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House Histories l Immigration & Naturalization l Legislative, Court
Libraries, Newspapers, Photos l Maps & Land l Military l Vital Records,

African American Griots

The African-Native American Genealogy Blog

African Roots Podcast


Christine's website

Digital Library on American Slavery

The Freedmen’s Bureau Online

Geni’s African American Genealogy Series

Historic Pathways – Elizabeth Shown Mills

Intl. Soc. Sons & Daughters of Slave Ancestry

Lowcountry Africana

Research at the National Archives & Beyond talk radio

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture  


Prologue: using federal records for African American historical research

Treaties Between the US and Native Americans

US Statutes Concerning Native Americans

Slaves and the courts 1740-1860

US Statutes Concerning Slavery

African American/American Indian Patriots - DAR

1860: slaves age 100 and up

African American Civil War Soldiers: Princeton's links

American slave narratives - WPA

North American slave narratives

Voices from slavery days - audio interviews

IL slavery insurance policies

IL Servitude & Eman. Records Database, 1722–1863

Unknown No Longer - database of VA slave names

Census - US


Libraries, digital collections

 ArchiveGrid - OCLC's world archives project

 Archives Library Information Center (ALIC) - NARA

 DAR genealogical research

FamilySearch Digital Library

 FamilySearch Historical Record Images (new 5/21)
 Founders Online

Google Free Books

 Google Scholar

 Hathi Trust Digital Library

 Internet Archive- books to borrow


Library of Congress online catalog
-digital collections

 National Archives Catalog

Making of America

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections

 Open Access journal directory

PastPerfect online collections


 ExploreUK Univ of KY

 Anne's By State Newspaper Overview

 British Newspaper Archive

 Chronicling America
 - Newspaper Navigator (searches CA photos)

 Elephind  (Australia, New Zealand, & US)

 Fulton History - US & Canada papers

 Google News Archive

 Internet Archive - newspapers

 Online newspaper archives - all countries

 Kentucky Digital Newspaper Program

Other Images

 Google Cultural Institute


Library of Congress Flickr pilot

 New York Public Library digital gallery

 New York City Municipal Archives - 870,000 images

 Open Parks

What Was There - historical images & Google Maps

Taking the mystery out of land records

 Atlas of historical county boundaries

Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States
Earth Point - public land survey system

Federal land records site

Geographic Names Information Center (GNIS)

GeoNet Names Server (GNS)
Google Earth

Library of Congress online map collections

Old Maps Online

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

Sanborn fire insurance maps - LC

Admission of states and territorial acquisition

Indian Land Cessions in the United States, 1784-1894

Homestead Act of 1862  (history, maps & more)

Historical highlights of public land management

NYPL Map Warper

What is GIS? (from ESRI) - note the free ArcGIS Explorer

NYPL Open Access Maps

USGS Historical Topographic maps

National Geographic free printable USGS Topo Maps

Streamer - trace waterways

US Maps - Formation History

FamilySearch US Migration Trails
FamilySearch US Military Records Online

Military Reference Reports - National Archives

Papers of the War Department 1784-1800

Virginia's colonial soldiers (free w/ regist.)

FortWiki - historic US & Canadian forts

War of 1812 - pension application files

Southern Campaign Rev. War pension statements

1840 census of Revolutionary War pensioners
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System

List of pensioners January 1, 1883

Mathew Brady Civil War Photographs

The Center for Civil War Photography
Joe Beine's Online Military Indexes and Records

Ordering pre-WWI military records

American Merchant Marine at War

Naval History and Heritage Command

U.S. Air Force Historical Research Agency

U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office

US Dept Veterans Affairs  - domestic military burials

American Battle Monuments Comm – overseas burials

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War: grave search

Prisoners of the First World War – the ICRC Archives

WWII army enlistment and other records (NARA)


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