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National Genealogical Society
An excellent source for information about the field of genealogy. Includes a selection of video presentations from prominent genealogists on how they got started and how to do certain kinds of research, as well as amusing stories from their research experiences. Information on educational opportunities, national and regional conferences, and resources for purchase.
A subscription site partnered with the U.S. Library of Congress and the U.S. National Archives, strong on military records (especially from the American Civil War). This website started as Footnote.com
Especially strong in historical newspapers; also includes military pension records and land grants.
Available at many libraries, this website includes all U.S. federal censuses, many family and local histories, and the PERSI index to genealogical publications.
Daughters of the American Revolution
Several interlinked databases of DAR members, their patriot ancestors, and millions of descendants of Revolutionary War soldiers.
Library of Congress
A vast collection of resources, including the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC, or “nuck-muck”) and the American Memory digital collection (maps, photos, audio and video).
National Archives and Records Administration
Central search location for official American government documents, especially military and land records.
Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records
Includes more than 5 million federal land title records issued since 1820.