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Frequently used federal record sets

U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885 (Ancestry)

Writing Resources

Master List of Physical Descriptions

Dating Photographs

Personal Library

Fashionable Folks, Bonnets and Hats, 1840-1900, Maureen A. Taylor, 2011.
Fashionable Folks, Bonnets and Hats, 1840-1900, Maureen A. Taylor, 2011.
Hairstyles 1840-1900, Includes Men, Children, and Unusual Coiffures, Maureen A. Taylor, 2014
Hairstyles 1840-1900, Includes Men, Children, and Unusual Coiffures, Maureen A. Taylor, 2014


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Chronicling America, U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present (Search by state, county, town)


Community History Archive Newspapers

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Google Newspapers

International Coalition on Newspapers (ICON)

Elephind Newspaper Search

Gale Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers (requires BPL login)

Obituary Daily Times index

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Historical U.S. Newspapers Online

Death Certificate Information

“The ‘Secret’ Codes on Death Certificates That Can Tell You How Your Ancestors Died,” Family History Daily

International Classification of Diseases

U.S. Census

United States Census Bureau

Census Instructions, United States Census Bureau

Enumeration District Descriptions


Hamburg Passenger List Terminology

Hamburg Passenger Lists Translating Categories, Sassy Jane Genealogy

Immigrant Ships Transcribers’ Guild

 Immigration Records, National Archives

Manifest Markings, A Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations

New York Emigration and Immigration

New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957

One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse

Passenger Manifest Lists (1848 – 1891), Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Passenger SearchThe Statue of Liberty―Ellis Island Foundation, Inc

Passenger Ships and Images database (Ancestry)

Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600’s

Ships and Passengers to America

St. Albans Lists, U.S. Records of Immigration Across the U.S.-Canadian Border, 1895-1954,
National Archives

U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 (Ancestry)

Bible Records

Bible Records Online

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Index to Early Bible Records


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U.S., Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898 (Ancestry)

Land ownership maps : a checklist of nineteenth century United States county maps in the Library of Congress

David Rumsey Map Collection

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas (worldwide)

Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center

U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 (Ancestry)

History Search by surname; requires subscription to view maps – some are available at Library of Congress

Land Platting Made Easy
Making a map from a deed



National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections, The Library of Congress


The Cabinet Card Gallery

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