Branding your library with Local History: Genealogists
Genealogists use primary and secondary source documents to conduct historical research to trace biological relatives through several generations. Although often associated with historical research, genealogy is sometimes used to determine the probability of certain genetic disorders exhisting within a family.
Here are some examples of print resources that could be helpful for researching family histories:
- Congregation histories
- Birth, death, marriage records
- Family bibles or religious texts.
- Probate inventories: list of items owned by the deceased at the time of death prepared by a coroner
Military Service Records
- Published directories of individuals who served in the military
- Regimental histories
- Journals, diaries, letters, orderly books
- Letters, Journals and diaries
- Family albums or scrapbooks
- Memoirs, biographies, anecdotal works
- Health records
- Land deeds/ patents
- Court records
- Transcriptions of legal actions
Regional Genealogy Associations
Raise awareness of your collection by inviting a professional genealogist to your library. Professional Genealogy associations are passionate supporters of libraries and are willing to support local history programs.