A re­sources check­list

The Covington News - - Local - ELLEN BLAKESLEE

Now that you know the ba­sics for start­ing your ge­neal­ogy search, let’s learn what re­sources are avail­able to you and whether you checked ev­ery­thing.

fam­ily Bi­ble, let­ters, in­ter­views, pho­to­graphs, birth cer­tifi­cates, baby books, prayer books, jour­nals, heir­looms, farm records, med­i­cal/health records, mem­oirs, bi­ogra­phies.

vi­tal records such as birth, death, mar­riage, wills, es­tates, deeds, mort­gages, other recorders records, nat­u­ral­iza­tion records.

city and county di­rec­to­ries, ceme­tery records, graves, misc. or pub­lished his­to­ries, news­pa­pers files, tax lists, voter records, pub­lic school records.

archives, lo­cal parish records, lo­cal church his­to­ries.

vi­tal records, land grants, state cen­sus, mili­tia records, tax lists, archives, jour­nals.

cen­suses, mor­tal­ity sched­ules, mil­i­tary records, pen­sion records, pas­sen­ger lists, im­mi­gra­tion records, land records, pass­ports and visa ap­pli­ca­tions.

in­dexes, printed and misc. ge­nealo­gies, printed his­to­ries, obit­u­ary col­lec­tion/in­dexes, ceme­tery records, birth, death, di­vorce in­dexes.

ad­ver­tise­ments, an­nounce­ments, obit­u­ar­ies, births, lo­cal, pro­fes­sional and trade.

You can find a com­plete printed check list at lin­eages. com/ learn­ing- cen- ter/tool­kit/. The check­list is for home and fam­ily ge­nealog­i­cal re­sources and in­sti­tu­tional re­sources.

Let’s go over some of the state and na­tional records found at the Na­tional Archives. We have a na­tional archives in our back­yard. The Archives is lo­cated at 5780 Jones­boro Road in Morrow. The fol­low­ing is some of the re­sources the Archives has:


- These records are of im­mi­grants who ap­plied for Amer­i­can cit­i­zen­ship in the U.S. Dis­trict Courts in Alabama, Florida, Ge­or­gia, Ken­tucky, Mis­sis­sippi, North and South Caroli­nas and Ten­nessee. Com­plete and par­tial in­dexes are avail­able for some of the courts.

Masters of ships car­ry­ing slave cargo be­tween do­mes­tic ports were re­quired to sub­mit a man­i­fest of their hu­man cargo. These gen­er­ally in­cluded the slave’s name (usu­ally the given name not the sur­name), sex, age and height. Also, the name of the ship­per and the to whom the slaves were shipped. The records come from cus­toms houses for Mo­bile, Ala., 1820–1860 and Sa­van­nah, 1801–1860.

The orig­i­nal World War I draft reg­is­tra­tion cards in all states.

- Mi­cro­film copies of records for sol­diers from all states for sev­eral wars. Se­lected ap­pli­ca­tions and records of pen­sion pay­ments are avail­able for vet­er­ans, their wid­ows, and other heirs based on ser­vice in the Armed Forces of the U.S. be­tween 1775 and 1916 ex­clud­ing Civil War pen­sion records.

- cen­sus records, mi­cro­film, com­mer­cially pub­lished in­dexes, print sources and on­line data­bases for 1790–1930 ex­clud­ing 1890 which was de­stroyed in a fire in 1921 and the 1850 and 1860 slave cen­suses.

Mi­cro­film copies for the ports mainly along the eastern se­aboard as well as the Cana­dian bor­der points of en­try.

These are just some of the records held at the Na­tional Archives. You can visit their web­site at archives. gov/ south­east for more in­for­ma­tion.

We all learn from each oth­ers ge­nealog­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ences and jour­neys. If you have any ge­nealog­i­cal ques­tions, don’t hes­i­tate to contact Ellen at ge­neal­ogy. love­ofthe­hunt@gmail.com. In Ellen’s Chit Chat por­tion of this col­umn, Ellen an­swers your ge­nealog­i­cal ques­tions.

Ellen Blakeslee is a pro­fes­sional ge­neal­o­gist liv­ing in Cov­ing­ton.

Mango Tango Yo­gurt held its rib­bon cut­ting Tues­day af­ter­noon in Cov­ing­ton. The new busi­ness stays open un­til 10 p.m. ev­ery night. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit Face­book.com/man­gotan­go­cov­ing­ton.

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