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: Researching township, city, and state histories and biographies

10-14-2014 10-28-58 PMBy Barry J. Ewell

Local, county, and state histories detail the events that occurred and the people who played a part. These histories detail the early settlements, who held what offices, who founded various towns, including when different churches were started and other valuable information. It is common to find histories that were written between 1870 and 1920 with biographical sketches of the individuals and families. The majority of these histories were written in the west and those states bordering the Great Lakes or Midwest states. These histories give insight and are helpful to the researcher since this is the region where most of the immigrants settled. Continue reading