BUILDING HISTORIES             Pamela Lyons Brinegar, CG*
   Interpreting the Past for Posterity                                                         
 


 

 Selected Online Resources
             


Beginning Your Research
African & Native American
Census
Churches & Cemeteries
Citing and Writing
For-fee Sites
House Histories
Immigration & Naturalization
Kentucky
Legislative, Court
Libraries, Newspapers, etc.
Maps & Land
Military
Miscellaneous
State Digital Archives
Vital Records, DNA


 


 The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy
 Genealogical Research, methods & sources (Rubincam)
 Red Book: American State, County, & Town Sources

 Rootsweb's guide to tracing family trees
 FamilySearch online classes
 Skillbuilding: Board for Certification of Genealogists
 Genealogy glossary

 
About family history research at the National Archives
 Resources for genealogists - National Archives
 Cyndi's List
 Kip Sperry's family history internet sites

 USGenWeb project
 
USGenWeb archives
 Linkpendium
 USA People Search big list of genealogy links 
 Steve Morse's excellent search aids

 Internet genealogy - What's good! What's not!
 Black Sheep Ancestors
 Caring for your family archives - NARA

 IGI batch numbers British Isles and North America

 Digital books from the Family History Archive


 
Access Genealogy
  Distant Cousin
  Easy Google Genealogy Searcher

  FamilySearch
   - Wiki for United States Research -
access by state
  
- ordering FamilySearch film online

 
Genealogy Buff


 Million Short
 
Mocavo

 NameX - finding name variants

 Rootsweb

 
- Rootsweb search index

 Soovle
 Spokeo - "free" people finder
 ZabaSearch - another "free" people finder
 

 African American Griots
 African American Mosaic - Library of Congress
 Afrigeneas
 
BlackPast
 
Christine's website

 Lowcountry Africana

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

 Slaves and the courts 1740-1860
 
US slavery statutes - Yale: Avalon

 FamilySearch: African American Research
 The Freedmen’s Bureau Online
 
 
African American Civil War Soldiers: Princeton's research links
 
 1860: slaves age 100 and up
 
IL slavery insurance policies
 
IL Servitude & Emancipation Records Database, 1722–1863
 
Jefferson County, IN register: negroes. mulattoes 1853-1860
 
Intl. Society Sons & Daughters of Slave Ancestry - database


 Princeton: African American genealogy on the web

 Prologue 1997 (summer): the use of federal records in African
   American historical research


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The slave code in theory & practice (1853)

African Timelines
The Bibliography of Slavery and World Slaving
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
USF Africana heritage project
African Origins Project
The African-American Migration Experience


Chicago Defender Index

The church in the southern black community

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

African American Women - Duke

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

United States
Measuring America: decennial censuses 1790 to 2000

Enumerator instructions by census year

Joe Beine's census help  

1790 heads of households
1840 list of Revolutionary War & military pensioners


free, browsable 1790-1930 images - Internet Archive

Agricultural and manufacturing census records of fifteen southern states for the years 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
 
Historical census browser (use to make data maps)

US Census Bureau Statistical Abstracts

NCSU decennial population and housing censuses guide
 

State - free sources
The Internet Archive has some state records, e,g,
 - Illinois, 1810, 1818
 - Michigan, 1894

FamilySearch has censes records for various states and countries
 
(AL. CA, CO. FL. IL, IA, MA, MI, MN, NY, RI, SD, TX, WI)


Colorado - 1885 Arapahoe
Iowa
Kansas
Michigan
Minnesota
Nebraska
Washington State



Other
England and Wales, 1841-1911 (free search only)
India, 1911


Houses & building histories - general - Cyndi's List

Be an Old House Detective

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

History at Home: Resources for Documenting Historic Houses, Structures and Neighborhood - Kenton Co KY Library

