IGHR and primary resources

Two more resources

About mid-week during an immersive genealogy institute like the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, students’ brains start to go on overload.

There is so much to learn and so much to share that trying to stay on top of all the information can be overwhelming. And when you’re teaching on top of learning as The Legal Genealogist has been… well… at least I keep writing down notes about cool resources!

And here are two more, both neat ways to get into some of the really underused resources of genealogy — manuscripts and other unpublished materials.

The first is called Repositories of Primary Sources. It’s a website at the University of Idaho compiled by Terry Abraham, Head of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Idaho Library:

This site is essentially a Cyndi’s List for primary source materials. It describes itself as a “listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar.”

Materials are organized geographically, and there are category links to:

    • Western United States and Canada
    • Eastern United States and Canada: States and Provinces A-M
    • Eastern United States and Canada: States and Provinces N-Z
    • Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Europe A-M
    • Europe N-Z
    • Asia and the Pacific
    • Africa and the Near East
    • Additional Lists
    • State, Province, Country Index
    • Integrated Index/List

The second is called ArchiveGrid, and it’s another way to get into and find archival records like manuscripts. It’s a service of OCLC (the Online Computer Library Center):

ArchiveGrid describes itself as “a collection of nearly two million archival material descriptions,” covering “collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives.” It “provides access to detailed archival collection descriptions, making information available about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and other archival materials (and) contact information for the institutions where the collections are kept.”

Since so much of what we really want to learn about the families we research is hidden away in these primary sources, these are resources I can’t wait to use to see what turns up…

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8 Responses to IGHR and primary resources

  1. Celia Lewis says:

    Thank you so much Judy. Two excellent resources – my resource folder is beginning to overflow (good thing it’s on the computer!), but it’s all good. I very much appreciate all the helpful information and details. Sometimes I feel like Eeyore, grumbling sadly that I’ll never catch up… :)

  2. Sheri Fenley says:

    Thank you Judy for sharing these great links!

  3. Jana Last says:


    I want to let you know that two of your blog posts are listed in today’s Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2013/06/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-june-14-2013.html

    Have a great weekend!

  4. I’m so happy to learn about Archive Grid. I always wondered if archives were indexed somewhere. And the same for your first item, Repositories of Primary Sources. Two ways to bring all these hidden/local materials to light. Treasures to be found.

    • Judy G. Russell says:

      These are the sorts of neat things you pick up in institute training, Mariann! Glad to be able to share them.

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