958

Illinois State Archives databases

Arizona birth certificates (at least 75 years ago) and death certificates (at least 50 years ago).

Utah death certificates from 1904-1956.

exas State Library and Archives

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

Jackson County, MO Department of Records

Illinois State Archives

West Virginia


Alabama Department of Archives and History

PAGenWeb for my Pennsylvania research to find access to online vital and census records

Arkansas History Commission and State Archives

Texas Death Certificates

Georgia's Virtual Vault

North Carolina State Archives

Archives of Maryland Online

Virginia Gazette, 1736-1780 at Colonial Williamsburg's site

Eastern North Carolina Digital Library

Colonial and State Records of North Carolina

Univ. of Okla.'s Western History Digital Collections

Wisconsin Vital Records

Online Database

Bits of Blue and Gray

Norwegian Digital archive

Norwegian gravestones

Inter-Library Loan (Internet archive)

Books at Google

Land Patents

New England

Find a Grave

More Graves

National State & Local Newspaper Archives

Second Life--There is a great community of Family Researchers that participate in the Chats.

Genealogy Trails

Live Roots

For African-American research:



USF Africana Heritage Project

Low Country Africana

Library & Archives Canada

Automated Genealogy--1851, 1901, 1906 and 1911 Canadian censuses

USGenWeb sites

DeadFred--A huge collection of old photos

West Virginia Vital Records Search

RB Hayes Obituary Index

Dutch/Netherlands resources

The Home of Jewish Genealogy

also: Central Database of Shoah (Holocaust) Victims' Names

Castle Garden



UK records

For Ireland - the 1911 census

Duke Collection of American Indian Oral History

Indian-Pioneer Papers oral history

Cook County Assessors Office

Google maps

Dutch Door Genealogy --New Netherlands families and Rockland County, N.Y.

Pickards Pink Pages for Warwickshire England

Northamptonshire Stray Marriages website

Virginia between 1736-1803, The Geography of Slavery

Digitized Collections at the Springfield-Greene County Library--19th cent. Missouri

Genesreunited is a great resource for British information

Warwickshire page

Genealogywise is fast becoming a free favorite for me (and for us all, I might add!)

For UK resources this is a useful site:

Scottish Genneolgy

Free Newspaper Archives in the UK

Free Newspaper Archives in Canada

UK for the county of Cheshire

Lancashire On-line Parish Clerk

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

old newspaper articles from the South

newspaper archives from Western States

Though its value to genealogy is limited, it is a fascinating site, the Political Graveyard.


Links for every county in the USA

Mid-Continent Public Library
[I sent them $20 and got my non-resident library card. What a deal!!!]

American GenealogyBank, American Obituaries, HeritageQuest, ProQuest Obits..

Carlsbad CA (Not sure if you can request over the internet for an account)
Newspaper Archive, Heritage Quest.

Navy Users
Ancestry Library Edition.

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