Monday, March 17, 2014
Tika & Southern Research Tidbits
Ever since Tika was a little #2 puppy (late fall of 2009), I've been teaching her how to do Southern research. Since there is a long list of reasons why researching in the southern U.S. is a tad more difficult than for other localities, I thought today that Tika and I would share some resource tidbits with you concerning Southern research.
1. Tyler's Quarterly Historical & Genealogical Magazine began publication in June 1919 and continued under that name until 1952. Clicking to this link, https://archive.org/details/tylersquarterlyh03, you can freely access a wealth of information on southern families.
2. DAR Magazine Index: 1892-1997 is just what it says, an index to the Genealogical Notes & Queries published in the DAR Magazine beginning in July 1900. Over 40,000 queries were published in that magazine up to 1997. I looked at this 3-volume index at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, but here's a tidbit for you: http://blog.familytreemagazine.com/insider/2009/11/19/SearchDARGenealogyIndexesFreeOnline.aspx
While the DAR may not have this 105-year index available freely online, they do offer a parallel search service. It's free; why not check it out?
3. Edward Pleasants Valentine Papers: Abstracts of Records in the Local and General Archives of Virginia Relating to (various Southern) Families. Again, I looked at these books at the Family History Library but we both can now access this southern database via Ancestry.com! If you are not a subscribing member, you can use Ancestry for free at your nearby FamilySearch Center.
On a lighter note, and since it's springtime and windy time, here is a little poem for you from William Howitt, (1792-1879): The wind one morning sprang up from sleep, Saying "Now for a frolic, now for a leap! Now for a madcap galloping chase! I'll make a commotion in every place."
Tika likes to "frolic in the wind" and at a "madcap galloping chase!" If I left her off her leash, she be "making a commotion" over in your county!!