“Having roots in multiple US states means you’ll have to learn about multiple sets of resources, archives and vital records laws. Here’s a way to do that in one place: We’ve gathered this important research information for every US state, plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico, in our revised State Research Guides. It also has a quick guide to federal-level records such as censuses and naturalizations.”
- Diane Haddad, Family Tree MagazineEditor
You'll love this if …
- You're a beginner or intermediate genealogist seeking helpful research tips and quick-reference information for tracing your US ancestors
- Your ancestry is spread out over multiple states, making the full State Research Guides collection an excellent value over purchasing individual guides
- You want to own the entire collection in a searchable digital format you can download right away and save to your laptop, tablet or other device
Wherever your US ancestors lived, Family Tree Magazine’s State Research Guides CD will help you trace them with genealogy tips and tools for all 50 states, plus Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.
This fully revised and updated second edition includes new resources, maps and a bonus guide to nationwide records. It’s all in an enhanced PDF format that lets you quickly and easily navigate from state to state, click directly to recommended websites, instantly search the full text of all 52 guides, and print pages for reference. Take this indispensable ebook with you wherever you do research!
In each State Research Guide, you'll get:
- How-To Article: An overview of the state’s history and important records, with expert advice on tracking your family there
- Best Research Resources: Essential websites, books and other genealogy tools
- Key Libraries, Archives and Organizations: Where to go to get the records you need
- Fast Facts: At-a-glance information about the state and its genealogical records
- Top Historic Destinations: Best destinations for learning about your ancestors’ lives and times
- Timeline: A quick look at key events in the state’s history
- County Map: An easy way to put your research in geographical context The State Research Guides collection is packed with the guidance you need to find your family anywhere in America, including these helpful tips—and many more!
Historical background from the Ohio State Research Guide
The Continental Congress created the Northwest Territory—mostly Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky—in 1787 from Revolutionary War winnings. In 1788, General Rufus Putnam founded the area’s first settlement on the Ohio River at Marietta. Resident Indian tribes, egged on by the British, resisted US encroachment until their decisive defeat at the 1794 Battle of Fallen Timbers. Ohio grew so rapidly that Congress admitted it as a state in 1803 when its population had reached 45,000—15,000 short of Northwest Ordinance requirements. Even today, Ohio is still packed with people: it ranks among the most densely populated states in the nation. Knowing where your ancestors settled can be a clue to their origins. Early northeastern Ohioans likely traveled from New England or New York. Southwestern Ohio ancestors may be from Kentucky, Virginia, New Jersey or Maryland. German immigrants headed for the Cincinnati area starting in the 1830s. Irish tended to settle urban areas. Later, industrial cities in the northeast (such as Cleveland) attracted Eastern Europeans.
Genealogy Fast Facts from the Kansas State Research Guide
- Statehood: 1861
- US territory status: 1854
- First federal census: 1860
- Extant territorial/state censuses: various from 1855 to 1859; every 10 years from 1865 to 1925
- Statewide birth and death records begin: 1911
- Statewide marriage records begin: 1913
- Public-land state
- Counties: 36 in 1855; 105 today (boundaries set in 1893)
- Contact for vital records: Office of Vital Statistics, Suite 120, Curtis State Office Building, 1000 SW Jackson St., Topeka, KS 66612, (785) 296-1400 Pennsylvania or NY)
Research tip from the California State Research Guide
California’s Great Registers—county voter-registration lists dating back to 1866—are useful supplements to US census records. These lists were compiled every two years, and include a variety of data, such as name, age, place of birth, address, occupation and sometimes even a person’s physical description. Remember that they’ll list only men until women obtained suffrage. The 1890 Great Registers are particularly helpful, as you can use them in place of the lost federal census from that year. The California State Library has registers from 1866 to 1944, but you can also find them on subscription site Ancestry.com and the free FamilySearch.org (1866-1910), and on microfilm at major genealogy libraries.