Share Your Bible Collection with Historical Societies
I live in the state of Virginia and often make use of the resources of the Library of Virginia in person and online. Among the resources available are photographic copies of the family records sections of family Bibles. The Library does not explain the source for these copies on their website so I finally contacted them about this.
I had previously thought that they only posted family record information from Bibles which were part of their collection. It turns out that they can photograph your Bible for the records and return it to the family.
I would suggest to your readers that they contact their local historical societies and state libraries in an effort to share their family information. This would also act as a “backup” to an individual’s family information should anything happen to the original Bible.
Thanks for allowing me to make a suggestion,
Another Reason to Contact Historical Societies
Contacting the local historical society was the best thing Iâ€™ve done. The society I contacted charged a reasonable hourly rate (and in the end, they didn’t even charge the full amount).
I was at a block wall with regards to my grandparents and great-grandmother. I sent an e-mail to the local historical society for assistance. I promised to become a member and sent a donation that day. The president happened to be related by marriage to a distant cousin (unbeknownst to me). The researcher assisting me knew my great-grandmother because her own mother was in the same nursing home. She was able to share a few sweet stories.
The one gold nugget that I found was learning that my grandfather was married three times, and not just twice as I thought. Because the census records are ten years apart, the second wife who died in a tragic accident, never appeared in the census records. In 1910 his first wife was listed, she passed two weeks after the birth of my grandfather in 1912. He remarried at the end of 1920, after the census for that year had been taken. She died in 1926. He remarried again and that marriage is shown in the 1930 census.
The historical society was able to provide copies of local newspapers containing family information that I had not been able to obtain. They were exceptionally nice and always communicating via e-mail. It is worth a small or large donation to help historical societies. The amount paid was well worth the time and frustration it saved me.
Adding Comments and Corrections
I have been using the census records to search for the “Covert” family and the spelling variations are enormous. Many times I must search the index using everything except the last name. When I finally find the family, in one case it was “Lovert”, I use the “Comments and Corrections” to correct the last name so that someone else searching will not have the same trouble. Most people searching the index do not know they can insert corrections into the census index. I am sure there are great instructions somewhere about how to add a misspelled or alternate name to the census index. Please put them in the Journal. It would be a great help.
David G. Richardson
AWJ Editorâ€™s Note: Good suggestion! You can find instructions for adding a correction and noting errorsÂ in the Ancestry Help Center.Â Â
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