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Missouri Atlases and Plat Books

198 online plat books and atlases organized by county and ordered by date for the State of Missouri. At the bottom of the page are two items that can help you use these documents in your genealogy research. The first is a blog post Plat Books Revealed: Mapping Generations of History and the second a video where Ben Clark explains what plat maps are used for, how to navigate them, and pulls out a few interesting stories from them.
Map of Big Stone Gap, VA abt 1890

Access Wise County Virginia Genealogy

Access Wise County Virginia genealogy using this page. This guide provides you with information on available online ancestry records including birth, court, death, land, and marriage, as well as the history of the Wise County VA and the biography and genealogy of her people.
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Access Meade County Kentucky Genealogy

Access Meade County Kentucky genealogy using this page. This guide provides you with information on available online ancestry records including birth, court, death, land, and marriage, etc., as well as the history of the Meade County KY and the biography and genealogy of her people. This is the most complete and accurate listing of online records for Meade County Kentucky.
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Plainfield New Jersey Police Department Records, 1890-1948

The Plainfield, New Jersey Police Department records, spanning from 1890 to 1948, offer a unique window into the past, providing genealogists and historians alike with a bounty of information. These records, housed at the Plainfield Public Library, encompass a wide array of documents including arrest records, city court records, daily blotters, detective records, permit records, summons recordings, and general police logs. Despite the seemingly mundane nature of these documents, they are anything but. Each page, each entry, tells a story, contributing to the larger narrative of our shared history.
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Pennsylvania Digital Archives

These databases comprise part of the Pennsylvania Digital Archives from the state government. We’ve only included those databases and documents which are most relevant to genealogists. All of them are free for you to use.
Hampshire County MA General Sessions and Common Pleas

Hampshire County MA Inferior Court of Common Pleas Records, 1677-1837

These twenty-six folio volumes of records come from the Inferior Court of Common Pleas of Hampshire County MA which were held at Springfield and Northampton Massachusetts. These courts handled civil and minor criminal matter and the majority of volumes appear to be unindexed. Regardless, these records will prove to genealogists with ties to Hampshire County Massachusetts. The physical copies of these volumes are held at the Amherst Library at the University of Massachusetts. They have made them freely available in PDF format for download.
Moretown Vermont Annual Report 1910

Moretown Vermont Annual Reports 1910-1957

These Moretown, Vermont town reports, published annually, serve as comprehensive repositories of crucial information about Moretown, Vermont. Their contents can differ, depending on the year of publication, largely due to evolving legal stipulations on what they must include. Starting in 1927, these reports provide vital statistical data for a particular year, such as records of births, deaths, and marriages. Note that the records may traverse across two different pages. Included in all reports are the financial details of the town and these often include payments made to individuals who performed services, such as teaching, janitorial, construction, road work, etc. Many…
1904 Huntington Vermont Annual Report

Huntington Vermont Annual Reports 1904-1967

These Huntington, Vermont town reports, published annually, serve as comprehensive repositories of crucial information about Huntington, Vermont. Their contents can differ, depending on the year of publication, largely due to evolving legal stipulations on what they must include. Starting in 1927, these reports provide vital statistical data for a particular year, such as records of births, deaths, and marriages. Note that the records may traverse across two different pages. Included in all reports are the financial details of the town and these often include payments made to individuals who performed services, such as teaching, janitorial, construction, road work, etc. Many…
1939 Ships log yearbook

Hoagland High School Yearbooks 1937-1968

The Hoagland High School yearbooks were published as the Ship’s log, starting with 1937 and continuing until the school was consolidated with the Monroeville High School and the new Heritage High School was created to principally serve the children of Hoagland, Monroeville, and Poe. This was during the year 1968. If the title and year is linked, then the yearbook is currently online for free reading and download.
1924 Woodrow Wilson High School Yearbook, The President

Woodrow Wilson High School Yearbooks, 1921-2001

The yearbooks of Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Virginia, were first called ‘The Student’, but were traditionally titled ‘The President’ since 1924. However, in 1994, this custom ceased, and since then, the yearbooks have been published under an array of different titles, updated annually. This free online collection is incomplete. Hopefully, additional volumes will eventually be scanned and added. These yearbooks were loaned by the Portsmouth Public Library to be scanned by the Library of Virginia.
1959 Spartan Yearbook

Frederick College Yearbooks 1959-1968

Frederick College, previously situated in Portsmouth, Virginia, was a private co-educational college that ceased operations. Established with the support of the Fred W. Beazley Foundation (now known as the Beazley Foundation), the college originated in 1958 as a two-year institution located on the premises of a former munitions depot. In 1961, it transitioned into a four-year college. Various years have been digitized by both the Portsmouth Public Library in cooperation with The Library of Virginia, and the Allen County Public Library. Yet a complete collection still does not exist online, as we are missing scans for the years of 61…
1927 Radiator Yearbook, Somerville Mass

Somerville High School Yearbooks 1892-2016

The Radiator which began publishing in the 1891-1892 school year, was initially published by the Somerville Latin and English High School on the third Wednesday of every month during the school year. It’s initial publications during those early years were more literary in style and it wasn’t until 1917 when the publication took on the appearance of a traditional yearbook in the form of The Revocanda with publication of The Radiator taking place separately. One year later, the name of the yearbook was changed to match that of the journal, The Radiator. Even in those early years consists in…
1923 Calumet District Telephone Directory

Calumet District Telephone Directories

The Merrillville Branch of the Lake County Public Library have placed online several telephone directories for the Calumet District that previously were only available on Microfilm. The communities represented are Dyer, East Chicago, Griffith, Hammond, Highland, Indiana Harbor, Munster, St. John, and West Hammond in Indiana and Burnham, Lansing, and Whiting in Illinois.. These 28 directories were published by the Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation of Chicago twice annually, and those digitized cover the years of 1909-1960.
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Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrants

This article helps you access the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrants for free. Following two simple steps, one to search, and the other to browse the actual microfilms, you can quickly find your ancestors Revolutionary War pension record, or Bounty-Land record and download the images. During 1800-1900 the United States issued more than 80,000 pensions and bounty-land-warrants to soldiers of the Revolutionary War, their spouse, or their children. Was your ancestor one of them?
1892 Quincy High School Yearbook - Golden Rod

1892-2008 Quincy High School Yearbooks – Golden Rod

The Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy Massachusetts has digitized their copies of the Quincy High School yearbooks for the years of 1892 through 2008 and placed them online for free reading and download. Their collection spans the years of 1892 through 2008 but does not contain a complete run of all volumes of the early journal which was printed monthly.
1932 North Quincy High School Yearbook

1931-2008 North Quincy High School Yearbooks – The Manet

1932 North Quincy High School Yearbook The Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy Massachusetts has digitized their copies of the North Quincy High School yearbooks for the years of 1931 through 2008 and placed them online for free reading and download. Their collection spans the years of 1931 through 2008 but does not contain a complete run of all volumes. The publication of a High School yearbook for the North Quincy High School started in 1928 and the first four volumes are also missing from the collection at the Thomas Crane Public Library. The early yearbooks (1928-1937) were largely comprised…

Stroudsburg Pennsylvania Monthly Meeting Book

The William Wade Hinshaw index to Pennsylvania Quaker meeting records

These monthly meeting records were abstracted from the original Pennsylvania Quaker Monthly Meeting records in the 1930’s by William Wade Hinshaw of Washington, D. C. They are a transcription of the microfilmed records containing birth, death, burial, and marriage records, as well as meeting minutes, removals and certificates. After Hinshaw’s death, the unpublished material was deposited at the Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania. This collection is known as the William Wade Hinshaw Index to Quaker Meeting Records. The following record has been transcribed from a microfilm copy of this Index. As this copy is several generations removed from the…

Four Corners New Haven Connecticut

Families of Ancient New Haven

The Families of Ancient New Haven compilation includes the families of the ancient town of New Haven, covering the present towns of New Haven, East Haven, North Haven, Hamden, Bethany, Woodbridge and West Haven. These families are brought down to the heads of families in the First Census (1790), and include the generation born about 1790 to 1800. Descendants in the male line who removed from this region are also given, if obtainable, to about 1800, unless they have been adequately set forth in published genealogies.
1912-1943 Mississippi Death Index Sample page

1912-1943 Mississippi Death Index

Christopher Smothers, a college student, and professional genealogist who specializes in Deep South research, always wondered to himself why the Mississippi Death index for 1912-1943 was hidden at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson Mississippi. Why wasn’t this more widely available? Fast forward a few years, and multiple conversations, and the cog wheels at the archives have finally relented to allow these weathered and cracked microfilms to be digitally re-scanned and released to the public. Props to Christopher for making this happen! With assistance from Reclaim the Records, who fronted the cost for the microfilm, and from…

Newton High School in 1910

Newtonville Massachusetts High School Yearbooks 1910-2012

The Newton Public Library has uploaded all of the Newton High School Yearbooks from 1910 through 2012 to InternetArchive. We provide quick links to each edition in chronological order below. Each link takes you to the volume for that year (some years had 2 volumes) enabling you to peruse and read the yearbook. If you want to download a copy there is a link at the top that enables you to do so for free.
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The Records of New Amsterdam from 1653 to 1674

This work contains the earliest Dutch Records that have been preserved of the territory included in the present City of New York, the earlier ones having long ago disappeared. These are “The Minutes of the Burgomasters and Schepens of New Amsterdam from 1653 to 1674,” but contain a very few entries preceding the former date. They are contained in six folio volumes of manuscript, in the Dutch language, as spoken and written in the middle of the seventeenth century; and are preserved in the Manuscript room of the City Library in the City Hall. Until the earlier part of this…
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United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955

3,907 land management tract books containing official records of the land status and transactions involving surveyed public lands arranged by state and then by township and range. These books indicate who obtained the land, and include a physical description of the tract and where the land is located. The type of transaction is also recorded such as cash entry, credit entry, homesteads, patents (deeds) granted by the Federal Government, and other conveyances of title such as Indian allotments, internal improvement grants (to states), military bounty land warrants, private land claims, railroad grants, school grants, and swamp grants. Additional items of…
J. H. Corcoran & Co. at 587 Mass Ave., abt 1910

Cambridge Massachusetts Directories 1848-1972

This collection comprises a total of 65 directories which cover the years of 1848-1972 (incomplete). This collection contains materials from the Cambridge Room, the Cambridge Public Library’s Archives and Special Collections. We have linked to the main page for each directory, enabling you to either browse the directory like a book, or download the whole manuscript to your computer, free of charge.
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Sacramento California Police Mug Books 1864-1949

Mug Books of the past have been replaced by computer databases now, but back before the days of computers and databases, they served as an effective method for Police Departments to keep track of past criminals and wanted people. The Sacramento Police Department has generously provided these scanned images to archive.org for free access to everyone. If you are not aware if one of your ancestors may have been arrested for a crime, then I suggest you first search the newspaper records available online for free of Sacramento California, so that you have a year span to choose from. Unless…
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History of Nemaha County Nebraska

Published in 1902, John H. Dundas’s book “Nemaha County, Auburn, Nebraska” provides a personal account of the history and development of Nemaha County, referred by Dundas as “The Banner County” of Nebraska. The book documents significant historical events, including the passage of the Lewis and Clark expedition along the Missouri River. Dundas also recounts the establishment of educational institutions, religious services, and the first newspapers in the county. The early settlers’ resilience and enterprising spirit are highlighted throughout the narrative, illustrating their contributions to the county’s growth and prosperity.
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History of Long Beach, California

The “Long Beach Community Book,” authored by Walter H. Case and published in 1948 by A.H. Cawston, is an extensive exploration of the history and development of Long Beach, California. The book is divided into two main sections: a historical narrative and biographical sketches. The first part of the book offers a detailed account of Long Beach’s evolution from its early beginnings to a thriving city. It covers various aspects of the city’s growth, including its geographical advantages, municipal governance, public facilities, educational institutions, and notable events such as epochal oil discoveries and the impact of wartime activities. The narrative…
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History of Ferndale and Ten Mile Townships, Washington

