Yesterday, Family Search, on their blog page, announced that the Draper Manuscript Collection was now available online. Here's a link to their blog post. The Draper Manuscript Collection would be of interest to anyone studying the migration and settlement of their ancestors into the greater Ohio River Valley region. Of course we know of numerous Brewer and Brower ancestors who migrated into the region covered by the present day states of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, as well as West Virginia, just prior to, during and immediately after the American Revolutionary War. Many of their lineages back to their roots in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have been difficult to reconstruct. Perhaps there are some clues to be found in this vast collection. Unfortunately the Draper Manuscript Collection is not searchable, however, the very fact that a digital version is now available online, free of charge, is very welcome news.
United States, Draper Manuscript Collection, 1740-1892
More about the Draper Manuscripts from the Wisconsin Historical Society
The Services and Contributions of Lyman Copeland Draper