House Detective: finding history in your home

House Stories - researching your historic home - Kenton county Public Library

Old Louisville Guide

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

Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America

Historic American Buildings Survey 1933 - present

American Landscape and Architectural Design 1850-1920

Art Historical Digital Imaging Project

National Register of Historic Places

The Great Buildings Collection

The Collins C. Diboll Vieux Carré Digital Survey

The Urban Landscape - Duke University

A Digital Archive of American Architecture


Natl. Trust Historic Home Preservation Resources

 Kentucky

 An act creating Kentucky County Virginia
 
Binns 1790/1800 VA tax lists (scroll down for image index)
 The Virginia Gazette 1736-1780
 Colonial Williamsburg Digital Library
 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
 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
 
The Filson Club History Quarterly
 Keeneland Library
 
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
  -
KDLA catalog
 
Kentuckiana Digital Library
 Kentucky Room, Lexington Public Library
 
University of Louisville digital collections

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


 Newspapers
 Historic Kentucky newspapers
 Lexington Public Library's Local History Index 1787-
  
 
Images
 
Building Histories postcards
 Kentuckiana Digital Library 
 
KY Historical Society digital collections
 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 Opinions of the Kentucky 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
 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 Civil War soldiers - Lexington Natl Cemetery
 
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

 - Rehearsal for redemption: the politics of post-
    emancipation violence in Kentucky’s Bluegrass
    region
-
dissertation

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
 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 system
 
Library and Archives Canada
 Documenting the American South

 
europeana
 
Family History Books
 FamilySearch photoduplication - limited free copies
 
The Filson Historical Society
 
The First American West

 
Google Books
 Project Gutenberg
 Hathi Trust Digital Library

 Genealogy Book Links
 
Infomine

 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
 
NARA Public Access (beta)
 
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections

 ArchiveGrid - OCLC's world archives project

 
OAIster
 
The Universal Digital Library

 USA.gov


 WorldCat

 YIPPY

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

 North Carolina Newspaper Digitation Project
 Virginia Gazette 1736-1780

 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
 Library of Congress Flickr newspapers
 
 
 
1861 American Newspaper Dir. (w/ provinces)
 
1876 American Newspaper Directory

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

 Elephind  (Australia, New Zealand, & US)

Blogs, Wikis
 About.com Genealogy
 
African-Native American Genealogy Blog

 
Ancestry.com Wiki
 Ancestry Insider
 
Dear Myrtle

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


 
Shades of the Departed
 
Tracing the Tribe (Jewish genealogy)

 Western Microhistory


Serial publications, lists, message boards
 Common-Place
 
FamilySearch Labs - future tools to dig up the past
 
Genforum
 My Heritage
 Rootsweb - mailing list index
 Scribd
 
YesterYear Once More
 National Genealogical Society's YouTube Channel

 

 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
 United States Maps of Counties
 
Animated county history map
 Find a town's county
 

 Library of Congress online map collections
 
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
 
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
 
Old Maps Online
 
NOAA Civil War slavery survey map

Sanborn fire insurance maps - LC

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 (National Atlas)

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
African American/American Indian Patriots - DAR
Genealogical Records System - DAR

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

The Civil War Pension Law
List of pensioners January 1, 1883

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War: grave search

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

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 - )

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).

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New Mexico 
 New York  North Carolina  North Dakota  Ohio 
 Oklahoma  Oregon  Pennsylvania  Rhode Island 
 South Carolina  South Dakota  Tennessee  Texas 
 Utah  Vermont  Virginia  Washington
 West Virginia


 State Archives websites listing
 


 American Civil War Research Database
 Ancestry
Archives.com
 Fold3
 
GenealogyBank
 Godfrey Memorial Library
 HeritageQuest
 AmericanAncestors
 NewspaperARCHIVE
Newspapers.com
 National Genealogical Society
 
WorldVitalRecords

 

 


 *CG and Certified Genealogist are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists,
used under license by professionals who pass periodic competency evaluations by the Board.


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