Monday, February 25, 2008

Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography

In 1915, Lyon Gardiner Tyler wrote three volumes and edited two additional volumes dedicated to Virginia Biography. His intention was to cover biographies of important Virginians from the founding of the colony until the present time of publication (1915). The entire work includes more then 2000 pages of biographies of Virginians who were influential in the early history of Virginia.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Revolutionary Pensioners - 1.6+ million Documents

This collection of records includes images of entire pension files for soldiers and sailors who served during the Revolutionary War. These records reveal more details about the veteran's history and service unlike selected service records chosen for genealogical content. They also contain more specific information about a soldier's family, state of health, and life after the war. The index provided is done in partnership with

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Vital records of Medfield, MA

Medfield, Massachusetts holds a special interest to me, as my ancestors were some of the original settlers in the town, and many generations of their descendants resided there. This manuscript provides over 12,000 records of births, marriages and deaths in the town up to the year 1850.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Instructions on the Use of the Starr Genealogy

The Starr Genealogy is a wonderful tool for genealogists to discover their Cherokee genealogy. Unfortunately, Starr uses a very unique and often confusing method of showing the relationships between people. This article hopes to shed some light on how to use the Starr Genealogy to find your own Cherokee Roots.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

History of Madison County, Indiana

I began posting biographies at AccessGenealogy for a manuscript we've had online for many years, but only as images. I'm now putting that online in a database format, enabling users to search through the manuscript. The History of Madison County, Indiana was a set of books written by John Forkner in 1914. Volume 2 which we are providing online, contains over a hundred biographies of leading men during the turn of the 20th Century. This is a work in progress, that at this post, is half finished.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Missouri Marriages

I posted today on AccessGenealogy, over 25,000 marriage records dating from 1807-1880 for the state of Missouri. Most of these transcribed records were published in a series of manuscripts that came directly from the Office of Recorder for each county. We presently have records for the following counties in Missouri: Audrain, Benton, Carroll, Cass, Chariton, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Daviess, Franklin, Greene, Linn, Marion, McDonald, Monroe, Osage, Perry, Polk, St. Francois, St. Genevieve, and Warren County.

1840 Pensioner Index

Today, I began posting to AccessGenealogy a database of the 1840 Pensioner Index. The information included within this database includes the applicants name, age, town, county, and state, as well as the head of household with which the individual was enumerated in. The data itself comes from the 1840 census, which asked for the names and ages of "Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services, Included in the Foregoing" Household. Pensioners included both veterans and widows. This clue should lead the researcher to Revolutionary War military service and pension records. The pension files, which are especially useful, have been reproduced online.
  1. 1840 Pensioner List - Index
  2. Publication M804: Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files

Monday, January 07, 2008

Plantation Life in Mississippi

A pleasing picture of plantation life in Mississippi before the Civil War, and an attempt to preserve something of the manners, customs and deeds of that time. As in many Southern writings soon after the Civil War, the history of the "Old South" which included slavery is often painted as an idyllic setting rather then a realistic portrait of that time. That is true in this portrayal we bring to you at Mississippi Genealogy. Please realize that the latitude with which a writer has is expansive, and this author took such liberties to heart, as he readily admits within the work.

Plantation Life in Mississippi

Washington Cemetery Gallery Update

Judy updated the Washington Cemetery Gallery of tombstone photos over the weekend. She added over 300 new photos of tombstones from the Holy Cross Cemetery of Kittitas County, Washington. This brings the total collection of tombstone photos within the gallery to 2720. We appreciate Shelly Steedman and others like her who donate such items to this collection.

Washington Cemetery Tombstone Photos

Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Indian Races of North and South America

Judy added this weekend to our Native American collection online "The Indian Races of North and South America." This manuscript provides details on various Native American tribes of America. While it comprises over 500 pages it is still not an exhaustive study of the Native American nations.

An Account of the Principal Aboriginal Races; A Description of their National Customs, Mythology, and Religious Ceremonies; The History of their most Powerful Tribes, and of their Most Celebrated Chiefs and Warriors; Their Intercourse and Wars with the European Settlers; and A Great Variety of Anecdote and Description, Illustrative of Personal and National Character. Including The Late Sioux War and Indian Massacres in Minnesota.

  • The Aborigines Of Mexico
  • The Florida Indians
  • The Indians Of Virginia
  • New England Indians
  • The Iroquois or Six Nations
  • Pontiac's War
  • The Delawares, Shawanees, and Other Tribes of the Middle and Western States
  • Indians of The Southern States
  • Northern Races
  • The Knisteneaux, Chippewa, &c
  • The Sioux, or Dahcota, and other Tribes of the same Race
  • Indians of the Great Western Prairies
  • Tribes on the Columbia and its Tributaries
  • The Shoshonees, or Snake Indians
Visit the Web Page: The Indian Races of North and South America