Genealogy: Organize your research #5— Determine what resources are available in that area

Genealogy: Organize your research #5— Determine what resources are available in that area By Barry J. Ewell

Before you start your trip, do research to determine the places that have information or materials you can use. Resources can include libraries, archives, genealogical societies, historical societies, courthouses, vital record offices, churches, funeral homes, chambers of commerce, cemeteries, schools, and fraternal organizations.

Don’t just concentrate on libraries, courthouses, and cemeteries. Frequently, genealogists ignore regional archives or regional libraries that may contain useful records.

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