Free State Research Guides

Learning about the history and what resources are available for the places your ancestor lived can give your research a solid boost. Our state research guide series includes historical background, a chronology, helpful information on census and vital record availability, highlighted collection for that place on Ancestry.com, and links to important resources beyond Ancestry.com.

We'll be continuing to add states throughout 2014, so if we don't have your ancestor's state yet, stay tuned.

Alabama (21 November 2014)

Alaska (02 January 2014)

Arkansas (20 June 2014)

California (08 January 2014)

Colorado (12 September 2014)

Connecticut (1 March 2014)

Florida (27 March 2014)

Georgia (25 November 2013)

Hawaii (22 August 2014)

Idaho (26 June 2014)

Illinois (8 October 2014)

Indiana (12 December 2013)

Kansas (29 January 2014)

Kentucky (16 May 2014)

Louisiana (18 April 2014)

Maine (04 April 2014)

Maryland (11 April 2014)

Michigan (07 February 2014)

Minnesota (9 May 2014)

Mississippi (6 June 2014)

Missouri (14 August 2014)

Nebraska (20 March 2014)

Nevada (29 October 2014)

New Hampshire (12 July 2014)

New Jersey (24 October 2014)

New Mexico (22 January 2014)

New York (14 January 2014)

North Carolina (5 September 2014)

Ohio (12 March 2014)

Oklahoma (31 July 2014)

Pennsylvania (17 October 2014)

Puerto Rico (10 June 2014)

Oregon (12 February 2014)

Rhode Island (23 May 2014)

South Carolina (2 May 2014)

Tennessee (4 July 2014)

Texas (25 November 2013)

Utah (25 July 2014)

Vermont (24 April 2014)

Virginia (9 December 2013)

West Virginia (17 July 2014)

Wisconsin (30 May 2014)

Wyoming (8 August 2014)