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Name of SourceAuthor/SourceCategoryTagsNotes
Boston 1775Bell, J. L.BlogsRevolutionary WarHistory, analysis, and unabashed gossip about the start of the American Revolution in Massachusetts
Genea-MuingsSeaver, Randall J.BlogsGenealogyGenea-Musings features genealogy research tips and techniques, genealogy news items and commentary, genealogy humor, San Diego genealogy society news, family history research and some family history stories
Lonetester HQAlonaBlogsGenealogyHi there … welcome to my blog. My name is Alona, I’m from the south end of the world in South Australia. I’m a Gen Xer, and I have a passion for genealogy, and am a hobby genealogist. I have been fortunate enough to have worked in the family history industry for many years, and have gained a lot of knowledge on products, websites and records available to researchers which I hope to share with you.
Orlando, West VirginiaGloff, DonnaBlogsBraxton County,Lewis County,Biographical Sketches,GenealogyIn the heart of the West Virginia hills, at the edge of the Little Kanawha River Basin, is Oil Creek with its several tributaries. It was first settled at the beginning of the 1800s. At the confluence of Clover Fork & Oil Creek the town of Orlando developed in the late 1800s and withered in the mid 1900s. For two hundred years a small community has loved, worked, fought dreamed and worshiped here and raised new generations to do the same. Here are some of the stories of that community.
The Family CuratorLevenick, Denise MayBlogsGenealogyIt’s the goal of The Family Curator to inspire, and encourage other family curators to preserve and share their own family treasures.
BYU Historical PhotographsBrigham Young UniversityDigital CollectionsHistorical PhotographsBrigham Young University has a fantastic collection of historical images, many from Utah but some from other areas. Among the latter are images of the San Francisco Earthquake and Europe in World War II. The Huntington Bagley Collection features 4,500 portraits out of the 15,000 taken by this Springville, Utah, studio. Each image has a title, description and subject headings (which may include family names).
CalisphereUniversity of California Libraries and Other State PartnersDigital CollectionsHistorical PhotographsWelcome to Calisphere: your gateway to California’s remarkable digital collections. Calisphere provides free access to unique and historically important artifacts for research, teaching, and curious exploration. Discover over two million photographs, documents, letters, artwork, diaries, oral histories, films, advertisements, musical recordings, and more.
CARLI Digital CollectionsConsortium of Academic and Research Libraries in IllinoisDigital CollectionsHistorical PhotographsThe Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois brings together historical images, manuscripts, sound recordings and more.
Cincinnati Digital LibraryCincinnati and Hamilton County Public LibraryDigital CollectionsHistorical PhotographsIf you have ancestors in southwestern Ohio, southeastern Indiana or northern Kentucky, look here for photos of their lives
Cornell University Library Digital CollectionsCornell University LibraryDigital CollectionsHistorical PhotographsLaunched in December 2015, the Cornell University Library (CUL) Digital Collections portal aggregates CUL’s rich digital collections content into a single interface, with the goal of enabling easier access and discovery of these resources
Digital Library of AppalachiaAppalachian College Association Digital CollectionsHistorical PhotographsIncludes:
Nearly two dozen college and university libraries share photos, documents and artifacts from the hills of Appalachia. On the home page, you can browse collections by contributor or topic or enter a keyword in the search box. On a results page, search specific collections, add a date to your search and more.
FlickrFlickrDigital CollectionsHistorical PhotographsThe site gives individuals, museums and other organizations an easy way to share pictures, let the public access them, and gather comments. Search at the top for a topic or organization, then click Photos (to see all related photos), People (to go to the photostreams of people and organizations that post related material) or Groups (to view the pages and photo­streams of groups that post related photos). Then choose the organization you’re looking for.

Many institutions participate in Flickr Commons, whose goal is to “share hidden treasures from the world’s public photography archives.” A search box on this page lets you search just these images. If you register for Flickr (it’s free), you can add tags and annotations to images.

