Saturday, July 25, 2015

Free Access to New York Records from Home

Free for New York State Residents. An agreement between the New York State Archives and website now gives New Yorkers an opportunity to save considerable money while using the site for genealogy research from home. Only NY items that have been copied to the website from archives are available. Free Access to York Records from Home

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Find Land Records for New York City

Search by Parcel, Block or Address to locate land records in New York City.

Find Deeds from Queens.

Digging for Deeds. (article)

Courthouse Research For Family Historians

Finally--the only guidebook devoted exclusively to research in America's courthouses. Full of essentials starting with preparation, interacting with the clerks, using the indexes, and what to expect to find in each courthoiuse office. But it doesn't stop there. Evaluating the records and using them to solve genealogical problems are included. For those who can't travel to the courthouse personally, use of the Internet, microfilm, and published books of abstracts are discussed.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Red Book, American State, County, and Town Sources

No scholarly reference library is complete without a copy of Ancestry's Red Book. In it, you will find both general and specific information essential to researchers of American records. This revised 3rd edition provides updated county and town listings within the same overall state-by-state organization. Whether you are looking for your ancestors in the northeastern states, the South, the West, or somewhere in the middle, ""Ancestry's Red Book has information on records and holdings for every county in the United States.

Arphax Publishing Company is a leading Historical Reference Publisher specializing in original land-ownership maps. Since 2005, they have published original-landowner map-books for 500 U.S. Counties. Recently they added 3.3 million land records. You can search their database for free but there is a subscription price to see the property map. Searches may be done under surname.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Force War Records

Force War Records is the sister site of Forces Reunited, the leading British military community on the web with more than one million members and reuniting veterans since 2001, part of Clever Digit Media Ltd.
The site was created in 2008 upon the request of some Forces Reunited members who were looking for information on their ancestors but had come up against dead ends with the usual genealogy sites. Since inception we have gone on to add over seven million individuals records and a ton of supplementary military data not found on any other sites and are currently adding over 200,000 records a month.

Digital Public Library of America

Today we viewed an interesting workshop given by Lisa Louise Cooke entitled "Five Ways To Enhance Your Genealogy Research Using Old Maps." We learned about using Google Maps to overlay historical maps of a particular area with regards to your family history research. These historical maps can assist you in your research and add to your story. We also received a list of recommended websites where some of these historical maps could be found.

When I returned to my desk I started reading Dick Eastman's newsletter which covered Digital Public Library of America another good website to go to when looking for old maps of interest to your research. I found a Beers's map for my home town Deer Park from 1888. This map was digitized by New York Public Library and is downloadable and available for printing. You could also overlay the map on the Google Maps website or upload to a blog, etc.

Silk Scarf Painting

On Wednesday, December 9th the Local History Room presented the historic craft of painting on silk scarves given by Vivien Pollock. Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk as the canvas. Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd century AD in India when the 'wax resist' technique for embellishing silk was used. Silk painting in India reached its pinnacle of popularity during Moghul rule in the 17 - 19th centuries.

Celebrating the Holidays with the Dutch!

On Wednesday, December 2nd the Local History Room celebrated the holidays as the Dutch due in the Netherlands. Participants assisted with making dough for the Letterbanket cookies and they took home paper shoes filled with Dutch goodies.

Needle Felting A Penguin Program

On Thursday, December 3rd we met in the Local History Room where we learned how to needle felt a penguin.
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