“Early History of Ferndale and Ten Mile Townships, Whatcom County, Washington,” authored by Chris C. Siegel and published by Cox Brothers & Williams, Inc. in Bellingham, Washington, in 1948, is an account of the early settlement and development of the Ferndale and Ten Mile townships. This book, spanning 110 pages, offers a detailed narrative focusing on the period from the arrival of the first settlers up until the year 1901, which coincides with the end of the author’s residence in the area. The continuation of the history beyond this point was intentionally left for future historians.
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Hendrix College Yearbooks 1934-1972

You can browse or download the following Hendrix College yearbooks for free. They cover various years from 1934 to 1972, although not every year within that range is included.
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Central College for Women Yearbooks, 1937-1938

Central College, founded in 1892 and operating in Conway, Arkansas, until 1950, was a women’s educational institution supported by the Arkansas Southern Baptist Association. We have found the following Central College yearbooks online where they can be read or downloaded for free.
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History of Buffalo New York

“History of the City of Buffalo and Erie County” by Henry Perry Smith offers a comprehensive account of the development and significant events in Buffalo and Erie County, New York. Published in 1884 by D. Mason & Co. in Syracuse, New York, this two-volume work delves into the early settlement, growth, and transformation of the area. Volume II focuses on the history of Buffalo, New York. For the detailed history of Erie County, readers should refer to Volume I.
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History of Erie County New York

“History of the City of Buffalo and Erie County” by Henry Perry Smith, published in 1884, offers an extensive and detailed account of the development of Buffalo and Erie County. This two-volume work, enriched with illustrations and biographical sketches, serves as a comprehensive resource for understanding the historical progression of the region from its earliest days through the 19th century. Volume I focuses on the history of Erie County, New York, and its townships, excluding Buffalo. For the detailed history of Buffalo, readers should refer to Volume II.
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Arkansas State Teachers College Yearbooks 1935-1967

The University of Central Arkansas, located in Conway, Arkansas, is a public university established in 1907 as the Arkansas State Normal School. As one of the oldest institutions in the state, UCA has played a crucial role in the education system, primarily serving as the main source of teachers for Arkansas. The Arkansas State Legislature created the Arkansas State Normal School, now known as the University of Central Arkansas, in 1907. In 1925, Arkansas State Normal School became Arkansas State Teachers College. You can browse or download the following Arkansas State Teachers College yearbooks for free. They cover various years…
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History of Sierra Madre California

The *Annals of Early Sierra Madre* by Edith Blumer Bowen, published in 1950 by the Sierra Madre Historical Society, offers a vivid account of the early history of Sierra Madre, California. This volume serves as a vital record of the community’s development, drawn from the personal experiences and narratives of those who lived through the events described. This historical compilation focuses on various aspects of Sierra Madre’s past, including its founding, significant local figures, and the establishment of institutions such as churches and schools. The work also delves into the biographies of prominent families and individuals, detailing their contributions to…
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The San Antonio Story

“The San Antonio Story” by Sam Woolford, with contributions from his wife Bess Carroll Woolford, is a history of San Antonio, Texas. Published in 1950 by Joske’s of Texas, the book was conceived as a remedy for the lack of historical knowledge among San Antonio’s school children, a concern identified by Herbert U. Rhodius, chairman of the Municipal Advertising Commission of San Antonio in 1948-49. Rhodius and his colleagues believed that a readable and authentic history could address this educational gap, making it suitable supplementary reading for public junior high schools.
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Boggsville, Cradle of the Colorado Cattle Industry

The manuscript “Boggsville, Cradle of the Colorado Cattle Industry” by C. W. Hurd, published by the Boggsville Committee in 1957, serves as an introductory exploration of the rich history of Boggsville, Bent County, and the Arkansas Valley. This work aims to address the frequently asked questions from locals, tourists, and history enthusiasts about the notable individuals and events that shaped the region during the latter half of the nineteenth century. The manuscript provides a glimpse into the lives of pioneers who were instrumental in taming the frontier and establishing the foundations of the Colorado cattle industry. It highlights the significance…
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Records of Ingham County Michigan Pioneer Families

These records were typed from manuscript copies of the original records made by George L. Hammell, which were willed to the Michigan State Library by Mr. Hammell of E. Lansing, Mich. who died Sept. 26, 1952. They consist of a variety of typed sources including Bible records, cemetery records, family records, and probate records for early families of Ingham County, Michigan.
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History of Ossining New York

The “Ossining Chamber of Commerce Golden Jubilee, 1901-1951” commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the Village of Ossining, New York, which was celebrated from September 23-29, 1951. This publication, produced by the Ossining Chamber of Commerce, reflects on the rich history and development of the village, the oldest incorporated village in Westchester County, founded in 1813.
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Over the Misty Blue Hills: The Story of Cocke County, Tennessee

“Over the Misty Blue Hills: The Story of Cocke County, Tennessee,” written by Ruth Webb O’Dell and published in 1951, provides a historical account of Cocke County. The book covers various aspects of Cocke County’s history, including its political, social, religious, and industrial developments. The contents are divided into several detailed sections: the political history of Cocke County, the significance of local names, the natural resources and setting, early settlers, religious history, industrial development, and notable figures from the county. Additionally, it delves into specific family histories, offering insights into the lives of many influential families such as the Allens,…
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Elkhart Centennial, 1855-1955

The village of Elkhart City, nestled on the western slope of a long wooded hill in the heart of Illinois, celebrated its centennial anniversary in 1955. This book, “The Village of Elkhart City, Elkhart, Illinois, Centennial History, 1855-1955,” is a comprehensive chronicle of the village’s first hundred years, compiled and written by the Elkhart, Illinois Centennial Book Committee and published by Feldman’s Print Shop in Lincoln, Illinois.
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Early Settlers of Ralls County, Missouri

The manuscript “Early Settlers of Ralls County, Missouri” compiled by Eunice Moore Anderson in 1951 serves as a valuable resource for those tracing their family genealogy in Ralls County. Divided into three parts, the compilation focuses on documenting early settlers prior to 1878, drawing from sources such as county atlases and historical records spanning Marion, Ralls, Pike Counties, and beyond. While not aiming to provide a comprehensive history, Anderson’s work catalogues pioneer families, offering insights into their origins, migration dates to Ralls County, and family connections. This structured approach, supplemented by an alphabetical index, aids researchers in navigating through ancestral…
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A History of Winlock, Washington

This history of Winlock was written in 1951, at the request of the Winlock Community Development Association. The Community Development came into existence as a result of a 21-week study of our community, under the direction of the Bureau of Community Development of the University of Washington, with Professor Dick Poston as our weekly leader and consultant. This history was made into book form by commercial classes of the Winlock High School under the direction of Mrs. Sylvia Haapala.
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Marriages of Charlotte County Virginia, 1784-1815

This volume, “Marriages of Charlotte County, Virginia, 1784-1815,” compiles the marriage bonds and minister’s returns from Charlotte County during the specified period. The original work was painstakingly copied by Catherine Lindsay Knorr and published in 1951. The book spans 119 pages and includes a wealth of historical data on marriages that took place in this Virginia county. This publication presents several challenges for readers. Some pages are slightly tattered and torn, and the manuscript features irregular pagination. Additionally, there are tight or nonexistent margins, particularly at the bottom of the pages, and one page is typed on different paper than…
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Marriage Records of Sussex County, Virginia, 1754-1810

“Marriage Bonds and Ministers’ Returns of Sussex County, Virginia, 1754-1810” by Catherine Lindsay Knorr is a detailed compilation of marriage records from Sussex County, Virginia, spanning from 1754 to 1810. Published in 1952, this work provides a meticulous account of matrimonial bonds and ministers’ returns, offering valuable insights into the social and legal contexts of the time. Sussex County, established in 1754 from part of Surry County, holds significant historical importance. This book captures the essence of early Sussex County through its comprehensive documentation, ensuring the preservation and accessibility of these crucial historical records for future generations.
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A history of Covington Oklahoma

Fannie L. Eisele’s book, “A History of Covington, Garfield County, Oklahoma, and Surrounding Territory,” is a folksy chronicle of the pioneering era in southeastern Garfield County following the opening of the Cherokee Strip. Published in 1952 by Newel A. Ellis, this 214-page volume documents the transformation of untamed prairie claims into flourishing farms and the lives of the settlers who cultivated the land. Growing up just west of what is now the town of Covington, Eisele’s personal history and connection to the land add depth to her account. Her work not only chronicles the development of Covington but also aims…
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