Genealogy Research in Online Archives


Genealogy Research in Online Archives helps you discover original records in US and international archives. In this Sassy Jane Genealogy eBook, you’ll find step-by-step information on finding and using online archives for your family history research.

Now revised and expanded for 2023!

Direct links to online archives in all 50 states, Canada, the UK, Australia, and Europe are included. Discover and use online archival portals and finding aids, essential tools to locate hidden genealogical gems in archives. Whether you had famous ancestors or not, digital archives can be the key to finding your elusive ancestors.

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Genealogy Research in Online Archives

Archives portals are like treasure chests holidng new (and free!) resources for your genealogy research. You needn’t have famous ancestors to find records in digital archives that can help your research.

Discover family records in digital archives around the world in this Sassy Jane Genealogy eBook. All genealogists, whether stymied by brick walls or just beginning, can easily link to digital archives in North America, Europe, and around the world.

digital archives for genealogyArchives come in several different types: college and university archives, organization or business archives, religious archives, government archives, and others.

Here are some of the records you might find in an archival repository, in person or online:

  • Letters and Correspondence
  • Unpublished family histories
  • Diaries and daybooks
  • Ephemera (tickets, programs, souvenirs)
  • Oral histories
  • Photographs and visual media
  • Maps
  • Tax Records
  • Vital records
  • Personal and professional papers
  • Business records
  • Organization records

Genealogy Research in Online Archives

Digital Archives for Genealogy Research

Calisphere, one of several digital archives for California primary sources (courtesy Regent University of California)

What once required an expensive trip in person, today can be found online if you know where to look and how to use specific search terms that are included in Genealogy Research in Online Archives.

Links to Archives Around the World

digital archives for genealogy research

Great Map of the Duchy of Pomerania. Eilhardus Lubinus (Eilert Lübben) worked on this map from 1611-1618. “Nova illustrissimi principatur Pomeraniae descriptio cum adiuncta principum genealogia et pnncipum veris et potiorum urbiumininibus et nobilium insignibus”

Inside This Sassy Jane eBook

Genealogy Research in Online Archives has four chapters and several subsections:

  1. Understanding Archives
    A. Archives, Library, and Museum Collections
    B. Responsibilities of Archivists
    C. Types of Archives
    D. Types of Records in Archives
  2. Preparing Archival Collections for Researchers
    A. Arrangement and Description
    B. Finding Aids
    C. Key Element of Finding Aids for Genealogists
  3. Locating and Using Portals and Finding Aids
    A. Archives and Manuscript Portals
    B. Major Archival Repositories
    C. Search Terms for Archival Portals
    D. Dictionary of Archives Terminology
  4. Requesting Archival Materials
    A. Planning Your Archives Research Trip
    B. Requesting Archival Materials Remotely

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