Category Archives: Genealogy Resources

The search to find your family roots is a major task. It involves digging through photo albums, records, notes, libraries, court documents, and dusty papers in boxes. With the Internet, the ability to find all kinds of information in a little cleaner way just adds to the lists of information you still have to dig through.

We share some of our tips and resources for finding genealogy information that we’ve discovered during our family history search. Most of these are related to our own research, but some of them are bookmarked information for us to use later, when the opportunity arises. We hope you will find some new resources for your own genealogy research.

Library of Congress Railroad Maps Collection

The Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, has put together the Railroad Maps Collection, an amazing collection of more than 600 maps of railroads across the United States. Compiled by Andrew M. Modelski in 1975, these maps go back … Continue reading


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Flickr and Library of Congress Open Archives

Kevin’s Meandering Mind reported om 2008 that the US Library of Congress has joined with Flickr to put thousands of photos from its archives up on Flickr for viewing and use by us, the people. And oh, how lucky we … Continue reading


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Library of Congress Local History and Genealogy Reading Room

The US Library of Congress has a Local History and Genealogy Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson Building featuring more than 50,000 genealogies and 100,000 local histories among its many collections. According to their post discussing this, “Growing a Family … Continue reading


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WordPress Plugin for Citations, Footnotes and Bibliographies

In researching techniques for adding footnotes to posts in WordPress for “Creating Footnotes in WordPress,” I looked into several WordPress Plugins for footnotes. One caught my attention. AcademicPress WordPress Plugin is ideal for a serious genealogy and family history site … Continue reading


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Musings of the History Queen of The Dalles, Oregon

Musings of the History Queen of The Dalles, Oregon

I’m trying to research information on news events that happened between 1958 and 1965 in The Dalles, Oregon, and having no luck on the web. However, I did find some resources worth sharing for future reference. In particular is the … Continue reading


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Uncovering the Past on Place Names

In another brilliant family history and local history piece, Winquatt of Musings of the History Queen brings us “The mystery of Justin Chenoweth.” In The Dalles, Oregon, Chenoweth’s name (spelled Chenowith by the locals) is plastered all over town. There’s … Continue reading


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Family History Blogging Tips and Resources

In anticipation of a series of workshops and classes I will be teaching soon on family history blogging, I’ve put together “Family History Blogging Resources and Tips” as a long list of family history and genealogy blogging tips, techniques, and … Continue reading


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Identifying Old Photographs with the Photo Detective

Photo Detective is the blog of photo historian Maureen Taylor, author of “Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs.” She helps readers play detective with their photographs for free. The details are usually in the photograph such as the hairstyle, clothing, … Continue reading


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Puget Sound Navy Museum, Bremerton, Washington

Puget Sound Navy Museum, Bremerton, Washington

This is an unconfirmed picture of what I think is the Naval Base at Bremerton, Washington, circa 1926. It was taken by my grandfather, Howard W. West Sr.. He was on the USS Arizona during its stay there for refitting … Continue reading


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Seattle Coast Guard Museum – The History of the Coast Guard and Pacific Northwest Maritime

Seattle Coast Guard Museum - The History of the Coast Guard and Pacific Northwest Maritime

There is a Coast Guard Museum in Seattle, Washington. This will be invaluable as I dig more into the lives of my father and his father, both serving in the Coast Guard in the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Ocean. The … Continue reading


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