I realized quickly, with the lack of records for my family, that I’d really have to “think outside the box”. I LOVE to interview people, and ask about "the older days" in Mecklenburg. I also study USGS maps, plats, read chanceries, look for long forgotten cemeteries and try help preserve some of those memories people share with me. Feel free to sign my guestbook stating surnames you are looking for, who you're related to etc. Always a work in progress, a work that I truly love!

12 October 2011

A note about familysearch and Virginia records

Familysearch now has 2.34 billion indexed records available, of course for free! About a million records are added to family search every month. All free, because it is all volunteers, wanting to make records accessible. This is a 3 minute video explaining how a project took place between a historical society and familysearch. I wanted to post it, because I like to see the "behind the scenes" part of how I can get access to digitized records, and this shows a little of that.The lady in the video also gives some good info on how familysearch wiki can help you in your research. The more historical societies and churches that work with familysearch, the more accessible the records become. The more volunteers indexing and digitizing, the more quickly and accessible the records will become available to everyone.

There are millions of records world wide being uploaded monthly in many languages from around the world. Here is a link to the Mecklenburg, Virginia wiki page:

Here is a screen shot of the Virginia record collections today, 12 Oct 2011, not counting any Census records. Click on image to view full screen. If you see the word "browse images", that means it is not indexed yet, it is being digitized right now, at the earlier indexing phase. If you click on each entry, you get the full description and sourcing information. I just clicked on Virginia, Winchester, Evening Star Obituaries, 1899-1909. The description said: "Obituaries from the Winchester Evening Star arranged by year then alphabetically by name. Includes the years 1899-1909." Source info also given. You can compare the number of records in the collection to the number of posted completed records to know if the collection is complete. The date is the last date records were posted for that collection.

Hope this information might give you some new ideas for places to try to look for your ancestors. If you can't find a record now, keep trying again, because new records are regularly added.