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Discover your ancestors at, the world’s largest family history website. Browse census records, passenger lists and locality-specific databases and start your own family tree.
Accessible Archives African American Newspapers
Search or browse this unique collection of 19th century African-American newspapers, including The Christian Recorder (1861-1891, 1893-1902), The Colored American/Weekly Advocate (1837-1841), Douglass’ Monthly (1859-1863), Frederick Douglass’ Paper (1851-1855), The Freedmen’s Record (1865-1874), Freedom’s Journal (1827-1829), The National Era (1847-1860), The Negro Business League Herald (1909), The North Star (1847-1851), and Provincial Freeman (1854-1857).
African American Heritage
African American Heritage is an essential collection of databases and resources for African American research. It includes original records, the AfriGeneasTM Community social networking site, and Black Genesis, a state-by-state methodological resource guide.
African American Historical Newspapers
The “Genealogy” link leads one to a collection of nine distinct African-American newspapers, featuring the Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003), The Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988), Chicago Defender (1910-1975), Cleveland Call and Post (1934-1991), Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005), New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), The Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003), The Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001), and Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002).
America's GenealogyBank
Search or browse through these database collections of Historical Newspapers (1690-1922), Historical Books (1749-1900), Historical Documents (1789-1994), and America's Obituaries (1977-current)., produced by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), provides a wealth of resources for researching New England and early American families. The site includes many searchable databases, the NEHGS library catalog and publications list, and more.
American Indian Histories and Cultures
This collection of manuscripts, rare and original documents from treaties, speeches and diaries, as well as historic maps and travel journals dates from the earliest contact with European settlers right up to photographs and newspapers from the mid-twentieth century.
American Indian Newspapers
Explore nearly 200 years of Indigenous print journalism from the United States and Canada. This resource has been developed with, and has only been made possible by, the permission and contribution of the newspaper publishers and Tribal Councils concerned.
Archives Unbound: Evangelism in Africa: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Mission, 1835-1910
A unique collection of records of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church, an agency that created orphanages, schools, hospitals, and churches in Africa from 1835-1910, is accessible on Archives Unbound.
Archives Unbound: The Civil War in Words and Deeds
Archives Unbound is a collection of regimental histories and personal narratives documenting all facets of military life during the Civil War.
Archives Unbound: The War of 1812: Diplomacy on the High Seas
The Archives Unbound: The War of 1812: Diplomacy on the High Seas collection includes applications from privateers, documents regarding enemy aliens and prisoners of war, and passenger lists from the United States covering the time period of 1812-1814.
One of the best online sources for British research, and increasingly a major resource for North American records and images, FindMyPast features census schedules, vital records, church registers, and military records; British, Irish and American newspapers; and much more. It is also the online home of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI).
At, it is possible to search for or browse millions of historical documents and photographs. This database includes digital images of military records, city directories and many other resources.
Jewish Life in America
This resource explores the history of Jewish communities in America from the arrival of the first Jews in the 17th century through to the mid-20th century. This treasure trove of material provides digital images of collections from the American Jewish Historical Society in New York. In addition, Jewish Life in America contains interactive maps, essays by leading scholars, a selection of American Jewish Year Book articles, and links to other useful websites.
The "MyHeritage Library Edition" link leads to a searchable database of more than 9 billion historical records and family trees. The records range from census, vital records, military, immigration, and much more covering the United States, Canada, Europe, and more.
News Sentinel Text Archive
Search or browse through The News Sentinel newspaper articles from Fort Wayne, IN for 1962-2019.
Search or browse for your ancestors among newspaper articles on This database features more than 3100 historical newspapers, covering the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, and Panama from the 1700s-2000s.
PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)
PERSI is the premier subject index for genealogy and local history periodicals, and is produced by the staff of The Genealogy Center. Using this valuable resource on-site provides citations to readily-available periodical sources, and increasing to images of the actual periodical issues.
Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive
The Slavery and Anti-Slavery database is a rare historical archive of court records, maps, books, newspapers, and periodicals from the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe specific to the topics of slavery, abolition, and emancipation.