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  • Ebay for images of places – then follow that search and you’ll receive an email when new items are added
  • Real estate sites and apps for ancestor properties and in same area
  • Pinterest
  • 500 px
  • Google image search – and you can use this to try to discover the source for a photo you already have – just drag the jpg and it will try to find that photo on other sites
  • Youtube – search for history videos and real estate sale videos
  • often includes images on their records



  • Library of Virginia – Chancery Records – fabulous trove of court cases you can download the entire case file


  • Interlibrary Loan – If you have a library card, you can request books from anywhere in the US. Whenever I learn of a book (such as on Amazon), I request it from my library first before buying. I keep my library’s interlibrary loan email on file along with my card number so I can quickly create a request and then move on.
  • Google Books has many old books available for download
  • Cornell University Library Making of America Collection -a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts. The collection comprises the digitized pages of books and journals. This system allows you to view scanned images of the actual pages of the 19th century texts. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) has been performed on the images to enhance searching and accessing the texts.

Websites useful news and articles for genealogists and family historians as well as a collection of instructional video screen recordings, called screencasts, showing you step-by-step, how to make the most of your computer for genealogy.

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