from another list . . . if you know of helpful sites, let us know. kemis
> [mailto:gaclarke-bounces@...]On Behalf Of Don Summers
> I believe that it is best to obtain copies of original records from the
> archives that house them. Regardless of the type of record. Records
> pertaining to service in the Civil War for instance are retained in the
> National Archives and in various state archives. Florida Sate Archives
> a searchable index of CW pension applications that can be viewed and
> on - line. Texas has a very good searchable index and you can request
> copies in various ways including e -mail. The cost is quite reasonable
> ($0.10 per page plus postage) and the service is usually very responsive.
> When you receive your documents the archives provides you with an invoice.
> The link for Florida is:
> http://www.floridamemory.com/Collections/PensionFiles/ The link for Texas
> is: http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/pensions/index.html
> Alabama has a similar search engine and request procedures. When dealing
> with Alabama you can request a search for all records in four groups for
> individual. The wait is somewhat longer than Texas but worth the effort.
> Costs are also reasonable. The Alabama archives link is:
> Many other databases are now available, some are free and some modestly
> priced. http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=0 is the
> link for Family Search's prototype search engine. It is free and can be
> searched in several ways. This link is for new databases being added, a
> with original images. Arizona death certificates and Texas death
> certificate images are available.
> I believe these are the types of links that can help others look for data
> about family members without crossing into the commercial realm.
> databases have their place in research for sure, but should not be the
> place to look.
> Don Summers