While most of the materials date from the 1600s to the
1800s, a small percentage date from before 1600 and after 1899. In all, approximately
113,000 individuals are referenced here.
An especially valuable resource for tracing your family tree,
family histories such as these are often difficult to locate since they
are usually not published for wide distribution. A family history is a
written account of a family's immediate and extended relationships. Often,
a family history begins with an explanation about how a family's surname was
derived. Then, beginning with the oldest known ancestor, family lines
are traced up to the time of publication. Along with biographical information
on each family member, this often includes illustrations or photographs
of individuals or places significant to the family. You'll also be able
to learn details of personal characteristics and daily life that aren't
generally available in other genealogical records.
Family history articles are especially unique because they are compiled from a
great variety of sources such as newspaper abstracts, town records, Bible records,
and probate records.