BUILDING HISTORIES             Pamela Lyons Brinegar, CG*
   Interpreting the Past for Posterity                                                                               
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Beginning Your Research l African & Native American l Census l Churches & Cemeteries
Citing and Writing l House Histories l Immigration & Naturalization l Kentucky
Legislative, Court l Libraries, Newspapers, etc. l Maps & Land l Military l Miscellaneous
State Digital Archives l Vital Records,
DNA
 

 FamilySearch: African American Research
 African American Griots
 Afrigeneas

 
BlackPast
 
Christine's website

 Lowcountry Africana

 Digital Library on American Slavery
 Unknown No Longer - database of VA slave names

 Intl. Soc. Sons & Daughters of Slave Ancestry

 Slaves and the courts 1740-1860
 US Statutes Concerning Slavery
 The slave code in theory & practice (1853)
 
Treaties Between the US and Native Americans
US Statutes Concerning Native Americans
African American/American Indian Patriots - DAR

 The Freedmen’s Bureau Online
 
 
African American Civil War Soldiers: Princeton's links
 
 1860: slaves age 100 and up
 
IL slavery insurance policies
 
IL Servitude & Eman. Records Database, 1722–1863

African Timelines
The Bibliography of Slavery and World Slaving

African Origins Project
The African-American Migration Experience


 Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

American slave narratives - WPA
North American slave narratives
Born in slavery: narratives - FWP
Voices from slavery days - audio interviews

African American Women - Duke

Free African Americans VA, NC, SC, MD, DE
The church in the southern black community

The African-Native American Genealogy Blog
African Roots Podcast

Geni’s African American Genealogy Series
Historic Pathways – Elizabeth Shown Mills

Reclaiming Kin – Robyn Smith
Research at the National Archives & Beyond –  weekly talk radio

Prologue: using federal records for African American historical research

Census - US

Houses & building histories - Cyndi's List

Researching the history of your house - a bibliography - Covington KY Historic Preservation Office

House Detective: finding history in your home

House Stories - Kenton county Public Library

Old Louisville Guide

Bird's eye view of the city of Louisville - 1883

The Collins C. Diboll Vieux Carré Digital Survey

Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America

Historic American Buildings Survey 1933 - present

Art Historical Digital Imaging Project

National Register of Historic Places

The Great Buildings Collection

The Urban Landscape - Duke University

A Digital Archive of American Architecture

 Kentucky

 An act creating Kentucky County Virginia
 
Binns 1790/1800 VA tax lists (scroll down for image index)
 The Virginia Gazette 1736-1780
 Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish settlement in Virginia
 Hening's statutes at large
 Virtual Jamestown

 Library of Virginia (LVA) online catalog

 
Virginia's Heritage Migration Route
 Botetourt County descendant counties
 Filson's 1748 map - zoomable version
 1790 Virginia map
 

Beginning your research
 
KYGenWeb project
 The Kentucky Encyclopedia
 
Kentucky Footsteps archives
 Historic Families of Kentucky - 1889
 IGI batch numbers for KY USA
 Kentucky Genealogy Book Links

Vital Records
 
KYGenWeb Vital Statistics
 
Index to divorces recorded in the Kentucky Acts

African American
The African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky
 Kentucky African American Griots
 
Notable Kentucky African Americans database

Digital Collections
 Keeneland Library
 
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
  -
KDLA catalog
 
Kentuckiana Digital Library
 KY Historical Society digital collections
 Kentucky Room, Lexington Public Library
 
University of Louisville digital collections
 The Filson Historical Society

Maps, Land
 Kentucky Land Office
 Kentucky Atlas and Gazetteer
 
Kentucky topographic maps
 Researching early Kentucky tax lists
 Kentucky Geological Survey oil and gas records
 Kentucky Archaeological Survey - projects
 Sanborn Maps


 Newspapers
 Historic Kentucky newspapers
 Lexington Public Library's Local History Index 1787-
  
