Online Course: Intro to Genealogy

Lesson Five 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 death 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 official to contact for vital records, probate records, and deeds.

Brigham, Clarence S. History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820. 2 vols. 1947. Reprint, Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, 1962.

    Guide to early American newspapers and the location of their extant issues. Available in larger libraries.

Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media (formerly Ayer Directory of Publications). Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1869- (annual).

    Currently published newspapers listed by state and city, with the year established and the address. Available in many libraries.

Genealogical Calendar, 1753-2000. NGS Research Aid No. 1. Arlington, Va.: National Genealogical Society, 1994. Available from the NGS Bookstore.

    Perpetual calendar that enables you to find the day of the week for any date or the date for a day in a specific week from 1753 to 2000.

Gregory, Winifred. American Newspapers, 1821-1936: A Union List of Files Available in the United States and Canada. 1937. Reprint, New York: Kraus Reprint Corp., 1967.

    American newspapers and the location of their extant issues, beginning where Brigham’s guide ends. Available in larger libraries.

Index of Revolutionary War Pension Applications in the National Archives. Special Publication No. 40. Rev. and enl. ed. Washington, D.C.: National Genealogical Society, 1976. Available from the NGS Bookstore with a member's discount.

    Index to the Revolutionary War pension and bounty-land warrant application files in the National Archives. Available in larger libraries.

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

    National Archives microfilm catalog of pension application files and indexes.

Newspapers in Microform, United States, 1948-1983, 2 vols. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1984.

    Bibliography of American newspapers that have been reproduced on microfilm. The years in the title refers to the years of data collection, not to the years of publication of the newspapers. Available in larger libraries.