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Favorite Links

~ National and Major Eastern Newspapers ~

National
Newspapers By State 
New York Times - archive
Washington Post 
* Newark Star-Ledger
Baltimore Sun
* Newspapers.com
* Google News Archive 
* GenealogyBank Newspaper Archive
* Chronicling America - Digitized Papers
* Newseum - Washington, DC

Southwestern Pennsylvania
* Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - obits
   Google News archive 
* Pittsburgh Press Google News archive
* Pittsburgh Tribune Review - obits 
* Greensburg Daily Tribune - 1890-1978
* Pittsburg Dispatch - 1889-1892 
* Uniontown Herald-Standard-
    - obits-archive - 1913-1941 -
    1941-1977 (ES) - 1917-1977 (MH)
* Connellsville Daily Courier - obits -
    1879-1888 - 1888-1907 - 1905-1929 -
    1902-1977
* Somerset Daily American - obits - 
    1951-1977
* Somerset Herald - 1870-1897
* Washington Observer-Reporter -
   - obits-Google News Archive 
* Waynesburg Republican - 1867-1869 -
    obituary index
* Valley Independent - obits
* Beaver County Times - obits 
* New Castle News - obits  

Eastern Pennsylvania
* Carbon Advocate - 1872-1924 
* Reading Eagle - 1868-2008 
* Kutztown Patriot - 1889-1940
* Philadelphia Inquirer

West Virginia
* Grafton Mountain Statesman - obits
* Clarksburg Exponent - obits
* Elkins Inter-Mountain - obits 
* Fairmont Times-West Virginian - obits 
* Wheeling Intelligencer - obits -
   - archive 1865-1903
* Weirton Daily Times - 1955-1977

Ohio
* Canton Repository - obits - archive 
* Akron Beacon Journal - obits
* Zanesville Times-Recorder
   -  obits-archive
* Athens Messenger - obits - archive
* Steubenville Herald-Star - obits
* Youngstown Vindicator - obits
* Warren Tribune Chronicle - obits
* New Philadelphia Times Reporter
* Findlay Courier - obits
* Van Wert Times Bulletin - obits
* Mt. Vernon Democratic Banner
    (1910-1922)
* Columbus Dispatch
* Cleveland Plain Dealer
* Cincinnati Enquirer

Kansas
* Barbour County Democrat - 1880-1910
* Kinsley Graphic - 1890-1940
* Clay Center Times - 1882-1923
* Junction City Daily/Weekly Union -
    1866-1887 - 1865-1922 - 1897-1909 -
    1909-1923
* Smoky Hill and Republican Union

Indiana
* Monroeville Breeze - 1884-1940

California
* California Digital Newspaper Collection

~ Genealogy Databases and Publications ~

Marriage & Death Records:
* Social Security Death Index 
* FamilySearch Historical Records
* Pennsylvania Marriages - 1885-1950 
* Pennsylvania Deaths - 1906-1963 
* Westmoreland Co. (PA) Marriages
* Ohio Marriages - 1789-1994 
* Ohio Deaths - 1908-1953 
* Ohio County Deaths 1840-2001
* Indiana Marriages 1811-2007
* Indiana Deaths 1899-2011
* Michigan Marriages 1868-1925
* WV Births - Marriages - Deaths

* NY City Death Index 
* Illinois Death Index 
* Missouri Deaths - 1910 to 1956 

Southwestern PA Funeral Homes:
* Somerset - Fayette Counties, PA

Eastern Ohio Funeral Homes:
* Reed Funeral Home, Canton, OH

Searches and Sources:
* Ancestry.com 
* U.S. Census - 1850 - 1860 - 1870 -
   1880 - 1890 - 1900 - 1910 - 1920 -
   1930 - 1940
* Find-A-Grave
* FamilySearch.org Record Search 
* Rootsweb
* USGenWeb
* PA Division of Vital Records 
* Ellis Island Immigrant Database
* Family Tree Magazine 
* Thomas Minor Society (English family)

Obituary Collections:
* Fayette County, PA
* Somerset County, PA
* Mary S. Biesecker Library, Somerset PA
* Altoona Mirror, PA
* Ohio
* Obituary Daily Times 
* Myers, Lett Related Families

Military:
1890 Census - Civil War Veterans
Civil War Pension Applications
World War I Draft Registrations
World War II Draft Registrations 
Arlington National Cemetery