Another cool thing about Flickr? You can use it to search the Internet Archive website’s images from old books. Information provided includes the publication in which they were found—even the exact page, textural references as well.
Getty Research Institute Digital CollectionsGetty Research InstituteDigital CollectionsHistorical PhotographsThe J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is one of the world’s premier art museums, and of course it has a first-rate photograph collection. You can click one of the featured collections on the website’s home page to browse it, or click Search the Digital Collections to search item titles and descriptions with a keyword.
Harvard Digital CollectionsHarvard University LibraryDigital CollectionsHistorical PhotographsWhile much of Harvard Library’s digital content is available only to Harvard affiliates, Harvard Digital Collections provides free, public access to over six million digital objects – from ancient art to modern manuscripts and even audio/visual material.
Library of Congress Digital CollectionsLibrary of CongressDigital CollectionsHistorical PhotographsThe United States’ largest library holds a lot of undiscovered digitized genealogical treasures. From the dropdown menu at the top of the page, select Photos, Prints, Drawings to search just visual content. Then search for topics, places, organizations and even names. You then can filter results by place, date and more.

If you find a good match, click the subject heading in the image’s catalog listing to see similar items. A few items are for use only in the library, but most are downloadable in several sizes. Check the copyright information to make sure an item is in the public domain before you publish it anywhere.
National Library of Ireland Digital PhotographsNational Library of IrelandDigital CollectionsHistorical PhotographsOn the website of this Republic of Ireland institution, you can search for images of the places your Irish ancestors lived by entering a place name or browsing by place or other topic. (The library’s collection covers the entire island until 1922; and thereafter, the Republic.)
National Library of Scotland Digital ResourcesNational Library of ScotlandDigital CollectionsCollections here cover the First World War, 1929 Edinburgh, 1860s Glasgow, and Scots engaged in sporting activities.
New York Public Library Digital CollectionsnsNew York Public LibraryDigital CollectionsHistorical PhotographsExplore 914,267+ items digitized from The New York Public Library’s collections.

This site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more.
Braxton County, WV GenealogyFacebook GroupsBraxton CountyPrivate Group – Ask to Join

About This Group
This group focuses on family history from the Braxton County, WV area.
Everyone is welcome!
Doddridge County Historical SocietyFacebook GroupsDoddridge County
French Creek PioneersFacebook GroupsUpshur County
From the Beginning, Rosedale WVFacebook GroupsBraxton County,Gilmer CountyPrivate Group – Ask to Join

I would like to invite all residents and surrounding areas (past and present) to input photos, stories and any history that is known to them. Any information from the start of Rosedale WV to the present. NO gossip, just stories from the past. When posting photos, please include location, identification of people in photos (if known), identification of buildings and any history… Your family photos are welcome!!! … Hopefully, others can input their knowledge and we can have a wonderful composite of our small WV town! Please, keep this page clean and peaceful.. If you have disagreements, take it to your inbox… There will be NO scamming (it WILL be deleted)….. Thank you and I hope everyone enjoys and benefits from others input!!
Gilmer County, West Virginia History and GenealogyFacebook Groups
Gilmer County Historical SocietyFacebook GroupsGilmer CountyPrivate Group – Ask to Join

The Gilmer County, West Virginia History and Genealogy page is for those who are interested in the history and peoples of the county. We are not professional genealogists but we do have knowledge of the county, it’s people, and resources that are available to aid in research. This is a place where you can connect with others who are also researching various aspects of the county and its residents. We have many wonderful photos and stories posted as well and welcome more. We welcome anyone interested in Gilmer county history but due to the influx of persons not of the same purpose I am sending messages to each of those who have sent a request to join. This message will go to your “other” box so please check back. Thank you so much and enjoy
Harrison County, WV Genealogy & HistoryFacebook GroupsHarrison County
I Grew Up in Weston WV…and Boy Are My Arms TiredFacebook GroupsLewis County
Lewis County, WV History and GenealogyFacebook GroupsLewis County
Marion County, WV GenealogyFacebook GroupsGenealogy and History Societies
Ritchie County, WV History and GenealogyFacebook GroupsGenealogy and History Societies
Shock West Virginia (Tanner #4)Facebook GroupsGilmer CountyPrivate Group – Ask to Join

Michael Stump came to Steer Creek in 1804 Alexander Shock married Eliza Stump in 1840. The “Log House” as we knew it at the mouth of Tanner would have been built shortly they were married. The first Millers came to Tanner in 1897, trading farms with Hiram Cox.(what we knew as the Ben Miller Farm) George’s father Lewis came to Mill Fork in 1876. Mention of Lindo Rogers living on Tanner in 1897 also, but I do not know from where, or what year he came
Upshur County, WV History and GenealogyFacebook GroupsGenealogy and History SocietiesPrivate Group – You can be invited by one of the over 2,200 members.
West Virginia Obituaries by JasFacebook GroupsObituariesPrivate Group – Ask to Join

