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Online Databases

United States Nationwide

Social Security Death Index

The SS death database search is sponsored by Ancestry, Inc., with advanced search features, including a soundex and state of issuance filter. About the Social Security Death Index. Social Security State Codes.

Genealogy Directory of Cemetery Lists

Cemetery Interment Lists on the Internet. Links to cemetery records on the Internet, by Steve P. Johnson.


Census Online, Census Sites on the Web has links to tons of abstracted census records. If you need a census, check here first.


The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild is posting online ships lists which are sorted by date, by ship's name, by port of departure, by port of arrival, and by surname. Searchable.


The Making of America Digital Library is a digital library of records in U.S. history with over 600,000 pages of searchable pages of history, including city directories, and news articles.
The USGenWeb Archives has a search engine for querying all the data found in their archives, including vital records, land, tax, census, wills, and more.
The D.A.R. Library Card catalog is available for you to conduct keyword searches.  This is a great resource -- and if you find something in their catalog, it is possible that a copy of the film is available at the Family History Library and I'd be happy to look for and make copies of documents for you.



BLM, Eastern States, General Land Office

Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Eastern States, General Land Office. Searchable database of land certificates. This site abstracts the records, but you can also download a .TIF image of the document and print it out for your files. Great site!


State Specific


A searchable database of the 1890 Great Register of Sacramento County, CA.


The Illinois Land Sales Archive contains transaction data for approximately 545,000 public domain land sales in Illinois, 1815 to 1880.


Indiana Marriages to 1850.  Searchable by groom's or bride's surname.  Returns bride and groom name, date of marriage, county of marriage.  Contact me if you'd like get a copy of the original record.


Kentucky Vital Records Index.  Searches include:  Kentucky Death Index for 1911-1986; Kentucky Death Index for 1987-1992; Kentucky Marriage Index for 1973-1993; and a Kentucky Divorce Index for 1973-1993.


Maine State Archives Death Index 1960-1996. A searchable online index.
Maine State Archives Marriage 1892-1966.  A searchable online index.
Maine Marriages prior to 1892 (partial).


Search the Maryland Archives


Michigan Death Indexes System is a searchable database of deaths from 1867-1882.


The Ohio Death Certificate index is maintained by the Ohio Historical Society and includes deaths from 1913-1937.  If you locate a death certificate, copy down the name, date and certificate number, then contact me to get a copy of the certificate. The FHL has Ohio Death Certificates and an extended index from 1908-1945.


Berks County, Pennsylvania Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphan's Court has posted some of their vital records and wills indexes online and the lists are searchable. Estate Records, 1752-1914; Marriage Index, 1885 - present; Birth Index (City of Reading) 1876-1905; Death Register (City of Reading) 1873-1905; Delayed Birth Records; Marriage Index (City of Reading) 1876-1884; Birth Index 1894-1906; and Death Index 1894-1906.


Tennessee State Archives index to death records, 1914-1925, by county.
Lincoln County, TN Marriages Index, 1895-1910, from the Fayetteville Observer newspaper.


The Library of Virginia has several searchable indexes available including: War of 1812 pay rolls and muster rolls, Bible records (each page of each Bible record  has been digitized and can be downloaded for viewing), newspapers, Virginia Colonial records, and an Online Catalog on materials available through interlibrary loan. Search their index of early Virginia Wills to 1800 which includes most counties.


Conglomerate Sites with Databases or Links to Databases

Lineages Databases

Lineages, Inc. free database searches on the Internet.

Online Sources

Alan Tupman manages a list of online records sources sorted by state and county.

Ancestry Databases

Ancestry's free (and subscriber) database searches.

Family Search

LDS Family History Library website has access to the International Genealogical Index and their Ancestral File, all of which are searchable.


Outside of the United States


Search the index to the 1871 Ontario, Canada CensusContact me for a copy of the original census page.

British Columbia Vital Records Indexes online includes marriages and deaths, and soon will include births.


The Scots Origins database contains fully searchable indexes of the GRO(S) index to births/baptisms and banns/marriages from the Old Parish Registers dating from 1553 to 1854, plus the indexes to births, deaths and marriages from 1855 to 1897. An index to census records for 1881, and 1891 are also available.



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