Best Sites for Western US Research
Sites for researching ancestors in the Western half of the US.
- Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates - It appears like it'll give you access to order birth and death certificates from Arizona. So if you're looking for a birth certificate for somebody who was born in Arizona or a death certificate for someone who died in Arizona (or both) I'd start here.
- Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection - I've used a similiar site for Minnesota newspapers & got useful articles & obits. Wish I had known about this site when I was looking for an obit in Colorado. Thankfully in my case emailing the newspaper got me the needed obit.
- Colorado Plateau Digital Archives - FTM says it has photos, oral histories, films, diaries, etc. Could be useful.
- Denver Public Library - Western History & Genealogy - From what I can see looks like it'll be useful when researching ancestors in the West especially Colorado.
- Mountain Men & Fur Trade - If you have ancestors that were involved in the fur trade and/or were mountain men this site looks like it'll be worth your time to investigate.
- Nevada Census Database - A database for the US Census for the state that allows you to search it w/o looking at multiple images *sigh* would be nice if all states had this.
- SF Genealogy - If you're looking for ancestors in the San Francisco area check this site out & comment please. My ancestors are mostly in Minnesota & Iowa.
- University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections - FTM says it covers the entire Pacific Northwest. Again I know of no ancestors in the area.
- Washington State Digital Archives -FTM says it has vital records, census records, land records, military records, etc.
- Western States Historical Marriage Index -Only covers a few states, but worth checking out if you have marriages to look up in any of them.
Think I'll call that good for tonight. More to come though.