Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fantastic Find: Westward Ho! How to Trace the Trails of Your Pioneer Ancestors

[Camp 100 - Humbolt River by Daniel A Jenks, 1827-1869, Created 1859;
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA;
digital id: ppmsc 04819 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsc.04819 ]

While looking for something entirely different (as happens so often), I discovered this great guest post by Mary Harrell-Sesniak at the GenealogyBank.com blog. While a lot of her post is naturally dedicated to information gathered from Genealogy Bank's resources (a subscription database), she includes other useful online resources.

The first illustration chosen by Ms. Harrell-Sesniak for her post also reminded me of the awesome resources available at the Library of Congress's website. The above illustration is taken from a series of sketches drawn by Daniel Jenks during his 1859 travels in the West.

Our family is lucky enough to have a newspaper account of B.R. Biddle's trek to California in 1849 as published in the Daily Illinois State Journal.

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