A few genealogy sources I’ve found online

There’s a wealth of resources for the amateur genealogist to find online these days.  On left side of this page (or bottom if you’re using a tablet or smartphone), you’ll find a list of links under the heading “Genealogy.”  Some are general, others surname specific.

To begin, download a family tree program so you can work offline.  I use RootsMagic Free Edition.  If you can afford it, join Ancestry and/or My Heritage.  But for those of us who can’t, a good route is to use FamilySearch.org.  Just click “Search” and begin.  By clicking “Browse All Published Collections,” you can access all sorts of records, including census records, marriage bonds, wills, and estate files.  I do this a lot.  I also actually have a free account on Ancestry.  Although I can’t access a lot of the records, it does help point me in the direction of records to be looked at.

Another good source for wills, especially old wills, is North Carolina State Archives MARS – Basic Search.  You can also find land deed abstracts there.  You can read actual land grants and patents from colonial times at this website: North Carolina Land Grant Images and Data.

Got an ancestor who served in the War of Northern Aggression (also known as the War Between the States or the Civil War)?  You can find them at Search for Soldiers.

Can’t afford a subscription to Newspapers.com?  Try DigitalNC – North Carolina’s Digital Heritage. It’s not as extensive, admittedly, but it’s better than nothing.  And, of course, Find A Grave is another excellent source.

For censuses that FamilySearch doesn’t have images for, try searching The Internet Archive.  Not only can you find nearly all censuses there (most of the 1890 census was destroyed in a fire, and a few bits and pieces of other censuses are missing, the Craven County, N.C. portion of the 1810 census, for example), but old genealogy/history books, as well.  You can also find a few books through Google Books, although you can only read parts of most of these.  Here are just a few that I’ve used up to now:

Of course, there are a few books I’d love to read, but can’t find outside of a library.  I know that I can find most of these at the New Bern Craven County Public Library in the Kellenberger Room.  That’s a bit of a drive, though, and I’ve have to be there a whole day.  Besides the trip, there’s also money needed for copies.  So that’s going to have to wait.  As an aside, their website is also an excellent genealogy source.

  • Some descendants of John Moone, ca. 1600-1655, and Nicholas Bourden, ca. 1700-1759 : Jamestown and Isle of Wight County in the colony of Virginia by Richard Bowden Jones
  • Some descendants of Nicholas Bourden and his wife Prudence, the great-granddaughter of Captain John Moone; whose sons removed from the colony of Virginia to the counties of southeastern NC before the war of the Revolution by Richard Bowden Jones
  • Bowden Family History, 1735-1983 by Josie Bowden
  • Our Vendrick family: the kinfolk of James Cleveland Vendrick, 1876-1952 by John Grady Vendrick
  • Descendants of Walter Dixon, Sr. of Pitt County, NC by Suzy Loraine Dixon-Bennett
  • Here, There, and Yonder – Cason & Sons – A Brinson Genealogy by Robert W. Brinson

Any of you have genealogy research tip or trick?  Feel free to comment and throw the rest of us a bone.


DigiScrap Spotlight: Movie Night, Falling in Love, and Main Street Magic

First, Movie Night from Aprilisa Designs, which was part of a Grab Bag at GingerScraps a few weeks ago, is now available on its own.


Next, from Just Because Studios is Falling in Love from at Gotta Pixel.  I love the vintage feel of this kit.


And last but not least, Main Street Magic from Magical Scraps Galore.  This is the latest addition to her awesome Theme Park Collection.  I love all the little stores, the clock, and the street lights.  And the car is just too adorable.


DigiScrap Spotlight: Sandbox and Fall Frolic

The Sandbox Collection (scroll down a bit) at Meagan’s Creations is really cute.  The trucks are really cute.


And I just love the Oh Boy template in the collection.


I also found this Fall Frolics kit at Gingerscrap but LJS Digital Designs:


DigiScrap Spotlight: Prehistoric World by Magical Scraps Galore

Is it just me or have there been lots of dino kits lately?  Here’s another:  Prehistoric World from Magical Scraps Galore.  I especially love the skeletons, bones, and brushes.


DigiScrap Spotlight: Come One, Come All! by Magical Scraps Galore

Here’s a completely adorable kit from Magical Scraps Galore called Come One, Come All!  Perfect for trips to the circus, zoos, fairs, and carnivals.


DigiScrap Cuteness: Scientific Method by BoomersGirl Designs

Here’s an adorable kit from BoomersGirl Designs called Scientific Method.  I love the periodic table word arts and the beakers and test tubes full of mysterious substances.  Perfect for scrapping science fairs, school projects, budding mad scientists with chemistry sets, and tongue-in-cheek cooking layouts!


DigiScrap Spotlight: Project 2015 February Kit by Connie Prince

The scrap kit to catch my attention this week is the Project 2015 February Kit by Connie Prince.  I just love the colors.  They inspire thoughts of spring during the cold drabness of winter.


The kit is also available at Gotta Pixel and Scrapbook-Bytes.

DigiScrap Spotlight

While browsing around the digiscrap shops this morning, I came across several that I like.  The DigiScrap Awesomeness Award of the week definitely goes to 9 Moons by Magical Scraps Galore.  This is a wonderful kit with bright, cheerful colors that celebrates one of the most miraculous experiences of life:  pregnancy.


Don’t you just love it?  Next, I found a couple of kits at Gotta Pixel that i just love.  I must be in a mood because they both use a vibrant, happy palette, but still have a sort of vintagy feel to them.  The first is Superstar from Seatrout Scraps.


And second is Love You Always from Meagan’s Creations.


The last kit I found was among the fresh baked goodies at GingerScrapsSweet Love by Just Because Studio.



DigiScrap Awesomeness: Count On Me Template #3 by Cornelia Designs

A few months ago I posted about Cornelia Designs’ Count on Me templates.  At the time, on #1 and #2 were available.  Well, she’s just released #3.  It’s now available at GingerScrapsCount on Me #3.


DigiScrap Cuteness: Chill Out and Sew Darn Cute! by Kristmess Designs

While browsing around Gotta Pixel, I discovered this totally adorable kit from Kristmess Designs called Sew Darn Cute!.  And it is.  The mice are just too adorable.


She has another kit, Chill Out, that includes the cutest penguins dressed for winter fun.  There’s even an igloo.