State Research Guides for the Entire U.S.

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Find your ancestors in the United States!This collection contains downloadable PDF guides for all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. Each download is four-pages long and contains:

  • A how-to article detailing each state’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
  • The best websites, books and other resources for research by each state, handpicked by our editors and experts
  • Listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
  • Timeline of key events in the state’s history

Helpful how-to instruction will give you an overview of the important events that shaped the state's history, plus what records you should consult. For example, here’s a sampling of the helpful tips you’ll get in the Oregon Research Guide:

  • In 1843, Oregon’s provisional government began giving free land to married couples. Then, under the Donation Land Act of 1850, citizens received real estate if they’d live on and farm it for four years.
  • Your 19th-century Oregon ancestors may be on record in a pioneer file. The Oregon Genealogical Society, Oregon Historical Society and Genealogical Forum of Oregon keep registers of pre-1900 settlers and their descendants
  • Although Oregon banned free African-Americans, it also banned slavery and joined the Union just in time for the Civil War. Look for relatives in the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System online index to soldier records.

Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view these PDFs on your computer and print pages for reference. Available immediately. Each issue of Family Tree Magazine contains two updated research guides—and purchase of this bundle grants you access to those updated guides as they're released online.

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