03 August 2008

Robert Barnes' Baltimore County Families 1659-1759 is free on World Vital Records for the next seven days.

The image in this posting is for Lewis Demoss--my ancestor. The daughter listed as "Pine" is now thought by some researchers to actually be "Jane." At some point in the transcription, the handwriting was misread--which is why it is imperative to trace things back to the original as much as possible.

And when downloading a page from a book, always make certain that the sources or other explanatory material are downloaded as well. In this case the sources of the entry for Lewis Demoss are indicated in the parenthesis at the end of the entry.

World Vital Records has several databases that are free for the first seven or so days of their inclusion on the site.

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19 February 2008

BYU's Family History Archives

The Family History Archive at Brigham Young University has digitzed a number of family histories and placed them on their website.

I found one book that I already had used years ago, but it is nice to know I can easily access it if I want to refer to pages that I did not copy originally.

A clip from page 19 of the DeMoss Family in America is a part of this post (John DeMoss born 1718 is my ancestor). Of course, be certain to doublecheck anything you find in a published family history. These are excellent resources, but they are still compiled sources. The images are full-text searchable and pages can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat. No membership or account is required to use the site.

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