The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
NARA has thousands of genealogical records holdings (much now online) including U.S. Federal Census, immigration, tax, land, military, Native American, naturalization, passport records and more. They also offer free research guides and genealogy education (written & video), tools, tips, genealogy workshops & events, preservation advice and much more. See the links below for popular genealogy topics.
- Resources for Genealogists http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/
- Starting Your Genealogy Research http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/start-research/
- Tools for Genealogists http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/start-research/nara-resources.html
- National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records/genealogy-fair/
- National Archives at Chicago (Great Lakes Region) http://www.archives.gov/chicago/
- Fold3 http://www.fold3.com The focus of Fold3 is to be a comprehensive collection of U.S. Military records. Some areas of Fold3 are free to use, while others can be freely searched and then viewed with a paid subscription.
- CyndisList NARA General Resources http://www.cyndislist.com/us/nara/general/
- YouTube U.S. National Archives home page https://www.youtube.com/user/usnationalarchives
- DonsList.net Finding Guides http://www.donslist.net/PGHLookups/GuidesM.htm +30,000 microfilm reels from NARA are available for free in digital form on the Internet Archive. DonsList.Net provides finding guides with links to go directly to the images. Includes Census images and Revolutionary, War of 1812 and Civil War pensioner and military service records.