Online Course: Intro to Genealogy

Lesson Four Resource List

Printed Resources

Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources. Edited by Alice Eichholz. Rev. ed. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992. Also available from the NGS Bookstore with a member’s discount.

    Address of each county courthouse and the earliest date of birth records, probate records, and deeds. Includes for each state a discussion of vital records, church records, probate records, and deeds.

Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. County Courthouse Book. 2d ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1995. Also available from the NGS Bookstore with a member’s discount.

    Addresses and telephone numbers for more than 3,000 county courthouses and town halls. Many of the entries include the officials to contact for vital records, probate records, deeds, and naturalization records.

The following National Archives microfilm catalogs can be ordered from the National Archives and Records Administration:

    The 1790-1890 Federal Population Censuses. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1997.

    The 1900 Federal Population Census. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1996.

    The 1910 Federal Population Census. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1996.

    The 1920 Federal Population Census. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992.

    Immigrant & Passenger Arrivals. 2d ed. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1991.

    Military Service Records. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1985.

    Microfilm Resources for Research: A Comprehensive Catalog. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1996.

Schaefer, Christine. Guide to Naturalization Records of the United States. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997. Also available from the NGS Bookstore with a member's discount.

    List of naturalization record repositories by state and county and microfilmed records available from the National Archives and LDS Family History Library. Not complete.

Szucs, Loretto Dennis. They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1998. Also available from the NGS Bookstore with a member's discount.

    Discussion of the naturalization process and strategies for locating naturalization records, with a detailed listing of naturalization records held by each National Archives regional archive.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Where to Write for Vital Records: Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces. Publication No. (PHS) 93-1142. Hyattsville, Md., 1993. Available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office. Search the Sales Product Catalog.

    List of state vital records offices that may have delayed birth certificates.