Access Genealogy is the largest free genealogy website not run by Ancestry. Although they are known best for their Native American data, they also provide data for the regular American researcher.
What is Cyndi's List? A categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet. A list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online. A free jumping-off point for you to use in your online research. A "card catalog" to the genealogical materials in the immense library that is the Internet. Your genealogical research portal onto the Internet.
Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1% to 3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept forever. Those valuable records are preserved in the National Archives and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family's history, need to prove a veteran's military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.