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Family Histories/Genealogies

What are family histories and genealogies and what kind of information can I find in them?

Family histories and genealogies are books which detail the basic genealogical facts about one or more generations of a particular family.

Where can I find family histories and genealogies?

To find a genealogy or family history, you need to spend some time at a few libraries, preferably genealogy and public libraries in the area where your ancestors lived. In addition, you may want to check larger libraries, such as state or university libraries in the area where your ancestors lived. If you are unable to go to those libraries in person, find out if they are part of an interlibrary loan system. The Library of Congress and the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints both have extensive collections of published family histories.

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