Richmond Newspaper Database, 1860-1865

From the website: "The Richmond Daily Dispatch is the result of a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and collaboration between the University of Richmond, Tufts University's Perseus Project, and the Virginia Center for Digital History. There are currently 1384 issues of the paper available online, ranging in date from November 1860 through December 1865." Take a look at

Fantastic research database!

General Record Office - English Database

The General Register Office (GRO) in England has announced that a contract has been signed to digitize the birth, marriage, and death certificates that start in July 1837. For more information see

These are crucial records for finding and documenting families. Indexes are available on film or fiche in select libraries. Searching is tedious because each year has four A-Z indexes, one for each quarter of the year. A recent online project, FreeBMD, is a quicker way to search an index but is not complete. Read more »

NEHGS Journal on CD

The New England Historic Genealogical Society published its 150+ years of its journal in CD form, and has also added it to its website.

Marie E. Daly
Director of Research Library
New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116-3007
mdaly [at] nehgs [dot] org

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 1, # 10

Townships and Ranges

With the expansion of the country westward after the Louisiana Purchase, exploration began of the frontier to learn more about the recent land acquisition. As the federal government became more organized, it was decided to open these lands to the general population. The plan was two-fold. First, offer plots to soldiers for their military service and secondly, to sell off as much of the remaining land as possible to raise money for the young republic. To provide for the fairest distribution of the still mostly unmapped and very diverse two and a quarter million square miles, the government divided up the land into squares.


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Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 1, # 9

Getting Past 'Brick Walls'

A 'Brick Wall' in genealogy is a dead-end that you have reached in your research. It may be a small problem or a much larger one. You may have exhausted every avenue of research and are totally frustrated and at a loss.


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Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 1, # 8

Census Research

The most basic of research tools that genealogists use are the Federal and state census records that have been taken since 1790. Read more »

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 1, # 7

BREAKING NEWS and Cemetery Researching

Many of you have been anxiously awaiting another chance for a special night of researching along the lines of our ‘Sitting Up with the Dead’ night that we hosted back on June 2nd. Well....

Your wait is over ! Read more »

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 1, # 6

Land and Property

According to E. Wade Hone in his book Land & Property Research, there are 3 important reasons for land records. Read more »

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 1, # 5

Researching Military Service Records

As we are all aware, genealogy research takes us into a world of literally volumes and volumes of written records. Our hope is that each and every person we research will have left some kind of records behind that will aid us in learning more about the person and lead us in the right direction in tracing that particular family surname. Read more »

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