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Old 12-08-2009, 06:08 PM
 
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Hi,

I'm doing some research on this subject. Wikipedia is helpful while googling has not. Prefer electronic info vs. library books digging. Thoughts, links appreciated.

Wow, as I'm writing, thought of LOC, looks promising...
but equally disappointing in that none in electronic format...

Don
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:21 PM
 
Location: In the woods
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Don't be lazy. Go to your local library. There should be a Virginia Room. And plenty of people to help you with any resources they have.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:50 PM
 
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It's not a question of laziness or not but rather of efficiency and the pay-off of such research...
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:26 AM
 
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Obviously we all have internet access so we all have equal ability to do internet research so you may not get many useful ideas from us about the general history of the state. I assume your project is about Virginia in general? If not then you may want to focus on local regions of the state. There's a wealth of info online if you more specifically target your Google searches. For example you could examine the histories of various cities in VA like Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, etc. Or you could examine Arlington, which is actually a county but used to be a part of D.C. A history of Arlington alone could take up an entire report. Or even Martinsville, my hometown. The former speaker of the House of Delegates, A.L. Philpott was from the Martinsville/Henry Co. area and he was very powerful so that area of the state had a lot of influence for it to be so small.

Or you could check out the websites of the history departments of the various universities like UVa, VT, VCU, George Mason, etc. Maybe they could give you good leads.

Also, you could Google the natural and geological history of Virginia. Did you know that no dinosaur fossils have been discovered in Virginia? I hope I didn't babble too much
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:56 AM
 
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Bookstores usually have a local history section too. VA history is a daunting task though. I wouldn't know where to start, seems we've been making history since the 1600's up to now.
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Old 12-12-2009, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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As a 27-year-veteran educator, I don't know what is wrong with good, old-fashioned books? If the power goes out or something happens to all of the technology in this world, there's going to be an awful lot of people (who have become completely dependent on the Internet for their info.) left ignorant and out in the cold. There are some excellent historical resources about the state of the Virginia and all of its regions/counties - both in libraries and bookstores. I always require my students to reference both websites AND hard copy "books" and expect to see both in their bibliograpies.

Good luck with your research....and please don't disregard books because they are "inconvenient".
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Old 12-12-2009, 04:47 PM
 
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@Aspe4,

Thank you for your excellent input. Ahe, history departments, good idea... insight of politicians and locality... of "dinosaur", we've got only about 500 years so to speak ... enjoy the humor...

@Nebat, thanks.

@SCBeaches, you're right, thanks.

One more thing, I think linear view of events limits the "scope" of thoughts ...
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