Mid-Atlantic Region: Resources

We are happy that you are considering becoming accredited in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Mid-Atlantic states consist of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. Washington, D.C. is also grouped with the Mid-Atlantic states. This resource page contains links to important record collections, resources, and repositories that will be helpful to you as you prepare to take the Mid-Atlantic exam.

As a Mid-Atlantic researcher, you should be familiar with these resources. Although this list is not comprehensive, it will provide a starting point for you as you learn what is available to Mid-Atlantic researchers. If you are aware of additional online resources for the Mid-Atlantic states, let us know. This web page will be updated regularly, and we'd love to add additional resources that will benefit all Mid-Atlantic researchers.

If you would like to contribute additional resources to this page, please contact the moderator for this page: Tristan L. Tolman, AG.

IMPORTANT RECORD TYPES

Mid-Atlantic researchers should have a good working knowledge of many important record types, including (but not limited to) those listed below. Gain experience using these records. Learn to recognize them by sight, become familiar with their content, and know how to use them in genealogical research. Understand the unique aspects and differences of these records in the Mid-Atlantic region from other regions of the United States.

Record Types You Must Know Very Well

Cemetery records
Census records (federal, state, and special censuses)
Church records (baptism or christening, marriage, burial, membership)
Land and property records
Military records
Naturalization records
Probate records
Town records
Vital records (birth, marriage, death)

Record Types with Which You Should Have a Good Working Knowledge

Directories
Family histories and biographies
Immigration and migration records
Local and county histories
Maps, gazetteers, and historical geography
Obituaries
Tax records
Periodicals

Record Types with Which You Should Have Some Familiarity

Adoption records
Bible records
Business/commerce records
Court records
Ethnic, minority, and native races records
Funeral home records
Guardianship records
Manuscript collections
Newspapers
Voting records

ONLINE RECORDS AND RESOURCES: ALL U.S. REGIONS

Free sites:

Fee sites:

  • Ancestry.com $ Search indexes and images by person’s name, by record type, or by specific locality
  • Fold3.com $ Search indexes and images by person’s name, by historical era, or by collection
  • World Vital Records $ Search indexes and images by person’s name or by collection
  • Godfrey Memorial Library Some records are free without a subscription
The following websites provide major records important to U.S. research:

Land

  • General Land Office Records Index to patents (original title from the government) issued for homesteads, land grants, pre-emption claims, and cash sales for the federal land states
  • Public Records Search maps, photos and documents by property description or address within each county

Cemeteries

Maps and Gazetteers

Migration

Military

  • The FamilySearch Research Wiki, “United States Military Records” page has articles and links for research strategies and records for each war
  • Ancestry.com $ Has indexes and images, including the complete Revolutionary War Pension Files
  • Fold3.com $ Has a large collection of U.S. military indexes and images, including the complete Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records and Pension files

Native American/American Indian

Newspapers and obituaries

  • Chronicling America Library of Congress’ expanding digital newspaper project
  • GenDisasters: Events that Touched our Ancestors’ Lives Prairie fires, train wrecks, plagues, explosions, tornadoes, freezing, etc.
  • Obituary Search Links to resources in each state, many requiring subscriptions
  • Genealogy Bank $ Search newspapers, obituaries, and historical books and documents
  • Newspaper Archive $ Search historical newspapers of the world
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI)indexes many historical and genealogical magazines

USEFUL PRINTED AND CD/ROM REFERENCES:
ALL U.S. REGIONS

Andriot, Jay. Township Atlas of the United States. McLean, Virginia: Documents Index, 1991.

Eichholz, Alice, Editor. Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources. Third Edition. Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004.

Freedman’s Bank Records. CD/ROM. Salt Lake City, Utah: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family History Dept., 2001. (Note that this is a more complete index than what’s available under the same title at a variety of online sites.)

Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000.

Hait, Michael, compiler. Online State Resources for Genealogy. 2011. This e-book, available as a paid download from www.lulu.com, is a directory for a variety of online records by government agencies, societies, and libraries.

The Handy Book for Genealogists: United States of America. Tenth edition. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishing, 2006.

Hone, E. Wade. Land and Property Research in the United States. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1997.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 2009.

Neagles, James C. U.S. Military Records: A Guide to Federal and State Sources, Colonial America to the Present. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1994.

Rose, Christine. Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures. San Jose, Calif.: CR Publications, 2004.

Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, editors. The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy. Third edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, Inc., 2006.

