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Bob's Filing CabinetWelcome to the third version of Bob’s Genealogy Filing Cabinet.   This is a repository for a number of family genealogies, as well as articles about a variety of topics of interest to family genealogists.   The “Family Files” listed on the right include collections of highly detailed research papers for families with origins in the southern colonies and states.   The “Research Topics” section includes a number of articles that may be helpful for genealogists researching the American South.

Altogether these files amount to several thousand printed pages, and include a few downloadable e-books.  Most of the family files are quite detailed and their pages tend to be lengthy.   As a general rule, any file that amounts to more than ten or so printed pages is presented as a pdf file, so you’ll need Acrobat Reader or an equivalent browser plug-in to view them.   These files will open in a new window on your browser.

I have been helped enormously over the years by many gracious researchers who shared their information with me, so it only seems fair to do the same myself.  Feel free to use whatever you find for your personal genealogy efforts.  However, please do not re-publish anything you find here without permission.  Please see “About” in the menu for more information.


Researching the American Colonies or Southern States?

Visit the Articles page for links to a variety of articles intended to help genealogists interpret old records, especially from Virginia and the southern Colonies.   Some of the topics covered include:

  • Old Legal Terminology & Archaic Words
  • Legal Age
  • Headrights
  • Inheritance & Succession
  • Dower & Curtesy
  • Tithables & Taxes
  • Women’s Rights
  • Orphans & Guardians
  • Primogeniture & Entail
  • Types of Deeds
  • Divorce & Adoption
  • Types of Courts
  • Processioning
  • Names & Spelling