Best US Government Sites
- American Battle Monuments Commission - It appears to be videos about the major wars & major battles in US history. Well since World War I anyway.
- Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records - I've used the site a little bit. Found the homestead deed of my great-great grandfather I believe (would have to check for sure). I've had no luck finding plat maps here though.
- Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System - Looks like it could be a good resource for anybody with ancestors (or other relatives) that served in the Civil War. In my paternal line it's very unlikely anybody served. The Loven's that came over from Norway came after the Civil War I believe. I'll check it out more after I learn more about my other branches of my family tree.
- Library of Congress - There's a link for historic newspapers right on the home page that could be useful. FTM says the the manuscript collection is worth a try, too.
- National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) - I believe I looked into getting my grandpa's military records here at some point. Can't remember for sure though. Here's what FTM (Family Tree Magazine) has to say, "You know to visit virtually before planning an in-person trip to the National Archives or one of its regional branches around the country. But don’t overlook the two troves of records on the archives’ website: Access to Archival Databases (AAD), with more than 85 million records, including passengers on US-bound immigrant ships and WWII enlistment files, and the Archival Research Catalog (ARC), an index of 6.3 million records linked to 153,000 digital files."
- Military Gravesite Locator - I plugged in my grandpa (the one veteran who's information I know, & It couldn't tell me where he's buried (Hillside Cemetery, St. Charles, Minnesota.) I'm says it has all veteran's with the government grave marker (which I'm not sure if my grandpa has).
- USS Geological Survey - I don't know enough about it to really have anything to say.
Best Sites for Eastern US Research
Just like it sounds like this is for looking up ancestors in the Eastern United States.
- Cincinnati Virtual Library - It has downloadable maps of Cincinnati. It aslo has downloadable books & according to FTM city directories of Cincinnati which would make a must for anybody who's looking up somebody that lived in Cincinnati.
- Cook County Genealogy Online - Right on the home page it has buttons to order vital records. Birth certificates from 75 years or more ago, marriage certificates from 50 or more years ago, and death certificates from 20 or more years ago. Otherwise it looks to have Chicago history, which can be helpful.
- Digital Library of Georgia - With no ancestors in Georgia not one I'm gonna find useful. Check it out if you're research leads you to Georgia though.
- Iowa GenWeb - One I've used. I've found obits, maps breaking the county down into townships, etc. If you have ancestors in Iowa like I do this is one site worth using.
- Massachusetts Archives - Has a vital record index, archives index, in in progress is a passenger arrival index. Check it out if you had ancestors in MA or your ancestors arrived or may have arrived through a port in MA.
- Minnesota Historical Society - If you need vital records from Minnesota this is the place to go. You can order birth certificates from 1900 - 1934, death certificates from 1904 - 2001 (ok they were called death cards through 1907), & you can order to have somebody look up a marriage record. You need to know when & where the marriage took place already though, so not handy to try to get marriage information. So far, I've gotten death certificates for both my maternal grandparents, a great-grandma (broke that brick wall leading to her parents), and a great-great-grandma. I'll be ordering more including birth certificates in the future. Wish every state made it this easy to get birth & death certificates.
- Missouri Digital Heritage -This site I'll have to look into when I have the information on the few MO relatives I have. Looks like it'll be worth a try.
- OK/IT Genealogy - It (like Iowa GenWeb) are under USGenWeb. With no OK ancestors I'm aware of (other than an uncle that lived there for a few years) not worth my time to use. Check it out though if any of your ancestors came from Oklahoma.
- Seeking Michigan - Looks like it'll be worth checking out for anybody researching ancestors in Michigan.
- Wisconsin Historical Society - Looks like it has several collections. I'll check it out more when I research my maternal family. Some of them lived in Wisconsin. Hey, my great-grandpa was born there I believe.
I think I'll call that a day. Stay tuned for part 3 hopefully later this week.