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Introducing Family Tree Fridays

by on October 23, 2009


We are happy to announce that we are going to start having posts on Fridays that are related to family history and genealogy research — with an emphasis on online research and access. John and Katherine will be joining our team of bloggers, and they plan to take turns posting. Look for the first post next Friday, October 30th.

If you have any suggestions for topics you would like them to cover, questions you would like them to answer, or documents you think they should feature, just let us know.


Comments

Thomas MacEntee October 23, 2009 at 1:46 pm

I think a post stressing that while online research is great, it really is only the tip of the iceberg – as the wonderful poster from the California Genealogical Society and Library states: http://calgensoc.blogspot.com/2009/08/tip-of-iceberg-poster-buy-three-get-one.html

Jason October 23, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Any chance you could cover pre-colonial family history research?

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gold October 28, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Are there good online resources for Antebellum family history research? Supposedly my family has some South Carolina roots that I am looking into.

John October 29, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Hi Thomas,

Thanks for making a very good point: while the internet has indeed made information and research much more accessible and convenient, many records still are not yet available online. Here at NARA, we’re making efforts with online partners such as Ancestry and Footnote.com to digitize more of our holdings, but in many cases it’s still necessary to come in and view the records in person. The digitization projects will be ongoing, but it’s also nice to hold a tangible piece of history in your hand as well!

John October 29, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Hi Jason,

Thanks for your question regarding pre-colonial family research. Since our blogs will generally focus on NARA-related research, we will not deal very much with pre-federal or colonial resources. The National Archives, of course, is the repository for the historical records of the federal government, and so we don’t have very much in the way of colonial material. I would certainly recommend that you check the appropriate state archives for any resources relating to the original thirteen colonies.

John October 29, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Hi Gold, Our blogs will mostly focus on NARA records in general. Ancestry.com (which you can access for free from any NARA location and many public libraries), is a good starting point to find essential federal records for family research from the Antebellum period, including census, immigration, and military service records.

As for other online resources, FamilySearch.org and CyndisList.com offer useful starting points for research as well. More specific to your question, the web site of the South Carolina State Archives also has a research and genealogy link to information about online sources. Anyone else who is following this blog is welcome to make suggestions on antebellum South resources, too!

Davidoff November 2, 2009 at 5:17 am

I’m with Jason on the pre-colonial coverage. Is there a chance you’ll cover historical icons and their relations to one another, such as the presidents?

Cora November 22, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I would really be interested in a “getting started” guide to finding family history. I am a beginner in this area. My parents are much more interested in this area but their knowledge of the internet as a research tool is limited. Really sounds interesting.

Gold Coins June 25, 2010 at 12:15 am

This is great!

Restore Disk July 23, 2010 at 11:17 am

Are there good online resources for Antebellum family history research? Supposedly my family has some South Carolina roots that I am looking into.

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