Best U.S. Genealogy Archives

As genealogists and historians, we strive to know more about our ancestors and other subject people. It is imperative, especially as family historians that we research and understand the locales, surroundings, and events that occurred during their lifetimes.

While we constantly look for new records, we must also research history, including local history. There are an ever-increasing number of Free Online Archives and Digital Collections that can assist us in our quest. In these top-notch online archives, you will find an abundance of historical information plus genealogical records.

Multi-StateA Digital Collection Celebrating the Founding of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU)
Multi-StateAmerican Indians of the Pacific Northwest (University of Washington Libraries)
Multi-StateColumbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive
Multi-StateDigital Commons Collections
Multi-StateDigital Library of Appalachia
Multi-StateDigital Public Library of America
Multi-StateDocumenting the American South
Multi-StateLibrary of Congress Digital Collections
Multi-StateMountain West Digital Library
Multi-StateNational Archives Online Exhibits
Multi-StateNorthwest Digital Heritage
Multi-StatePastPerfectOnline Collections
Multi-StatePioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910
Multi-StatePlains to Peak Collective
Multi-StateScandinavian Immigrant Experience Collection (Pacific Lutheran University)
Multi-StateSmithsonian Digital Library
Multi-StateUpper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive
Multi-StateWestern Waters Digital Library
AlabamaAlabama Department of Archives and History
AlabamaAlabama Department of Archives and History Digital Collections
AlabamaAlabama Maps
AlabamaAlabama Mosaic
AlabamaAuburn University Digital Library
AlabamaBirmingham Public Library Digital Collections
AlabamaEncyclopedia of Alabama
AlabamaUniversity of Alabama Special Collections
AlaskaAlaska Digital Archives
AlaskaAlaska State Library
AlaskaAlaska, Western Canada and United States Collection (University of Washington Libraries)
AlaskaSLED: Statewide Library Electronic Doorway
ArizonaArizona Archives Online
ArizonaArizona Memory Project
ArizonaArizona State University Libraries Online Collections
ArizonaDigital Arizona Library
ArizonaNorthern Arizona University – Colorado Plateau Digital Collections
ArizonaThrough Our Parents’ Eyes: History & Culture of Southern Arizona
ArizonaUniversity of Arizona Digital Collections
ArkansasArkansas Digital Archives
ArkansasArkansas State Library Digital Collections
ArkansasCentral Arkansas Library System Digital Collections
ArkansasThe Butler Center for Arkansas Studies/Arkansas Studies Institute
ArkansasThe Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture
ArkansasUniversity of Arkansas Libraries Digital Collections
CaliforniaAnne T. Kent California Room (Marin County Free Library)
CaliforniaCalifornia Digital Archives
CaliforniaCalifornia Digital Library (CDL)
CaliforniaCalifornia Revealed
CaliforniaCalifornia State Library Online Resources
CaliforniaCalifornia State Library, San Francisco Sutro Library
CaliforniaLos Angeles Public Library, Collections and Resources
CaliforniaOnline Archive of California
CaliforniaSacramento History Online
CaliforniaSan Fernando Valley History Digital Library
CaliforniaUniversity of Southern California Digital Library
ColoradoColorado Encyclopedia Digital Collections
ColoradoColorado State Archives
ColoradoColorado Virtual Library
ColoradoDenver Public Library Digital Collections
ColoradoHistory Colorado Archives
ConnecticutConnecticut Digital Archive
ConnecticutConnecticut History Illustrated
ConnecticutConnecticut History Online
ConnecticutConnecticut State Library Digital Collections
ConnecticutYale University Digital Collections
DelawareDelaware Collections Gateway
DelawareDelaware Digital Archives
DelawareDelaware Public Archives
DelawareUniversity of Delaware Digital Collections
FloridaCentral Florida Memory Digital Collections
FloridaFlorida Memory
FloridaPublication of Archival Library & Museum Materials (PALMM)
FloridaUniversity of Florida Digital Collections
FloridaUniversity of South Florida Digital Collections
GeorgiaDigital Library of Georgia
GeorgiaGeorgia Historic Books
GeorgiaGeorgia State University Digital Collections
GeorgiaGeorgia’s Virtual Vault
GeorgiaThe New Georgia Encyclopedia
GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia Digital Collections
HawaiiHawaii State Archives Digital Collections
HawaiiUlukau Hawaii Electronic Library
HawaiiUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa Digital Collections
HawaiiUniversity of Hawaii eVols Digital Repository
IdahoDigital Atlas of Idaho
IdahoDigital Collections from the Idaho State Archives and Research Center.
IdahoIdaho State Archives
IdahoIdaho State Archives Digital Collections
IdahoIdaho State Historical Society
IdahoStacks, The Idaho Digital Repository
