Subject Collections: Official Historical Records


Genealogists are very fond of official records. These types of records – birth and death records, war pensions, cemetery markers, land records, etc often fill in the blanks of an ancestor’s life.

The State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States Project features a subject focused collection called Official Records Databases that features this type of material. So far only five states — Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ohio — are listed, but what a variety of records! Some of the databases you’ll find on this page include:

Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates – Database of images of publicly accessible birth and death certificates issued in Arizona. Birth coverage currently (1887 – 1931 ) and Death coverage currently (1878 – 1956 ). Searchable by name, years and county. Search results indicate birth and death dates when known as well as parents. All this for free. Great for genealogists.

Kansas Physicians and Midwives, 1881-1900 – From the web site: “This index is a compilation of the names of Kansas medical practitioners from two sources, the Kansas Board of Health reports for 1887-1900 and Dickman’s Medical Directory published in 1881.”

West of Tennessee River Military Patents database – From the website “Research and view color images of 242 patents in the Jackson Purchase authorized by warrants issued to Virginia Revolutionary War veterans or their assigns.”

Coroner’s Inquest Database – The database contains records from various counties, the City of St. Louis, and the St. Louis Medical Examiner. It is an abstract of records that have been indexed and are available for online research. The original records are available on microfilm at the Missouri State Archives. These inquests are not made available until 72 years after creation. The database search engine allows searches by county, name of deceased, cause of death, and/or year of death (or range of years). A keyword search function is also available.

War of 1812 Roster of Ohio Soldiers Search the full text of the roster from the Adjutant General records. Ohio furnished 1,759 Officers and 24,521 enlisted men for this war.

If you know of a historical records database that isn’t featured here, please let us know in comments.


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