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.

Monday, March 18, 2024

 This website is a collection from the U.S., U.K., and Canada of miscellaneous records of prisons, courts, insane asylums, executions, and a brief section with biographies of outlaws. The scope is limited, so the chances of finding an ancestor of yours is slim, and there are a lot of ads on it. Still it worth a look if you're curious.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Gravestone symbolism

 The meaning of symbols on gravestones can be a mystery. This article from
presents some interpretations of some and resources to research others. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

New additions to has added 150 new papers from 17 states since January 1st. See the list here is available 24/7 on the library's website. You can find it under Research Tools
on the library's home page, or on the lower right of this page under links to related websites.

Monday, February 26, 2024

Mc and Mac

This article from talks about the Irish and Scot Mc and Mac surnames. 

Friday, February 16, 2024

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

Over the course of U.S. history, county boundaries and names changed, and large counties were broken up into smaller ones. In 1883, for example, Hernando County was broken up into 3 separate entities, and Citrus and Pasco counties were born. An ancestor who shows up in the 1880 census as a resident of Hernando County may have been living in what is now Citrus or Pasco.

The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries  created by the Newberry Library in Chicago, will tell you what county your ancestors lived in. Make sure you look at the "Using the Atlas" section to get the most from the database.

Friday, February 9, 2024

Unclaimed letters

Back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when the mail moved slowly and some citizens had to travel a good distance to check for mail, letters often accumulated at the post office. The Postmaster would place lists of names from unclaimed letters in the local newspaper. 

These lists may be helpful for genealogical research. You can use your library card to access on the library's website and search "unclaimed letters" or "list of letters", along with a date range and location. 

You will find under Research Tools on the home page. 

Thursday, January 25, 2024

National Homes for Civil War Soliders has added records for disabled Civil War soldiers  and sailors who resided in 12 National Homes between 1866-1938. Read about the homes here.

Fold3 can be found on the library website under research tools. Its available 24/7 for library card holders.

Friday, January 5, 2024

Historical abbreviations

Records encountered when doing genealogical research often include abbreviations.  Family History Daily published this list of abbreviations for terms and also for names.

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