Finding Books About Your Family

When searching for published genealogies in a library catalog, try a keyword search for the last name and the word family, such as Jones family. Adding a place (Jones family Virginia) can narrow the search if you get to many results. Try variations on names and places, as most catalog search engines don’t look for alternate spellings.

Not every surname mentioned in a book will be in its catalog entry, so don’t limit your search to your family names. Try neighbors’ and in-laws’ names. Also try the places your family lived, regiments they served in, churches they attended and their ethnic group.

This tip comes from the upcoming Family Tree University course Published Genealogies: How to Use Others’ Research to Grow Your Family Tree.

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