As I talk with genealogists or teach classes people will frequently ask me, "Where did you find that (information)?" or "Where did that come from?". As a historian, genealogist and librarian I consistently document my sources. It's important to give credit to the person who found the info or transcribed the document. It's also great... Continue Reading →
FamilySearch.org This is one of the best free online resources available. Search millions of digitized and indexed records from around the world. Some results point to offsite sources for digitized records. Don’t ignore the Learn tab; it’s packed with keyword-searchable articles and online courses.
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 certificates, death records, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, naturalization, adoption and land records) from each state, territory and county of the United States. See the guidelines for information on how to order vital records. If you are looking... Continue Reading →
Nine (9) top FREE genealogical websites. Sites 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.
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... Continue Reading →
The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce that digitization of the Henry County Cohabitation Register is complete. Compiled in 1866, cohabitation registers imparted legal legitimacy to African American marriages and children. It was also the first time many African Americans appeared in public record under their own names. In honor of the release of... Continue Reading →