 
Misc. Images
 
Building Histories postcards
 1848 Daguerreotypes - Cincinnati waterfront

Legislative
 1810 Kentucky Statutes
 1820 Acts of the Kentucky General Assembly
 1836 Acts of the Kentucky General Assembly
 1852 Kentucky Statutes
 1860 Acts of the Kentucky General Assembly
 1864-66 Unreported Opinions KY Court of Appeals
 1879 Kentucky Statutes
 1899 Kentucky Statutes

Fayette County

Deaths - Fayette County

 1833 Lexington cholera deaths by name
 1849 Lexington cholera deaths by name
 1860 & 1870 mortality schedules
 1899-1900 deaths in the Kentucky Gazette

Births
 1911-1930, Fayette
 Delayed birth certificates - all counties

Cemeteries
 
7th Street/African Cemetery No. 2 - survey
 
Boone's Creek Baptist/Athens Christian Church
 
Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Jessamine County, Ky
 
Fayette County Cemeteries Map
 Cove Haven Cemetery (African American)

 
Eastern State Hospital cemetery project
 
Lexington Cemetery - select "genealogy"
 Old Episcopal Third St Cemetery
 Old Union Christian Church Cemetery

African American
 
Adams Co. MS record book - many Fayette names
 
CA Dept. of Insurance Registry
 
Colored Marriage Declarations 1866-1908
 Free Fayette persons of color 1838
 
Free Lexington persons of color 1859

 
Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden
 
Ex-slave letters from Liberia

-
Kentucky jurisprudence: a History of the trial of Miss 
  Delia A. Webster at Lexington, Kentucky, Dec'r 17-
  21, 1844

Maps, Land - Fayette
 Fayette County Property Valuation Administrator
 Bird's eye view of the city of Lexington, 1871
 
Neighborhoods in Lexington: an index, 1885-1961
 Lexington houses renumbered in 1902
 Downtown Lexington Building Inventory
 Lexington, Kentucky: The Athens of the West

History of a House Museum - blog on Ashland, the Henry Clay estate

Military

 Fayette County in the War of 1812
 Kentucky Military History Museum
 Lexington Chasseurs
 Confederate pension applications - online images
 E. Kentucky and the Civil War - M. H. Perkins - blog
 WPA Kentucky Military History


 
Four online Lexington, KY directories:

  
  - 1806  
    - 1818 
    - 1838 
    - 1859

History
 Random Thoughts on History - Tim Talbott

 - A memoir of Lexington and its vicinity

 - The early life of Lexington before the year 1820

 -
Ranck's History of Lexington, Kentucky

Libraries, digital collections
 American Memory - Library of Congress
 Archives Library Information Center (ALIC) - NARA
 Colonial Williamsburg Digital Library

 DAR genealogical research

 Documenting the American South

 
europeana
 
Family History Books

 The First American West

 Founders Online
 
Google Books
 Project Gutenberg
 Hathi Trust Digital Library

 Directory of Open Access journals
 Google Scholar

 JSTOR (free pre-1923 content)
 
Internet Archive

 
Library of Congress online catalog
 
Library of Congress digital collections and services

 Online Public Access - National Archives

 
Making of America
 Guide to federal records in the National Archives US
 
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections

 ArchiveGrid - OCLC's world archives project

 
OAIster
 
The Universal Digital Library

  WorldCat

 Images
 Flickr
 Google Cultural Institute
 
Library of Congress Flickr pilot
 Historypin

 New York Public Library digital gallery
 New York City Municipal Archives - 870,000 images
 
What Was There - historical images & Google Maps

 Newspapers - US
 Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive
 California Digital Newspaper Collection

 Elephind  (Australia, New Zealand, & US)
 
 Historic Newspapers Online - great site

 Chronicling America: historic American newspapers

 Free newspaper archives
 Google News Archive
 
ICON: International Coalition on Newspapers
 List of online newspaper archives - all countries
 

 National Digital Newspaper Program
 
 US Newspaper Program
 
 
1861 American Newspaper Dir. (w/ provinces)
 
1876 American Newspaper Directory

Newspapers - Canada, UK
 British Newspaper Archive
 The Canada Gazette
 1858 Canadian Newspaper Directory


Blogs, Wikis

 About.com Genealogy

 Ancestry Insider
 
Dear Myrtle

 
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
 FamilySearch research Wiki
 
