Other Helpful Sites

Other Helpful Sites on the Web

Libraries and Archives
Search online library and archives catalogs.
Don't overlook manuscripts and Bible collections.

Sharpen Your Research Skills
Whether you are a beginner or an already skilled genealogist
you will find something of interest here.

Other Goodies
Here are a few to get you started,
but be sure to check out the VAGenWeb page.

Libraries and Archives

Library of Virginia Genealogy Home Page. Provides large selection of Virginia resources, sites that provide surname searches and name lookups, societies, U.S. Government resources, and geographical information.

Library of Virginia Digital Collection takes you to alphabetical list of all digital collections, including those listed below. Some of the direct links below may not work due to a rearrangement of these specific sites, but can be found through this digital collection.

Library of Virginia Online Catalog. Takes you directly to the catalog where you can access their holdings.

Library of Virginia, Land Patents. It is now possible to search for all Virginia land patents through this electronic card index. Find the nearest alphabetic match to your surname of interest and move through the index cards to locate your specific family name.

Library of Virginia, War Records. Online images now available.

Library of Virginia, Dunmore's War (1774). Online images now available.

Library of Virginia, Confederate Disability Applications. Online images now available.

Library of Virginia, S. Bassett French Biographical Sketches. Samuel Bassett French (1820-1898), attorney, judge, Confederate officer, and editor, was a Norfolk native who lived in Chesterfield County and Richmond. Between 1890 and 1897 and in preparation for an intended biographical dictionary to be titled Annals of Prominent Virginians of the XIX Century, French compiled biographical information on almost 9,000 men, often obtaining information either from the subject or members of the immediate family. This collection consists of those handwritten notes.

Research Guides and Bibliography. This is a series of postings by the Library of Virginia about topics of interest to persons doing research in Virginia. Currently contains information on Swem's Index, 1790 Census, Tithables, Headrights, Chalkley's Chronicles, Poll Books, and Place Names. This is a growing source with new topics being added periodically.

Library of Virginia Online Archives and Manuscripts. Contains Virginia colonial records, Bible records, Army Signal Corps photo collection, and electronic card indexes.

Other Virginia Online Library Catalogs. Includes William & Mary, James Madison, Eastern Mennonite, Old Dominion, Radford, Virginia Military Institute, and others.

Other Archives and Manuscripts Repositories in Virginia. Includes William & Mary, James Madison, University of Richmond, Virginia Military Institute, Washington & Lee, and others.

Virginia GenWeb Archives. Contains transcribed primary source documents. It is now possible to search for your surname and locate it if it occurs in any of the documents filed in the Virginia Archives.

USGenWeb Archives Table of Contents. Transcribed primary documents are being added daily. Check out your favorite states and counties and ENJOY!

National Archives and Records Administration. NARA's genealogy page provides information about many of the finding aids, guides, and research tools that can prepare you for a visit to one of our facilities or for requesting records from NARA.

DAR Library. Containing some 150,000 volumes, the Library was recently (1998) ranked the third most important of national institutions by publisher Heritage Quest.

Library of Congress now has an experimental search engine that will allow you to search for surnames.

Archival and Manuscript Repositories in the United States . From the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC).

Libdex. A directory of online library catalogs nationwide and worldwide.

Using Online Library Catalogs in Your Research. Lorine McGinnis Schulze shares this step-by-step guide to using online library catalogues (IIGS™ Newsletter - February 2000).

Sharpen Your Research Skills

Genealogical research is more that just finding people who are researching your family line and downloading all the vital data they have collected. It is really great to make such contacts but the quality of the information we get from others depends ultimately on the records on which the information is based and the care with which the researcher copies and records his source of information. Original source material is the goal to strive for. Derived sources include things like transcripts, abstracts, extracts that have been processed and drawn from original sources. Derived sources may contain serious errors and you can spend a lot of time chasing someone else’s ancestors. While sharing information with others can provide many shortcuts to learning about your family, the careful researcher will search for original records to verify his information. It is with these thoughts in mind this section of skill building sites has been selected to help the beginning genealogist. However, even the more advanced genealogist will find helpful hints and short refresher courses developed by well qualified persons.

INTERNET GENEALOGY - WHAT'S GOOD! WHAT'S NOT! . . . AND WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? by Bettie Cummings Cook, CG. An excellent article on the dangers of Internet genealogy.

Are You a Genealogist, or a Collector of Genealogy?. Scott Simpson makes good points about "doing it right."

National Genealogical Society Standards for Sound Genealogical Research. Lists standards designed to improve the quality of our research.

RootsWeb's Guide to Tracing Family Trees has an excellent set of lessons on various topics of importance to genealogists.

The Learning Center. Developed by Linda Haas Davenport, this site has a nice variety of "how to" articles including census, military, land and other records. Also has other types of information including a time line of history, a list of old diseases, "rules for teachers," and more.

Genealogy Frauds. Information compiled by Robert Charles Anderson, CG, FASG, and published in Genealogical Journal of the Utah Genealogical Association under the title "We Wuz Robbed!"

Ten Easy Steps Up the Family Tree. Designed for the beginner by Kathleen Mirabella. From the Macoupin County, ILGenWeb.

Skill Building Series from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Excellent series of articles for all levels of proficiency.

Your Great Great Great Granddaughter is Looking for You. If you aren't already hightly motivated to do genealogical research, this will do it! From Kathleen Mirabella and the Macoupin County, ILGenWeb.

Research Aids for the Family Historian. Includes information on calendars and dating practices, colonial occupations, family naming traditions, a really great western migration map, and much more.

