Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Libraries: a Treasure Chest for Genealogists

When you are trying to find an obituary or a cemetery, think local...local library, that is.

Libraries are devoted to collecting their local newspapers and history and making them available to researchers. The public library in or near the town where your ancestor lived or died may have the obituary you need. If they do not actually have it, they will know how to obtain it.

The reference librarians in your ancestor's town can also advise you about local cemeteries, historical societies, genealogy groups, local churches, town history, and more.

If you need further assistance, you can contact a state library from the state where your ancestor lived or died, a national library, or an academic library.

Some services may require a library card...but many others will not. You won't know until you call or e-mail them and ask!

Libraries can help your genealogical research in ways you never dreamed possible. Call them first!

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