by Diane Haddad
at Family Tree Magazine
Location, location, location: Thatâ€™s what itâ€™s all about in genealogy, because finding out where your ancestors lived is key to locating the records they left behind.
Thatâ€™s why, for the December 2010 issue of Family Tree Magazine (now mailing to subscribers), we put together a list of 75 of the best US state-focused websites for genealogical research.
As a Family History Month gift, weâ€™ve posted all the state websites online for everyone to check out, free Youâ€™ll find at least one website per state.
Take some time to explore the sites for the states where your ancestors livedâ€”you might find digitized documents, indexes to records, historical articles, finding aids, catalogs of holdings and more. Iâ€™ve already mined the Ohio Historical Society website for its death certificates index and the catalog of resources available at the state archives; and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission site is where I learned how to get records of Texas state penitentiary inmates (and thus confirm a family story).