IdahoUniversity of Idaho Special Collections & Archives
IllinoisChicago Public Library Digital Collections
IllinoisEncyclopedia of Chicago
IllinoisHomicide in Chicago 1870-1930 (Northwestern University)
IllinoisIllinois Digital Archives
IllinoisIllinois Periodicals Online
IllinoisIllinois State Archives Databases
IllinoisNorthern Illinois University Digital Library
IndianaAllen County Public Library Genealogy Center
IndianaBall State University Digital Media Repository
IndianaIndiana Digital Archives
IndianaIndiana Historical Society – Digital Image Collections
IndianaIndiana Hosted Digital Collections
IndianaIndiana Memory
IndianaIndiana State Library, Collections
IndianaIndiana University Digital Collections
IowaIowa Digital Library
IowaIowa Heritage Digital Collections
IowaIowa State Historical Society Digital Archives
IowaIowa State University Digital Collections
KansasKansas Historical Society State Archives
KansasKansas Memory
KansasKansas University Digital Collections
KansasThe Kansas Collection
KentuckyKentucky Digital Library
KentuckyKentucky Historical Society
KentuckyKentucky State Digital Archives
LouisianaHistoric New Orleans Collection
LouisianaLDMA (Louisiana Digital Media Archive)
LouisianaLouisiana Digital Library
LouisianaLSU Digital Collections
LouisianaResources for Research in New Orleans
LouisianaTulane University Digital Library
MaineDigital Maine Repository
MaineMaine Historical Society
MaineMaine Memory Network
MaineUniversity of Maine Special Collections
MarylandArchives of Maryland Online
MarylandDigital Maryland
MarylandMaryland Center for History and Culture
MarylandMaryland State Archives
MarylandMaryland State Archives Online Exhibits
MarylandWHILBR: Western Maryland’s Historical Library
MassachusettsAmerican Centuries…view from New England
MassachusettsBoston College Digitized Collections
MassachusettsDigital Commonwealth
MassachusettsMassachusetts Archives – Digital Records
MassachusettsMassachusetts Historical Society – Digital Collections
MassachusettsMassachusetts Libraries – Digital Collections
MichiganArchives of Michigan
MichiganMichigan County Histories and Atlases
MichiganThe Making of Ann Arbor
MichiganThe Making of Modern Michigan
MichiganUniversity of Michigan Bentley Historical Library
MichiganVirtual Motor City
MinnesotaIron Range Research Center
MinnesotaMinnesota Digital Library
MinnesotaMinnesota Historical Society
MinnesotaMinnesota People Records
MinnesotaUniversity of Minnesota Digital Conservancy
MississippiMississippi Department of Archives and History Collections
MississippiMississippi Digital Archives
MississippiMississippi Digital Library
MississippiMississippi History Resources
MississippiUniversity of Southern Mississippi Digital Collections
MissouriMidwest Genealogy Center
MissouriMissouri Digital Heritage
MissouriMissouri State Archives
MissouriMissouri Valley Special Collections
MissouriMissouriana Digital Text Collection
MissouriUniversity of Missouri Digital Library
MontanaMontana Historical Society Online Collections
MontanaMontana Memory Project
NebraskaHistory Nebraska
NebraskaNebraska Memories
NebraskaNebraska Western Trails
NevadaNevada Cooperative Libraries Automated Network Digital Collections
NevadaONE-Online Nevada Encyclopedia
NevadaUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas Digital Collections
NevadaUniversity of Nevada, Reno Digital Archive
New HampshireNew Hampshire Archives
New HampshireNew Hampshire History Network
New HampshireUniversity of New Hampshire Library – Internet Archive
New HampshireUniversity of New Hampshire Library Digital Collections
New JerseyNew Jersey Digital Highway
New JerseyNew Jersey State Archives Collections
New JerseyNew Jersey State Library Digital Collections
New JerseyPrinceton University Library – Digital Collections and Initiatives
New JerseyThe Rutgers Oral History Archives
New JerseyWest Jersey History Project
New MexicoNew Mexico Archives Online
New MexicoNew Mexico Digital Collections
New MexicoNew Mexico History State Records Center & Archives
New MexicoNew Mexico State Library Digital Collections
New MexicoUniversity of New Mexico Digital Repository
New YorkDigital Culture of Metropolitan New York
New YorkHudson River Valley Heritage
New YorkNew York Heritage Digital Collections
New YorkNew York Public Library Digital Collections
New YorkNew York Public Library Digital Projects
New YorkNew York State Archives Digital Collections
New YorkNew York State Historical Literature (Cornell)
New YorkNew York State Library Collections
New YorkSyracuse University Library Digital Collections
New YorkU.S. Military Academy Digital Collection
North CarolinaDavidson College Digital Collections
North CarolinaDigital Durham
North CarolinaDigitalNC – Digital Heritage Center
North CarolinaEast Carolina University Digital Collections
North CarolinaNCpedia
North CarolinaNorth Carolina Digital Collections
North CarolinaNorth Carolina State Archives
