Family Trivia: Sources for Public Records

by Lori Fairbanks


Sources for Public Records

If you need more resources to help you find certificates and public records, consider the following sources:


  • Public Library

Visit your public library's website to find genealogy resources and to access HeritageQuest online. You may also be able to access and search digital newspapers.


  • State Websites

Check out your state's website to access state archives for information like birth, marriage, and death certificates. You may also be able to find cemetery records.


  • Local Historical Society

Stop by your local historical society. They have books, journals, and photos you can research to find information about your ancestors.


If you're not sure what resources you need, or if you're looking for sources for specific types of information, give this website a try. It has a rich index of family history resources organized by category.



Would you love to find or share photos of your ancestors? This community-based site allows users to upload and view posted ancestral photos dated before 1960.


Need more help? Consider one of the subscription-based resources on page 4.

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