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Finding Genealogies and Local Histories

Genealogies and local histories tend to be rather specialized publications distributed in small quantities. Identifying and then tracking them down (especially the older ones) can be a little challenging, but is usually worth the effort. Obviously, a whole book dedicated to our family is of interest, but locality-focused books often produce excellent results as well. Here are a few useful sites for identifying, locating and even evaluating family and local histories:

  • Local Histories: Finding and Evaluating by Myra Vanderpool Gormley, C.G.
    www.genealogy.com/genealogy/15_local.htm
  • Locating Published Genealogies by Donna Przecha
    www.familytreemaker.com/15_genes.html
  • American Local History Network providing links to online local history sites
    www.alhn.org
  • Family History Library Catalog:
    www.familysearch.org/Search/searchcatalog.asp
  • Library of Congress
    lcweb.loc.gov/rr/genealogy
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