Sherry’s Research Toolbox

Thanks to Thomas MacEntee ( and Geneablogger’s Blog Talk Radio) and his Webinar “Building a Research Toolbox,”(not an affiliate link) I’m building my own research toolbox.

Why it never occurred to me before to put these on-line, I don’t know, but it looks like a great plan!  Now (I hope!) I’ll never wonder where I lost that link I was going to go back to!

Thanks, Thomas!
Census, books, soldiers records, death records, and much, much more!

African-American Research Resources

Cyndi’s List – African American Resources


Primary Sources Online


“Brenneman/Breneman History”
by Albert H. Gerberich. 1217p. 1938

“Three Hundred Years With the Corson Families in America”
by O. Corson. 303+336p. 2 v. , 1939 

“The Hurlbut Genealogy” by Henry H. Hurlbut
Joel, Munsell’s Sons, Publishers, 1888
(Page 416-417 for my Stocking Ancestor)
“The Hurlbut Genealogy” – available on Google books.

“Genealogies of Connecticut Families: From the New England …, Volume 1”  By Judith McGhan
Samuel & Abiah Boardman Stocking’s daughter Ruth info

“The Stocking Ancestry” by Charles H. W. Stocking and updated by Hobart E. Stocking

“Ancestors and Descendants of George Stocking: Founder of the American Family” by Charles H. W. Stocking;  205 pages; 1903

“MIDDLETOWN UPPER HOUSES: a history of the north society of Middletown, Ct. from 1650 to 1800
with genealogical and biographical chapters on early families” by Charles Collard Adams
New York: Grafton Press, 1908.

Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed., 1886. Barren County


Several books on the list below that I would like to add to my library!
Researchers’ Favorite Genealogy Books and History-Related Reads

Higginson Books

Some of these books are available at Higginson Books as reprints.


1940 Census – Steve Morse One-Step Enumeration Maps 

About Our Freedom


Mississippi to Africa – Melvin J. Collier


Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Nearly every week, Legacy Family Tree offers FREE webinars with the latest and greatest how-to info!  Set your cell phone to remind you, and make it a don’t miss opportunity!
Woo Hoo!  A place to go and find out all the great learning opportunities that are coming up on Webinars!  I Love it!


Free Transcription Software

Facebook friend and blogging buddy (www.reflectionsfromthefence) Carol A Bowen Stevens shared info about the above software with me in August 2012.

Can’t wait to try it while transcribing family history stuff for me and for the Sumner County (Kansas) Historical & Genealogical Society.


There are several great software packages that can help you keep track of your growing family tree, document your resources, and determine the

Family Tree Maker
Very popular and easy to use software.  On-line tutorials to get you up and running.

Legacy Family Tree
Reasonable, easy-to-use and powerful software!  Free download lets you check it out. On-line training makes it easy to get started and learn how to do all the stuff you always wish you knew how to do.

Roots Magic
Roots Magic has a free family tree software download that lets you decide whether or not you like the program, and the full version is very reasonable, too. Check out the on-line tutorials and webinars to help get you up and running.


The Ames Society
200 Luchon Road
Willington, CT 06279

The Corson/Colson Family History Association

Society of the Hawley Family 

Iain Laird’s Family History Project

Laird Family Association

Rose Family Association
Christine Rose 



Illinois State Gen Soc


Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies

Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society
Box 402
Wellington, KS 67152


South Central Kentucky Historical and Genealogical Society
P O Box 157
Glasgow, KY 42142-0157

Hart County Historical Society

P.O. Box 606
Munfordville KY 42765
PH: 1-270-524-0101


Cleveland County (Oklahoma) Genealogical Society
PO Box 6176 (1119  E. Main)
Norman, OK 73070
PH: 405-329-9180 or 405-701-2100
Web site:


Google that Old Occupation is a “Genealogy Tip of the Day” blog post written by Michael John Neill at  It’s great advice, so I’m adding it into my Research Toolbox.

