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12 Million New Vital Records Available on Archives

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Whether your ancestors were in Virginia, the American West, or somewhere in between, you'll want to take a look at the latest collections on We recently added nine new collections of birth, marriage, and death records with more than 12 million records. Let's take a look at the newest collections: Read More »

Saving Records on

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Using the New York State Census on

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The censuses are a great resource for finding your ancestors in the U.S., but what about state censuses? The U.S. Federal Census is taken every 10 years and enumerates the whole United States with the first census being taken in 1790. The 1940 U.S. Census is the most recent census available to search online. Often individual states would conduct their own censuses that would take place in the off years... Read More »

How Do You Know What Records Exist?

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As your research moves from state to state, you begin to realize that things aren't always the same. Those birth and death records that New England towns kept in the 1600s and 1700s? Towns in Virginia weren't keeping them then. How do you know when a certain location started keeping records? Here are a few resources. Read More »

Yearbooks On

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Have you ever found a parent's old yearbook? It can be a lot of fun looking through old class photos and seeing which sports teams and clubs they were a part of. has a great collection of both high school and college yearbooks going back to the early 1900s for you to search. How do you search this collection? It's easy. Starting on the Archives search page, simply click... Read More »

10 Million New Records: Indiana, Iowa, Idaho and More

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If you have ancestors in the Midwest, South, or West, you should take a look at these eight new collections on These birth, death, and marriage indexes from Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, and Montana contain more than 10 million records. The new collections include: Read More »

Vital Records From The Golden State

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California has a great history involving the Gold Rush and a rapidly growing population since it was first settled by the Spanish in 1769. If your ancestors were from California or travelled here during the rapid population boom of the Gold Rush, there are several records on the that can help you track down your golden state ancestors and make you yell, 'Eureka!' Here is a list of some... Read More »

Labeling Your Search Results on

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Often in your research you might find that it's hard to keep track of what you have already searched and what results you've already looked at. Archives has made it simple and easy for you to catalog your search results using labels like "Found It", "Not It" and "Maybe". This makes it much simpler to dig through several search results and see exactly what you know is not the record... Read More »

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors With Griffith's Valuation

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All countries have certain records that form a basis for most research. In the United States, it would be the federal census. For Ireland, one source that you should always consult is the Primary Valuation of Ireland, commonly called "Griffith's Valuation." Griffith's Valuation was taken between 1848 and 1864 and is a list of occupiers of land and the value of the property. It covers approximately 80% of Ireland's tenements.... Read More »

Breaking Down Marriage Records

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Marriage records can contain a surprising amount of information. It's easy to confuse some of the dates and names. Let's take a look at a marriage record and break it down to see what it's really telling us. Read More »

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