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This guide highlights different U.S. Government resources on genealogical information, including on ancestry, military records, and where to conduct further research either at a national or state archive, state historical society, local library, or a Federal Depository Library.

U.S. Government Resources for Genealogical Research

Check out some U.S. Government resources on genealogical research.

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U.S. Census Bureau

  • Analyze census data, including information on based on different populations.
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How can topographic maps be useful in genealogical research?

U.S. Geological Survey

  • Use topographic maps to learn about family and local histories.
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Immigrant Records at the National Archives

National Archives and Records Administration

  • Dive into records concerning immigrants from the late 1700s to the early 2000s.
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Local History & Genealogy Reference Services

Library of Congress

  • Explore the collections and learn about some recommended search tips.
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The Official Federal Land Records Site

Bureau of Land Management

  • Access the Federal land conveyance records, including images to "more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1788 and the present."
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Where to Write for Vital Records

National Center for Health Statistics

  • Find out how to obtain a copy of vital records for each state or territory, including birth, death, marriage, and divorce records