As an author of historical information, I’m very meticulous when it comes to the information I write.

How embarrassing would it be to find out I had incorporated something off-hand into of one of my books about wallpaper being a new home decoration concept in the early 1800s - and have a reader point out that actually, wallpaper was first used as early as 1509 and that France and England were major contributors in the wallpaper revolution?

We need to research practically everything when writing historical novels. Yes, fiction does come into play, and yes, we are given leeway in our work. Maybe it’s a personal judgment call. We can’t get everything exactly perfect; we are, after all, imperfect. But I would like people to know that I’ve done all I can to make sure that my work is historically correct to the best of my knowledge. I’d like people to learn something from the stories I relate to them.

For instance, my next novel to be released is Rebellion in the Valley. As I was deep into a writing session late one evening, I mentioned that one of my characters, Hailee, was sewing a dress from a flour sack. A normal thing to comment on while writing, but I had to stop and think about it. Did flour sacks always come with colorful little flowers on them?

The short answer is: no, they did not.

I said earlier that I wanted people to walk away from my writings having learned a little something. Today I’m going to share 5 sites that offer research into various topics.

http://tinyurl.com/4ypv6f5 --- (18th Century Research)

http://tinyurl.com/23a7dvg --- (American history beginning in the 1600s)

http://tinyurl.com/3e6m244  --- (1800s American Pioneer life)

http://tinyurl.com/ycnygta  --- (A children’s home school type site – until you start looking around the tabs and find the golden nuggets of historical value!)

http://tinyurl.com/67kunp8  --- (Search world-wide memoirs, diaries, photographs, vital records)

Dig in and enjoy!

Robyn