So, how am I ever gonna find any data on my 2nd great-grandparents, Joseph Rogers and Susan Hannah Knox?
I have checked online for census, BMD, cemetery, land, military… every kind of record that I can think of, with no success. And because I have very little information on these ancestors, I don’t feel able to write to the local courthouse, library, historical society or RAOGK volunteers requesting help.
This brick wall has been in place since I first began my genealogical research, as these folks are among the sixteen great-grandparents that I initially began studying. Their names are listed in the Stanley family Bible, which is the first “artifact” that I was exposed to as this journey began.
Over the years, as new databases and resources would appear, I have checked for the surnames Rogers and Knox, hoping… always hoping…
A few days ago, I was checking my Google Reader rss feeds and came across Miriam’s post, Allen County Public Library Historical Texts on the Internet Archive, at AnceStories: The Stories of my Ancestors. I have been to both the Internet Archive and the Allen County Public Library websites, which both contain vast amount of genealogical data, and have never found anything pertinent to my ancestors.
But Miriam’s article grabbed my eye:
“…did you know that many of these historical and genealogical texts from ACPL are being scanned and uploaded to the Internet Archive, so that the public can view them for free? You may not be able to take a trip to Fort Wayne, but you can visit via the power of the World Wide Web!
AND…you can set up a feed on your feed aggregate such as Google Reader, Bloglines, etc. to view each and every book that is uploaded to the Internet Archive from the ACPL!”
An rss feed! What a great idea! I have found lots of great genealogical leads and tidbits through these feeds from my favorite bloggers and research sites. A few years ago, the brick wall of another 2nd great-grandfather Crist Hayes Carrico, was shattered by an rss lead! What an invaluable resource!
I immediately set up the rss feed from the Internet Archive: Allen County Public Library Collection and started to follow it.
Within just a few hours, an item appeared on the feed that really got my attention:
Kentucky? Surname Index?
Do ya think…?
This entire book is available to read online or download as a .pdf file. So I downloaded it and then entered “Rogers” into the search box and…
2 hits popped up!
Rogers in Montgomery County… that’s my surname in my county!!!
I did find a few Rogers in my 1870 census search, but none appeared to be my ancestors. But here is a book, written 1885-1887, that lists my surname Rogers as living in Montgomery County, Kentucky. Maybe…
I quickly decided that I needed to learn more about this book, or set of books. They were reprinted in 1969 as 9 volumes, arranged by county. According to the surname index above, Montgomery County is discussed in Volume 1.
Simple enough, now I just gotta find a library that has Volume 1.
It seems that the Family History Library may have what I need:
Kentucky Genealogy and Biography. 9 vols. Owensboro, KY: Genealogical Reference, 1969–. (Family History Library book 976.9 D3wt) These are reprints of the biographical sections of various editions of Kentucky: A History of the State, by W. H. Perrin, et al., published during the 1880s. The biographies are arranged by county. Another reprint of the biographical sections of Perrin’s work was published by the Southern Historical Press and bears the title of the original work, Kentucky: A History of the State. These volumes are facsimiles of the original biographies, with complete name indexes prepared by various individuals. New material was added in 1979. The Family History Library has described each volume on a separate record. (Family History Library book 976.9 H2p; volume numbers vary.)
Looks like I need to visit my local Family History Center and order a book!