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General Description

     The United States of America (commonly referred to as the United States, the U.S., the USA, or America) is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district. The country is situated mostly in central North America, where its forty-eight contiguous states and Washington, D.C., the capital district, lie between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The state of Alaska is in the northwest of the continent, with Canada to its east and Russia to the west across the Bering Strait. The state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The country also possesses several territories, or insular areas, in the Caribbean and Pacific.

     At 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2) and with about 308 million people, the United States is the third or fourth largest country by total area, and the third largest by land area and population. The United States is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries. The U.S. economy is the largest national economy in the world, with an estimated 2008 gross domestic product (GDP) of US $14.4 trillion (a quarter of nominal global GDP and a fifth of global GDP at purchasing power parity).

     Indigenous peoples, probably of Asian descent, have inhabited what is now the mainland United States for many thousands of years. This Native American population was greatly reduced after European contact by disease and warfare. The United States was founded by thirteen British colonies located along the Atlantic seaboard. On July 4, 1776, they issued the Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed their right to self-determination and their establishment of a cooperative union. The rebellious states defeated Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, the first successful colonial war of independence. The Philadelphia Convention adopted the current United States Constitution on September 17, 1787; its ratification the following year made the states part of a single republic with a strong central government. The Bill of Rights, comprising ten constitutional amendments guaranteeing many fundamental civil rights and freedoms, was ratified in 1791.

     In the 19th century, the United States acquired land from France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Russia, and annexed the Republic of Texas and the Republic of Hawaii. Disputes between the agrarian South and industrial North over states' rights and the expansion of the institution of slavery provoked the American Civil War of the 1860s. The North's victory prevented a permanent split of the country and led to the end of legal slavery in the United States. By the 1870s, the national economy was the world's largest. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a military power. In 1945, the United States emerged from World War II as the first country with nuclear weapons, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and a founding member of NATO. Contributions to the space age and social movements followed, and the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union left the United States as the sole superpower. The country accounts for two-fifths of global military spending and is a leading economic, political, and cultural force in the world.


Historical Information

History of the United States






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Library of Congress

National Archives

U.S. Courthouses

U.S. - Vital Records

Repositories by State

Genealogy Lending Libraries & Archives



LDS & Family History Centers

Societies & Groups



State Library Web Sites





Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District Of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

Source: National Register of Historical Places










The following are surnames of direct ancestors, found within our databases.



McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families



Abbott;   Aguillon;   Aquitaine;   Armstrong;   Artois-Capet;   Bacon(Grimbaldus);   Badlesmere;   Ball;   Bardolf(Fitzbardolf/Fitzeudes);   Basset;   Bayhall;   Baynard;   Beard;   Beaufo;   Beaumont;   Belleme;   Bennett;   Bishop;   Bleasdale;   Blew;   Bodrugan;    Bonde;   Booker;   Bracken;   Brienne;   Brown;   Brumwell;   Buchan;   Campbell;   Carminow;   Carter;   Chamberlain;   Chanudos;   Chaworth;   Childress;   Christie   Christman;   Clemens(Clemmons);   Clements;   Cloue;   Coleman;   Comyn(Comines);   Culpepper(Colepeper);   Cummings;   Demoss;   Dickson;   Douglass;   Dowdle;   Dugale;   Eades;   Edney;   England;   Eremburgis;   Eubanks(Eubank/Ubanck);   Euliss;   Falaise;   Felton;   Ferrers;   Fitzhenry;   Flanders;   Foliot;   Fresney;   Freville;   Gainsford;   Gardner;   Giffard;   Gila;   Goode;   Green;   Hanham:   Hanslope;   Hardreshull;   Hawyse;   Hingham:   Howson;   Johnson, D;    Johnson, M.E.;   Jordan;   Kerr;   Kraemer;   L’aigle;   Langston;   Lavel;   Lawson;   Limes;   Lineberry(Leyenberger/Lineberger);   Loux;   Mare;   Martin;   Mason;   Mauduit;   Mcvicker;   Moffat;   Moleyns;   Montrevault;   Moreland;   Mougenat;   Murdac;   Mynston;   Neely;   Neuvillers;   Nevers;   Normandy;   Parker (1);    Parker(2);   Pasque;   Patten;   Peachee;   Pinnell;   Plantagenet;    Pole:   Portner;   Poynings;   Provence;   Pugeys;   Quincy;   Raleigh;    Rhodes;   Ringuelsbach;    Robertson;   Rohrbach:   Roper;   Ross;   Royston;   Say;   Scotland;   Scruggs;   Sheperd;   Smith;   Stevens:   Sturler;   Stuteville;   Taillefer-D’angouleme:   Thon;   Todd;   Tomson;   Vandiford;   Vere;   Wade;   Wake;   Walker;   Waller;   Werli(Verly);   Whalesborough;   Wimer(Fitzwimer/Fitzroger);   Wright;   Yarbrough;   Zandt



Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families

Asay;   Bishop;   Bozarth;   Brown;   Council;   Gilbert;   Hall;   Huff;   Mason-Marson;  Nailor / Naylor;   Peiffer;   Platt;   Quigley;   Rhubart;   Ridgeway;   Rinear;   Sears;   Shinn;  West


