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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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).
The Alabama Secretary of State has posted for free access on the Internet survey maps by township and range of all of Alabama. The Eastern Division of the Bureau of Land Management has also posted similar records on its site but so far those records lack the surveyor's field notes found in the Alabama copy. Read more about Alabama Survey Maps
The collection covers the years 1789-1930 with over 1800 books, pamphlets, 9000 photographs, 200 maps and 13000 pages from manuscript and archival collections. The primary focus is the documentation of voluntary immigrations from the signing of the Constitution up to the early stages of the beginning of the Great Depression. An added feature is an immigration timeline with embedded links to the complementing online resources. 'Search' and 'Browse' options are available. Read more about Harvard University Online Resources