Research Resource

Federal Court Research Useless to Genealogists? We Report, You Decide

Last week we reported about PACER, the federal courts’ Public Access to Court Electronic Records system.  We demonstrated how it works, and suggested that it may have some genealogical research value.  Reader Martin has some issues with that post.  In the comments Martin says: How many genealogical brick walls have been broken down via federal court cases?  Not many–possibly none.  …Continue reading →


Research Resource: Magazines Join Google Books

Google announced earlier this month that they now have online an archive of various magazines’ content.   This is just the first iteration of an initiative that will bring online millions of page of magazine content.  The initiative is being carried out with the cooperation of publishers. The magazines are searchable through Google Book Search and eventually will turn up in …Continue reading →


Attention Sanford Researchers: Tennessee State Marriages Now on

Another of the new databases on is the Tennessee State Marriages database. This is great for researching my Sanford family research. It’s got a lot of images; sometimes there are several different records for a single marriage. This is a good addition.


Research Resource: Register of Enlistments In U.S. Army

I got an e-mail from recently that touted some new databases that had been added. Among these was “Registration of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798 –1914. So of course I was interested. I put in the search box a number of my family names, particularly the more unique ones, and turned up nothing. So then I tried the …Continue reading →


Research Resource: The Library of Congress

If you haven’t been to The Library of Congress, get there soon! (Virtually speaking, of course). It’s been about two years since I visited the Library in person. But when I was there virtually the other night, I noticed things had changed online. There are several ways to see the Library online. Let’s go first to the American Memory collections. …Continue reading →


Research Resource: National Register of Historic Places Nomination Forms

Many are familiar with the National Register of Historic Places. A good resource for research is the set of nomination forms for places on the Register. These are available from the National Park Service at the address on this page. The Park Service hopes eventually to have all of the nomination forms online. But until then, a e-mail to the …Continue reading →

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