Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America contains 152 original essays (about 8,000-12,000 words each) on specific minority and ethnic groups in the U.S., with an emphasis on culture (religions, holidays, customs, language) in addition to information on historical background and settlement patterns. The Encyclopedia also covers ethnoreligious groups such as Jews, Chaldeans and Amish. The encyclopedia is most useful by browsing the index (eBook index) link at the top of the page. Multicultural America gives concise yet comprehensive information on most cultures in America.
The encyclopedia is most useful by browsing the index (eBook index) link at the top of the page. US Immigration and Migration Library gives concise yet comprehensive information on laws affecting immigration and the immigrant populations themselves.
The site provides data on the city of Boston from 10 sectors of society, such as Civic Vitality, Education and Health. One of the real benefits of this site is the ability to view data from specific neighborhoods.
Family Search offers access to their resources through the search tools on its website. The search tool primarily relies on US census data from 1930.
A one-stop source for US statistical information. Search by topic, by state, or browse their library of infographics.
Family History Archive includes histories of families, county and local histories, how-to books on genealogy and more. The resource is a great way to learn about last name histories.
The site is devoted to the history of the trans-atlantic slave trade and connecting you to the databases of voyages and slave names.
Search the Ellis Island database of all the passengers who arrived through the port of New York.
The site allows access to immigrant passenger records between 1820-1892.
Search genealogical and family histories by state in this free resource.
The Massachusetts Archives explains how to access the collection of vital records, passenger manifests and other historical information related to Massachusetts genealogy. Some collections are available online.
The National Archive links you to resources to help you discover your family history.
The Internet Archive is a repository for the internet. This includes vital records of the US. Search "vital records" and select mediatype "Text." You can also add the state name to your search to help narrow down results.
Lists of additional resources for all aspects of genealogical studies, including demographic information, other library resources, directories and more.
Under the search box there is a brief tutorial on how to use the site. Using the search tool requires membership, but the NEHGS site does have other information of interest for genealogical studies. Also take a look at AfricanAmericanAncestors.org and NewYorkAncestors.org.
New York Public Library's local history and genealogy department includes links to genealogy resources.
Aggregates a diversity of sources on major U.S. historical topics and people. Includes links to encyclopedia articles, images, audio, relevant articles from academic journals, and primary sources. Good starting point for a contextual overview of a major topic.
JSTOR is an extensive database of interdisciplinary scholarship from the humanities, social sciences and physical sciences. Contains full-text articles, but may exclude the most recent issues.
Aggregates a diversity of sources on major world historical topics and people. Includes links to encyclopedia articles, images, audio, relevant articles from academic journals, and primary sources. Good starting point for a contextual overview of a major topic.
Encyclopedia of American immigration - R 304.8 EN19
A Dictionary of Surnames - R929.4 H19d
Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy - R929.1 G85r
Chronicling America is an archive of newspapers from around the nation. The digital collection includes papers from 23 states. Full text is available for publications between 1860-1922.