United States Genealogy

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Getting started with United States research

Numerous articles are available on FamilySearch Wiki to help you get started in family history. This portal will provide links to articles about general research topics.

Principles of Family History Research

  1. Identify What You Know
  2. Decide What You Want to Learn
  3. Select Records to Search
  4. Obtain and Search the Records
  5. Use the Information


Click on a state to go to that state's page:

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Research Strategies

Research Tools

Help Wanted

Interested in editing or adding to the Wiki? The United States page, the state pages, and the county pages need you! Here are some simple ways you can add information other researchers need!

  • Add links to digitized state and county histories. A large collection of such histories is Brigham Young University's Family History Archives. A shortcut to searching it for local histories is on the BYU-FHL Digital Books Collection page.
  • Want your name in lights? The United States Maps needs a major overhaul, and as soon as it's done I'd like to put it on the Featured Content section of this page. Writing services. The current United States Maps article, was written years ago with printed sources in mind. Today roughly 80% of a genealogist's needs for U.S. maps can be met by using a few incredible, free Websites. If you'd like to overhaul this page, have at it! For ideas, see the United States Maps discussion page.

Territories and Federal District

Former Territories



Did You Know?
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