Thursday, February 22, 2007

List of Global Online Repositories

Miriam Midkiff, in her excellent Ancestories genealogy blog, found a wonderful list of worldwide online repositories. Her post is at The Repositories of Primary Sources is at The site is described as:

"A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar."

The web site listings of repositories are divided up by location. The Western states are in one list, and the eastern states are in two separate lists. Canadian provinces are mixed in with the states. There are lists for Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, etc.

I went looking for interesting web sites in Massachusetts. I browsed through the Concord Free Public Library site at They had a link to the Wheeler Genealogy (George Wheeler is one of my immigrant ancestors in the 1630's). The Wheeler page had a picture of the Wheeler-Scotchford house, which I had not heard of before. There is a link to the Old Hill Burying Ground in concord at

Manuscripts held by large and small repositories are often underused by genealogy researchers, especially those searching mainly on the Internet. This Repository of Primary Sources site will really help all of us determine what is held at repositories in the localities, and may lead to new discoveries of our ancestors family history.

I will spend hours looking for interesting and useful data at the Repository site! Into the "Libaries" list of Favorites it goes.

Thanks, Miriam, for finding this and telling us about it.

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