Land Record References. Contains clear explanations of land transaction records, metes and bounds, and terms you will find in property descriptions.

Metes and Bounds Surveys. by Steve Broyles, Direct Line Software.

Numbering Systems in Genealogy. Richard A. Pence gives a good explanation of the various numbering systems used in genealogy.

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System. A new database that plans to include a list of regiments in both the Union and Confederate Armies; identification and description of 384 significant battles; lists of servicemen. Now contains rosters of U.S. colored troops and general historical information.

AnimatedAtlas.com gives a brief narrative of the development of the United States from 1790 to 1950.

Treasure Maps. Excellent collection of general information and special tutorials on the "stone wall syndrome," deciphering old handwriting, and the U.S. Federal census.

National Archives and Records Administration Genealogy Page. This area provides many of the finding aids, guides, and research tools that can prepare you for a visit to one of the facilities or for requesting records from NARA.

Roots-L Library. Designed to accompany the Roots-L database, but contains helpful sections on specialized sources including Native American, Jewish, African-American, Quaker, and adoptees.

Other Goodies

Hening's Statutes at Large, being a collection of all the Laws of Virginia from the first session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619.

Dating old photographs and postcards based on women's clothing, hair styles, even things like cars, bridges, telephone lines, etc.

How Much is it Worth Today? compares the purchasing power of money in the United States (or colonies) from 1665 to 2002. http://www.bcgcertification.org/

Need Professional Help? Here is the roster of professional researchers certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Migrations. They came for a season, they left and went where? Why did they go and who went with them? So many questions about the migrations of our ancestors.

Directory of Virginia Newspapers.

Virginia's Northern Neck Land Grants. If you have kin in the Northern Neck of Virginia check this page by Steve Knoblock.

Newspaper Abstracts. The purpose of this site is for the submission of newspaper abstracts (or links to other sites with newspaper abstracts) from United States newspapers published prior to 1923. This excellent site is growing by leaps and bounds.

Tombstone Inscription Project. A fantastic project, being developed by Pam Reid, Gloucester County, Virginia coordinator, which is developing a national database of tombstone inscriptions. Check here to see how you can help.

Headstone Hunter. A cooperative site for swapping information about headstones.

Census Images online under the direction of Linda Lewis. Check here to see how you can help make this collection grow.

Gold Bug Site Finder will search place, cemetery, courthouse, school, church and military sites and place them on Google maps.

Expedia Maps will find and plot cities, counties, provinces, countries worldwide.

Atlas of Historical County Boundries is an interactive map that gives boundry changes by county over time.

TopoZone. Online topographic maps---free.

Obituary Central strives to locate, categorize, and present obituaries and other forms of vital data for your convenience.

Map Collection from the Universitiy of Texas Perry-Castañeda Library. Excellent collection of historical maps.

U.S. Digital Maps Library. State and County map as well as Indian Land Cessions to the United States Treaty Maps.

Virginia Genealogical Society. State organization lists events, publications, projects, queries, and more.

Bureau of Land Management. This project offers researchers a single source of information on lands that were once in federal ownership; which federal agency has jurisdiction over the land surface; and what individuals or entities first received that land from the federal government. Also California, Texas, Missouri, and Kentucky database.

Where to Obtain Land Patents/Warrants. State-by-state information excerpts from The Source ...; abstracted by Linda Haas Davenport (May 1998) and updated periodically.

Order of Descendants of Ancient Planters. The term "Ancient Planter" is applied to those persons who arrived in Virginia before 1616, remained for a period of three years, paid their passage, and survived the massacre of 1622.

Passenger Lists. A project in progress to transcribe passenger lists, from the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild.

Directory of Catholic Parishes. Search by parish name, zip code, area code, diocese, or city/state.

Funeratnet. National directory for cemeteries and funeral directors.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet. The Bible for locating sites of interest to genealogists.

Catalog of American Civil War (ACW) photographs from the Special Collections Branch of the U.S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle, PA

Zip Express is a Windows based software utility allowing easy look up of U.S. zip codes and their associated cities, states, counties, area codes, time zones and current time.

Time Capsule. Enter a date between 1900 and 1997 and see the headline news and economic data for that time period. .

Maps and More Maps. If you are into maps visit this site, a growing collection, showing the formation of counties at different time periods in the history of our country.

Genealogy & Technology Articles by Mark Howells. Mark's genealogy writings have appeared in the National Genealogical Society's Computer Interest Group Digest, the New England Historic Genealogical Society's The Computer Genealogist, Family Tree Magazine, Heritage Quest Magazine,and Computers In Genealogy. Mark is the Technology Columnist for Ancestry magazine.

What was the exchange rate then? gives exchanges rates for any year between 1791 and 1999.

Tutorials for Reading Old German, French and English Handwriting, Naming Sytems. Some good basic stuff.

English Calendar. The site, developed by Ian MacInnes, Albion College, calculates Old Style dates from New Style, and vice versa; the date of Easter and other major ecclesiastical feasts; the day of the week for a given date (both Old Style and New Style); and a particular (English) monarch's regnal year for a given ordinary date.

Vital Records Information. Where to obtain vital records from each state, territory and county of the United States.

10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained. An attempt to answer common myths about copyright seen on the net and cover issues related to copyright and USENET/Internet publication, by Brad Templeton.

Currency conversions.

Popular Songs in American History Includes tunes, lyrics and historical background dating from the 17th century.

See also the list of related sites on the Virginia GenWeb page.

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