|Over the past few years a number of excellent research resources appear on the Internet. Here are links to those we consider to be the most useful. Please email us with any additional resources you feel should be included.|
Books. This is a growing motherload of information. A number
of Light Lists, Federal reports, annual reports of the Lighthouse Board
and Bureau of Lighthouses have already been digitized, and more are
being added every day. All books in the collection are fully searchable.
of America. A fully searchable digital library of 10,000 books and 50,000 journals from the 19th century. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of science and
technology, so it contains an amazing wealth of information on lighthouse
Library of Congress. An amazing collection of fully
searchable books and documents in the Library of Congress collection.
Particularly useful for identifying the dates when appropriations for
lighthouses were made, and various legislation passed relative to
While this website is not free, the reasonable annual membership fee is
well worth paying, since you can search through thousands of newspapers
from around the US. A treasure trove of information on a number of Great
Lakes lighthouses and keepers.
Used and Out-Of-Print Books. When you are looking for a copy
of a specific book, AddAll Books is a search engine which searches the
inventories of over 40 online bookstores and over 20,000 online book
dealers. If you can't find it here, it probably doesn't exist.
Collection of the Great Lakes at Bowling Green State
University. One of the largest online databases of Great Lakes vessel and
photo information. Great for researching vessels which ran into problems
near a particular lighthouse. Search for a particular vessel by
virtually any parameter.
|The David Swayze Great Lakes Shipwreck File.
Mr. Swayze has been compiling shipwrecks and accidents from
old book and newspaper reports, and the fruits of his labor have been
placed online in a searchable database format. It is the perfect source
for finding maritime accidents which occurred near your lighthouse.
Seeing The Light
- Lighthouses of the western Great Lakes. Terry Pepper's website features
histories of all the lighthouses on lakes Huron, Michigan and Superior.
Also features keeper listings for each light.
|1891 History of the Great Lakes. Volume I by J. B. Mansfield. An online version of J. B. Mansfield's seminal maritime
history of the Great Lakes. Transcribed chapter by chapter. A great
resource for identifying how lighthouses served the maritime community.
History of the Great Lakes. A wonderful collection of transcribed
and scanned primary resource documents related to Great Lakes maritime
history. Includes searchable entries from a number of 19th century
Canadian and US newspapers.
Political Graveyard. While best known as a resource to
identify where politicians and famous people are interred, this site
also serves as an amazingly comprehensive political biography. Great for
putting political offices with names found during research and
|Michigan County Histories and
Atlases. This collection contains 428 digitized titles (many composed of multiple volumes) published before 1923. No
better place to search for area histories and biographies of notable people, including numerous lighthouse keepers.
Harbours and Ports of Lake Ontario by Edward M. Hodder. Transcribed 1857 book containing charts, a description
of each harbor, description of lighthouses, harbour lights, water depths, courses and distances. Each chapter opens in a
separate window for easy reading.
An active bulletin board frequented by some knowledgeable people in the
lighthouse world. A great place to post historical questions, especially
those of a technical nature. Must be a member to post, but there is no
charge and no personal information needs to be provided to join.
of Wisconsin Digital Collection. Digitized and searchable materials relating to Wisconsin history. The collection includes published material as well as archival materials. The materials were digitized from a variety of formats including books, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs, maps and other resources.
How To Research in an
Archive. An introduction to conducting research in archives
written by the Library and Archives of Canada
Historical Resources from the University of Berkley. A
definition of what constitutes a Primary Historical Resource, and
suggestions as to where to find them.