Q. Are there government resources that I can use to research my family history?
If you’re just starting your research, the National Archives has some helpful tips. Census records containing names of individuals are on microfilm at the National Archives. The 1940 Census records have been released online. The National Archives also provides links to many online databases that contain Census records, or other useful information that can be helpful to genealogists. Some of these are only available at the National Archives, but many, like ancestry.com and Heritage Quest, might also be available at your local public library. USA.gov provides links to state government genealogical resources. Local resources will vary, but a local historical society or public library can often point you in the right direction.