The Ancestor Hunt has been cataloging and listing links to free online genealogy collections in over 24 different record categories since 2014. These are available for you to view and use via the Resources tab above.
There is a massive amount of genealogy and historical material that can help us researchers as we discover who belongs in our family tree, and more importantly, what is their life story. But much of this genealogical and historical material doesn’t fit nicely into a specific genealogy record category.
As researchers, we should avail ourselves of the types of materials listed below. They definitely will help us in our genealogy and family history research These online resources are available generally at state libraries and archives, larger public libraries, and college and university digital collections. Hence the creation of these lists of links to free online digital archives for the state. I hope they prove useful to you in your pursuit.
Types of Information Available in Digital Archives
- Family Papers, Biographies, and Other Collections
- Oral Histories
- Bulletins and Newsletters
- Corporate Collections
- Local Community and County Histories
- Photographs and Postcards
- Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Government Publications and Documents
- and Yes, Genealogy Record Collections and Indexes
The Free Online Digital Archives for the region are listed below, preceded by Archives that are available for the region or the country:
- Digital Commons Collections
- Digital Library of Appalachia
- Digital Public Library of America
- Library of Congress Digital Collections
- National Archives Online Exhibits
- PastPerfectOnline Collections
- Smithsonian Digital Library
Mid Atlantic States Archives
- Free Online Delaware Digital Archives
- Free Online District of Columbia Digital Archives
- Free Online Maryland Digital Archives
- Free Online New Jersey Digital Archives
- Free Online New York Digital Archives
- Free Online Pennsylvania Digital Archives
- Free Online Virginia Digital Archives
- Free Online West Virginia Digital Archives
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!