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Fine Print: Published Sources
9/1/2005
Read all about your ancestors in local histories, newspaper accounts, business directories and other published sources.

Perhaps you want to look up your great-grandfather's work address, or see if April showers rained out Great-aunt Martha's 1906 garden club luncheon. All this (and more) is possible if you take advantage of sources such as newspapers, city and business directories, local histories, organization newsletters and genealogical journals.

You'll find fewer published sources online than, say, census and vital records (see pages 6 and 12 for more on those resources). Still, we've ferreted out sites with full-text newspaper articles, historical reference material and local history books. Other resources we've listed will help you locate the books, journals and other publications you need in public libraries, historical society offices, small genealogical publishers' storage rooms and even on other people's bookshelves. When you do get your hands on the information you need, you'll hang onto every word.
 
Research Tip: The historical or genealogical society in your ancestral town, county or state should be your first stop for that hard-to-find local history, pioneer diary or compilation of gravestone transcriptions. Such organizations often publish, sell or lend out local history books.
 
 

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