About This Group
A place to post obituaries (and articles) of various West Virginia families.
If you are interested in joining our group, PLEASE ANSWER ALL THREE questions in full (no one word answers) that pop up giving us info on your family research to show that you are actively researching family from WV, please have your fb profile page available to view, showing where you live and are from, and especially the groups you belong to. This will aid Admins in deciding if our group would be helpful to you.
PLEASE do not ask to join this group in order to post spam or any type of ad. If you are not interested in, and contributing, to WV family research, please do not ask to join our group.
Weston Historic Landmark CommissionFacebook GroupsLewis County,Lewis County (Weston)
Ancestral FindingsMoneymaker, WillPodcastsGenealogyWeekly; includes articles and a newsletter
Extreme Genes: America’s Family History ShowFisher, ScottPodcastsDNA,Family History,GenealogyWeekly. Includes transcripts.
Genealogy GemsCooke, Lisa LouisePodcastsGenealogyMonthly
Genealogy GuysMorgan, George G. and Smith, Drew PodcastsGenealogy1-2 times per month
Genealogy Happy HourLay, Amy Crabill and Bonawitz, Penny Burke PodcastsGenealogy1-2 times per month
Allegheny Regional Family History SocietyWebpagesGenealogy and History Societies
America’s Best History TimelineWebpagesHistorical Context,Chronologies and Timelines
Ancestor HuntWebpagesGenealogy,ReferenceThis site contains Free Genealogy search engines. Browse for records by state or title. Links to some interesting search engines, such as Bible Record Transcriptions and Surname Index, Search for Old Family Bibles, Police Officers of the Past, Genealogy of Famous Folks and Genealogical Prison Records.
Archives Records Information Access System (ARIAS)Pennylvania State ArchivesWebpagesGenealogy,Reference,PennsylvaniaThis is the site of the Pennsylvania State Archives. Online searchable site for Pennsylvania records: National Guard Veterans’ Card File, 1867-01921; Civil War Veterans’ Car File; Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card File; World War I Service Medal Application Cards; Spanish American War Veterans’ Card File of United States Volunteers; Mexican Border Campaign Veteran’s Car File Militia; Officers’ Index Cards, 1775-1800.
Atlas of Historical BoundariesNewberry LibraryWebpagesReference,MapsWebsite has an interactive map that shows the historical county boundaries of all 50 states, Choose a specific date to determine the boundaries for a given date. That can really make a difference when researching (West) Virginia!
BabelfishBabelfish.comWebpagesLanguage Translator,ReferenceJust type in what you want translated and in what language. . . this program will do the work for you.
Behind the NameCampbell, MikeWebpagesReferenceWondering about the history of your first name? Check out this site. There are also sections of the site dedicated to surnames and place names. It also has some interesting links: Name Days, Name Translator.
BillionGraves.comWebpagesCemeteriesVolunteer participation includes uploading photos, transcribing markers, and more.
Chronicling AmericaLibrary of CongressWebpagesOnline NewspapersSearch America’s historic newspapers from 1789-1963. A partnership between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Includes many newsapers including these that may be of special interest to HCPD members, such as:

American Union (1855-1859) [Morgantown, VA
Calhoun Chronicle (1883-1984) [Grantsville, WV]
Clarksburg Teletram (1874-1926)
Cooper’s Clarksburg Register (1851-1861)
Fairmont West Virginian (1904-1914)
Monongalia Mirror (1849-1855)
South Branch Intelligencer (1830-1896) [Romney, VA]
Spirit of Jefferson (1844-1948) [Charles Town, VA/WV
Sunday Telegram (1914-1927) [Clarksburg]
West Virginia Argus (1877-1946) [Kingwood, WV]

Weston Newspapers include:
The Democrat (1868-1874) [Weston]
Weston Democrat (1875-current)

