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Genealogy STATE of mind

Published on Sun, 10/16/2016 - 12:04pm

As more and more state libraries, archives, and governments digitize their resources, the variety of digital resources available for genealogists has increased. It can often be overwhelming to try to find which state has digitized materials and which state does not. The Midwest Genealogy Center is here to help with locating these resources. 

MGC provides access to a wide range of web resources, including vital records, digital collections, and more. Remember, each state has different laws regarding what can be made available through online resources. Let’s look at a couple of states to see what types of information you can find.

Missouri provides a good deal of digital content that can be helpful in genealogy research. Missouri Digital Heritage is put out by the Secretary of State’s office and provides access to a large number of digital collections. These collections include photographs, military history, newspapers, plat maps, and more. Missouri Digital Heritage also has a collection of indexed and searchable death certificates. This collection currently covers 1910-1965 and updates with new death certificates once they are over 50 years old. You can also find a collection for birth and death certificates prior to 1910 but this is not as complete.

North Dakota and Minnesota are other states that have developed a similar digital heritage website. Digital Horizons: Life on the Northern Plains was started by a partnership of colleges and historical organizations in both states. These organizations digitized their historical collections to help preserve the history of this area. Genealogists will find much here to help with their research. You can browse through photographs, county and town histories, letters, diaries, and more. 

As more and more material is being digitized, states are providing access to larger amounts of history. Missouri, North Dakota, and Minnesota are just a few of the states that have done this. Don’t forget to check with state historical societies for any digitization projects they may have available. Which states’ digital resources have you used for your genealogy research?

Nicole S.
Midwest Genealogy Center

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