Here is Michael’s  “Genealogy Tip of the Day” – Google that Old Occupation post.
Can’t find anything on an occupation? Consider typing it into Google Books- You may discover more than you realized. Also consider typing it into Google Images



Civil War Information

Kansas State Historical Society – GAR Records
West Point Info

West Point General Information Number

West Point Registrar’s office

West Point Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy



German Originality
I haven’t checked this website out yet, but it looks to have a lot of info on it, and links to more info about Germany)


Because this is my Research tool box, I’m not going to try to duplicate Cyndi’s List, (as if anyone could!) here, I’m just including the links that I use to search for my family, in the states that they lived in.  That way, hopefully, I won’t lose them!


Arkansas History Commission 

Arkansas Vital Records

Arkansas Department of Health
4815 West Markham St.,, Slot H-44
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-9772


Several members of my family have settled in California, so I am just now collecting links to aid with research in that state!

California Genealogical Society & Library


My Ninth great-grandfather and grandmother, George and Anna Stocking, traveled with Thomas Hooker’s Puritan group to Connecticut and were some of the town of Hartford, CT founders.  Someday, I hope to travel there, and so am posting this link hoping to get to see some of the country someday, and meet my distant cousins who still live in the area!

Connecticut Farm Map
A Guide to Connecticut’s Agricultural Destinations


My family lived in Illinois, and in some of the same areas as Thomas MacEntee’s family, so many (all for right now) of the links below I copied from Thomas’ website, Destination Austin Family‘s Toolbox.


Muscatine County, Iowa GenWeb

The Abraham Lincoln Public Library & Museum

Diigo Illinois Genealogy

Illinois State Archives

Illinois State Gen Soc

Illinois State Historical Society

Illinois State Library

Illinois State Library

Historic Maps in Sangamon County, Illinois

Newberry Library


Newspaper Online – “Ohio State Journal”


I almost forgot to include my Kansas sources.

Living near many of them, I tend to take accessing them for granted.  But if you are traveling to Kansas from elsewhere, you don’t want to miss anything fun or interesting when you come, so visit the Kansas Tourism site to get more info, click on the trip planner to help you plan your trip, and fill out the free Kansas Travel Guide form to get the free magazine!

And just so you know, once upon a time, Kansas was where the west was Wild!

Millions of buffalo ranged over the tall grass prairie, several Native American tribes called this home, and cowboys followed the Chisholm Trail through the heart of the state driving cattle to the railheads at Abilene, Newton, Wichita, and then Caldwell to provide Eastern markets with beef.

Caldwell, located on the southern border of Kansas in Sumner County, has preserved its western history and celebrates it each year.

Kansas State Historical Society

Midwest Genealogy Center

Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society 

Sumner County School info


Kentucky – Rootsweb Page

Kentucky – Census Diggins

Kentucky GenWeb – Barren County

South Central Kentucky Historical and Genealogical Society
P O Box 157
Glasgow, KY 42142-0157

South Central Kentucky Cultural Center
Address: 200 West Water Street
Mailing:  P. O. 1714
Glasgow, KY  421142
Phone: 270.651.9792

Hatcher & Sadler Funeral Home 
801 North Race Street
Glasgow, KY 42141
PH: (270) 651-8821 

Southern Kentucky Genealogy Website
I found pictures of death certificates at this website, and links to cemeteries with family burials.

Hart County Historical Society
P.O. Box 606
Munfordville KY 42765
PH: 1-270-524-0101

Barren County, KY Records


Omaha Digital Collections


Champaign County, Mad River Township, Ohio

Champaign County OHGEN Web

1940 Census – Champaign County, Mad River Township, Ohio

Champaign County Tombstones

U. S. Government
Bureau of Land Management 

Library of Congress 

Library of Congress
Local History & Genealogy


Oklahoma Cemeteries Index
Has GPS coordinates, but no other directions, and no lists of burials.

1895 Maps of the Twin Territories (Oklahoma)

Oklahoma Post Offices

Oklahoma Historical Society


Sullivan County (Tennessee) Genealogical Society Website


Sumner County Maps

David Rumsey Maps
Has some older historic maps, and you can view them for free.

Hargrett Library Rare Map Collection:

Library of Congress Map Collection:

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection:



My parents raised registered Ayrshire cattle, and so I am hoping to resurrect some/all of their cattle records by contacting this group.

U. S. Ayrshire Breeder’s Association
1224 Alton Darby Creed Rd., Suite B
Columbus, OH 43228
PH: 614-335-0020
FAX: 614-335-0023


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