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Westport Historic Private Cemeteries

The town of Westport, Massachusetts now has online information from 102 local cemeteries thanks to the tremendous efforts of the genealogy and historical enthusiasts there. Information on the site includes the WSP number, cemetery name, location and access information, square footage, assessor's map and lot number, number of gravestones engraved and number of unmarked field stones, most recent and earliest dates of death, a digital photograph, GPS readings, a burial ground sketch map and historical and genealogical narratives. Read more about Westport Historic Private Cemeteries

Coat-of-Arms

Some ask, "Where can information be found on obtaining a legitimate Coat-of-Arms?" Anyone desiring to learn more about the serious study of heraldry and any rights to display a coat-of-arms will find there are a number of online websites devoted to the accurate use of a coat-of-arms. Read more about Coat-of-Arms

Britain, Ireland and the Colonies

For those researchers who may be searching for records not typically found elsewhere, it may prove worthwhile to visit Original Record.Com. Ancestor searches can be performed into the approximately 1,000 years of unusual records that were previously unaccessible before and now available on-line to all. Searches are completely free; there is no subscription to use the site, the only charge is for scans of the actual pages where your entries appear should you wish to purchase. Read more about Britain, Ireland and the Colonies

Coming Oct. 1: online holds!

Get the books you want at your branch! Starting October 1, you'll be able to place a hold on a book through our online catalog and have that book delivered to your local branch for you to pick up.  Stay tuned for details! Read more about Coming Oct. 1: online holds!

New York Digital Maps

The New York Public Library now has online a collection of digital maps from the 1800's for browsing. They're of good quality and offer the capability through the use of a 'zoom' feature to view the maps up close. These maps cover all three levels of state, county and city. Read more about New York Digital Maps

Family Tree Magazine Podcasts

The folks at Family Tree Magazine have created an exciting addition to their website for genealogists. Now, not only will they be providing the informative articles in their monthly magazine, but online visitors can now listen to 30-minute in-depth discussions of those articles through podcasts. The latest in genealogy news is also included in the format. Your host is Lisa Louise Cooke, author of Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Strategies from Season One of the Genealogy Gems Podcast. Take some time and give a listen! Read more about Family Tree Magazine Podcasts

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 3, # 6

Freedmen's Bureau Records: The Freedmen's Savings and Trust Company was incorporated by an act of Congress approved March 3, 1865 as a banking institution established in Washington, D. C. for the benefit of freed slaves. There were two military savings banks, one in Norfolk, Va. and the other in Beaufort, S.C. that were merged into the Trust Company soon after it was founded. From 1865 through 1870 a total of 33 branches were established, including an office that was opened in New York, N.Y., in 1866. In 1874 the Company failed.

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Genetic Genealogy

As DNA genealogy becomes more common place and used by researchers, many are looking for guides and assistance. One such site that aids in learning the terminology and where help can be found is the International Society of Genetic Genealogy website. From there, can be found links to DNA information on the Internet, 'Famous DNA' information, speakers and meeting notices, and a connection to joining a Yahoo DNA forum group. The best thing about it is it's FREE. As they say, 'Genetic Genealogy has helped thousands! Begin your quest by test today!' Read more about Genetic Genealogy

Virginia Tax Lists

Unfortunately for genealogical researchers, the 1790 and 1800 censuses of Virginia were lost forever. The good news is, though, that through the use of tax records that still exist 'substitute census' information can be utilized to locate individuals and families in those critical years. Now available FREE online are the Land Tax lists and Personal Property Tax lists for each of the individual counties and cities in Virginia. Read more about Virginia Tax Lists

Megan Smolenyak to speak!

You may know her as the lead researcher for the PBS Ancestors series where she delved into over 5,000 genealogical stories and developed much of the content for the companion website. She has subsequently consulted for other television programs, including They Came to America and African American Lives for PBS, and BBC’s Timewatch (regarding the identification of sailors’ remains recovered from the USS Monitor).

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