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* Finding the minimum information for family histories and biographies

To get a copy of a family history or biography, you must at least know the full name of your ancestor and the approximate area (state or county) in which they may have lived. If you do not have the minimum information to find a family history or biography, you can either:

* Get help finding some of the minimum information by selecting one of the following items,


Places the family lived

* click the Back button on your browser to return to the list of other places where you can find marriage places, or

* read the paragraphs below for a few additional tips.

Finding marriage places

If you are not sure of the state or county where to look for a biography, try looking in areas where significant events in the family's life took place. For example, the children's birthplaces or marriage places. For help finding an individual's birthplace, see the topic Birthplace. For help finding an individual's marriage place, see the topic Marriage place. Also, if the bride and groom were both born in the same state or county, look for records in that state or county, too. The area where the bride's parents lived is another good place to check.

Make sure to check photo albums, scrapbooks, diaries, and family Bibles at home. See the topic Finding information at home for more information.

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