Here are a few National (United States) links and resources to help you with your genealogy research. Most of these sites are very popular, and are a great place to start your genealogy research. New records are added daily, so it’s helpful to check the sites several times throughout the year.
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National Links – United States
Ancestry is one of the highest rated genealogy websites. It is commercial pay for access website with many different packages which provide access to many different websites such as Australian, Canadian, French, UK or Swedish Ancestry (see these under the World page) sites as well as Newspapers.com, and Fold3.com (see these under the National page). Ancestry owns many other websites as well as maintaining many affiliated websites. They have many different features to offer the genealogical researcher and a wide variety of tools for building your own unique family history.
Family Search is a free genealogy website by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The cost-free site doesn’t require you to sign up for an account, but doing so will open up a wealth of features not available otherwise. It is incredibly resourceful with various methods of searching when it comes to tracing your roots, such as the ability save and share records. Family Search’s available digitized records and family history databases is very large. The newly redesigned website and expanded archives are only a plus.
My Heritage has a substantial variety of databases of historic records as well as birth, death, marriage, census, and immigration records. It has some good tools to help with your genealogical research; but you may have to pay extra for them. My Heritage offers payment-based subscription plans in addition to the basic free site plan.
The USGenWeb Project is a volunteer endeavor to give genealogical researchers websites from every county and state in the United States, is non-commercial and is devoted to free access for everybody. This website is organized on the county level with some of the state websites having such resources as postings of unknown county queries, family reunion bulletin boards, state histories, maps of changing county boundaries, transcribing of Civil War regiments and other records, or reuniting families with lost bibles, and photos.
The United States National Archives (hosted on Archives.gov, not archives.com which is a paid site!) offers free online access and browsing to a national collection with a wide range of documents, census, immigration, and land records which spans US (and some world) history. You also can access special collections on veteran’s service records and several key historic eras and events, and access to special guides to many of their records and databases. While a lot of its resources aren’t available online, and access to some documents may cost money, the majority are available for free in PDF format. This makes it a great resource for all researchers interested in their family history and US history more generally.