19 July 2017

Founders Online – nitty gritty records of their lives might help document your 18th and early 19th century ancestors!


Founders Online – nitty gritty records of their lives might help document your 18th and early 19th century ancestors!

Recently, I keep finding myself looking at some document in the Founders Online website which then led me to The George Washington Financial Papers Project and I also visited the George Washington Papers (Library of Congress) all of which have digitized documents online.  Guess what, all of our nation’s founders ran households (or households were run for them) and many of those records survive.  Guess what, these men transacted business with locals just like everyone else.  You may find through research that your ancestors were some of whom these individuals did business with and so are listed in their extant ledgers. The ledger I checked out included a name index in the front and depending which website you consult, you can search across the content that is digitized.


In researching some Virginia families I kept finding nuggets in the financial papers of George Washington. I’m sure the same is true for the other Founders.

Don’t assume that just because your ancestors may not have socialized with these gentlemen that they did not conduct business with them or their households.






Did your ancestors do business with a Founding Father?

How did your ancestors interact with the Founding Fathers?




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