Saturday, October 20, 2012

Some Virginia Urls and Information

Some Virginia Urls and Information

To be a Virginian 
either by Birth,
 Marriage, Adoption,
 or even on 
one's Mother's side
 is an Introduction to
any State in the Union ,
a Passport to
 any Foreign Country, 
and a Benediction from Above

(William Faulkner?)

Basic Sources One Should Use

Library of Congress                        
National Archives           
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Online databases include family histories, Bible records and military files, with special gateways for African-American and American Indian research

Search detailed information on about 80,000 individual slaves, 8,000 free people of color, and 62,000 whites—both slaveowners and non-slaveowners—extracted from legislative and county court petitions, wills, inventories, deeds, bills of sale, depositions and court proceedings. For slaves, data may include information otherwise lost to the tragic history of slavery, including age, dates of ownership, economic and family information.

Collecting more than 10 million genealogy records from nearly 4,300 sources, this is a good place to check for less-obvious resources such as school yearbooks, alumni lists and city directories. You’ll also find some vital records, censuses, passenger lists and military records.

This Library of Virginia site stands out for the richness and genealogical usefulness of its digital collections. Local history lessons are nice, but what we love are the real records found here: Revolutionary War land bounties, court records, family Bibles, Civil War pension rolls and disability applications, WWI veterans questionnaires and more. Even if you don’t have Virginia kin, the index to Confederate Veteran magazine may be worth a visit.

North Carolina Archives

Archives of Maryland
Maps and Photos

For any state and for each county within  the state plus check their archives
Maps, Pictures, Government records

Launched in 2000 as a place to share vintage family photos, this site now also includes family stories and even recipes. Photo tags make it easy to look for pictures of everything from cowboys to royalty.

historic maps and county boundaries

Interesting combo site for seeking street views etc

New way of researching, shared data by others.

Graves, Tombs and Cemeteries.

Civil War Faces

 Fee Based Sites..............  $124. 99 a year   historical maps  fee based

Fee based  I think worth it.

Genealogy Bank, Newspapers. U.S. Military Records

now owned by MyHeritage 
 I have used this.

Free and mixed free and pay for same site.

It’s time to stop playing FarmVille and start taking Facebook seriously for genealogy. Not only is there a constant stream of apps for family historians (see our rundown in the July 2011 Family Tree Magazine), but research tools such as WorldCat now even have their own Facebook apps.

Both Y and Mtdna is shown here. 

Since its founding in 2008, this wiki-style tree-sharing collaborative has grown to 3.3 million profiles contributed by 47,500 “WikiTreers.” You can choose to join in and share your family finds or keep everybody less than 300 years old private. Membership is by invitation; you can request one through the site.

Excellent for matching lines, make sure they match, not just appear to match. I use it nearly daily. Like it better than the Shaking leaves on Ancestry.   mixed free and fee $4.95 p month,

 Virginia sources

1. Remember they had Independent Cities plus Counties.

2. Parishs of Virginia


Genealogical and Historical Societies

      map of the state

The Virginia Genealogical Society
            5001 W. Broad St. #115
            Richmond, VA  23230-3023



Use Google for Googling books and other information. Just Google a name, a town.

Remember to pay attention to boundary areas and look both sides of the fence when dealing with county lines and state lines. This applies to all research.

Also recall, that Virginia due to agreement with England covered to the Mississippi River , fur traders, and mountain men, guides and Indians, all had a development hand in the creation of this state and it's outlying regions. It also reached north near the Canadian border and south to about Louisiana, which the French held. Florida region was held by Spain.  Remembering again that Britain and France were in control of Canada.

The waterways were key vital methods of travel. 

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