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The term genealogy is used to describe a variety of records containing family information previously gathered by other researchers, societies, or archives. These records can include pedigree charts, compiled data on families, correspondence, ancestor lists, research exchange files, record abstracts, and collections of original or copied documents. These sources can save time, but because they are compiled from other sources, they must be carefully evaluated for accuracy.
- FamilySearch™ Internet Genealogy Service - Trees contains lineages organized into family groups and pedigrees with an every-name index. This was created from a database formerly known as Ancestral File.
- The Family History Library has an extensive collection of almost 50,000 published U.S. family histories and newsletters. Copies at the library are listed in the Last names Search of the Family History Library Catalog.
- Major collections of printed family histories are also found at most of the archives and libraries listed in United States Archives and Libraries. Most large libraries have indexes and catalogs to published family histories. For a list of the indexes and catalogs available at the Family History Library see the Family History section of United States Genealogy in the Wiki.
- National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC). "The National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections, established in 1959, is a cooperative cataloging program in which repositories from all over the United States open to the public report their holdings of manuscript collections to the Library of Congress. Staff members of the Manuscripts Section of the Library's Special Materials Cataloging Division prepare catalog entries for these reports, which are published annually in book form by the Library of Congress"--Index to personal names in the National Union Catalog of manuscript collections, 1959-1984, p. vii. An index is available at the Family History Library FHL book 016.091 N21 1959 to 1984
- Ancestry.com ($) Public and Private member trees.
- World Connect includes hundreds of thousands of ancestors in pedigrees and family trees with an easy to use index.
- Periodical Source Index (PERSI). There are more than 126,000 surnames included in the PERSI database which is available on the Internet at HeritageQuestOnline.com as well as at Ancestry.com. Both are subscription websites, but often available at local libraries.
Statewide Collections and Publications
Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. Usually, the records must be searched in person.
The library has several collections of family group sheets, pedigree charts, and other information submitted by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These collections include many Utah families. See Tracing LDS Ancestors for more information.
Manuscript Collections and Special Files
- Bennett, Archibald F. Family Genealogical Records Alphabetically Arranged. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1967. FHL films 476963 (first of 19 films) Contains correspondence, genealogies, pedigree charts, and family group records for some Utah families. The Family History Library Catalog lists all surnames on each film.
- Cummings Collection of Genealogical Questionnaires Relating to Utah Families. [Salt Lake City, Utah]: B. F. Cummings II, 19--? FHL film 1592751 item 4; book Q979.2 D2c This source contains genealogical data sheets on 172 Utah families collected before Cummings' death in 1918. The information has been indexed in the Early Church Information File with its former call number of MS 1332.
- Research Notes by Benjamin F. Cummings, Jr.on the Ancestry of Some Early Utah Families. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1954 FHL films 25703–6 These films are of his research files. They include completed typed genealogies, a few questionnaires, the author's research notes, documents and letters, and a book with many short genealogies regarding Utah families. The notebooks are not confined to one family, so a careful search of the collection is required.
Many pedigrees of Utah families have been published in The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine mentioned in Utah Periodicals Different segments of a family's genealogy may appear in several issues of the magazine. The family names have been indexed in the Early Church Information File.
The Family History Library also has family histories of many Utah families. To access genealogy records for Utah, use the Place-names Search of the Family History Library Catalog for:
- UTAH - GENEALOGY
- UTAH, [COUNTY] - GENEALOGY
Writing and Sharing Your Family History
Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:
- It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
- It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
- It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
- It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.
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