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U.S. State Archives Online

Online Record Collections, Finding Aids & Catalogs


View online digitized records collections and access the historical and genealogical holdings of state archives across the United States.

1. Alabama Department of Archives & History

Search online genealogical databases including Civil War soldiers and 1867 voter registrations or view digitized records such as slave narratives from the WPA Alabama Writers' Project and 119 back issues of the Alabama Historical Quarterly. You can also search the online catalog of the Alabama state archives to view their complete holdings.

2. Alaska State Archives

The holdings catalog of the Alaska State Archives isn't available online, but their online collections guide for researchers includes information on accessing Alaska school records, naturalizations, marriage license applications, etc. An online Probate Index includes the names of approximately 17,000 probate cases administered in the district court system which served Alaska from 1884-1960. An online Naturalization Index is also available.

3. Arizona State Library - History & Archives Division

The Arizona State Library offers details on their holdings of most interest to genealogists with charts highlighting available listing records and dates by county. They also include online some of their finding aids and inventories, including inventories of their manuscript collections.

4. Arkansas History Commission

The official state archives for the state of Arkansas offers online access to several record databases of interest to genealogists in CARAT (Catalog of Arkansas Resources & Archival Treasures), plus information on their manuscript collections, photographs, newspapers and other items. There is also a searchable Arkansas Records Catalog with detailed descriptions of primary source materials maintained by archives, special collections, libraries, historical societies, and museums across the state.

5. California State Archives

Find details on family history resources at the California State Archives, including city and county records, mental health records, military records and the 1852 state census. Use the online descriptive catalog Minerva to search collections available at the California State Archives, or browse finding aids and collections in the Online Archive of California.

6. Colorado State Archives

Over 1 million entries can be searched online in the Colorado Historical Records Index and the Digital Archives includes scanned copies of many original documents. You can also search online indexes to many of their collections or browse a detailed description of their holdings.

8. Delaware Public Archives

Access more than 3,000 separate items from the Delaware State Archives collection in the Digital Archives or view a variety of online document exhibits. Indexes to a number of databases including Bastardy Bonds, Probate Records, Naturalization Records, Death Registers and Apprentice Indentures can also be searched online, or you can search the Online Guide to Collections for the entire collection of the of the Delaware Public Archives.

9. State Archives of Florida

The Archives Online Catalog of the State Archives of Florida provides descriptions of over 2,700 collections and lists the content of containers and folders in many of those collections. Select online digitized historical records are available as part of the Florida Memory Project website, including World War I Service Cards, Confederate Pension Applications, Spanish Land Grants and a variety of research guides.

10. Georgia Archives

The Georgia Archives includes several online finding aids to its collections, from finding aids to the book/manuscript catalog. Don't miss Georgia's Virtual Vault where you'll find a wide variety of online digitized records from the Georgia Archives, including Georgia death certificates, Confederate pension applications, Chatham County deed books and Colonial Wills.

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