9 Top FREE Genealogical Websites – Day 6

  1. Chronicling Americahttp://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/

R   FREE

The Library of Congress’ portal to historical newspapers has two important areas of content: digitized newspaper pages (1836-1922) from 25 states and Washington, DC, and an index to all known newspapers published in the United States and where to find them today. Check back frequently for new content. To learn more about using the site, including what’s on it and what’s not, click on the Help section.

Code services offered: H 
=how-tos, R =records; S =share your data and T =tools.

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This is day 6.  Feel free to share your insights on any and all of the websites. It will help me and others to learn about aspects we might not been aware of.

Happy Hunting!

Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby

Nichelle ~

 

9 Top FREE Genealogical Websites – Day 4

  1. Vital Rec  http://www.vitalrec.com/

R H Free

The most comprehensive resource for locating vital records. This site will show you to how to obtain vital records (such as birth certificatesdeath recordsmarriage licensesdivorce decrees, naturalization, adoption and land records) from each stateterritory and county of the United States. See the guidelines for information on how to order vital records. If you are looking for vital records from a foreign county, see links to international vital records web sites.

Access contact information for each state’s vital records office to request Vital Records (birth, death) from across the United States.

Code services offered: H 
=how-tos, R =records; S =share your data and T =tools.

vitalrec

This is day 4.  I hope you are enjoying the resources. Vitalrec happens to be one of my favorite websites. It makes it very easy to find out costs and contact info when you are researching in different states. Feel free to share your insights any and all of the websites. It will help me and others to about aspects we might not been aware of.

Happy Hunting!

Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby

Nichelle ~

9 Top FREE Genealogical Websites – Day 3

  1. JewishGen http://www.jewishgen.org/

H   R   S   FREE

Make this your first stop for tracing Jewish roots. Under the Get Started tab, choose First Timer for an intro to Jewish research and the site. Free tutorials and paid classes are available. Search databases of Jewish surnames, family trees, towns, Holocaust victims and burials. Contribute your data to the centralized “family tree of the Jewish people.”

Code services offered: H 
=how-tos, R =records; S =share your data and T =tools.

JewishGen

This is day 3.  What are your thoughts about the NARA Resources website? Feel free to share your insights any and all of the websites. It will help me and others to learn about aspects we might not have been aware of.

Happy Hunting!

Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby

Nichelle ~

9 Top FREE Genealogical Websites

As I was preparing for an upcoming genealogical presentation, I did an internet search for the top FREE genealogical websites.  Specifically, I was looking for sites that were suited for the beginning researcher. This is a short yet, comprehensive list that will allow you to explore (or for some revisit) a large range of resources that will help you on your journey.

Over the next 9 days I will highlight a different website. Take time to visit the website and see what it has to offer. Every researcher should create their own toolkit of resources. This toolkit should expand and change overtime as your needs and research changes.

Happy Hunting!

Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby

Nichelle ~

USGENWeb

  1. USGenWeb Project  http://usgenweb.org/

H   R   S   FREE

Explore a directory to websites containing free genealogical resources for every US state and most counties. Quality, content and design varies from site to site. You’ll commonly find what local resources exist and how to access them, along with indexes to cemetery, marriage and other local records. Share your own records on these sites, too. This is a site with a lot of depth. You can search by state and by county as well as connect to researcher who are searching specific areas.

Code services offered: H 
=how-tos, R =records; S =share your data and T =tools.

Bonus – http://www.kygenweb.net/ KYGenWeb Online Kentucky Genealogy Resources.

 

USGENWeb

 

Indiana Newspapers (Digitized)

Hoosier State Chronicles

Are you looking for copies of the Indianapolis Recorder or other Indiana newspapers? Follow the link  shown above. There is a wonderful search function.

November 25 1916

Hoosier State Chronicles is operated by the Indiana State Library and funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. We seek to provide free, online access to high quality digital images of Indiana’s historic newspapers by digitizing our collection, and assisting other organizations in making their collections digitally available.