REPOSITORIES AND LIBRARIES: ALL U.S. REGIONS

  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Its Regional Centers house collections specific to that region
  • Family History Library has an expanding collection of microfilms, images, printed material, and (in-house only) online database subscriptions for researching your ancestors in the U.S. and other localities around the world
  • Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, has a large collection of periodicals as well as census records and local histories
  • National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library has biographies, histories, genealogies, directories, periodicals, and manuscripts
  • The Library of Congress’ digital offerings include newspapers, maps, photographs, histories, and documents
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society $ has a wide online collection, including regions outside of New England
  • Godfrey Memorial Library $ Membership provides access to a variety of indexes, local and family histories, military databases, newspapers, and other genealogical collections

    EDUCATION

    CONFERENCES AND INSTITUTES

  • ICAPGen frequently offers instruction on regional research and methodologies at its annual conference, normally held in Utah in November. The syllabus materials for the 2010 ICAPGen conference can be ordered from the ICAPGen Store.
  • Brigham Young University (BYU) Genealogy and Family History Conference, Provo, Utah, normally held in July or August.
  • Family History Expos offers events in a variety of locations throughout the year
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference, locations vary, normally held in August or September
  • Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Samford University, Birmigham, Alabama, normally held in June
  • National Genealogical Society (NGS):
  • National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), National Archives in Washington, D.C. and College Park, Maryland, normally held in July
  • RootsTech, Salt Lake City, Utah, normally held in February
  • Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, Burbank, California, normally held in June
  • Utah Genealogical Society’sSalt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Salt Lake City, Utah, normally held in January
  • OTHER

  • ICAPGen’s Mentoring Classes
  • Clifford, Karen. Becoming an Accredited Genealogist. Revised edition. Provo, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 1998.
  • FamilySearch.org’s “Learn” tab offers:
  • Brigham Young University’s Online Genealogy Tutorial
  • Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter
  • In order to pass a U.S. regional exam, you will be expected to accurately transcribe documents of genealogical significance. The FamilySearch Wiki “United States Handwriting” page provides a list of resources and other online links for understanding early American handwriting

  • FAMILYSEARCH RESEARCH HELPS

  • FamilySearch [Click on the beginning letter of desired state to find it on the list.]
  • FamilySearch Research Wiki
  • African American Research Wiki

  • RESOURCES BY STATE


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    Washington, D.C.


    MID-ATLANTIC REPOSITORIES

    ARCHIVES

    National Archives
    700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
    Washington, D.C.

    New York State Archives
    Cultural Education Center, 11th Floor, Empire State Plaza
    Albany, NY 12230

    New Jersey State Archives
    185 West State Street
    P.O. Box 307
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0307

    Pennsylvania State Archives
    P.O. Box 1026
    Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026

    Maryland State Archives
    350 Rowe Boulevard
    Annapolis, MD 21401

    Delaware Public Archives
    Hall of Records
    Dover, DE 19901

    GENEALOGICAL & HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

    New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
    36 West 44th Street, 7th floor
    New York, NY 10036-8105

    New York State Historical Association
    Fenimore Art Museum
    PO Box 800
    Cooperstown, NY 13326

    Genealogical Society of New Jersey
    PO Box 1476
    Trenton, NJ 08607-1476

    The New Jersey Historical Society
    52 Park Place
    Newark, NJ 07102

    Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
    2207 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-3010

    Historical Society of Pennsylvania
    1300 Locust Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

    Maryland Genealogical Society
    201 West Monument Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201

    Maryland State Historical Society
    201 West Monument Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201

    Delaware Genealogical Society
    505 North Market Street
    Wilmington DE 19810-3091

    Delaware Historical Society
    505 North Market Street
    Wilmington DE 19801-3091

    LIBRARY CATALOGS

    Family History Library
    35 N. West Temple
    Salt Lake City, UT 84150

    New York State Library
    Cultural Education Center
    Empire State Plaza
    Albany, NY 12230

    New York Public Library
    Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street #315S
    New York, NY 10018-2788

    New Jersey State Library
    185 West State Street, CN 520
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0520

    State Library of Pennsylvania
    Walnut St. and Commonwealth Ave.
    P.O. Box 1601
    Harrisburg, PA 17105

    Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
    4400 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080

    George Peabody Library
    17 East Mount Vernon Place
    Baltimore, MD 21202

    Maryland State Law Library
    Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building
    361 Rowe Blvd.
    Annapolis, MD 21401-1697

    University of Delaware Library
    Newark, DE 19717-5267

    Contributors to this web page: Tristan L. Tolman, AG, C. Lynn Andersen, AG, Charlene Pipkin, AG, Mindi Stevens






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