Friday, January 17, 2014

Where to look: the short list

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: 
The answers to this reader's question will serve as an example for other researchers. These answers work for total beginners, as well as experienced genealogists who are now moving to research in a new locality or time period.

Might you have historical information on the original Northup family of Bellevue and how the street named after them was NorthRUP for so many years?
Wish I could help you out. My parents only moved there in the 1960s. Perhaps you might contact the Eastside Genealogical Society. I found this link by using with "Bellevue Washington genealogy society" as my search string.
Eastside holds meetings are held at the Bellevue Regional Library. Though Ol' Myrt has spoken at this society in the past, I couldn't remember the specific name. Google found it for me in a matter of seconds. Google also suggested:

East Side Heritage Center

I also recommend looking for local and county history books through WorldCat, arguably the largest collection of online library catalogs in the world. You may identify a book that is available in a local or regional library, or borrow one through "inter-library loan".

Whenever Ol' Myrt here needs to get oriented to a new location in my family history research, I check out these resources:
Of course, I haven't begun to list subscription websites providing indexed links to scanned images of documents.  

Ol'  Myrt's theory here is you won't be able to correlate the information you find in a specific document IF you don't FIRST study the big picture including the history, culture and surviving record groups for that ancestor's locality and time period.

Basically, the list above is just to get you oriented to the new area of research.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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