CivilWar Related WebsitesAmerican Battlefield TrustWebpagesCivil War
CLIO – Highlights of the Weston, WV Walking TourWebpagesHistorical Markers and Sites,Lewis County
CLIO (General)WebpagesHistorical Markers and Sites
Cornerstone Genealogy SocietyWebpagesGenealogy and History Societies,Harrison CountyWaynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania, Local History and Genealogy
Cyndi’s ListIngle, CyndiWebpagesGenealogy,ReferenceA comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online. Your genealogy starting point for more than 20 years!
Dating Vintage Photographs By Clothing and HairstylesPrice, NancyWebpagesGenealogy,ReferenceThis article titled “Style Clues & Cues in Antique Photos” includes great tips for dating photographs, and links to many sources for research in this area.
Digital Public Library of AmericaWebpagesOnline Libraries
Don’s ListKrieger, DonWebpagesGenealogy,ReferenceDon Krieger, a long time resident of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Western Pennsylvania is committed to placing as much material as possible at and keeping it accessible and free. There are many areas covered in his lists.
Family History LibraryWebpagesOnline Libraries
Find-A-GraveWebpagesReference,CemeteriesFind the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials or add photos, virtual flowers and a note to a loved one’s memorial. Search or browse cemeteries and grave records for every-day and famous people from around the world.
Flesher Family RedwoodWebpagesFamily History,GenealogyThis website attempts to gather in one place all of the information on three branches of a FLESHER family, namely the Pendleton Co WV, the Weston WV and the Doe Hill lines of the descendants of the Ober-Seemen Germany FLESHER or FLEISCHER family. Also all of their descendants.
GenealogyLinks.netWebpagesGenealogy,ReferenceThis site has more than 50,000 genealogy links for US, UK, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. You can browse by region to find links on how to locate records, such as parish registers, censuses, cemeteries, marriages, passenger lists, city directories, military records, obituaries and more.

This one will lead you all sorts of places!!
Gilmer County, WV Historical SocietyWebpagesGenealogy and History Societies,Gilmer County
Google BooksWebpagesOnline Libraries
Google TranslateGoogle.comWebpagesLanguage Translator,ReferenceJust type in what you want translated and in what language. . . this program will do the work for you.
Harrison County Genealogical SocietyWebpagesGenealogy and History Societies
Historical Anniversaries by Days of the YearWikipediaWebpagesHistorical Context,Chronologies and Timelines
Historical Marker DatabaseWebpagesHistorical Markers and Sites
Historical Marker Database (WV)WebpagesHistorical Markers and Sites
Historical/Cultural Timeline – 1700sUniversity of HoustonWebpagesHistorical Context,Chronologies and Timelines
How to Preserve Family Archives (papers and photographs)National ArchivesWebpagesPreservation
Internet ArchiveWebpagesOnline Libraries
Introduction to the FamilySearch CatalogWebpagesGenealogy,ReferenceThis resource is vast, and these are some great tips for finding what you need.
Irish Historic Towns Atlas (Digital)Royal Irish AcademyWebpagesReference,MapsAccess to IHTA’s online, GIS prototypes and additional resources. The Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA) has been producing printed atlases and related publications on Irish towns and cities since 1986. IHTA Digital is a complementary online resource and contains three components. IHTA Online:

Access to the Online Editions of published towns and city atlases
Digital Prototypes: Prototype digital atlas sites based on IHTA material (such as the Digital Atlas of Derry~Londonderry)
Additional Resources: Further resources for researchers, students and teachers including Online Gazeteers, Dublin Suburbs, and Useful Links.
Land Grants and Deeds in Hampshire CountyHall, Charles C.WebpagesHampshire County,Land RecordsResearching Early Land Grants, Deeds, Warrants, and Surveys
Local History & Genealogy Reference ServicesLibrary of CongressWebpagesOnline Libraries
Marion County Historical MuseumWebpagesGenealogy and History Societies,Marion County
My Genealogy HoundHearthstone Legacy PublicationsWebpagesGenealogy,ReferenceMy Genealogy Hound is your completely free site to view thousands of family biographies from early and rare history and genealogy references. These biographies can often be valuable for discovering details about ancestors in your family tree research. In addition, thousands of historic county maps and vintage photographs are also available free to view.

As of this time (April 2021) the following states are included: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.
National Council on Public History – Project DirectoryNationalCouncil on Public HistoryWebpagesReferenceThis directory is a free guide to history-focused digital projects for students, faculty, public history professionals, and anyone interested in learning about history through digital media.

