The Library

A place to bag some family history resources. It provides

Links to helpful web sites
Articles and books that illustrate the history of our ancestors and their times
Reference material, such as city directories

Sit back with a steaming cup of coffee, or sit up with a pencil and this library you can wear pajamas or tortoise shell glasses, whatever suits your fancy.

Vital Records  First place to look for basic biographical information such as birth date and place, marriage, death, and census or city directory listings.
  • Family Search A Church of Latter Day Saints web site that has a wealth of genealogy info
  • Ancestry A genealogy site that is the gold standard of info and hosts a multitude of family trees that can help direct your research. Note: this is a paid subscription site, but many libraries offer access for free.
  • Seeking Michigan Source of Michigan death certificates for decedents between 1897 and 1920
  • Find a Grave Grave sites and gravestone photos, plus sometimes a good source for biographical info
Maps  Helpful when looking up exactly where the family lived in the 19th or early 20th centuries
  • Exploring Scotland's Places Starting place for finding a given farmsite in Scotland. Type the farm or homestead name into the search box.
  • Scottish Ordinance Survey Maps Useful for pinpointing farms where the relatives lived.
         An example is this Old Cumnock Map centered on McCrie homesteads (Roadside and Glaisnock Lots)
  • London Charles Booth's 'Descriptive Map of London Poverty' from 1898/99. Includes neighborhood where Bessie Estall's family lived.
  • London Another Charles Booth 'Descriptive Map of London Poverty' but with explanations of the color coding
  • London Index to several historical maps of London
  • London Bartholomew's 1909 map shows structures where Bessie Estall's family lived
  • Ontario Farmstead maps of the 1880s in Ontario, Canada
  • Michigan Farmstead maps of the 1880s
Family Trees
  • Estall Bessie Estall's (aka Estelle's) family as researched by Kim Baldacchino
  • McCrie William McCrie's family as researched by Doug Boylan (note: the tree is hosted on, requiring a paid subscription to view)
Directories Histories United Kingdom Census Transcriptions
  • UK (including Scotland) Census On-line database of census transcriptions. Helpful for finding relatives' occupations, places of residence, birth locations, family and neighbor configurations.
Tax Records Research Aids