Best Northern US Genealogy Websites in 2013

By David A. Fryxell Premium

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Alaska Libraries, Archives and Museums
Sample the multimedia offerings of Alaska’s Digital Archives or explore the state’s newspapers in an index of more than 200,000 articles. Click “Genealogy Resources” and navigate to the Archives section for a probate index, naturalization records and World War I records; the Library section serves up resource guides for finding your Alaska kin.

American Ancestors
New additions to this huge subscription site ($79.95 a year) from the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) include more volumes of The American Genealogist and a re-indexed, 92,000-name New Haven families database. The more than 3,000 databases (including a few free ones) on this website extend beyond New England proper, making the site worth a look wherever your American ancestors hailed from.

Library and Archives Canada
Think of this site as one-stop, free shopping for Canadian genealogy, where you can pick up censuses, vital, military, land and immigration records. New databases here include border crossings, WWI veterans’ death cards and War of 1812 records.

Massachusetts Archives
Databases cover Bay State birth, marriage and death records (1841-1910) and 24 volumes of the Massachusetts Archives. What’s new? Monthly updates to an in-progress index of passenger arrivals through the port of Boston (1848-1891).

New York State Archives
From old “lantern slides” to a database of more than 360,000 New York soldiers in the Civil War, this site helps you discover the Empire State’s past. Particularly nifty is the step-by-step Probate Record Pathfinder.

Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics
Search and view more than a million Nova Scotia birth, marriage and death records, linked to images of the originals. You also can order e-copies ($10.84) or paper copies ($21.74).

Programme de Recherche en Démographie Historique
New indexes of all marriages up to 1911 and of all baptisms and burials up to 1849 make this vital source for Quebec vital records even better. Full results after your free search start at about $25 for 150 hits.

That’s My Family/Voici Ma Famille
More than 3 million Quebec marriage records (1621-2004) are now part of this consolidated search engine, which covers Canadian repositories nationwide.

From the September 2013 Family Tree Magazine