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Printed Compiled Records

Printed Compiled Records
What's In It
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How to Use It

Almost always includes:

  • Names, dates and places of people and life events in a particular family or locality
  • A variety of "facts" to be substantiated through research in primary sources


  • May also include:
  • Photographs of people, homes, businesses, churches, or other relevant locations
  • Pedigree, decadency, family group and other charts
  • Biographies of family or local community members
  • Family or local lore and historical highlights
  • Maps and other illustrations
  • Family History Library Catalog
    www.familysearch.org

    Library of Congress
    lcweb.loc.gov

    State, local and university libraries and archives

    Historical and genealogical societies

    Surname, ethnic and other specialized organizations

    Librarians' database (ask yours to search for you)

    Online resources (see the next table for more details)

    (Note: Be sure to make use of Interlibrary loan programs)

  • Go to the most likely repositories and search by surname or place name
  • Review your "finds" by checking the citations for indications of accuracy and completeness (e.g., quantity, quality, appropriateness, etc.)
  • If undocumented or seemingly a work of wishful thinking, proceed at your own peril! Consider looking for other secondary sources or starting from scratch
  • If early indications are good, spot check some alleged facts by examining the original sources; also ask others about their experience with the record
  • If it appears to be reliably researched, identify the relevant facts for your search and go to the original sources for verification


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