libraries and archives are hardest to find and to gain access. Some of our
finest collections were built by individuals and later donated to a library or
archives. Some material in private hands does come up for sale on E-bay, such as
Bibles that may contain family records, bundles of letters, diaries, and
journals. You need to be diligent in checking to see when these materials come
up for auction. Another way to find material in private collections is to
contact the living relatives of our ancestors. You may make a contact with a
cousin by placing a query on a genealogy website. You may also find the name,
address, and phone number of relatives in telephone directories.
databases are being created for material in private collections such as the
National Genealogical Society’s Bible record project that invites private
individuals to scan their Bible records (the title page of the Bible and pages
with family records). These records are then posted on the NGS website and a
copy can be ordered for a fee.
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