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== Use Histories To...  ==
 
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Effective family research requires some understanding of the historical events that may have affected your family and the records about them. Learning about wars, governments, laws, migrations, and religious trends may help you understand political boundaries, family movements, and settlement patterns. These events may have led to the creation of records that your family was listed in, such as [[Portal:United States Land and Property|land]] and [[United States Military Records|military documents]].<br>
 
Effective family research requires some understanding of the historical events that may have affected your family and the records about them. Learning about wars, governments, laws, migrations, and religious trends may help you understand political boundaries, family movements, and settlement patterns. These events may have led to the creation of records that your family was listed in, such as [[Portal:United States Land and Property|land]] and [[United States Military Records|military documents]].<br>
  
== Did You Know...==
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== Did You Know... ==
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Histories are great sources of genealogical information. Many contain biographical information about individuals who lived in the area, including:  
 
Histories are great sources of genealogical information. Many contain biographical information about individuals who lived in the area, including:  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Married_and_maiden_names Maiden Names]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Married_and_maiden_names Maiden Names]  
 
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*[[United States Migration|Migration]]  
 
*[[United States Migration|Migration]]  
 
*[[Individual Wars|Military service]]  
 
*[[Individual Wars|Military service]]  
*Descendants
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*[[Portal:Tracing Immigrant Origins|Tracing Immigrant Origins]]
 
*[[Portal:Tracing Immigrant Origins|Tracing Immigrant Origins]]
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== Select A Time Period to Research==
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*[[Discovery and Exploration 1492-1607|Discovery and Exploration (1492-1607)]]
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*[[Colonial Times 1607-1789|Colonial Times (1607-1789)]]
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*[[Colonial Times 1607-1789|Colonial Times (1607-1789)]]  
 
*[[Birth of A Nation 1789-1859|Birth of A Nation (1789-1859)]]
 
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*Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1876)
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*Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1876)  
*The Gilded Age (1876-1900)
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*The Gilded Age (1876-1900)  
 
*19th Century (1900-present)
 
*19th Century (1900-present)
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== Histories Of Each State==
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== Local Histories  ==
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Some of the most valuable sources for family history research are local histories. Published histories of towns, counties, and states usually contain accounts of families. They describe the settlement of the area and the founding of churches, schools, and businesses. You can also find lists of pioneers, soldiers, and civil officials. Even if your ancestor is not listed, information on other relatives may be included that will provide important clues for locating your ancestor. A local history may also suggest other records to search.
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Most county and town histories include separate sections or volumes containing biographical information. These may include information on as many as 50 percent or more of the families in the locality.
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In addition, local histories should be studied and enjoyed for the background information they can provide about your family's life-style and the community and environment in which your family lived.
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About 5,000 county histories have been published for over 80 percent of the counties in the United States. For many counties there is more than one history. In addition, tens of thousands of histories have been written about local towns and communities. Bibliographies that list these histories are available for nearly every state. See the search method below for Bibliographies.
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Local histories are extensively collected by the Family History Library, public and university libraries, and state and local historical societies. Two useful guides are:
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*P. William Filby, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/12356760&referer=brief_results A Bibliography of American County Histories]'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1985). [FHL book 973 H2bi].
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*Marion J. Kaminkow, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=United+States+Local+Histories+in+the+Library+of+Congress&amp;qt=results_page United States Local Histories in the Library of Congress]'' 5 vols. (Baltimore: Magna Charta Book, 1975-76). [FHL book 973 A3ka]
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You can find national, state, or local histories of the [[Portal:United States of America|United States]] in the [[Family History Library Catalog Place Search|Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog]] under one of the following:
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::UNITED STATES - HISTORY
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::[STATE], [COUNTY], [TOWN] - HISTORY
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*[[Connecticut History|Connecticut]]  
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*[[Delaware History|Delaware]]  
*[[District of Columbia History|District of Columbia]]  
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*[[District of Columbia History|District of Columbia]]  
*[[Florida History|Florida]]  
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*[[Florida History|Florida]]  
*[[Georgia History|Georgia]]  
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*[[Hawaii History|Hawaii]]  
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*[[Hawaii History|Hawaii]]  
*[[Idaho History|Idaho]]  
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*[[Illinois History|Illinois]]  
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*[[Indiana History|Indiana]]  
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*[[Iowa History|Iowa]]  
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*[[Iowa History|Iowa]]  
*[[Kansas History|Kansas]]  
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*[[Kentucky History|Kentucky]]
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*[[Louisiana History|Louisiana]]  
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*[[Louisiana History|Louisiana]]  
*[[Maine History|Maine]]  
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*[[Maine History|Maine]]  
*[[Maryland History|Maryland]]  
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*[[Maryland History|Maryland]]  
*[[Massachusetts History|Massachusetts]]  
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*[[Massachusetts History|Massachusetts]]  
*[[Michigan History|Michigan]]  
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*[[Michigan History|Michigan]]  
*[[Minnesota History|Minnesota]]  
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*[[Minnesota History|Minnesota]]  
*[[Mississippi History|Mississippi]]  
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*[[Missouri History|Missouri]]  
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*[[Montana History|Montana]]  
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*[[Montana History|Montana]]  
*[[Nebraska History|Nebraska]]  
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*[[Nevada History|Nevada]]  
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*[[New Hampshire History|New Hampshire]]  
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*[[New Hampshire History|New Hampshire]]  
*[[New Jersey History|New Jersey]]  
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*[[New Jersey History|New Jersey]]  
*[[New Mexico History|New Mexico]]  
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*[[New York History|New York]]  
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*[[North Dakota History|North Dakota]]  
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*[[Oklahoma History|Oklahoma]]  
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*[[Oregon History|Oregon]]  
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*[[Pennsylvania History|Pennsylvania]]  
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*[[Rhode Island History|Rhode Island]]  
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*[[South Carolina History|South Carolina]]  
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*[[South Dakota History|South Dakota]]  
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*[[Tennessee History|Tennessee]]  
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*[[Texas History|Texas]]  
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*[[Utah History|Utah]]  
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*[[Vermont History|Vermont]]  
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*[[Virginia History|Virginia]]  
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*[[Washington History|Washington]]  
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*[[West Virginia History|West Virginia]]  
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*[[Wisconsin History|Wisconsin]]  
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==Things you can do==
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*[[Portal:Family History for Beginners|Family History for Beginners]]
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*[[How to Find Descendants in the United States|How to Find Descendants in the United States]]
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*[[How to Find Descendants in the United States|How to Find Descendants in the United States]]  
 
