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Free Scholarly Databases and Digitized Content: Ancestry

This guide contains links to databases that relate to material culture. These are all free, non-subscription resources (as opposed to the databases on the BGC's library page). Many of these databases contain digitized collections.

Ancestry and Public Records

Cyndi’s list

  • Over 30,000 links to online geneaological resources organized into over 200 categories. Global coverage. May link to some paid subscription sites, though.

Find a grave

  • 100 million entries of graves- mostly transcriptions, but has some actual photos.

Death Indexes

  • Directory of link to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county

Family Search

  • Public records up to 2009
  • free family history records, some browseable and some completely searchable. US and International coverage of death certificates, probate files, state census and funeral home records.