Genealogy: United States —Comprehensive library and society resource list for all 50 states

libraries, societiesBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to United States genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say Continue reading

Genealogy: Organize your research #9— Know the times of operation

Genealogy: Organize your research #9— Know the times of operationBy Barry J. Ewell

Remember to contact county courthouses, libraries, and other record repositories you plan to visit to determine their office hours. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting to a destination and finding it closed for whatever reason.

Be patient when requesting records. If you are planning to receive specific records before you leave for your trip, give yourself at least a four-month window. Why? Many libraries and archives have more requests than staff to manage them. Sometimes it will take several weeks for the staff to even begin research, let alone send you the requested information.

Genealogy: Organize your research #10— Planning to visit the library or archive

Genealogy: Organize your research #10— Planning to visit the library or archiveBy Barry J. Ewell

Check to see if the library has a website. Most library websites provide the basic information associated with hours of operation.

Larger libraries, like the Library of Virginia, and state or country archives have an online catalog. Search the catalog before you go. I have usually been able to locate specific books, microfilm, papers, photographs, and so on that will be available for my specific research. Make sure you print out the details from your catalog search. Continue reading

Genealogy: Alabama, Library and society resource list

Alabama, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a Continue reading

Genealogy: Alaska, Library and society resource list

Alaska, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a Continue reading

Genealogy: Arizona—Library and society resource list

ty resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a Continue reading

Genealogy: Arkansas, Library and society resource list

Arkansas, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a Continue reading