America’s Genealogy Bank
America’s GenealogyBank provides Web-based access to millions of the United States’ core genealogical records from 1652 to the present day. Through basic name search and advanced search options, genealogists can easily find and browse digital images of American historical genealogies, obituaries, marriage notices, birth announcements, casualty lists, military and government documents and other essential primary sources. It also provides the full text of modern U.S. newspaper obituaries and enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records. Significantly, each of America’s GenealogyBank’s five historical or modern collections is updated with new content on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
Articles, obituaries and more from Historical Newspapers
By searching approximately 700,000 complete issues of over 2,800 historical U.S. newspapers, researchers can quickly find their ancestors in millions of articles, obituaries, marriage notices, birth announcements and other items. Digitized in cooperation with the American Antiquarian Society and other institutions, this exclusive collection includes titles published between 1690 and 1977.
America’s Obituaries and the Social Security Death Index
America’s GenealogyBank offers the full text of more than 34 million obituaries and death notices published in over 2,300 newspapers from all 50 states between 1977 and the present day. There are millions more obituaries in the historical newspapers, as well. Genealogists can cross-reference these obituaries with over 87.5 million and growing weekly Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records, which have been enhanced with exact age and city, county and state information that genealogists can easily copy and save to their files.
Digital facsimiles of printed items from Historical Books
The Historical Books collection includes digitized versions of all available books, pamphlets and other publications printed in America from 1801 to 1900. This makes it easy to search rare, fragile genealogies, local histories, cards, charts and other printed items online.
A variety of essential records from Historical Documents
The Historical Documents collection features the entire American State Papers (1789-1838) and all items of genealogical value—over 40% of the publications—from the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1984). Genealogists can research government and military records, casualty lists, widows’ claims, military pension requests, bounty land warrant actions, dispute resolutions, land grant applications, orphans’ petitions and much more.
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