American records on Ancestry

Ancestry is a major source of information if you are filling out your American family tree. A vast range of data is available to search ranging from census records, births, deaths and marriages, military records and immigration records to name but a few. Free trials are normally available and are a good way to fill out a lot of your tree quickly.

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Origins and History


New to Family History? Check out our Getting Started page. Check out House Of Names to investigate the origins of the American surname or get a copy of the American family Crest (a great gift idea!).


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Birth, Death and Marriage Records for the American Family History

Birth, Death and Marriage records are often the best method of making the links to the American Genealogy that will form part of your family tree. Although records vary from country to country, they are normally the most formal record of a person's relations. From the sources below you will be able to find a birth record and, from that, a birth certificate can be ordered which lists the names of the mother and father, taking you back another generation in your tree. A marriage certificate may also list the names of the respective fathers of the bride and groom which may then help you to find them earlier in life on a census record enabling you to fill out more detail in the American family tree.

Look at American Parish Records at Find My Past.

Investigate the UK registered births, marriages and deaths of the American family using the FreeBMD database.

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Check out the LDS Database for records of the American family.

Research the American surname using fold3 Military Archives and view images of original American Military records.

American Family Tree Databases

Check out WikiTree for user contributed American family records. Collaboration is encouraged so that accuracy of American data can be verified or corrected by other users.

Look at MyTrees for information on the American family and people looking to contact living American relations.

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Miscellaneous American Databases

Search the Ellis Island Database for information on the American family. This database contains over 25 million immigration records detailing passengers arriving in the United States of America.

Use the Surname Map project to look at the current distribution of the American surname in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Romania.


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Some Famous People with the surname of American

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Wikipedia Lebanese Americans are American citizens of Lebanese descent.
Wikipedia Chilean Americans are Americans of Chilean descent.
Wikipedia Catalan Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who acknowledge ethnic Catalan ancestry and self-identify with it.
Wikipedia Syrian Americans are citizens of the United States of Syrian ancestry or nationality.
Wikipedia Argentine Americans are citizens or residents of the United States whose origins are in the South American nation of Argentina.
Wikipedia Nicaraguan American (Spanish: "Nicarag?ense Estadounidense") are Americans of Nicaraguan ancestry who were born in or have immigrated to the United States.
Wikipedia Somali Americans are naturalized American citizens and residents born in, or with ancestors from Somalia.
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Wikipedia A Bolivian American is an immigrant or descendant of Bolivian immigrants to the United States.
Wikipedia Liberian Americans are American citizens who are of Liberian descent.
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Wikipedia Nepalese Americans are the Citizens or Permanent Residents or other people staying in United States whose ethnic origins lie fully or partially in the South Asian nation of Nepal.