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

Abel;   Arnold;   Attig;   Bannheurs;   Barth (Bard);   Beck;   Beissel;   Blau;   Born;   Boyer;   Bracher;   Cammerer;   Chateau(Schatto);   Clement;   Dellinger;   Forster;   Gamer;   Gardner(Gartner);   Gilbert;   Gossner;   Haas(Hasen);   Hauer;   Haug;   Hayes;   Heidecker;   Ilges(Ellis);   Jacobs;   Katterman;   Keller;   Klein;   Knecht;   Kohler;   Kieffer(Kueffer);   Laux;   Leyonberger;   Leiberknecht;   Mildenberg;   Mueller;   Muller;   Nagel;   Pfeffer;   Precht;   Reinhardt;   Ruppert;    Schaffer;   Schall(Shaul);     Schieck;   Schmid;   Schaeffer;   Schuster;    Siler(Silar);   Stober;   Ulrich;   Wagner;   Ziegler;   Zeister



To find out more about each surname listed above click on the corresponding LINK.

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Ancestral states

Our Ancestral States


The following named States are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors.   To select a specific ancestral State, click on the following link. Here you will find additional links to our state and county pages where you can obtain information about our family gen-sites, images of localities, and surnames of persons, in our database, who have lived in the selected county.







Alabama;   California;   Colorado;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Maryland;   Missouri;   New Jersey;   New York;   North Carolina;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Pennsylvania;   South Carolina;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Virginia;   West Virginia



Ancestral Locations



Where in the World

are My Ancestors?


Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important as their names. The LINK



to the right will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 







research location

by Location


Gazetteer of Places

State Research


State Research

(General Info.)

The links below may assist you with your research within the various places of e United States.


of Places

The following Links will take you to gazetteers that identify places within the United States.

U.S. And Territories (USGS-GNIS Place Name Search)

Directory of Cities, Towns, in United States

U.S. Gazetteer (Census Bureau)

List of U.S. States

List of U.S. state name etymologies

List of U.S. counties in alphabetical order

Lists of U.S. county name etymologies

Lists of County seats



State Research



Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the State’s website.  Here you will find additional links to more information specific to that location.    The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects, at the national level, that were created to collect and disseminate data that goes beyond county and state lines.





District of Columbia




New Hampshire

New Jersey
New Mexico

New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oklahoma/Indian Territory
Rhode Island

South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia



State Research



Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based mostly on anonymous contributions. Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the Wikipedia article about the state.  Here you will find additional links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.





State of Alabama

State of Alaska

State of Arizona

State of Arkansas

State of California

State of Colorado

State of Connecticut

State of Delaware

State of Florida

State of Georgia

State of Hawaii

State of Idaho

State of Illinois

State of Indiana

State of Iowa

State of Kansas

Commonwealth of Kentucky

State of Louisiana

State of Maine

State of Maryland

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

State of Michigan

State of Minnesota

State of Mississippi

State of Missouri

State of Montana

State of Nebraska

State of Nevada

State of New Hampshire

State of New Jersey

State of New Mexico

State of New York

State of North Carolina

State of North Dakota

State of Ohio

State of Oklahoma

State of Oregon

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State of Rhode Island

State of South Carolina

State of South Dakota

State of Tennessee

State of Texas

State of Utah

State of Vermont

Commonwealth of Virginia

State of Washington

State of West Virginia

State of Wisconsin

State of Wyoming












The Google search engine

 button  and following web

sites    may     provide    you

with additional information

to assist with your research

about   this   U. S.   State. 






·           Website & Webpages We Like

·           Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

·           Free Genealogy Search Help For Google

·           Linkpendium > Genealogy > USA

·           Genealogy Gateway

·  (Reference Materials & Finding Aids)

·  - Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers


·        Cyndi's List - United States Index

·        IGI Batch Numbers - British Isles & North America

·        Libweb - Libraries on the Web

· - States and Capitals

·        RootsWeb Town Search 1.0

·        USA Resources at RootsWeb

·        StateGenSites - U.S. Genealogy Sites by State

·        The USGenWeb Project









·         United States - Wikipedia

·         Historical Documents

·         USA Collected links to historical data

·         National Atlas of the United States

·         Wikimedia Atlas of the United States

·         United States Genealogy Forum

·         Government and Public Libraries


·         Census Finder - Free Census Records Online

·         Family History and Genealogy on

·         RootsWeb Message Boards (United States)

·         Linkpendium: Genealogy Links (USA)

·         Cyndi's List - United States Index

·         United States Genealogy Links









The following Links will take you to our library of genealogy reference books that pertain to the United States.   Here you will find volumes about U.S. General and Military History, Immigration and Naturalization, Migration in the U.S., as well as general geographical and genealogical reference books.

The U.S.A. Locations Library contains books about the history and records of the various States, as well as their counties and other localities such as towns and churches.   The collection also contains research works about State military units and personnel during America’s wars.  In addition, there are resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups.


U.S.A. Reference Library


U.S.A. Locations Library - States, Counties, & Localities








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