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USA Genealogy Guide

These Genealogy Links are Tools which you can use to uncover your USA Family Tree Archives &  Heritage.  This page also has links for beginners to learn how to do genealogical research or use to brush up on the basics. Scroll down to find specific USA Genealogical Research Information.
Help Page USA. Click on Topic Below for genealogical tips

BASIC Family Tree Research for all - Basic "how to guides" to research, pedigree charts, figuring relationships, keeping genealogical records, free genealogy forms

PAF - Personal Ancestral File Software and Genealogy Record Keeping (on another page)

CENSUS RECORDS - Tips, Enumeration District lookup, Soundex Generators, Free Online database links

Freedom of Information Act Request

Social Security Application REQUEST Form Letter

United States of America Government Records -US National Archives (NARA), FBI, Military Records & more

Cemeteries and Death Indexes-plenty of online searches and databases

People Finding Resources - email, telephone look-ups, yellow pages...

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SHIP Passenger Arrival Lists - online searches and info on finding your Immigrant Archives on Ships Lists.

Translation Help - Genealogy Words, Archaic Medical Terms, Italian, Latin, & more.


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BASIC Family Tree Research & Genealogy Information for all

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Obtaining USA Government Records

  • Where to Write for USA Vital Records - Click on the USA State where birth, death, marriage, divorce occurred for full information on where to write for  vital records and how to obtain the record.
  • Freedom of Information Act Request - You can get a copy of your ancestors FBI, CIA or other Government File by using a FOIA letter of request. This one was developed by Mike Ravnitzky who has personally filed more than 5,000 requests for copies of restricted Government Archives.
  • Genealogy Page at NARA - U.S. National Archives and Records Administration research room section.
  • How to Make a Request to INS - information Download INS Form G-639 for FREE from the Immigration and Naturalization Service Immigration Forms Page.
  • NARA - see what records are available at the US National Archives and Records Administration.
  • NARA Locations by State - US National Archives locations and contact email information
  • NARA's holdings of electronic records - use the Internet to check more than 50 million historical records at the US National Archives, (NARA) from Civil War battles to other Military Records. Supposedly they will eventually have access to immigration files but so far its slim pickings. The database draws from the records of 20 federal agencies.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Nationwide Gravesite Locator - includes burial location maps and burial records from many sources.
  • NARA Military Service & Pension Records - The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.
    • To get your own military records or those of your parent, grandparent or other ancestor, write a letter to: 
      National Personnel Records Center, 
      Military Personnel Records
      9700 Page Avenue, 
      St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

  • Military Indexes & Records - An Online Genealogy Guide by Joe Beine
  • Military Records Requests FAQs - good list of information on requesting Military Records. NOTE - many USA States have Historical Archives so do a search for: "Military Records + State" on google, msn, yahoo and your favorite.
  • Military Records - a list of records and research tips that may help you.
  • Military Rosters - Rootsweb free Military Database. Selected countries, states and/or counties (as contributed)
  • HISTORICAL INS Naturalization Records FAQs - The USCIS Genealogy Program is authorized to make five (5) series of the agency’s historical records available to requesters..
  • New York State Archives - many records and helpful information. Small fee for information in most areas.
  • Newspaper Abstracts - Search United States Newspapers (Volunteer Transcriptions - U.S., Canada and Ireland)
  • Newspaper-Abstracts on Rootsweb - Miscellaneous abstracts, extracts and links from US newspapers published prior to 1931. Scroll to the end of the page to Search or Browse.
  • Railroad Retirement Board - Genealogy Research records are limited to individuals who worked in the rail industry after 1936.
  • Social Security Administration Online - Guide to Freedom of Information Act Requests.
  • Social Security Application REQUEST Form Letter - you can print-out this form letter for your use or use it as an example and write one yourself.
  • U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY DEATH INDEX - Free lookup from the LDS Family History Center.
  • Social Security Death Master File - by Tom Alciere can be searched by birth date, name or SSN.
  • Search the Social Security Death Index on DonsList - searchable list based on database on the above link.
  • Social Security Death Index (SSDI) - at Genealogy Bank updated weekly up to 3 years ago.
  • U.S. Genealogy Sites State by State - U.S. Genealogy Sites State by State list of United States Genealogy sites. Plenty of free info and helpful genealogical web sites from Genealogy Today.
  • U.S. Public Record Research Library - provides a core group of links to FREE government searchable sites along with some important non-government sites
  • U.S. Vital Records Information - Commercial site lists where to obtain vital records for each state, territory and county of the United States with good subcategories for cities, etc.
  • U.S. Vital Records Room at D' - United States Vital Records listing every county by state.
  • Please Note: On all the "Vital Records" links on this page OR anyplace, except for the actual payment for records from Government Offices - GO for the FREE stuff first. Try doing your own research for at least 5 years, then "if you hit a brick wall", you may need to pay to belong to a group or buy help etc., but forgetaboutit until you have exhausted free or do-it-yourself resources.
  • Directory of Cities, Towns, and Regions in United States - by Falling Rain in multiple languages
  • United States Genealogy Links - Databases for all of the States, includes ships passenger lists, census records, cemetery transcriptions, military records and more.
  • United States and Territories - U.S. Geological Survey (U S Gazetteer database)
  • United States Postal Service - Zip Codes and more
  • US Board on Geographic Names (BGN) - - current and historical information about physical and cultural geographic features in the U.S. and abroad.
  • US Gazeteer Maps of the USA - Hometown locator U.S. Gazetteer provides boundary maps, current demographic data, local area photos, school districts, and Business Directories for 100,357 locations
  • USA Town Search - U.S. Town and County Locator from Rootsweb
  • USGenWeb Project State WebSites - Online Census Images, State Pages with a wealth of County related info, and lots of other help for Genealogy Researchers.
  • World Statesmen - encyclopedia of nations, colonies, international and religious organizations, and other polities. Country facts, maps, anthems, flags, links, and multiple indexes.

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Cemetery, Death, Funeral Home, Grave Lookups

  • Age at Death Calculator - This calculator will do four different calculations.
  • Ancestor Birthdate Calculator - calculates a birth date from the death date and age of death. Calculated dates generally can be considered reliable.
  • Cemetery Records Online - Burial records & tombstone inscriptions from over 1,300 cemeteries.
  • Find a Grave - More than 13 million grave records. If the graveyard or cemetery of your ancestors is on this site and it has photos of the headstones, try contacting the submitter and make a request for a photo of your ancestor's headstone, if its not already there. It happened for me!
  • Funeral Homes Online - they don't have all of them listed, so you might find it by searching Google. (also includes Cemetery Lookup)
  • The Political Graveyard - find where notable people in your ancestry are buried includes a Gazetteer and lists of Cemeteries and Memorial Sites.
  • Searchable Death Indexes and Records - A Genealogy Guide by Joe Beine.
  • List of cemeteries in the United States - Wikipedia Foundation
  • United States Cemeteries FamilySearch Wiki - Cemetery records often include birth, marriage, and death information and clues to military service, religion, membership in an organization, and more.
  • USGS GNIS - National Mapping Information for the USA. To find a cemetery simply specify the state and county, and enter cemetery for Feature Type.

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