Find Online Social Security Applications, Claims, and Death Records

To access online Social Security information regarding application (SS-5 form) data, death, and claim forms, you use the online NUMIDENT database. What’s a NUMIDENT you might ask? It is short for the Social Security Administration’s Numerical Identification Files (NUMIDENT). There are three types of entries in NUMIDENT: death, application (SS-5), and claim records. For those […]

Genealogy and Coroner Records

Did you know that about 20% of deaths in the United States are investigated by a Coroner or a Medical Examiner? I first got interested when I accidentally found a Coroner’s Report for my Great Aunt, who died in 1911. Her cause of death was accidental and very sad. So I began researching Coroner Reports […]

When Were State Birth Records Started and Required

If you are looking for birth records, including certificates, you need to know the timing of each state’s requirements. Each state in the U.S. started requiring birth registrations in different years. Generally, some types of records were created prior to the official state laws, either at the county, city, or town levels. But state records […]

2,460 Free New England States Online Historical Newspaper Titles Now Available

80 new and updated Free Online Historical Newspaper Links have been added to the New England States’ free “newspaper link lists”: These were all updated in February 2023, and represent additions from the past 4 months. There is a total of 2,460 historical newspapers available to search for free from the New England States. Just […]

45,930 Free Online U.S. Historical Newspapers Now Available

On this website, the first set of free online links to U.S. historical newspapers was published in February 2014. with about 10,000 titles. There have been at least two updates published each year since then.  This first update for 2023 adds another 1,120 titles. The grand total is 45,930 links to Historical American Newspapers that […]

6,390 Free Western States Online Historical Newspaper Titles Now Available

130 new and updated Free Online Historical Newspaper Links have been added to the Western States’ free “newspaper link lists”: These were all updated in February 2023, and represent additions from the past 4 months. There is a total of 6,390 historical newspapers available to search for free from the Western States. Just click on […]

Advantage Archives Adds 600 Thousand Historical Newspaper Pages – January 2023

In February 2017, I started publishing a list of the catalog of online historical newspapers from over 400 different collections put together by the Advantage Archives Company, developed in conjunction with the libraries, historical societies, and museums across the U.S. that preserve historical newspapers for their communities. The list has grown a lot since then. […]

Veridian Adds/Updates 366 Titles – February 2023

Veridian Software has many clients with collections of digitized newspapers that can be searched for free. Over 50 million pages currently. They power California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Virginia,  Washington, and Wyoming state newspaper collections. And country-wide collections, such as Estonia, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, and Switzerland. Veridian is the name of the software and […]

Genealogy in Yearbooks

Yearbooks from high school or college are one of the most fun sets of records for a genealogist to search. It provides you with a ton of story-like information about your ancestor’s life. What their interests were, what sports and clubs they participated in, and often some goofy snapshots of them before they settled into […]

7.080 Free Mid Atlantic States Online Historical Newspaper Titles Now Available

210 new and updated Free Online Historical Newspaper Links have been added to the Mid Atlantic States’ free “newspaper link lists”: These were all updated in February 2023, and represent additions from the past 4 months. There is a total of 7,080 historical newspapers available to search for free from the Mid Atlantic States. Just […]