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Tracking down state-level genealogy records—births, marriages, deaths and more—can be exhausting work, but each year it gets easier as more state historical societies and archives digitize collections and post them online. They’re also offering more indexes, guides and other tools to help you get your hands on state repositories’ offline records. We commend these ambitious organizations and individuals for providing these genealogical gifts that keep on giving throughout the year.
In selecting the 75 best state websites, which originally appeared in the December
2012 issue of Family Tree Magazine, we looked especially for databases (at
least one per state) where you can search for your ancestors’ names. Some sites also
have digital images of original records, and several of the sites regularly add new