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More Useful Websites for Genealogy and History Researchers
Posted 15 January 2009
Compiled By: Fawne Stratford-Devai   Biography & Archived Articles

  • England: British Library - Crace Collection of Maps of London
    Take a moment and visit the British Library's Online Gallery collection of Maps of London which was put together in the early part of the nineteenth century by Frederick Crace. It is amazing to find over 1200 printed and hand-drawn maps that document the development of London and the surrounding area from 1570-1860.

  • England - World War I: Center for First World War Studies: Lions Led By Donkeys
    Most people interested in the Great War are familiar with the names of a handful of senior commanders, French, Haig, Allenby, Byng, Plumer, Rawlinson. And probably familiar with the reputations of many of them as 'donkeys' who sent their lion-hearted men to brutal deaths on squalid battlefields, the state of which they were culpably ignorant and from whose deprivations they were comfortably remote. This website is devoted presenting a weekly portrait of one of Britain's Western Front generals, of whom there were (at the last count) 1,257. Currently you can read over 70 short biographies of these unsung leaders. The biographies are arranged alphabetically. Note the website includes a number of other resources down the left side margin including book reviews and information about how to trace a soldier.

  • USA: Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800
    Fire destroyed the office of the War Department and all its files in 1800, and for decades historians believed that the collection, and the window it provided into the workings of the early federal government, was lost forever. Thanks to a decade-long effort to retrieve copies of the files scattered in archives across the country, the collection has been reconstituted and is offered here as a fully-searchable digital database. The collection is very important because during this time period the War Department was responsible for Indian affairs, veteran affairs, and naval affairs. Browse through more than 55,000 documents, perform detailed searches with links to the digitized image of each document.

  • Disease & Epidemics - Contagion: Historical Views of Disease and Epidemic
    This is a digital library collection from Harvard University that brings a unique set of resources from Harvard's libraries. The program has brought together the Great Plague of London in 1665, Philadelphia's yellow fever epidemic and more epidemics from world history. Visit this site to find historical pamphlets, books, manuscripts and more totaling over 500,000 pages.

  • USA: Early Advertising of the West, 1867-1918 The University of Washington Libraries has recently added an incredible collection of early advertising of the West to their Digital Collections. The collection includes over 450 print ads from local magazines, city directories, and theater pamphlets from 1867 to 1918. Many of the advertisements shed light on the history and social conditions of the Pacific Northwest. In particular, they contain information regarding real estate, cost and standard of living, schools, and tourist destinations in Washington and Oregon. The collection also touches upon important historical issues such as the 1897 Alaskan Gold Rush and regional railroad construction.

  • USA, Wisconsin: Kenosha County History: Images and Texts, 1830s-1940s
    Next to the northern border of Illinois, Kenosha County Wisconsin has been transformed from an outpost of the Michigan Territory to an urbanized area that stretches south to Gary Indiana. Thanks to the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, more than a hundred years of images and texts can now be viewed free online - including the "The History of Racine and Kenosha Counties, Wisconsin" (1879) and the 1925 "City Plan of Kenosha, Wisconsin. A great way to begin is to browse through the headings of "People", "Churches", "Cityscapes", "Transportation", "Local Government" and more.

  • USA, Wyoming: University of Wyoming Digital Collections
    The University of Wyoming has been working since 2002 to digitize their vast collections. This website provides one stop access to all of the digital collections. Take a moment and review the travels of Thomas Kennet-Were - an English gentleman who wandered across the United States and Canada in 1868 and 1869. Or begin the task of viewing more than 7,000 images.

  • The Food Timeline
    Ever wonder what foods the Vikings ate when they set off to explore the new world? What the pioneers cooked along the Oregon Trail? Who invented the potato chip...and why? Welcome to the Food Timeline! Food history presents a fascinating buffet of popular lore and contradictory facts. Browse digital cookbooks, a culinary timeline, how to adapt old recipes and so much more.

Note: For more links to useful genealogy and history websites, visit Fawne Stratford-Devai's biography page where you will find links to many more articles from this series.

About Fawne Stratford-Devai
Fawne Stratford-Devai's work on Land Records and early Ontario records is well known in the genealogy community. A published author of several Canadian and UK research books, she has also contributed articles to the Ontario Genealogical Society's newsletter "Families" as well as writing for the online family history newsletter the "Global Gazette". Biography

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