When you are researching you family do not over look the following web site...
You may be surprised to learn that one of your ancestors may have submitted a patent for something.
One of our members contacted the Library of Congress with a simple request(a paragraph explanation) on one of her ancestors and received a 13 page response with the top paragraph including the following phrase " we do not have the time or resources to research your ancestor". The next 12 and half pages were web sites as to where and who to contact. So do not over look asking for help at the Library of Congress either. http://www.loc.gov/index.html