Genealogy Trails History Group

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Our Goal
is to help you track your ancestors through time
by transcribing genealogical and historical data
for the free use of all researchers.


We started out way back in March 2000 by providing data for the state of Illinois and expanded to cover the other states in March of 2006. Since then, we've been very pleased to welcome the many new hosts who have joined our original Illinois volunteers, and to continue to bring free transcribed data to our websites.
About US
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~ We're all Volunteers ~

~ We provide server space to our volunteers to display their county websites under our domain name.  The volunteer chooses what data to display on their sites. ~ 
~ We're completely independent - no big corporation tells us what to do ~

 ~ We do not accept advertising.  NO BANNERS or POP-UPs ALLOWED! ~

~ We're pretty much insane about transcribing data (we don't want to post scanned images!!!)
~ We do NOT write the history, we just transcribe it ~

Our hosts are
required to add data to their sites, so you won't see hosted sites that sit for years and years with no changes. As for our unhosted sites, our group works as a team to add data to them on a rotating schedule. So even though a site doesn't have its own host, it will still get data added to it ... just not on as regular a schedule as our hosted sites.

We're looking for folks who share our dedication to putting data online and are interested in helping to keep Genealogy Free.
If you are interested in hosting a website,
view our
Volunteer Page for further information.

And now for the sad part:
We regret that we have no time to
perform personal research for anyone.

We're too busy transcribing data to stop and do research for folks!


If you would like to be kept informed of our state and county website updates,

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Unlike other genealogy projects, this national site has data on it.
These are more general topics -- for specific state data,
you'll want to visit our State sites from where you can access the county data.
State Sites 

African-American Data

Chuckwagon Recipes

Early Americans


Historical Data


Military Records

Miscellaneous Data
(Research tips are here)

Native American Data

Slavery Data

State Records





This is just the NEWEST data we've added.  There's much more to view on each data topic index page

Indexed under MILITARY:

1840 Census of Pensioners -
All States!

Revolutionary War Pensioners in 1813

Pensioners on the Rolls as of Jan 1, 1883

Soldiers who received Military Headstones from the Government
Over 160,000 names of soldiers.

Burial Places of Rev. War Soldiers

Distinguished Cadets of the Graduating Class of 1956 US Military Academy

Muster roll of the Brig "General Armstrong" in 1814

Military Obituaries, from 1899

Ladies of the GAR

Miscellaneous Military News from 1900

Battle at Blue Licks, KY - last battle of the Rev. War

List of Union Prisoners at Richmond, Sept. 1861

Casualties of Battle of the Little Big Horn

Widows still alive in 1922

Mexican War Veterans still alive in 1922

Indexed On President's page:

Obit of Mrs. Hoover

Obit of Mrs. James Polk

Biographies of Presidents Grant, Garfield, Cleveland and his wife Frances Cleveland

Timeline of
Abraham Lincoln's Life

Slavery and African-American Data

Lynchings from January to June, 1903

Biography of
Frederick Douglass


1811 German Coast (Louisiana) Revolt

African American Facts and History
- 1920's


1850 Gazetteer - All States!
Fanning's Illustrated Gazetteer - COMPLETE!
Description of the United States in 1850 -- States, counties, cities/towns, post offices

Heirloom Recipes from around the Country

Chuck Wagon Recipes

Names of Fame in Framing America:
- Obituary of Susan B. Anthony
- Biography of Daniel Boone
- Biographies of the Men who signed the Declaration of Independence

Indexed Under Miscellaneous Data:

Beginning Your Family History

Common Terms in Estate and Legal Records

Genealogy Dictionary

Indexed Under State Data

Prisoners of Alcatraz

Prisoners of Leavenworth

Biography of Pioneer Stagecoach and Rail man Capt. Silas St. John

State Archives and Historical society websites

Indexed Under Native American Data

Trail of Tears Data

Indian Raids in Lincoln County, Kansas

Indian Traders at Pittsburg in July 1760

Obituaries and Death Notices - Death of Lyncoya Jackson

Newspaper Stories on Cherokees and Creek Nation

Indexed Under EVENTS:

Events of 1875

Car of Commerce Steamboat Disaster, 1828

Events of 1894

Greatest Maritime Ship Disasters

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 NOTE: For Obituary Submissions:
Do not take data from funeral home sites to submit to our volunteers unless the obituary is for your family and someone from your family wrote it.


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(and then ancestrydotcom bought them and that was the end of yet another free, unbiased website.)


© Genealogy Trails

Genealogy Trails provides webspace to our volunteers for their county sites and those volunteers are responsible for the content they place on their sites with us.
The domain owner, Kim Torp, is responsible for maintaining this main national site and is responsible for that data, as well as for the data on her own county sites within various states.
The data you find on our sites is free to copy to your computer or print out for PERSONAL USE ONLY.  "Personal use" DOES include privately sharing data you found on our sites with other family members.
Please respect the transcribing work our volunteers have done and do NOT take ANY data and send it to, copy it to or place on any other website, especially for-profit sites  (which includes Findagrave, due to its ownership by ancestrydot com.).