North CarolinaUniversity of North Carolina Digital Collections
North DakotaDigital Horizons
North DakotaNorth Dakota State Archives
North DakotaNorth Dakota State University Digital Collections
North DakotaState Historical Society of North Dakota
OhioAkron-Summit County Public Library Archival Collections
OhioCleveland Public Library Digital Gallery
OhioGreater Cincinnati Memory Project
OhioOhio History Central
OhioOhio Memory
OhioState Library of Ohio Collections
OhioThe Cleveland Memory Project
OhioThe Digital Shoebox Project: Historical Treasures of Southeastern Ohio
OhioThe Encyclopedia of Cleveland History
OklahomaEncyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture
OklahomaOklahoma Digital Prairie
OklahomaOklahoma Historical Society
OklahomaOklahoma State Archives
OklahomaThe Gateway to Oklahoma History
OklahomaUniversity of Oklahoma Western History Collections
OregonOregon Blue Book
OregonOregon Digital
OregonOregon History Project
OregonOregon Multicultural Archives
OregonOregon State Archives
OregonSalem Online History
OregonSouthern Oregon Digital Archives
OregonState Library of Oregon Digital Collections
OregonThe Oregon Encyclopedia
PennsylvaniaArchives Records Information Access System (Pennsylvania State Archives)
PennsylvaniaChronicles: The Annals of Dickinson College
PennsylvaniaDigital Collections at the State Library of Pennsylvania
PennsylvaniaHistoric Pittsburgh
PennsylvaniaHistorical Society of Pennsylvania Digital Library
PennsylvaniaPenn in the Age of Franklin, 1740-1790
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania State Archives
PennsylvaniaPOWER Library: Pennsylvania’s Electronic Library
Rhode IslandBrown University Library Collections
Rhode IslandProvidence Public Library Digital Collections
Rhode IslandRhode Island State Digital Archives
South CarolinaLowcountry Digital Library
South CarolinaSCIWAY
South CarolinaSouth Carolina Department of Archives and History Digital Collections
South CarolinaSouth Carolina Department of Archives and History, Archives
South CarolinaSouth Carolina Digital Library
South CarolinaSouth Carolina Encyclopedia
South CarolinaUniversity of South Carolina Digital Collections
South DakotaDigital Library of South Dakota
South DakotaSouth Dakota Digital Archives
South DakotaSouth Dakota State Historical Society
TennesseeArchives of Appalachia
TennesseeDigital Library of Tennessee
TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains Regional Project
TennesseeTennessee Virtual Archive
TennesseeThe Tennessee Encyclopedia of History & Culture
TennesseeVolunteer Voices
TexasEast Texas Digital Archives
TexasPreservation Houston: Museum of Houston
TexasTexas State Library and Archives Commission
TexasThe Handbook of Texas Online
TexasThe Portal to Texas History
UtahBYU Library Digital Collections
UtahUniversity of Utah Digital Collections
UtahUtah Division of State History Digital Collections
UtahUtah History Encyclopedia
UtahUtah State Digital Archives
UtahUtah State University Digital History Collections
UtahUtah’s Online Library
VermontMiddlebury College Digital Collections
VermontUniversity of Vermont Libraries Digital Collections
VermontVermont Folklife Center
VermontVermont Historical Society
VirginiaEncyclopedia Virginia
VirginiaOld Dominion University Libraries Digital Collections
VirginiaThe Library of Virginia
VirginiaVirginia Commonwealth University Digital Collections
VirginiaVirginia Memory
VirginiaVirginia Tech Image Base
VirginiaVirtual Jamestown
VirginiaVMI Digital Collections
WashingtonCentral Washington University Archives and Special Collections
WashingtonDigital Collections (Everett Public Library) The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History
WashingtonUniversity of Washington Libraries Digital Collections
WashingtonWashington State Archives – Digital Archives
WashingtonWashington State Library Digital Collections and Resources
WashingtonWashington State University Libraries Digital Collections
West Virginiae-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia
West VirginiaWest Virginia Division of Culture and History
West VirginiaWest Virginia University Libraries Digital Collections
WisconsinDictionary of Wisconsin History
WisconsinDigital Collections (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Libraries)
WisconsinOnline Collections at the Wisconsin Historical Society
WisconsinRecollection Wisconsin
WisconsinThe State of Wisconsin Collection
WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin Digital Collections
WisconsinWisconsin Electronic Reader
WisconsinWisconsin Local History and Biography Articles
WisconsinWisconsin Pioneer Experience
WyomingUniversity of Wyoming Libraries–Digital Collections
WyomingWyoming State Archives Digital Collections
WyomingWyoming State Library Digital Collection Suite

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

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