I realized quickly that I’d have to “think outside the box” to learn about my ancestors. I LOVE to interview people, and listen to stories about "the older days" when life seemed a little slower and simpler. I study USGS maps, plats, read chanceries, look for long forgotten cemeteries and try to help preserve memories people share with me. This blog is ad free, so it's easier to focus on sharing stories. Feel free to sign the guestbook, or join the FaceBook group. Even if we aren't related by DNA, I'd still love to hear about your research efforts and family stories. I am interested in posting (to this blog) stories relevant to the Mecklenburg-Brunswick families.

20 April 2009

Great Virginia resource on LVA website

There is a great resource on Library of Virginia's website. Chanceries you can download! Chanceries are an amazing resource. They often spell out family relationships, and give woman's maiden names (often stating who her father is). Sometimes there are plats and wills enclosed. Sometimes there's depositions. Virginia chanceries are something you can only get out of LVA. So downloading these records is a wonderful benefit, especially to those unable to drive to LVA. (Shipping is available for non-digitized records.) There are a few counties online, ready to view digitally. There are some counties that haven't had indexes posted on LVA's site yet. It's all a big on-going project. Here is the link that shows what is available, and in what format:

Here is where you can search the records. When you see an entry, you can bookmark it to remember, or email yourself. You can also click on the details and it gives surnames discussed in the case and other helpful info. Then if you scroll down the page and a digital image is available, it will be there. I have seen images for Faquier County, VA. I checked Sunday, and Mecklenburg & Brunswick are not digitized yet. But it will come soon. If you have any questions about the new LVA site, how to get the records, or what is involved in chanceries, feel free to post comments here or email me questions.