Typical of the buried treasure about African-American
ancestors you can unearth here is a newly added database of Camden County, Ga.,
deeds (1786-1881), a complete abstraction of deeds, as well as runaway slave
and estate sale ads. A slick search engine makes it easy to explore the
site’s family history fodder, much of which is user-generated.
A single search combs this digitized historical
collection from more than 20 Alabama archives, libraries, museums and other
repositories. Finds range from old receipts and letters to photos of Alabama
officials, football teams and teachers.
Digital Library of
Colonial wills, Confederate records, historical
photos and a New Georgia Encyclopedia are among the million digital objects
here, in more than 200 collections from 60 institutions and 100 government
agencies. Recently added newspapers, bringing the South Georgia Historic Newspapers
Archive to more than 141,000 images spanning 1845 to 1922.
Digital Library on American
Here, descendants of slaves and slaveowners
alike can learn more about this tragic period of America’s past. The
core of the collection comes from petitions to legislatures and country courts
filed between 1775 and 1867 in the 15 slaveholding states and the District of
Columbia. The information—much of it unavailable elsewhere—covers
about 80,000 slaves, 8,000 free people of color and 62,000 whites.
Check out the Works Progress Administration
(WPA) collection of church records, Confederate pension applications, Spanish
land grants and WWI service cards that are among the more than 356,000
individual records here. Video and audio collections now supplement the 175,000
digitized photos that capture Florida back when.
Both the Louisiana Death Records Index and the
Orleans parishes birth index let you click to order certified copies for a
small fee. You’ll also find ships’ manifests, Confederate
pension applications, a marriage index and a searchable archive of audio and
North Carolina State
Click around this site (don’t miss the
Online Projects link) for Bible records, 3,000-plus historic maps, and indexes
of marriage and death announcements appearing in five North Carolina newspapers
(1799-1893). The MARS catalog leads you to resources at the archives in
Raleigh, the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo and the Western Regional
Archives in Asheville.
Portal to Texas
This new University of North Texas site is a
gateway to Texas history materials, spanning 3.4 million (and growing) files of
everything from early newspapers to college yearbooks.
South Carolina Department of
Archives and History
Tucked away under the Online Research link are
indexes and images including Confederate veterans’ records, wills,
court paperwork and land-grant plats.
A collection with substitutes for lost records
(such as those burned in courthouse fires) from Virginia localities is new at
this Library of Virginia site. It was already packed with digital treasures,
including an index to Confederate Veteran magazine (not just Virginians),
family Bibles, Revolutionary War land bounties, Civil War pension rolls and
disability applications, and WWI veterans questionnaires.
From the September
2013 Family Tree Magazine