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Spend some time researching the location and era your ancestors lived in. Learn about the political, economic, religious and cultural events occurring during their time, and you will be able to think of them in terms of what their daily lives were really like.

Newspaper Research: How to Find Them, How to Use Them

City Directories: Who Lived Where and When?

Local & County Histories: Every Town Has a Story

Using Maps in your Genealogy Journey

Obituaries: Treasure Troves of Information


Genwriters Research Collections

Online Diaries
Reading diaries from the place and time of your ancestors will help you to glean details about what daily life was like.

Migration Patterns and Trails
A variety of sites chronicling how our ancestors got from one place to another, and why.

Timelines and Chronologies
Use historical timelines to help you create a chronology of your ancestors' lives that will put them into context with the world in which they lived.

Wars and the Military
Research resources for the various military conflicts in American history.


Historic Towns

Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

Plimoth Plantation, Massachusetts

Batsto Village, New Jersey

Old Salem, North Carolina

Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Virtual Jamestown, Virginia





Research Resources on the Web

Library of Congress Homepage
Your gateway to the vast holdings of this repository.

Archiving Early America
Primary source material from 18th century America

US Census Data Browser
Data about the people and economy for every census year from 1790 through 1960.

Census Research for Genealogists
Helping family historians unlock the secrets in census records.

American Memory
Historical collections from the National Digital Library. American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States.

Making of America
A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum through Reconstruction.

First-Hand History
A digital library of written accounts from the 1700s and 1800s. The Archive Library contains complete works for original research. The Topical Archives are the product of other people's research.

History Buff
A non-profit organization devoted to providing free primary source material. This site focuses on how news of major, and not-so-major, events in American history were reported in newspapers of the time.

National Park Service History & Culture
Learn more about history and how the National Park Service works to preserve it.

Picture History
A digital library of high-quality images illustrating more than 200 years in American history.

American History Timeline
Presented by the Smithsonian Institution, this timeline covers U.S. history from the colonial period to the present day. The timeline provides links to articles with more details about each period.

American Centuries - A View from New England
Learn about daily life in 1700, 1800, and 1900 by searching the more than a thousand artifacts and documents from the museum's collection.

Year by Year: 1900-2008
World, U.S., economic, sports, entertainment, and science milestones from each year from 1900-2008.





History Research Books

Atlas of United States History
Hammond Atlas of United States History


Timetables of American History

The Timetables of American History
by Laurence Urgand (editor) and Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr. (Author)


Great Maps of the Civil War
Great Maps of the Civil War: Pivotal Battles and Campaigns Featuring 32 Removable Maps
by William J. Miller


Eyewitness to the Civil War
Eyewitness to the Civil War
by Steve Hyslop


Historical Atlas of the United States
Historical Atlas of the United States
by Derek Hayes


Frontiers: A Short History of the American West
by Robert V. Hine and John Mack Faragher





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