Newspapers: fultonhistory.com One of the great newspaper sites anywhere as far as quantity. While difficult to navigate, an absolute must for New York City and New York State research.
Vital records: http://italiangen.org/ It’s not just for Italians! Birth, death, and marriage records of New York City.
UTAH: digitalnewspapers.org Read about your ancestors in Utah newspapers like it was yesterday!
ALL STATES: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ The Library of Congress site for early American newspapers.
HERITAGE COLLECTOR: Guest Marlo Schulte promised free software for integrating your stories with other media. Here’s the link! http://heritagecollector.com/