On Sunday, April 19th Branch Manager Gregg Gronlund, and Genealogy Specialist Allison Ryall led the discussion at our first Genealogy Research Question Workshop.  Questions submitted in advance included how to research Russian Jews who immigrated to Philadelphia, but are not appearing on the U.S. Census; how to locate records from New York for Irish Immigrants; how to research the conscripts in Massachusetts for King George’s War, French and Indian Wars, and the Revolutionary War; and how to find siblings & females of ancestors prior to 1850, when they are not listed by name on the U.S. Census.

Additional questions were shared during the discussion, including how an adoptee might find a birth parent in New York City records, how to find in Sweden living descendants of a common ancestor, how to find documentation of a family story about an ancestor being raised by nuns in an orphanage in the 1800s in Tennessee, and how to find information about a Florida town that no longer exists.  A lively, fruitful discussion identified research strategies and resources to assist in further researching these questions.  Here is a sampling of resources shared:

  • Neagles, James C.  U.S. military records : a guide to federal and state sources, Colonial America to the present / by James C. Neagles.  Salt Lake City, Utah : Ancestry, c1994.   RG 355.31 Nea
  • Register of federal United States military records : a guide to manuscript sources available at the Genealogical Library in Salt Lake City and the National Archives in Washington, DC / compiled by Marilyn Deputy … [et al.].  Bowie, MD : Heritage Books, 1986-  RG 016.973
  • Kirkman, E Kay.  Some of the military records of America (before 1900) their use and value in genealogical and historical research.  RG 929.1 Kir
  • Drake, Samuel Gardner, 1798-1875.  A particular history of the five years French and Indian war in New England and parts adjacent, from its declaration by the King of France, March 15, 1744, to the treaty with the eastern Indians, Oct. 16, 1749, sometimes called Gov. Shirley’s war. With a memoir of Major-General Shirley, accompanied by his portrait and other engravings. By Samuel G. Drake.  Boston, S. G. Drake, 1870.   RG 973.26 Dra
  • Massachusetts officers and soldiers in the French and Indian Wars, 1755-1756 / edited by K. David Goss, David Zarowin.  [Boston, Mass.] : Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1985.   DAR 974.4 Mas  ; RG 974.4 Mas
  • http://italiangen.org/ — resource for ancestors in New York City and the surrounding boroughs (Bronx, Kings, Manhattan, Richmond, and Queens). Covers all ethnicities not just Italian. Key indexes cover marriages, deaths, and naturalizations.
  • http://stevemorse.org/ – Contains a whole host of valuable information and search tools. Strongest asset is it ability to search Ellis Island Records in more versatile ways that help compensate for a variety of surname spellings.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBNHwWq6yK8 – Video from the US National Archives featuring archivist Jean Nudd talking about using pre-1850 census records to find family relationships
  • http://www.masshist.org/abigail — Abigail, the Massachusetts Historical Society’s Online Library Catalog, provides access to the majority of the Society’s collections of manuscript and printed materials.
  • http://www.americanantiquarian.org/ – The American Antiquarian Society Library houses the largest and most accessible collection of printed materials from first contact through 1876 in what is now the United States, the West Indies and parts of Canada.
  • http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcres/residx.htm – Massachusetts Archives Research Services. The Massachusetts Archives has information not published elsewhere on soldiers who services in early wars such at King George’s War and the French and Indian War.
  • http://www.jewishgen.org/ – Provides resources for those researching Jewish ancestors. Also a great resources for those researching non-Jewish Eastern European ancestors.
  • http://www.jewishgen.org/InfoFiles/Manifests/ – A Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations by Marian L. Smith, Historian for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. This comprehensive reference guide explains how to interpret the markings and annotations found on passenger lists.
  • The American Genealogical and Biographical Index (cumulative index) (AGBI).  RG 929 AME
  • Passenger and Immigration Lists Index / edited by P. William Filby, RG 325.242 PAS
  • Passenger List Indexes for Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, etc.  Genealogy Center Microfilm Holdings.
  • Post Office Department reports of site locations, 1837-1950. Florida [microform]
  • Gazetteers