It is designed to help connect researchers and learners with resources that can help them explore their interests, and to promote and share the wide range of digital projects in existence. This directory does not include all digital projects, but is vetted by the Digital Media Group for projects that are focused on the study or interpretation of historical subject matter, are open access, and are built with the intention of engaging a wide audience.
Obituary Links PageAncestry.comWebpagesGenealogy, was created to provide an easy to access State-by-State directory of obituaries and obituaries related resources. This site is focused on obituaries, their importance in genealogy, and finding vital records such as birth certificates, death records, divorce decrees, and marriage licenses.
Olive Tree GenealogyOliveTreeGenealogy.comWebpagesGenealogy,ReferenceYour link to the past since February 1996! Search for your ancestors in free Ships’ Passenger lists, Naturalization Records, Palatine Genealogy, Canadian Genealogy, American Genealogy, Native American Genealogy, Huguenots, Mennonites, Almshouse Records, Orphan Records, church records, military muster rolls, census records, land records and more.
On This DayOnThisDay.comWebpagesHistorical Context
On This DayWikipediaWebpagesHistorical Context
On This Day in West Virginia HistoryWest Virginia Archives & HistoryWebpagesHistorical Context
OpenLibrary.orgInternet ArchiveWebpagesOnline LibrariesNeed to set up a free Internet Archive Account, but then can borrow digital books.
a href=””>Pendleton County Historical SocietyWebpagesGenealogy and History Societies,Pendleton County
Personal Archiving: Preserving Your Digital MemoriesLibrary of CongressWebpagesPreservation
Preservatin at HomeRock & Roll Hall of FameWebpagesPreservation
Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674-1913OldBaileyOnline.orgWebpagesReferenceA fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London’s central criminal court. If you are new to this site, you may find the Getting Started and Guide to Searching videos and tutorials helpful.
RefDesk.comRefDesk.comWebpagesReferenceA little bit of everything! This site is a great start for just about anything.
Ritchie County HIstorical SocietyWebpagesGenealogy and History Societies,Ritchie County
RootsWebAncestry.comWebpagesGenealogy,ReferenceThis site provides links to search engines, including Social Security Death Indices; blank forms; WorldConnect family trees, and many other resources. There is also a link to different states and the resources that are associated with that locality.
Soundex Coding SystemNational ArchivesWebpagesCensus,ReferenceMicrofilmed census records 1880 ior later are indexed using the SOUNDEX system. This system was developed so that a person can find a surname even though it may have been recorded under various spellings. The coding rules are given on this website from the National Archives.
The Civil War: 150 YearsAmerican Battlefield TrustWebpagesCivil War
The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island FoundationThe Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island FoundationWebpagesImmigration,ReferenceIf your ancestors came through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954, their immigration records can be found through a search engine at this site. To view the documents you will need to sign up for a free acccount.
This Day in HistoryBritannicaWebpagesHistorical Context
United States Census: Free TextsInternet ArchiveWebpagesCensus,ReferenceAt last images of census records are online at no charge. The rolls of microfilm have been digitized and are available at this site. A few of the SOUNDEX indexes are available online, but most are not yet available. Also, all released census records from 1850 to 1930 are availabled as indexed information at
United States Zip Code FinderUnited States Postal ServiceWebpagesReferenceTracking something down by zip code? This will help.
Upshur County HIstorical SocietyWebpagesGenealogy and History Societies,Upshur County
US GenWeb ProjectUS GenWeb ProjectWebpagesGenealogy,ReferenceThe USGenWeb Project is a group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone.

Organization is by county and state, and this website provides you with links to all the state genealogy websites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties. The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects at the national level and this website provides an entry point to all of those pages, as well.

Virginia ChronicleLibrary of VirginiaWebpagesOnline NewspapersIncludes many newspapers including these that may be of interest to HCPD members, such as:
American Union (1855-1859) [Morgantown, VA]
Calhoun Chronicle (1896) [Grantsville, WV]
Cooper’s Clarksburg Register (1851-1858)
Greenbrier Era (1854) [Lewisburg, VA]
Kanawha Valley Star (1858-1861) [Charleston, VA]
West Virginia Journal (1866) [Charleston, WV]
Weston Democrat (1875-1880)

Wheeling Newspapers include
Daily Intelligencer (1859-1865)
Wheeling Register (1878-1888)
Daily Register (1863-1864)
Wheeling Daily Register (1864-1878)
Virginia MemoryLibrary of VirginiaWebpagesOnline Libraries
West Virginia & Regional History CenterWest Virginia UniversityWebpagesOnline Libraries
West Virginia Archives and History Vital Research RecordsWest Virginia Archives & HistoryWebpagesThe Vital Research Records Project is placing Birth, Death, and Marriage certificates on-line. Users can search the records and view scanned images of the original records.

Certified copies of these records are available only from the issuing county or the West Virginia Vital Registration Office.