State Research

Lisa Alzo

Wild and Wonderful Resources for Finding West Virginia Ancestors

by Lisa Alzo | Feb 12, 2014

If the path to your ancestors takes you home to West Virginia, use this article as a roadmap to help you find them. Read More

Lisa Alzo

Researching Your Pittsburgh Ancestors

by Lisa Alzo | Dec 19, 2013

The Steel City. The City at the Point. The City of Champions. No matter the nickname, for more than 250... Read More

Stephanie Pitcher Fishman

Family History Research in Georgia

by Stephanie Pitcher Fishman | Nov 21, 2013

Starting with its beginnings as a colony in 1733 through modern day, the state of Georgia has a very rich... Read More

J. Mark Lowe

Using Kentucky Marriage Records

by J. Mark Lowe | Oct 10, 2013

Marriage records are some of the oldest records in Kentucky. Fortunately for genealogists, the various records created because of a new marriage can be filled with information. Read More

Jennifer M. Alford

Maine Genealogical Resources

by Jennifer M. Alford | Oct 3, 2013

When I first inherited my Great Aunt Beulah's genealogy research it was pretty disorganized and quite overwhelming. I knew little... Read More

J. Mark Lowe

Using Tennessee Marriage Records

by J. Mark Lowe | Sep 10, 2013

Finding marriage records in Tennessee is much like finding those records in other states, but it might be helpful to... Read More

Claudia Breland

Resources for Michigan Research

by Claudia Breland | Aug 15, 2013

Admittedly, I'm very biased because of my love for the state of Michigan (and my extensive ancestry there), but I... Read More

Jennifer Holik

Immigrants, History, and the Second City: Resources for Chicago Genealogy

by Jennifer Holik | Aug 1, 2013

The Chicago metro area is home to many wonderful archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories of information for historians and genealogists. Read More

J. Mark Lowe

Beginning to Research Your Ancestors in Tennessee

by J. Mark Lowe | Jul 18, 2013

The land that became Tennessee was travelled by native populations and early explorers before becoming the sixteenth US state on... Read More

J. Mark Lowe

Beginning to Search for Kentucky Ancestors

by J. Mark Lowe | Jun 20, 2013

The commonwealth of Kentucky has some of the richest local, county and state public records of any state in the Union. We will look at some of the helpful records available to genealogists and discuss how to find them. Read More

Jennifer Holik

Places to Discover Your Illinois Ancestors

by Jennifer Holik | Jan 15, 2013

The history of Illinois is varied. The French first controlled it in 1678; the English had it beginning in 1763.... Read More

Amy Coffin

Genealogy Resources in Texas

by Amy Coffin | Dec 11, 2012

Everything really is bigger in Texas, including the story of the state itself. Six different flags have flown over the... Read More

Michael Hait

Essential Records for Finding Your Colonial Maryland Ancestors

by Michael Hait | Oct 16, 2012

When the Ark and the Dove carried the first settlers to the Maryland colony in 1634, it became one of... Read More

Harold Henderson

Ten Little Known Indiana Records

by Harold Henderson | Jul 26, 2012

It's easy to get into a genealogy rut, always checking the same sources whenever we have a new research... Read More

Sunny McClellan Morton

Finding Ohio Ancestors

by Sunny McClellan Morton | Jul 19, 2012

If your ancestors stopped in Ohio at some point in their westward wanderings, they certainly weren't alone. The future... Read More

Diane L. Richard

Getting From Alabama To North Carolina Can Be Challenging, Satisfying, and Successful!

by Diane L. Richard | Jul 12, 2012

What if you only know "born North Carolina" from the Census? Is it possible to figure out where in North... Read More

Lisa Alzo

Researching Your Pennsylvania Ancestors

by Lisa Alzo | Jun 26, 2012

With its central position in the original 13 colonies, Pennsylvania has long been known as the "Keystone State." I... Read More

Diane L. Richard

North Carolina: No Longer The "Rip Van Winkle" State When It Comes To Online Genealogy Research

by Diane L. Richard | Jun 20, 2012

Early in its history, North Carolina was considered the "Rip Van Winkle" state. Now, after what has been a concerted... Read More

Lilly Cleveland

Fairbanks House Historic Site: Oldest Timber Frame House In The United States

by Lilly Cleveland | Jun 7, 2012

A dry wind moved the stiff heat of mid July as I climbed into my air conditioned car and took... Read More

Michael Pollock

The Tax Man Cometh...Never Overlook Tax Records In Virginia Or Elsewhere

by Michael Pollock | Jun 5, 2012

Other than CPAs, the overwhelming majority of individuals dread April 15 and like days (such as 1 May, the... Read More

Michael Pollock

Take Me Back To Olde Virginie: No Fee, On-Line Resources for Genealogical Research

by Michael Pollock | Apr 24, 2012

In my article on research in order books and chancery records, I specifically mentioned the on-line database of such records... Read More

Sunny McClellan Morton

Researching Your Appalachian Ancestors

by Sunny McClellan Morton | Mar 20, 2012

The first frontier of the young United States was Appalachia, a rugged region that didn't easily welcome settlers. Those who... Read More

Ruth Lang

They Went West: California Research

by Ruth Lang | Mar 13, 2012

California was and still is a destination for people seeking a better life. Thousands of gold seekers descended on the... Read More

Betty Malesky

Challenges Of The New England Border States

by Betty Malesky | Feb 14, 2012

The three northern-most New England states present more challenges to researchers than their sister states where settlement began and... Read More

Sarah More

Finding Those Elusive Ancestors In St. Lawrence County, New York

by Sarah More | Feb 9, 2012

If you have been doing genealogical research for awhile then you know there are several standard sources worth searching... Read More

Diane Rapaport

Finding Your Massachusetts Ancestors: Genealogy Research From The 17th to 21st Centuries

by Diane Rapaport | Jan 19, 2012

No matter where you live, there's a good chance that you have Massachusetts roots. Maybe your ancestor crossed the... Read More

Thomas MacEntee

Researching Your New York Ancestors

by Thomas MacEntee | Dec 13, 2011

I grew up in New York and as a child I marveled at all the historic locations my family... Read More

Harold Henderson

Genealogical Resources For Indiana

by Harold Henderson | Nov 8, 2011

You can start your Indiana research from any place by working on line, but you can only finish it... Read More

Ruth Lang

Stake Your Claim In California Gold Rush Records

by Ruth Lang | Sep 29, 2011

The California Gold Rush was a pivotal time in American history. Soon after gold was discovered in January of 1848,... Read More

Gena P. Ortega

Steps For Genealogy Research In Any State

by Gena P. Ortega | Jul 26, 2011

It can be difficult to research an ancestor who lived in a state that you are not familiar with. Maybe... Read More

Betty Malesky

Take Me Back To Old New England

by Betty Malesky | Jul 14, 2011

Old New England, my favorite place for research, refers to the three colonies, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, settled... Read More

John K. Maniha

The Use of State Censuses in Genealogical Research

by John K. Maniha | Jul 2, 2009

Most people beginning genealogical research learn quickly how indispensable the federal census is for finding out about ancestors. It is, however, not as widely known that the several colonies, states and territories also conducted censuses of... Read More

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