What Your Ancestor's Neighbors Can Tell You

Melissa Barker
Jun 6, 2018
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Speaker's Introduction
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Archives and Libraries
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Where to start
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Records of the Neighbors
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Archives Online
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Our ancestors did not live in isolation, although we sometimes research them as if they did. They were part of a community of friends, neighbors, classmates and even co-workers. Whether they lived in big cities, small towns or rural farming communities, your ancestor’s neighbors could help you with your research. Using records in archives could be the key to finding information about your ancestors  through their neighbors.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager and Public Historian currently working at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. She is affectionally known as The Archive Lady to the genealogy community. She lectures, teaches, and writes
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    6 years ago

    A great deal of information was provided about what documents/records can be found in archives (local and state), and where to look first. Thank you!

    A great webinar. I’ll watch it again.

    A lot of good ideas were generated today.

    A lot of great information and reminders to step off the linear research trail. I volunteer at our town’s historical museum where we collect all kinds of photos, papers, documents, journals, and more on residents. Yeah, we’re an archive too.

    A very complete review of all types of archives. Thank you!

    Absolutely brilliant webinar with lots of very interesting information to review to assist the family historian.

    Always so informative. Thank you.

    Another fantastic Webinar filled with great information. Thanks to Melissa and to you Geoff! 🙂

    another great webinar–

    As Always Melissa was very informative

    As always, I learned something new from this webinar! Thank you, Legacy Family Tree. I, too, learned inadvertently about archives in history museums. In Renton, Washington, at the very back of the museum, I saw a small sign that said “Research Room”. I excitedly went back to the volunteer at the front desk and asked if it was open to the public. She referred me to the archivist. I spent four days using their records–including two group photos which included my father & grandfather!


    Awesome! Motivational for summer genealogy projects. Melissa is an outstanding communicator!!! Thanks!

    better than expected even though it was a ver high level — covered a lot of territory

    Can’t wait to search those archives. My to do list just doubled

    certainly gives new avenues of thought

    Easy to listen to an use the handout!!! Learned much more than I was expecting. Loved the presenter!

    Excellent as usual

    Excellent info and syllabus. Also, I appreciate Melissa’s willingness to share her archives list. Thanks!

    Excellent presentation.

    Excellent speaker

    Excellent webinar! & great timing – summer vacation plans include an archive visit. Thanks to Melissa & Geoff!

    Excellent webinar. Gave me a few ideas to use when I visit the SC State Archives this July.


    Excellent!! I could understand everything she said! She is a very good ‘presenter’!!

    Fantastic webinar!

    Fantastic!! And to think I almost didn’t attend this one!! I thought it would’t help me at all. Shows what I know. Thanks for another wonderful webinar.

    Good information on where to find records that I hadn’t thought of. Thanks!

    good presentation

    Good speaking style. My ancestors didn’t leave many records, and this gave lots of good resources to check. Nice handout and examples.


    Great ideas for new places to look into and hopefully find the information I need. Thanks

    great info

    great info

    Great info I didn’t know

    Great info provided on this webinar. Maybe another webinar would give us examples of how Melissa used the records to find ancestor’s friends and neighbors, and what she found.

    Great information !! Thanks !

    Great information for expanding research parameters. Thank you!

    Great information.

    Great presentation. Well organizes and fun!!! Fantastic research tips. Thank you

    great suggestions of more resources. I am inspired now to go to the state, county and town I need more information that hopefully they will have. Thank you!!

    Great webinar


    Great! Got a lot of my questions answered as to what to do with items I have and where to look for things I want to know. Thanks 🙂

    Her voice is so pleasant to listen to 🙂

    I learned a lot about archives and using them for research.

    I learned so much today that I didn’t realize was available to find and research. Now if I just had a lot more time to do it all or many lives like a cat supposedly does. I have many letters of my mother’s to me, plus all her handwritten journals I inherited and much genealogical information included in them. Will be checking out more of Melissa’s webinars.

    I picked up some new information, plus an explanation/definition of some terms I didn’t understand. Thanks!

    I was late but loved every minute, Awesome!

    Interesting and informative even though it focused on the US. Lots of general information that can be applied inCanada


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