histories might include paragraphs or data on your ancestors, especially if they
were first citizens of an area or prominent in some way. Even if your ancestors
weren't mentioned by name, histories can provide excellent pictures of the
development of the area, social history, information on major events, and have
sections on churches and other organizations important to your ancestors.
history may have been written about your county, city, or region. Many states
have history periodicals. Churches often have a history booklet. Businesses,
social organizations, military groups, historical societies, and immigrant
groups publish memorials. Newspapers might issue an edition on the anniversary
of the town with the towns history and historic photographs.
vary in quality. Nevertheless, the information contained is useful to
genealogists. Some histories, called "mug books" were written by
professional publishers who generated sales by asking people to write their own
biographies for insertion into the book. (Curious how all the people were
upstanding citizens!). Genealogical periodicals are full of local history.
Family histories and manuscripts may be written by amateurs or scholars.
Graduate students going for a history degree are required to write theses on
historical areas, people, or events.
out if a local history has been published for my research area.
out if an article has been published about my ancestors or research area.
out if a dissertation, thesis has been published.
out if a manuscript exists and is available.
out if a genealogy has been written about my family.
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