~ Geographic and Mapping Information ~

Find a County
Historic Map Works
Bureau of Land Management - General Land Office Records
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Mapping Info
National Register of Historic Places
Today's Weather
Mapquest
National Association of Counties 
Map of Muskingum County, OH, 1852 
Map of Fayette County, PA, 1858 
Map of Somerset County, PA, 1860

~ Minerd.com's Recommended News Stories and Blog Posts 
About Americana, Culture, Art and Genealogy ~

"Jerusalem as a Place of Desire and Death, at the Metropolitan Museum" - New York Times, Sept. 22, 2016
"Scanning Software Deciphers Ancient Biblical Scroll" - Associated Press, Sept. 21, 2016
"Through the Place" - Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation documentary, September 2016
"How a Dutch Businessman Fulfilled His Dream to Open a ‘World-Class’ Museum" - New York Times, Sept. 14, 2016
"Heinz Awards Recognize Inspiring Ideas That Address Global Issues" - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 14, 2016
"Landmark Labor Ruling Rooted in Beaver County" - Washington Times, Sept. 10, 2016
"Almost 50 Years Later, Lawsuit Seeks to Fix Blame for Farmington Mine Disaster" - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 4, 2016
"Public Permitted to Peruse State Library’s Rare Books" - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 4, 2016
"Georgetown University Plans Steps to Atone for Slave Past" - New York Times, Sept. 1, 2016
"Ken Lopez Updates his Views on Modern Book Collecting Trends" - Rare Book Hub, September 2016
"Wreck of Sloop Built in Erie Found Deep in Lake Ontario" - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 20, 2016
"Why John Oliver Loves Newspapers" - by Kathleen Parker, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 11, 2016
"In Frank Lloyd Wright Country, Architecture and Applie Pie" - New York Times, July 27, 2016
"Huntington Announces Crowdsourcing Project to Transcribe, Decode Civil War Telegrams" - Fine Books & Collections, June 22, 2016
"American Death Rate Increases, Reverses Trend" - Washington Post, June 3, 2016
"Stolen Columbus Letter Found at the Library of Congress Returned" - Rare Book Hub, June 2016
"Archaeologists Closing in on Finding Captain Cook's Ship, the Endeavour" - Rare Book Hub, June 2016
"'Roots' for a New Era" - New York Times - May 22, 2016
"Folk Art Starts Here" - New York Times, May 20, 2016
"Unearthing the Secrets of New York's Mass Graves" - New York Times, May 16, 2016
"One of Florence’s Oldest Families and Its 600-Year Archive" - New York Times, May 11, 2016
"Civil War Museum Transfers Collection to Gettysburg with Constitution Center Exhibit Planned" - Philly.com, May 5, 2016
"A Foundation and a Museum Battle Over Maurice Sendak's Estate" - by Michael Stillman, Fine Books & Collections, May 1, 2016
"Why More Suicides?" - by Ambassador Dan Simpson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 27, 2016
"An Ambitious Renovation of August Wilsonís Boyhood Home Will Be Good for Pittsburgh and the Arts" - by Christopher Rawson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 24, 2016
"Letter from Albert Gallatin Donated to Friendship Hill Historic Site" - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 23, 2016
"Top Court Rejects Challenge to Google Book-Scanning Project" - Reuters, via CNBC.com, April 18, 2016
"Georgetown Confronts a Haunting Sale of Slaves" - New York Times via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 17, 2016
"Amateur Snapshots Provide Window to American Culture" - Fine Books & Collections, April 15, 2016
"Pope Francis Urges Compassion for All in Landmark Statement on Family Values" - The Guardian, April 9, 2016
"Supreme Court Finally Puts an End to Long Running Apple-Amazon Price-Fixing Case" - by Michael Stillman, Rare Book HUB, April 2016
"Bob Dylan's Archive to Be Housed in Oklahoma" - Rare Book HUB, April 2016

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~ Outstanding National Archives and Reference Libraries ~

The National Archives  
Library of Congress
American Memory Project 
Google Books and Google Scholar 
Smithsonian Institution 
The Internet Archive 
Pulitzer Prizes 
Nobel Prize e-Museum 
Presidential Libraries 
New York Public Library (Catalog)
Merriam-Webster Dictionary 
U.S. Census Bureau 
The British Museum 
Google Blog Search Tool

