The University of Vermont has just put on line (March 6, 2009) a collection of family letters. The letters, collected by Ruth Colton Fletcher between 1810 and 1903are part of the Consuelo Northrop Bailey Papers. This is the period of time that many New England families moved west to New York, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Kansas. There are 148 letters in the collection. The site features searchable transcriptions of the letters and a collection overview with a list of the correspondents and their relationships. The link below takes you to the UVM Libraries Center for Digital Initiatives where you will also find two very nice photo collections available for viewing on line. The link to the Fletcher letters are at the bottom of the "What's New" page.