Bureau of Land Management - Eastern States, General Land Office: The vast majority of land transfers in the United States are between private parties and these are usually recorded at the county level. Such land and property records are often in the custody of a county recorder or county clerk, and are indexed both by the name of the seller (grantor) and the name of the buyer (grantee). But land can also be transferred to individuals or corporations by a government. Federal and state land transactions are also records, but usually not at the county level. Instead, these transfers are in the custody of state and federal archives. If your ancestor was one of the earliest to settle in a place and you can't find a deed in the local hall of records, widen your search to state and federal land grant records to see if the land was acquired via an "original" grant.
The Internet Sleuth: This search site has been reduced to five genealogy search sites, the first one being Ancestry.com, a subscription site. The second link is to Genealogy.org, which actually does link to some useful and specialized sites, but most links I tried eventually ended up at Ancestry.com. It also links to JewishGen, Rootsweb and Yahoo's genealogy link page.
Buffalo Barracks: This is a searchable database of over 1,650 U S Regular Army solider who once served at the short-lived Buffalo Barracks between 1835 and 1846. Many of these soldiers fought in the Florida Indian Wars, and then went to the fight in the Mexican War and the Civil War.
Coal Mining History Resource Centre: Do you have an ancestor who worked in the coal mines of Great Britain? If so, you want to look at Ian Winstanley's Coal Mining History Resource Centre. The website includes comprehensive sources for mining deaths -- some 65,000 names of people who died or suffered injury in the mines of Great Britain from 1850 to 1909. It also presents a great deal of material about the lives of the men and boys who worked in the mines.
America's First Families -- Source Files: The Source Files Updates contain listing on over 900 early Colonial Ancestors for whom they are seeking additional information to update the various source files.
BBC Online History: Understanding your ancestors is more than just having the dates and places of the major events in their lives. You also need to understand the world in which they lived. Part of that is geography: the valleys, rivers, roads, and political boundaries of the places where they lived. There is also a cultural setting. What were the religious, economic and political climates like in the place time where your ancestor lived? You can (and should) study those factors. But you can also use a quick reference to guide you when the inevitable questions arise. In your your ancestors were British, this website can help. They have placed a useful and easily used summary of British history on this site.
Postcards From Your Ancestor's Homepage: You may still be living in the town where you were born and grew up. But odds are that you can't say the same for every one of the thousands of members of your family for the past 10 or 12 generations. People move! That's one of the facts of life. That is also one of the fascinating aspects of genealogy. Learning about the places your ancestors lived can be almost as interesting as learning about the lives they led. The best way to learn about your ancestral homeland, is to visit the area and see it for yourself; however, what happens if you don't have time time or money to take the trip? For decades, family genealogists have considered locally produced photographs to be the next best thing to taking their own. Photographs can be found in brochures produced by the local chamber of commerce or travel bureau, or they can be found on postcards. You can write to the local offices of travel bureaus, or you can locate local postcards and other photographs via the Internet. There are several specific websites, like Postcards.com , or you can use your favorite search engine to locate websites that have online pictures from the city or region where your ancestors lived.
Chinese Historical Society of America: The Chinese Historical Society of America, with headquarters in San Francisco is interested in preserving Chinese American heritage through their genealogy and oral history projects along with other projects. Among the resources of this society are many books on Chinese immigration, personal histories of Chinese Americans, 14 years of their annual journal "Chinese America: History and Perspectives", and several museum exhibits. The website contains publications and exhibits that may be helpful to many who are seeking their Chinese ancestral roots.
Albany County Hall of Records/County Clerk: Naturalizations in Albany: This site is an index of the naturalization records in that county between 1821 - 1906 and the index is online in a searchable database.
Historic Pittsburgh on the Web: The University of Pittsburgh and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania have collaborated to create a great resource for genealogists and historians. "Historic Pittsburgh" is a free, online digital library. It encompasses hundreds of old books and maps of the region, covering the 17th to 20th centuries, with more information being added.
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