Advanced Research Techniques

for the Southern States

by Barbara Renick ©Copyright 2007 

Barb@ZRoots.com

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 PART I.  BACKGROUND PHASE

        A. History:

                  1. dig deeper

example: Friedman, Lawrence M. History of American Law. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985.

example: Norton, Herman A. Religion in Tennessee: 1777-1945. Knoxville, Tennessee: The University of Tennessee Press, 1981.

example: “An Introduction to the History of Tennessee’s Confusing Land Laws” by Billie R. McNamara posted on the Tennessee Genealogy & History Web Ring (NOTE: http://web.utk.edu/~kizzer/genehist/research/landlaws.htm is currently not found on the Web. Go to www.archive.org and enter this URL in the WayBack Machine box to see this site.)

2. search longer & wider

example: http://www.rrhistorical.com/rrdata/

B. Geography:

About.com search engine searches for historical map or historical gazetteer

RefDesk Subject Categories—Geography/History http://www.refdesk.com/index.html

1. rivers

example: Schweitzer, George K. Tennessee Genealogical Research. Knoxville, TN : G.K. Schweitzer, c1981.

example: TopoZone Maps  http://www.topozone.com/

2. mountains

3. circular searches

example: Everton, George B. The Handy Book for Genealogists : United States of America. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1999.

4. migratory patterns

example: http://www.repeatperformance.com (another company may be taking over the retail sales of these tapes. Check at Willowbend Books.)

example: Pulaski County Migration Page       http://www.rootsweb.com/~kypulask/migrate.html

C. Time Period:

1. gaps in records

example: Genealogical “Fact Sheets” of Each Tennessee County from the TN State Library & Archives http://www.state.tn.us/sos/statelib/pubsvs/countypg.htm

2. boundary changes

example: AniMap software at http://www.goldbug.com

example: Montgomery County, Kentucky Boundary Changes
http://www.rootsweb.com/~vamontgo/mont-org.htm

3. judicial changes

example: "Tennessee Court System Prior to 1870" by Charles A. Sherrill in Tennessee State GenWeb Project Research Helps
http://www.tngenweb.org/law/courtsys.htm

4. changing governments

5. life span

 

PART II.  SURVEY PHASE

 A. Family Traditions

1. fact & fiction

2. supporting evidence

example: Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

B. Family Sources

1. immediate family

2. extended family

3. repetitive requests

4. interview techniques

C. Extended Family Branches

1. how they can find you

example: Ancestral File and Pedigree Resource File at http://www.familysearch.org

example: http://rsl.rootsweb.com Roots(Web) Surname List

2. how you can find them

example: from their queries placed in local genealogical or historical society publications for the places where your ancestors resided

example: message boards at Ancestry.com

example: almost every search engine online has a link to white pages or an initially free people finder search tool

example: http://www.zroots.com/locating.htm "Locating Living People"

D. Published Biographies

1. biographical indices

example: databases at Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest Online

example: Ancestral File and Pedigree Resource File at FamilySearch.org

example: Godfrey Memorial Library at http://www.godfrey.org/

2. local histories

example: Heritage Quest Online

example: BYU Family History Archives

3. manuscript sources 

example: http://lcweb.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/nucmc.html

example: http://archives.chadwyck.com/

E. Genealogical & Historical Societies

1. local

2. regional

3. state

4. ethnic

5. religious

 F. Genealogy Publications

1. general

2. surname specific

3. electronic

example: Research Guidance and Research Helps section at FamilySearch.org

PERSI at Ancestry.com or Heritage Quest Online

 

PART III.  RESEARCH PHASE

 A. Government Sources

1. federal

example: Carroll, Roy and Raymond H. Pulley. Historic Structures Report Little Cataloochee, North Carolina: Jim Hannah Cabin, Will Messer Barn, Dan Cook Cabin and Apple House, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association, 1976.

2. state

example: http://www.usgenweb.org

Each state page has links to that state's library and archives' Web pages. There you can find many useful files, finding aids, and references.

3. county

a. on location research in the county courthouse

example: lookup offers listed on many County GenWeb Project Web pages or at the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Web site at http://www.raogk.org/

b. seeking out other levels of record sources

B. Church Sources

1. church records

example: Church of the Brethren Network--History & Genealogy http://www.cob-net.org/henhis.htm

2. biographies

example: Biography of John Hanna of Barton, Tioga Co., NY http://pages.prodigy.net/rasbuckley/hanna.htm

3. newspapers

4. publications

 C. Family Sources

1. repetitive requests

2. you gotta give to get

3. family psychology

D. Miscellaneous Sources

 

PART IV.  TYPES OF LIBRARY SITES

A.  Small City Libraries

example: Carlsbad  [CA] City Library
http://www.ci.carlsbad.ca.us/library/index.html

B.  Large City Libraries

example: Los Angeles Public Library http://www.lapl.org/

C.  Regional Resources

example: McClung Collection for East Tennessee
http://www.knoxlib.org/departments/ethc/mcclung/

D.  State Libraries & Archives

example: Library of Virginia http://www.lva.lib.va.us/

E.   National Libraries & Archives

example: Library of Congress http://lcweb.loc.gov/homepage/lchp.html

F.   Supraregional Library Resources

example: California Digital Library (access all the UC library catalogs via the Melvyl system) http://www.cdlib.org/

G.  Genealogical Society Libraries

example: The Orange County CA Genealogical Society’s Collection is housed at the Huntington Beach Public Library  http://www.hbpl.org/http://www.hbpl.org/

example: The National Genealogical Society’s collection was moved from their Glebe House to St. Louis  (http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/libprecat.htm)

H.  Historical Society Libraries

example: Wisconsin Historical Society http://www.shsw.wisc.edu/library/

example: Filson Historical Society http://www.filsonhistorical.org/library.html

I.     University Libraries (many campuses have more than one library)

example: UCBerkeley has the Bancroft and Doe Libraries on campus
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/

J.    Patriotic and Lineage Society Libraries

example: DAR Library in Washington, D.C. http://www.dar.org/library/onlinlib.cfm

K. Libraries of Religious Organizations

example: The Family History Library in Salt Lake City http://www.familysearch.org

example: Partee Center for Baptist Historical Studies
http://campus.jewell.edu/academics/curry/library/partee/partee.html

See the definition of "library" at the Wikipedia free online encyclopedia to expand the types of libraries and resources.

 

PART V.  LIBRARY LOCATORS

A.  Using Google.com to find the hours for the Pulaski County, KY Historical Society’s Collection at the Pulaski Co. Public Library in Somerset, KY.

B.  Specialty search engines like Yahoo! or About.com

C.  Using www.searchengines.com and choose “World Search Engines” to find search engines for specific countries or languages

D.  LIBDEX (18,000 links to libraries) (http://www.libdex.com/)

E.   LIBWEB (http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Libweb/)

F.   LibrarySpot (http://www.libraryspot.com/)

G.  State Libraries List (http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dltcl/pld/statelib.html)

 

PART VI.  ADDITIONAL SOUTHERN RESEARCH LINKS

[To be completed later.]

 

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