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Abundant Genealogy – Week 8

Prompt: Genealogy Libraries: Genealogy libraries (and dedicated departments in regular libraries) are true treasures in the family history community. Tell us about your favorite genealogy library. What or who makes it special? How lucky can I be that I live in the Richmond, Virginia area?  At least, when it comes to genealogical research.  My favorite library is the Library of Virginia, followed closely by the local LDS library.  I have other libraries I could sing the praises of *cough* Virginia Historical Society *cough*, but I have limited time to write this post.  The Library of Virginia is not just a physical repository.  They have pioneered putting out digital records.  There are still many more records to go.  The genealogy library on the second floor is huge.  They have many resources … Read entire article »

Filed under: Abundant Genealogy, research, Virginia Research

The Library of Virginia from our local NBC Affliate

The success of Who Do You Think You Are was hammered home last week when I saw a story on the Library of Virginia from NBC12, our local affliate.  They did a short sequence on a local politician who was trying to trace a slave ancestor and how she used the repository.  All in all, I thought it was a decent, very short introduction to the genealogical resources at the Library of Virginia.  I was happy that they mentioned this politician has been tracing her family tree for almost 30 years and that it can be a long and frustrating process.  My one quibble with WDYTYA is that they make the process look so “easy”.  I type in a name and ‘boom’ your whole tree is there and a professional pops out of your screen and takes you to the right … Read entire article »

Filed under: Miscellaneous, research, Virginia Research

Surname – Elkin(s)

My featured surname this post is Elkin.  A few generations back, it was Elkins, but a great-grandfather changed it.  We are not sure why.  I am going to focus on the line I descend from. The oldest ancestor I have found, and that many of the Elkin/s researchers I have worked with, tend to agree it is John Elkins of England.  He lived and died in England.  His son, Ralph Elkins, came to America while the Virginia Company was still transporting people over here.  He was lucky because he must have had some wealth.  He was granted land in what is now Stafford County, Virginia.  He died in Stafford County, Virginia and his handwritten will is preserved in the archives at the Library of Virginia.  He was my 10th great grandfather. Ralph’s children … Read entire article »

Filed under: research, Surname Saturday

Abundant Genealogy – wk 4

Prompt:  Free Offline Genealogy Tools:  For which free offline genealogy tools are you most grateful?  How did you find this tool and how has it benefitted your genealogy?  Describe to others how to access this tool and spread the genealogy love. My favorite offline tool for genealogy would have to be local libraries.  Not just your county’s public library, but local college, historical society, and possibly state resources depending upon where you live.  I have been visiting our local public library branch recently and checked out just their genealogy section (929 in the Dewey Decimal system).  They not only had older community histories, I came across a wonderful book from the North Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution published in the 1920′s.  I got 2 leads on a known ancestor and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Abundant Genealogy, Miscellaneous

Mapping Monday – Look at what I found

Little did I think as we went to see the Egyptian Mummy exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts that I would find this little gem to help me with some deeds and notes I have. I was so happy! Good Colonial maps are hard to find… I finally can see where the Chowan and Pequiminn Districts are in relation to places in Virginia. … Read entire article »

Filed under: maps, NC