 

~ Outstanding Local and State Genealogy Reference Libraries ~

Pennsylvania:
Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh 
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh 
Cornerstone Genealogical Society 
Meyersdale (PA) Public Library
Historic Pittsburgh 
Pennsylvania State Archives 
Pennsylvania State Libraries
Historical Society of Pennsylvania  
Uniontown (PA) Public Library 
Dunbar Historical Society 
Berks County (PA) Historical Society
University of Pittsburgh Archive
AskHerePA.org

Ohio:
Ohio Historical Society Library
Bowling Green (OH) State University

Oklahoma:
Oklahoma Historical Society

West Virginia:
West Virginia University 

Eastern United States:
Maryland Archives Online 
Newark (NJ) Public Library

Indiana:
*  Indiana State Library 
Allen County Public Library  
Allen County Genealogical Society

Midwest United States:
Illinois State Archives 
The Newberry - Chicago
Kansas State Library 

Academia Resources:
Assn of College & Research Libraries 
Academia.edu

     

~ Rare Books, Photographs and Special Collections ~

Special Collections Libraries:
Rosenbach Museum & Library - blog
Morgan Library & Museum
Univ of Virginia Rare Book School 
Lilly Library, Indiana University
Ransom Center, University of Texas
Scheide Library, Princeton University
Folger Shakespeare Library
Univ of Michigan Clements Library
Univ of Florida, Smathers Library
Vanderbilt University
University of Rochester River Campus
Ephemera Society of America
University of Illinois 
University of Pittsburgh 
The British Library, London

Photographs:
Getty Images (includes Bettman
    Archive and Corbis)

Publications:
Fine Books & Collections
Rare Book Hub - Monthly Archives
The Book Collector
Booktryst

Searches:
ABEBooks
viaLibri - Library Search
Alibris 
Biblio.com
BookFinder.com 
Antiquarian Booksellers Association 

Bibliography and Cataloguing:
OCLC WorldCat

~ Industrial and Railroad History ~

US Mine Safety and Health Administration Statistics 
Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad Museum 
Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society 

~ Faith-Based History and Culture~

United Methodist Commission on Archives and History
Lutheran Historical Conference 
Presbyterian Historical Society 
Mennonite Church USA Archives
Wexner Heritage Program

~ Science and Medicine ~

U.S. National Library of Medicine
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
NASA - National Air and Space Administration

~ Historical Reconstructions, Museums and Homes ~

Colonial Williamsburg
Henry Ford Museum at Greenfield Village
Plimouth Plantation
John Adams National Historic Park, Massachusetts
Mount Vernon, Virginia
Monticello, Virginia
Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio, Oak Park, IL
Morgan Library and Museum, New York
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Museum of Rural Life

~ Military History and Veterans Services ~

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System (National Park Service)
Bugles Across America (bugler service for veterans' funerals)
Civil War Regiments 
U.S. Army Military History Institute  
U.S. Naval Historical Center and American Merchant Marines 
American Battle Monuments Commission (Military burials on foreign soil) 
Ohio in the Civil War 
Civil War Richmond 
National World War II Memorial 
Virtual Wall - Vietnam Veterans Memorial 

~ Inspiring Spaces, Here and Abroad ~

Westminster Abbey (London)
Thomas Jefferson's Home Library at Monticello 
The Forbes Galleries (New York City)

~ Select Pittsburgh Regional Cultural Attractions ~

Andy Warhol Museum
Fallingwater
Senator John Heinz History Center
Frick Mansion and Art Center
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 
Pittsburgh Opera 
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust 
Westmoreland Museum of Art 
Carnegie Science Center
Civic Light Opera
Pittsburgh Cultural District
Jimmy Stewart Museum
National Aviary 
Rachel Carson Homestead
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

~ Pittsburgh Professional and Major Collegiate Sports ~

Pirates - Major League Baseball
Steelers - National Football League
Penguins - National Hockey League

University of Pittsburgh Football 
University of Pittsburgh Basketball 

Copyright © 2000-2016 Mark A. Miner

"Newspapers-Books-Magazines" illustration originally published in Adventures in American Literature, Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1937. Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach photo courtesy of ACME News Pictures, 1926.