Posted in County histories, Research tips, Websites

Quick Video Tutorial: Using the Internet Archive to Find Digitized County Histories


Every good genealogist wants to find a county history for each locality where an ancestor resides.  Well, have you checked the Internet Archive lately?  There are over 10 million digitized books and texts, and you are likely to find one or more county histories for whatever locality you choose—and I’m not just talking U.S. counties.

In this quick video tutorial (5 minutes) you can learn how to find and download these free books.


Posted in Books, Google Books, Websites

Friday Finds: NEHGR, NYGBR and other journals online

Google books

So I was listening to the January podcast from Family Tree Magazine on a recent roadtrip, and was interested to hear that Google Books has digitized the New England Historical and Genealogical Register (published since 1847),


and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (published quarterly since 1870).


Cool!  These are both genealogical journals that could help you once you follow your granny’s trail back in time, before she moved out west.  There are probably other journals of interest to you in your research that have been digitized, especially if they are out of copyright.  This includes publication before 1923.

By the way, Family Tree Magazine website has a lot of free resources, even if you don’t have a subscription to their magazine.  The podcasts are one of them.  I always learn something new when I listen to them, and it’s a good use of time when I in the car, gardening, or working around the house.

And if you haven’t heard about Internet Archive, you should check them out, too, as they have over 3 million digitized books and might have that journal you are seeking.