Uncle Sam: a genealogists best friend

Uncle SamAll family historians benefit from the all the nosy questions Uncle Sam’s Census Bureau asked every ten years, but we aren’t always aware of all the other genealogical goodies he’s giving away.

For instance, did you know the National Park Service is the best place to find the service record of Blue OR Gray Civil War Soldiers and Sailors? 

Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States Land Patent Records Site provides live database and image access to more than two million federal land title records for the Eastern Public Land States, dating back to 1820. Search Federal Land Patents databases, print out copies, and request certified Land Patents.

CastleGarden.org offers free access to an extraordinary database of information on 10 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Over 73 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period.

Geographic Names Information Server — Search the USGS Geographic Names Database. You can limit your search to a specific county in a specific state and search for any geographic feature including: populated place, cemetery, stream, bridge, hospital, church, and more than 50 others.

American Memory Project from the Library of Congress offers more than seven million digital items from more than 100 historical collections.


U is for Uncle – coming near the end of the A-Z April Blogging Challenge.


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5 Responses to Uncle Sam: a genealogists best friend

  1. Another informative blog that doesn’t fail to deliver. Thanks again.

  2. Good old Uncle Sam. Thank you for sharing.

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