Resources in South Central Kentucky

My Paternal lines are from Kentucky. Specifically Warren and Barren Counties in South Central Kentucky. Many years ago I joined a list-serv (email group) run by Sandi Gorin. Sandi and her daughter Michelle have transcribed and copied a lot of local resources. Even more important for my research, Michelle Gorin has transcribed a large number of records that focus on African-Americans.  This information has allowed me to find birth, death and marriage dates as well as the actual records. If you have connections to Kentucky check out Sandi’s resources. To see what records are available follow the link  African American Records by Michelle Bartley Gorin VonMosch .

If you are interested in joining the list-serv here are the directions. “To subscribe to the list, please send an email to SOUTH-CENTRAL-KENTUCKY-request@rootsweb.com with the word ‘subscribe’ without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message.”

Sandi recently sent out a message discussing two books that I’m going to order this week. Both of them are e-book form, so I can get them with no wait!  I’m particularly interested in :

Freedman’s Bank Records 1865-1874 for Allen, Barren, Cumberland, Edmonson, Hart, Metcalfe, Monroe and Warren Counties.

The Freedmen’s Bureau of Warren County, KY 1866-1868.

Once, I get the books, I’ll let you know what I was able to find.

Happy Hunting!

(This post is not a paid endorsement and I receive no compensation for any books that are purchased. Sandi has become a friend of the years and I appreciate her hard work and dedication. She gives away a lot of information on the list-serv.)

Anna Mae’s Oldest Grand-baby

Nichelle ~

Undergroud Railroad Presentation – Indiana

Indiana Freedom Trails

Presentation by Dr. Veta Smith author & historian
” A Fluid Frontier” Slavery, Resistance And The Underground Railroad In The Detroit River Borderland

February 27th 2016 11am-1pm

Indiana Historical Society 450 W. Ohio Street

Event is free and open to the public

About the authorVeta_Tucker
Veta Smith Tucker is a literary and public historian and an educator. She taught African American literature and African American Studies at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan for two decades and launched the Kutsche Office of Local History at the university in 2009. Her major published works include articles on enslaved black women, on forgotten nineteenth-century African American author Julia Collins, on historical fiction by contemporary African American women, and A Twenty-First Century History of the 1847 Kentucky Raid in Cass County, Michigan (2010). She also serves as a consultant on the new Levi Coffin Interpretive Center scheduled to open this year.

Newspapers as a Research Source – Great Website “Chronicling America “

Chron Amer

If one is open there is always a new tidbit that can be learned. Today while teaching a genealogy class one of the participants shared with me a great website that allows researchers to access newspapers from across America.

The website offers access to historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages. The time frame that can be searched on the website is 1836 – 1922. The site is sponsored jointly by The National Endowment for the Humanities & The Library of Congress.

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/

Check out the site and tell me what you think! Were you able to find something useful?

Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby

Nichelle ~

March 3, 1865: Freedmen’s Bureau created

Today In African-American History:

March 3, 1865: Freedmen’s Bureau created

On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signs a bill creating the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. Known as the Freedmen’s Bureau, this federal agency oversaw the difficult transition of African Americans from slavery to freedom.

The Freedmen’s Bureau, born out of abolitionist concern for freed slaves, was headed by Union General Oliver O. Howard for the entire seven years of its existence. The bureau was given power to dispense relief to both white and black refugees in the South, provide medical care and education, and redistribute “abandoned” lands to former slaves. The latter task was probably the most effective measure to ensure the prosperity and security of the freedmen, but it was also extremely difficult to enact.

Although the Freedmen’s Bureau was not able to provide long-term protection for blacks, nor did it ensure any real measure of equality, it did signal the introduction of the federal government into issues of social welfare and labor relations.

The Freedmen Records can be a great resource for genealogists.

Nichelle

Anna Mae Oldest Grandbaby