Here are some of the surprises:
- Watson Family Diaries -- The online collection consists of his 12 travel diaries written between 1804 and 1858 of Joh Fanning Watson.
- Missouri Digital Heritage -- More than 6.8 million records can be accessed through Missouri Digital Heritage, including the collections of the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri State Library and other institutions from across the state including 2.2 million death certificates.
- Indiana State Library, Genealogy Collection -- Cemetery locator and Indiana Marriages database
- Library of Congress E-Resources Online Catalog -- a lot of stuff
- Oklahoma Digital Prairie -- The criteria for selection were particularly focused on a) materials difficult to access due to their rarity, b) materials with broad interdisciplinary application, and c) materials that are at a risk from a preservation point of view.
- Yale University, The Manuscripts and Archives Digital Images Database (MADID)
- University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries, Digital Collections -- The University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC) hosts more than 300 outstanding digital collections, containing over 8 million pages, covering over 78 thousand subjects in rare books, manuscripts, antique maps, children's literature, newspapers, theses and dissertations, data sets, photographs, oral histories, and more for permanent access and preservation
I could go on, but here is a list of more than 250 online digital archives from every state in the United States entitled, "250+ Killer Digital Libraries and Archives."
Perhaps you aren't surprised at any of this. My daughter Amy of TheAncestorFiles related that she has a list of 150 sources that she searches for every person she researches. I believe her. But I am also a little sad that some researchers feel put upon to search the U.S. Census Records beyond a simple look up in Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com or FamilySearch.org.