Monday, July 8, 2024

The Internet Archive

 The Internet Archive ( has a large collection of genealogical materials scanned from books, periodicals, and microfilm, including census records, passenger lists, and vital statistics. You will also find a collection of 4000 books on family histories, and yearbooks from academic institutions. You can start by searching "genealogy" in the search box to the right of the logo, clicking on 'GO",then narrowing your search by checking the boxes on the left.

Thursday, June 27, 2024

New additions at has added 148 new titles from 13 states and Canada to its collection. This resource is available 24/7 to library card holders. You can find it under "Research Tools" on the library's homepage.

Here is the list of new additions.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

 We mentioned this website from the Library of Congress in 2019. It has been updated since. From the Public Domain Review:

"Created for US insurance firms during a period of devastating fires across the 19th and 20th centuries, the Sanborn maps blaze with detail — shops, homes, churches, brothels, and opium dens were equally noted by the company’s cartographers. Tobiah Black explores the history and afterlife of these maps, which have been reclaimed by historians and genealogists seeking proof of the vanished past".

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Revolutionary War Records

Good places to search for your ancestors who served in the Revolution or lived at that time are Ancestry (accessible only in the library) and  Fold3 , which is available 24/7 to library card holders. 


Connecticut Revolutionary War Military Lists 1775-1783

Land Grants to Georgia Revolutionary War Veterans

Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia

Maryland Revolutionary Records

Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolutionary War

New Jersey, Complied Census and Census Substitutes Index

Inhabitants of New Hampshire 1776

North Carolina Revolutionary War Soldiers 1776-1783

North Carolina Taxpayers 1701-1786

The Rhode Island 1777 Military Census

Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution

Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution


Final Payment Vouchers- Delaware

Final Payment Vouchers- Georgia

Final Payment Vouchers Index for Military Pensions 1818-1864 (New York)

Pennsylvania Archives

Virginia Half Pay Pension Application Files

Monday, April 29, 2024

Slave surnames

This article from the  explains why determining the surname of an enslaved person can be difficult. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

New titles added to

 Newspapers. com, which is available to library card holders from the library's website, has added 450 more papers from 15 states and 3 countries. More will be added in the next few months. The database can be found 24/7 at under Research Tools, and at the bottom right of this page under Links to Related Websites.

20 Reasons You May Have Trouble Finding An Ancestor In the Census