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More Useful Websites for Genealogy and History Researchers
Posted 04 March 2009
Compiled By: Fawne Stratford-Devai Biography & Archived Articles
This week`s issue includes links to history and genealogy resources concerning UK, naval history, world history, Russia, Scotland, Germany and United States. Enjoy...
This website offers you access to the amazing wealth of photography held within the Special Collections Department of the University of St Andrews Library. Here you will find masterpieces of very early photography from one of the world's outstanding collections, as well as thousands of images taken by masters of the art, both professional and amateur, over the last century and a half. The whole collection currently numbers in excess of 300,000 images, and is constantly increasing. The photographs available on this web site are a cross-section of the whole collection - a sample which will be regularly increased in size until virtually the whole collection will be searchable from remote sites.
This website is dedicated to German American heritage and is a partnership between the German National Tourist Office and the German Information Center USA. The heritage section includes a Timeline of Emigration The Genealogy section helps you to get started on your research by providing resources, tools and databases.
The Rocky Mountain Online Archive is a central source of information about archival collections in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. Specialized guides, give detailed descriptions of primary source materials located at twenty different repositories. Search the finding aids to discover what historical materials are available for study and where those collections are located. In another project component, three institutions in New Mexico have created new digital collections as part of the Rocky Mountain Online Archive project. Those collections, along with many others from Colorado and Wyoming, can be accessed via the Collaborative Digitization Program's Heritage West Take a few minutes and browse the Heritage West site to discover thousands of digital objects from the collections of museums, libraries, historical societies and archives across the Western United States.
The Division of Vital Records and Health Statistics of the Michigan Department of Community Health has provided Internet access to information from archived death records through the Genealogical Death Indexing System (GENDIS). This system allows the user to search for records using key pieces of information such as the decedent's name, father's last name, and year of death. The data in this system were obtained from microfilmed death ledgers for Michigan, which have been transcribed by genealogists from Michigan's local genealogical societies. The current system contains information on 170,000 Michigan death records from 1867-1884. GENDIS is updated regularly and reflects the most current efforts of the genealogists and data entry staff.
Courtesy of the Rutgers University Cartographic Services, this site contains over 150 maps that cover glacier movements, historical county boundaries, early city maps and plans, and historical railroad maps. Scroll down the page to the section called "The Changing Landscape of New Jersey" and you can select a specific county and discover a diverse set of maps complete with a brief set of facts about each county. Also included for each county are links to the county's historical society (if available), other historical collections for the county.
New York Genealogy Guide
The New York Genealogy Guide links to all the hard work that is posted all over the web for New York. The pages provide a staggering list of links for New York Genealogy that includes Birth Records, Death Records, Obituaries, Marriage Records, New York Biographies, Military Records, Cemetery Inscriptions and more.
William Preston Davies, known as W.P., was born on a farm in Brant County, Ontario, near Brantford, on October 29, 1862. He spent his youth on a farm just south of Brantford, and attended a country school until he was fifteen. When he was 20 he headed for North Dakota where he became a railroad surveyor in the James River Valley. In his 30s WP began a career as a journalist and by 1930 Davies began writing a daily column called "That Reminds Me". This digital collection from the University of North Dakota's Chester Fritz Library gives users access to his daily insights and observations on North Dakota life. The first column available online dates from April 1930 and the last one is from September 1943.
Between 1820 and 1865 more than 3700 African Americans from Virginia emigrated to Liberia. Some went eagerly, others left reluctantly in exchange for their freedom. In 1847, they helped establish the first African republic. The heart of the project is a database with two searchable tables. The Emigrants table contains--when available--full names, ages, family relationships, place of origin and destination, literacy, occupation, and more. The Emancipators table includes county, year of emancipations, and other information on more than two hundred Virginians who manumitted emigrants to Liberia. Other resources include stories of some emigrants and emancipators and related primary sources.
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