*[[Principles of Family History Research|Principles of Family History Research]]
 
*[[Principles of Family History Research|Principles of Family History Research]]
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*[http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/origins/index.html American Origins by the Smithsonian]  
 
*[http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/origins/index.html American Origins by the Smithsonian]  
*[http://www.earlyamerica.com/ Archiving Early America]
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*[http://www.earlyamerica.com/ Archiving Early America]  
*[http://www.besthistorysites.net/USHistory.shtml Best of History Websites]
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*[http://www.besthistorysites.net/USHistory.shtml Best of History Websites]  
*[http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/ Digital History]
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*[http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/ Digital History]  
*[http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/index.html Eye Witness to History]
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*[http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/index.html Eye Witness to History]  
*[http://historymatters.gmu.edu/ History Matters]
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*[http://historymatters.gmu.edu/ History Matters]  
*[http://www.loc.gov/index.html Library of Congress]
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*[http://www.loc.gov/index.html Library of Congress]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_United_States History of the United States- Wikipedia]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_United_States History of the United States- Wikipedia]
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*[[United States History Bibliography|United States History Bibliography]]
 
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*[[United States Town Records|Town Records]]  
 
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United States of America > United States History

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States

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Use Histories To...

Effective family research requires some understanding of the historical events that may have affected your family and the records about them. Learning about wars, governments, laws, migrations, and religious trends may help you understand political boundaries, family movements, and settlement patterns. These events may have led to the creation of records that your family was listed in, such as land and military documents.

Did You Know...

Histories are great sources of genealogical information. Many contain biographical information about individuals who lived in the area, including:

  • Parents' names
  • Maiden Names
  • Place of birth, death, or marriage
  • Occupation

Select A Time Period to Research

  • Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1876)
  • The Gilded Age (1876-1900)
  • 19th Century (1900-present)

Local Histories

Some of the most valuable sources for family history research are local histories. Published histories of towns, counties, and states usually contain accounts of families. They describe the settlement of the area and the founding of churches, schools, and businesses. You can also find lists of pioneers, soldiers, and civil officials. Even if your ancestor is not listed, information on other relatives may be included that will provide important clues for locating your ancestor. A local history may also suggest other records to search.

Most county and town histories include separate sections or volumes containing biographical information. These may include information on as many as 50 percent or more of the families in the locality.

In addition, local histories should be studied and enjoyed for the background information they can provide about your family's life-style and the community and environment in which your family lived.

About 5,000 county histories have been published for over 80 percent of the counties in the United States. For many counties there is more than one history. In addition, tens of thousands of histories have been written about local towns and communities. Bibliographies that list these histories are available for nearly every state. See the search method below for Bibliographies.

Local histories are extensively collected by the Family History Library, public and university libraries, and state and local historical societies. Two useful guides are:

You can find national, state, or local histories of the United States in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under one of the following:

UNITED STATES - HISTORY
[STATE] - HISTORY
[STATE], [COUNTY] - HISTORY
[STATE], [COUNTY], [TOWN] - HISTORY
[STATE], BIBLIOGRAPHY
[STATE], HISTORY - BIBLIOGRAPHY

Histories Of Each State

Things you can do

In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by: