United States Libraries and Societies Genealogists Use in Genealogy Research (51 resources)

United States Libraries and Societies Genealogists Use in Genealogy Research (51 resources)By Barry J. Ewell

Have you ever wondered which libraries, archives and historical/genealogical society could help in your genealogical research?

The following 51 articles highlight the libraries, archives, and societies where you will be able to find genealogical resources in the United States.

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How-to effectively research libraries and societies

Genealogy: Research techniques for societies, libraries, archives & special collections

Icon-Research Skills-MethodologyBy Barry J. Ewell

As a genealogist and family historian, you already have a great insight into research and how to find the answers.  In fact, you are pretty resourceful in finding and following clues.  As you broaden your research into the local, county, regional, and state resources discussed you will find that much of your research will fall into the working with and exploring “primary” sources.  You probably already know the following research techniques, so the next few lines may be a review. Continue reading

Genealogy: Regularly back up data to digitized archives

Genealogy: Regularly back up data to digitized archivesNow that you are well into digitizing your family history, safe storage and backing up should be your first priority.  The type of files that will be part of your backup plan includes images, email, website files, and notes.  Imagine losing days, weeks, months or even years worth of work. If you haven’t felt the pain of losing files yet, your day is coming. Count on it, you will have a crash and loss of data, it’s just a matter of time.  Some of the important questions you must consider include

  • Where should I keep my files?
  • Who can access and possibly alter them?
  • What happens if there is a fire or flood? Continue reading

Genealogy: Strategy for field research #4—Searching libraries and archives in the country

Genealogy: Strategy for field research #4—Searching libraries and archives in the countryBy Barry J. Ewell

As I have conducted research in various countries, I have learned to expect to find the unexpected. Some of my experiences were as follows:

  • Record offices will have government hours (perhaps closing for lunch).
  • You may need advance reservations.
  • You may need to look up your resources in a catalog and write them on a request form, which you submit to the reference librarian. Continue reading

Genealogy: Part 3—Resources available at societies, university and state libraries, archives and special collections

Genealogy: Part 3—Resources available at societies, university and state libraries, archives and special collectionsBy Barry J. Ewell

The following is a brief overview of the type of resources and collections you can expect to find at societies and libraries.  Items that are secured and managed are very specific to a community, county, region, and state.  While some items may be duplicated across collections, many items are unique and can only be found in specific locations.  It then becomes very important that you gain a comprehensive Continue reading

Genealogy: Photographing museums and archives

10-15-2014 9-34-33 AMBy Barry J. Ewell

For over 40 years I have used the camera to capture the lives of my family and friends.  The camera has been a very important tool in my professional career in public relations and advertising.  I first started with a film camera and spent hundreds of wonderful/fun hours in a dark room developing and printing my on prints.  Since the late 90’s I have used the digital camera extensively in to aid in my genealogical research.

I would like to share with you a few of the lessons I have learned when photographing in museums and archives. Continue reading