Ledger Books-Journals and Diaries

ledgerA special collection of ledger books, journals and diaries are being scanned and published as a downloadable PDF file on AncestorsAtRest website. These are original ledger books, journals and diaries from stores, schools, and individuals that have been found and saved. They can cover from 1772 to 1925.

ledgar-for-s-j-mcdonald-inThe ledger books from merchants can contain all types of interesting information. It might have note of the death of a customer who owes money to the store. A customer might be listed with the birth of a child.

There are about 15 states / territories of different towns and counties done to date. The US states are: Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, Western Maryland & West Virginia, Missouri, Texas, Ohio, Virginia, Illinois, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Canadian Ontario, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. ledgar-for-electors-in-ny

When you go to a specific group of ledgers or other books there is provided some information about the location. Those that are in PDF format are in blue and you can click on those to read the actual scanned pages. Each page can be saved also.

ledger-frederick-ohio-1869Look over which ones have been done, there just might be an ancestor or two in those books. If you have  similar ledgers, journals or other types of books you want scanned, there is contact information on the site.

Photos: A Maine Store Ledger of 1923 for S. J. McDonald; Oswego County, New York list of electors; and 1869 ledger for Frederick, Ohio.

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