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Tell about your favorite free or low-cost genealogy resources, online and off. Explain why it's a favorite and how it's been helpful in your research.

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Love, love, love this site ..... have been using it for several years now. Also have been able to cross reference what I find on death certificates with burial information available for Catholic cemeteries in St. Louis. You're able to search the archdiocese's cemetery database by surname.
Hi Cricket,

I have made great use of that site. It is really good.

(I just joined a few days ago, and I am just getting acquainted here.)

James Quinn
The Illinois State Archives has some wonderful online databases including land sales, military, a marriage and a death index.

Illinois State Archives databases
I sure appreciate everyone's input...not only are we helping each other, but I've been discovering some awesome new sites...keep it up, folks!
One of my favorite resources is Inter-Library Loan (ILL). When I can't find a genealogy book, magazine, or resource at my local library or online, many times I can order it through ILL. I usually can't bring it home when it arrives; must use it at my library branch, but I can make photocopies or take pix with my digital camera for future use.
One of my favorite sites is ( Thousands of old scanned books there. Books at Google ( is another great place to find old book.

Yeah... Google Books is really cool. I found a family history book that had been written by a 3rd cousin of my dad's mom about a year ago. It's out of print on but google has the entire thing there in PDF format. :D is absolutely awesome. I found a complete set of parish index books for the whole of Scotland link below:
I also like, but when I download a book in PDF it never finishes downloading. Gets right to the end and aborts. Anybody have ideas about what is happening? Thanks!
I haven't had that trouble, but I am wondering if you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat installed?
Some of my favorites -

Arizona birth certificates (at least 75 years ago) and death certificates (at least 50 years ago).

Utah death certificates from 1904-1956.

Land Patents
Sweet....The Utah death certificates site is cool. I found my Great Grandfather and Great-Great Grandfather. But the weird thing is it says on my great-great Grandfather's that his mother's birthplace is unknown....and yet.... I know exactly where she was born! WTF?!



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