Rootsweb Mailing list
There isn’t a general mailing list for USA. I have had to provide a link to the complete listing of 32,000+ Mailing Lists. I suggest that you choose the state you are interested in then you will be given a further choice of sub-boards.
You can view the any of the mailing lists worldwide. However, should you wish to post on a particular list you need to register with that list.
Rootsweb Message Board
You can view and post on any of the message boards worldwide. All you need is to register once with rootsweb. I tend to use this and post on boards worldwide. Both to request information on a particular family, or to surf boards looking for those trying to trace their Shetland ancestors.
RootsChat.com - United States
RootsChat is essentially a forum that shows a lot of activity across all the sub-forums. These sub-forums cover a wide geographic reach, a common room, techincal help, useful links, a beginners, photograph restoration and deciphering. It does have good moderators on the popular boards and seems to cover a similar function to the Message boards with respect to content and active members.
The USgenWeb Project
I can’t find an organisation that supports family history societies in the USA. For this reason I have used the USGENWEB project to provide links to resources by State.
The USGenWeb Project are a group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone.
National Archives - Resources for Genealogists
This links directly to their Genealogy and Family History front page. From there you can choose a wide selection of topics. They don't have online links to their databases although with some you can search indexes and obtain references that would help when you visit the Archives.
This website is included mainly due to the amount of useful learning available. If you live too far from the archives I would suggest that you locate one in your state/vicinity.
Family History Library
This is a page from the FamilySearch.org website. Whatever I was able to say here would never do justice to the largest Family History Library in the World. What's more, all the resources they offer are free. I intend to add a few blog posts on different aspects of the library facilities.
The collection includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 727,000 microfiche; 356,000 books, serials, and other formats; 4,500 periodicals; 3,725 electronic databases. Another astonishing statistic is the on average - 1,900 individuals vist the library ........ each day.
Discover Your Family History
This is a direct link to the FamilySearch.org basic search page. Here it will return both IGI and North America census following a search.
I tried a search by entering Alexander, then Brown in the form. Also a Year (Range) for Birth. Entered 1830 to 1845. I knew this information since he was a 2nd uncle. This returned 215,000 hits.
I then went back to the search form, selected Marriage, then entered Chicago in the form. This returned the Alexander G. Brown at the top of the results, married to Jane Ann R Burton, born 1846, Chicago, Cook County.
A brief history of America
An extensive series of local histories written by a that has developed into a World History encyclopedia. Written by a history graduate of Lancaster University. For the family historian wanting to find out more about a particular place, or time, this is a useful resource.
I have provided a direct link to the local area. However, should you wish to explore this resource, here is the link to the main page.
This is one of the national newspapers in the United States. I would suggest that you locate a local newspaper to help focus your search.