Geneabloggers
 
Genea-Musings
 
The Legal Genealogist


 
Tracing the Tribe (Jewish genealogy)

 Western Microhistory


Serial publications, lists, message boards
 Common-Place
 
FamilySearch Labs - future tools to dig up the past
 
Genforum
 Rootsweb - mailing list index

 Taking the mystery out of land records
 United States Land and Property
 Historical highlights of public land management

 Indian Land Cessions in the United States, 1784-1894
 Admission of states and territorial acquisition

 Atlas of historical county boundaries
 
US Census Bureau state/county maps
 US Maps - Formation History

 Find a town's county
 

 Library of Congress online map collections
 
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
 
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

 
Old Maps Online
 NYPL Open Access Maps

Sanborn fire insurance maps - LC

NYPL Map Warper

What is GIS? (from ESRI) - note the free ArcGIS Explorer
A place in history: A guide to using GIS in historical research

National Atlas - US
 

Geographic Names Information Center (GNIS)
GeoNet Names Server (GNS)
 
USGS Historical Topographic maps

Streamer - trace waterways

Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

Google Earth
Earth Point - public land survey system

Federal land records site

Homestead Act of 1862  (history, maps & more)

Latitude and longitude finder
Platting deeds in metes and bounds

Eur. settl.-era vegetation - Monongahela Forest WV
Learn about Military Records - FamilySearch

Military Reference Reports - National Archives
Joe Beine's Online Military Indexes and Records

Ordering pre-WWI military records

Papers of the War Department 1784-1800
Virginia's colonial soldiers (free w/ regist.)

FortWiki - historic US & Canadian forts

War of 1812 - pension application files
Southern Campaign Rev. War pension statements
1840 census of Revolutionary War pensioners
 
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
Offical Register 1861
War of the Rebellion (official records of both armies)

Civil War in Virginia - Walk in Their Footsteps

List of pensioners January 1, 1883

Civil War photographs part 1: The Places
Civil War photographs Part 2: The People
Civil War part 3: The Stereographs
Mathew Brady Civil War Photographs

NOAA Civil War Nautical Maps
NOAA Civil War slavery survey map

Prisoners of the First World War – the ICRC Archives
American Merchant Marine at War
Naval History and Heritage Command
U.S. Air Force Historical Research Agency

U.S. Army Heritage Collections Online
U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office


US Department of Veterans Affairs  - domestic military burials search

American Battle Monuments Commission – overseas military burials and other searches  (1917 - )

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War: grave search

WWII army enlistment and other records (NARA)
WWII ration books - database & info


Searchable on books.google.com
Reuben Gold Thwaites, Descriptive list of manuscript collections of the state historical society of Wisconsin, (Madison, Wisconsin: The Society, 1906).

Lyman C. Draper, King's Mountain and its heroes: history of the Battle of King's Mountain, October 7, 1780, and the events which led to it, (Cincinnati: Ohio, Peter G. Thompson, 1881).

Wisconsin Historical Society, The Preston and Virginia papers of the Draper collection of manuscripts, (Madison, Wisconsin: the Society, 1915).

 Birth Date Calculator
 
Day of the week calculator
 Perpetual calendar
 
 
The Inflation Calculation 1800-2008 (US)
 
Measuring worth 1774-present

 
PDFmyURL

 
US agricultural history


 Is It Down Right Now? (ck to see if a site is running)

 
Google US Patent Search
 A By-Country Guide to Google Search Engines
 

Finding Old Books
 Abebooks
 alibris
 I LAB
 Bookfinder

IGI batch numbers British Isles and North America
 
Swedish American Genealogist free online issues

Genealogical prison & jail records


Old and Interesting

StackExchange - expert answers to questions

Google Labs books Ngram Viewer
Wolfram Alpha computational knowledge machine
Wolfram Alpha widgits

More Online Courses
 
Academic Earth - see especially the history offerings
 Genealogy Webinars
 MIT Open Courseware
 Open Culture


19th century schoolbooks

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 West Virginia


 State Archives websites listing
 

 


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