Favorite Sources: World War I Draft Registration Cards

One of my favorite sources is the World War I Draft Registration Card collection.  These cards recorded information about many men living in the United States in 1917 and 1918.  They record birth information, date and sometimes place, which can be difficult to find for this generation.  These men were born when many states were… Continue reading Favorite Sources: World War I Draft Registration Cards

Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) has a great, free collection of digitized newspapers.  You can find the collection through their website here.  The platform to view and search through pages has changed recently, so check it out if you haven't visited in a while. Years covered The collection contains newspapers published between 1856 and 2009.  1856… Continue reading Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub

Favorite Sources: Homestead Records

Last month I sent away for homestead records from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).  They arrived just a few weeks later in digital form.  I love that you can now request digital images of these records.  Homestead records are a great resource because they give a picture of an ancestor's life when they were establishing their… Continue reading Favorite Sources: Homestead Records

Favorite Sources: DAR Ancestor Database

If you research anyone who was alive during the Revolutionary War and old enough to serve in some way, check if they are in the DAR Ancestor Database. This database shows information about American patriots who served the cause of the Revolutionary War in some way.  They may have fought in the war, but they may… Continue reading Favorite Sources: DAR Ancestor Database

Favorite Sources: 1925 Iowa State Census

Did any of your family live in Iowa in 1925?  The 1925 Iowa State Census is fabulous because it asks for each Iowa resident to give detailed information about their parents: their full names, including mother's maiden name, ages, birthplaces, and even marriage place.  Be sure to look at this source even if the direct ancestral line wasn't in Iowa, but… Continue reading Favorite Sources: 1925 Iowa State Census