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: 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

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: Part 1—Effectively tapping into local, county, state historical societies and libraries

10-17-2014 8-38-48 AMBy Barry J. Ewell

The history of a family over many generations lies buried in different sources and places. Like a good detective, the genealogist must search for the pieces of a family’s past in those many sources such as books, documents, and manuscripts. The genealogist must also be patient and imaginative, for the search can take years and involve a string of clues that lead to new sources. The facts–names, dates, Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using societies in researching immigrant ancestors

Using societies in researching immigrant ancestorsBy Barry J. Ewell

The following are records and resources that genealogists find extremely helpful and full of clues to find immigrant ancestors. The information is designed to provide a quick reference and direction of where to find and search for records as probable places to find information.

Lineage or Hereditary Societies
A lineage society is an organization whose membership is limited to persons who can prove lineal, documented descent from a qualifying ancestor. Hundreds of these organizations exist in America, such as for descendants of those who fought in the Continue reading

Genealogy: Part 2—Strategy for searching societies and libraries

Part 2—Strategy for searching societies and libraries By Barry J. Ewell

As outlined, societies and libraries collect books, manuscripts, reference files, maps, newspapers, photographs and all other items of historical value.  The following is an outline of steps you might consider to unlock and find your family’s history and genealogy.

Step 1. Consult Handbooks on Genealogical Research
Handbooks on genealogical research offer instruction, advice, and information useful to both beginning and advanced genealogists. Topics covered by these books include 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