Join us as Diane L. Richard leads a virtual journey through the many different types of records that you might find in special collections and what makes them gems to a genealogical researcher. So Many Gems, So Little Time!
Dunn Loring Fire Station
2148 Gallows Road
Dunn Loring, VA 22027
1) Post Office Records: Geography, Politics, Religion & More: Post offices aren't just about mail! Post offices used to define communities and people used their location, in records, to define where they lived. Post offices also handled newspaper subscriptions and related materials. How would you like to see great great grandpa's subscription list? Talk about insight into a person -- often indicating religious and/or political leanings.
2) Slaves+Insurance=Rich Records: Once upon a time slaves were insured and used for collateral with banks. Though it's hard for us to fathom the concept, these records provide detailed information about named slaves, being insured by a certain individual, on a specific plantation. Invaluable information when seeking out hard-to-find ancestors who were slaves or wanting to learn more about your slave-holding ancestor.
3) The Genealogical Gems Found in Manuscript & Archival Collections: Have you explored private and little known archival collections? They are full of ledgers and account books, membership lists, and so much more! You can learn so much about your family and neighborhood through these records. Relationships are sometimes noted. Store, business and physician ledgers can link family members and provide many interesting details invaluable to your family history narrative.