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This collection consists of nearly 500 volumes of manuscripts, papers, and books collected by Lyman Copeland Draper about the history of the trans-Allegheny West, a region including the western areas of the Carolinas and Virginia, all the Ohio River Valley, and part of the upper Mississippi Valley from the 1740s to 1830. The collection is divided into 50 series. Some series are titled by geographic area, some by the names of prominent frontier leaders, and some by topic. The bulk of the collection consists of notes from interviews, questionnaires, and letters gathered during Draper’s extensive travels and research to learn about frontier history.
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- Lyman Copeland Draper. United States, Draper Manuscript Series. State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.
Key facts found in this collection vary from record to record. They may include:
- Birth, marriage, or death dates and places
- Names of parents or other family members
- Life sketches
- Names of neighbors
- Notes of envolvement in historical events
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- Look for variant spellings of the names.
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- Make a list of individuals with the same surname.
- Search the indexes and records of nearbylocalities.
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“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clemtina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata.