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See also [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Obtain the Records]] and [[Principles of Family History Research]]
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See also [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Obtain the Records]] and [[Principles of Family History Research]]  
  
You may want a copy of something you've spotted through this research Wiki or through catalogs of libraries or archives. The purpose of this page is to help you obtain access to far-away items.
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The closer you can get to an original document, the better. Originals usually contain important clues that were missed or misread in indexes or transcripts.  
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== Obtain the Records ==
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*2011 version of [[Obtain the Records]]
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=== Family Records ===
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Copying an original document or searching a set of records yourself is not always convenient. This page offers options for accessing far-away items within the United States. It is also a central listing of the many Wiki articles about the subject.
  
Many families have stories or records that will help you. Bibles, photos, deeds, marriage certificates, wills, employment records, funeral programs, and much more may be stored in an attic, garage, or basement.
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[[AdkinsWH/Sandbox Closer to home access/services|Services]]
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=== Books, microfilm, other media  ===
  
For ideas to access family records, see:
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''You may want to view the tutorial ''[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/ancestors-season-1-libraries-and-archives/161 ''"Ancestors Season 1: Libraries and Archives"''] at the FamilySearch Learning Center.
*[[Gather Family Information]]
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*[[United States Genealogy]]
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*[[United States, How to Find Genealogy Records#Family Records|[How to find] Family Records]]
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*[[How to Preserve and Restore Family Records and Books]]
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=== Internet Resources ===
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==== Inter-library loan, etc.  ====
  
Millions of indexes and document images are added to the Internet every day. Some sites may be used free of charge and some ask you to subscribe ($) to search and view the indexes and/or images.
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*[https://familysearch.org/blog/en/national-genealogical-society-book-loan-collection/ Using the National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection]
{{Tip|Search several indexes to the same records, if they exist. One indexer may read a name one way, while another reads it differently. Indexers must read ''every'' name, which is far more difficult than searching the records for just one name.}}<br>
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'''Well-known sites''' (WA to here)
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Not everyone learned about ILL
*[[United States Online Genealogy Records]] (Free)
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*FamilySearch.org  Historical Collections (Free)
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*Ancestry.com ($)
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*[[BYU-FHL Digital Book Collection]] (Free)
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*Google Books
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*Jstore? (probably should go under libraries)
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*Google?
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'''Government and University sites'''
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**ILL, WorldCat, Jstore, NGS, FSL, Mid-continent,
*National Archives
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***Jstore has just introduced -- adding more and more to free access; subscription -- put under online -- journals and index to journals most not available. Main window to access. subscription at FSL. See Jame's blog for articles.
*University
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***[[Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center]]
*State Libraries, Archives, Societies
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***[[Allen County Public Library]] offers look-up and (periodical) article-copy [http://www.genealogycenter.org/Services.aspx services]
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***[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JSTOR Jstor] per Wikipedia
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***[[National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection]] Also links to look-ups and ill
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***Library of Congress -- needs it's own explanation Often digitized and sent to a library and read in the library.
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*[[Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche]] FHL
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*[[WorldCat Online Catalog]]
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*[[Interlibrary loan]]
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*[[Talk:Interlibrary loan]]
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*[[Obtain the Records]]
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*[[Talk:Obtain the Records]]
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*[[How to Obtain Books Listed in the Family History Library Catalog]]
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*[[United States Previous Research#Tip_1._How_can_I_use_Interlibrary_Loan.3F_ILL]]
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*[[National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection]]
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*Tennessee SLA interlibrary loan
  
'''Sites that scour the internet''' for links to genealogy-related items:
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=== Internet Resources  ===
{{Tip|Not everything on the Internet is accurate and reliable. When using an unfamiliar site, be sure to verify your findings though original records.}}
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/ Linkpendium]
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Millions of indexes and document images are added to the Internet every day. Some sites may be used free of charge and some ask you to subscribe ($) to search and view the indexes and/or images. {{Tip|If you don't find the name (and variations) when you search an index, try another index. Local societies or individuals often publish indexes to records of their areas. See also [[Search the Records#Look for Indexes|Look for Indexes]] }}<br>
*Cyndislist
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==== Social Media ====
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==== Popular sites for indexes or images  ====
*Genealogical community (cost trade off)
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*Forums
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*Facebook groups, etc.
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=== Libraries ===
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&region=UNITED_STATES United States Historical Collections] (Free) About 1 million images and index entries are added by FamilySearch each week.
==== Inter-library loan, etc. ====
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*[http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] ($) Many libraries and archives subscribe as institutions, thus allowing their members or visitors to use this abundant site without a fee.  
''You may want to view the tutorial at the FamilySearch Learning Center,''[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/ancestors-season-1-libraries-and-archives/161 ''"Ancestors Season 1: Libraries and Archives"''].<br>  
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*[[United States Online Genealogy Records]] has links to online collections for each state.
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*[[BYU-FHL Digital Book Collection]] (Free) Family and local histories from partner libraries throughout the United States.
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*[http://books.google.com/ Google books]
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*[http://dp.la/apps/2 Digital Public Library of America] "... brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world."<ref>[http://dp.la/info/ '''About'''] Digital Public Library of America. Accessed 5/8/2013</ref> (2.4 million items, May 2013)
  
Not everyone learned about ILL
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==== Sites for locating items in libraries or archives  ====
**ILL, WorldCat, Jstore, NGS, FSL, Mid-continent,
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***Jstore has just introduced -- adding more and more to free access; subscription -- put under online -- journals and index to journals most not available. Main window to access. subscription at FSL.  See Jame's blog for articles.
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***[[Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center]]
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***[[Allen County Public Library]] offers look-up and (periodical) article-copy [http://www.genealogycenter.org/Services.aspx services]
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***[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JSTOR Jstor] per Wikipedia
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***[[National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection]] Also links to look-ups and ill
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***Library of Congress -- needs it's own explanation Often digitized and sent to a library and read in the library.
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*[[Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche]] FHL
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*[[WorldCat Online Catalog]]
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*[[Interlibrary loan]]
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*[[Talk:Interlibrary loan]]
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*[[Obtain the Records]]
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*[[Talk:Obtain the Records]]
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*[[How to Obtain Books Listed in the Family History Library Catalog]]
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*[[United_States_Previous_Research#Tip_1._How_can_I_use_Interlibrary_Loan.3F ILL]]
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*[[National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection]]
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*Tennessee SLA interlibrary loan
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=== Local Resources ===
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(needs better heading)
There may be fees involved, including copy costs
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*Writing, emailing, calling, etc.
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*WorldCat (Free)
*State archives microfilms to my library
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*Jstore
*Local libraries, societies
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*Government (county clerk, state VR, etc.)
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==== Government and University sites ====
*Going there yourself
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*Societies Category page
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*National Archives
*Repositories Category page
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*State Archives
*[[Swedish American:Minnesota Historical Society]]
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*Universities and Special Collections
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*State Libraries
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*Societies
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==== Link-listing sites  ====
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(needs better heading) These sites scour the Internet for links to genealogy, history, and related items: {{Tip|When using an unfamiliar site, verify your findings though original records.}}<br>
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/ Linkpendium]
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/ Cyndislist]
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==== Social Media  ====
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Advantages of social media groups include: They may be willing to trade look-ups; they may have direct access or personal knowledge;
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*Genealogical community (cost trade off)
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*Forums
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*Facebook groups, etc.
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=== Local Resources  ===
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There may be fees involved, including copy costs
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*Writing, emailing, calling, etc.  
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*State archives microfilms to my library  
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*Local libraries, societies  
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*Government (county clerk, state VR, etc.)  
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*Going there yourself  
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*Societies Category page  
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*Repositories Category page  
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*[[Swedish American:Minnesota Historical Society]]  
 
*[[State Historical Society of North Dakota]]
 
*[[State Historical Society of North Dakota]]
  
==='''Go there yourself'''===
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==== '''Go there yourself''' ====
*[[On-site Research in Poland]]
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*[[German Records: Research beyond vital records]] Archive research requires either being onsite or hiring an onsite researcher. Some archives will respond to requests to copy a specific file
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*[[On-site Research in Poland]]  
*[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Court Records]] You may have to hire on-site researchers to investigate foreign court records.
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*[[German Records: Research beyond vital records]] Archive research requires either being onsite or hiring an onsite researcher. Some archives will respond to requests to copy a specific file  
*[[Plan a Research Trip to Wales]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Court Records]] You may have to hire on-site researchers to investigate foreign court records.  
*[[On-site Research in Poland]]
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*[[Plan a Research Trip to Wales]]  
*[[Research_Forms#Family_Tree_Magazine]] Repository checklist - Plan a research trip by recording details about the archive or library you intend to visit.  
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*[[On-site Research in Poland]]  
*[[Allen_County_Public_Library#Tips_for_Your_Visit]]
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*[[Research Forms#Family_Tree_Magazine]] Repository checklist - Plan a research trip by recording details about the archive or library you intend to visit.  
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*[[Allen County Public Library#Tips_for_Your_Visit]]  
 
*[[Principles of Family History Research For Further Reading]] Balhuizen, Anne Ross. ''Searching on Location: Planning a Research Trip''. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992. {{WorldCat|25413254|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|627625|item|disp=FHL Book 929.1 B198s}}.
 
*[[Principles of Family History Research For Further Reading]] Balhuizen, Anne Ross. ''Searching on Location: Planning a Research Trip''. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992. {{WorldCat|25413254|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|627625|item|disp=FHL Book 929.1 B198s}}.
  
=== Search Services ===
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=== Search Services ===
"Look it up" vs. "Track it down"
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"Look it up" vs. "Track it down"
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You have to know exactly what you want and you just need someone's feet and hands and eyes.
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<br>
  
==== Look ups ====
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==== Look ups ====
'''You are very involved''' in the research when you use look-up services. Frequently, you will need to tell exactly what records you need searched, such as wills, newspapers, or even a specific book. You may also need to specify a short date range, such as "between June 12th and 30th of 1843."
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This may be a two-step process to have them first send you the index, from which you decide which specific copies to order.
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'''You are very involved''' in the research when you use look-up services. You will tell them everything:
  
Record holders: Libraries, societies, archives, offices, private record holders
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*The name(s) you want them to look up
Record searchers
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*The record to search and copy, such as "index to Deed Book B"
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*A short date range, such as "''The Daily World'', for death notices and obituaries from April 12–22, 1915"
  
==== Researchers ====
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This may be a two-step process to have them first send you the index, from which you decide which specific copies to order.
'''You are less involved''' when you use research services. Frequently, you will supply what you already know and what you want to learn.
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*Credentials from professional organizations
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Record holders: Libraries, societies, archives, offices, private record holders Record searchers
*Professional organizations
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*[[Board for Certification of Genealogists]] (BCG)
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==== Researchers ====
*[[Association of Professional Genealogists]] (APG)
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'''You are less involved''' when you use research services. Frequently, you will supply what you already know and what you want to learn.  
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*Credentials from professional organizations  
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*Professional organizations  
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*[[Board for Certification of Genealogists]] (BCG)  
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*[[Association of Professional Genealogists]] (APG)  
 
*[[International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists]] (ICAPGen
 
*[[International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists]] (ICAPGen
  
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*[[Hiring a Professional Researcher]]
 
*[[Hiring a Professional Researcher]]
  
== Topics ==
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===   ===
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*Then by topics -- with links to states topics? If so, then the list can be generated in Excel
 
*Then by topics -- with links to states topics? If so, then the list can be generated in Excel
with links to states topics? If so, then the list can be generated in Excel
 
  
=== Land and Property ===
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with links to states topics? If so, then the list can be generated in Excel
*[[United_States,_Land_Transactions_Person_to_Person#Where_to_Find_It]]
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*[[Land Patent Search]]
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==== Family Records  ====
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Many families have stories or records that will help you. Bibles, photos, deeds, marriage certificates, wills, employment records, funeral programs, and much more may be stored in an attic, garage, or basement.
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For ideas to access family records, see:
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*[[Gather Family Information]]
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*[[United States, How to Find Genealogy Records#Family_Records|[How to find] Family Records]]
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*[[How to Preserve and Restore Family Records and Books]]
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**[[United States Genealogy]]
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==== Land and Property ====
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*[[United States, Land Transactions Person to Person#Where_to_Find_It]]  
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*[[Land Patent Search]]  
 
*[[Obtaining Online Legal Land Descriptions and Grantee Names]]
 
*[[Obtaining Online Legal Land Descriptions and Grantee Names]]
  
=== Newspapers ===
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==== Newspapers ====
*[[United States Newspapers#How to Obtain United States newspapers|How to Obtain United States newspapers]]
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*[[Finding Microfilmed Newspapers]] Using WorldCat, nicely illustrated
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*[[United States Newspapers#How_to_Obtain_United_States_newspapers|How to Obtain United States newspapers]]  
*[[United_States_Newspapers#Where_to_get_United_States_newspapers]]
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*[[Finding Microfilmed Newspapers]] Using WorldCat, nicely illustrated  
*[[United_States_Newspapers#Web_Sites_2]]
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*[[United States Newspapers#Where_to_get_United_States_newspapers]]  
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*[[United States Newspapers#Web_Sites_2]]  
 
*[[Swedish American: Kansas Newspapers]]  
 
*[[Swedish American: Kansas Newspapers]]  
*[[Jewish Newspapers]]
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*[[Jewish Newspapers]]  
 
*Newspaper archives, LC Chronicling America, NewsBank,  
 
*Newspaper archives, LC Chronicling America, NewsBank,  
*State archives (UT, AZ, NV)
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*State archives (UT, AZ, NV)  
 
*Local lib may look it up
 
*Local lib may look it up
  
== To Categorize ==
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=== To Categorize ===
*[[United_States_Previous_Research#Where_to_Find_It]]
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*[[Canada_Previous_Research,_Part_1#Tip_1._How_can_I_use_Interlibrary_Loan.3F]]
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*[[United States Previous Research#Where_to_Find_It]]  
*[[Canada_Previous_Research,_Part_1#Where_to_Find_it|Where to find it]]
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*[[Canada Previous Research, Part 1#Tip_1._How_can_I_use_Interlibrary_Loan.3F]]  
*[[United_States,_Histories_of_Towns,_Counties,_and_States#Where_To_Find_It]]
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*[[Canada Previous Research, Part 1#Where_to_Find_it|Where to find it]]  
*[[Canada_Census#Where_to_Find_Censuses]]
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*[[United States, Histories of Towns, Counties, and States#Where_To_Find_It]]  
*[[Canada_Census#Online_Resources]]
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*[[Canada Census#Where_to_Find_Censuses]]  
*[[Swedish American: Minnesota Churches]]
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*[[Canada Census#Online_Resources]]  
*[[United States, How to Find Family Histories]]
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*[[Swedish American: Minnesota Churches]]  
*[[Nebraska Maps]]
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*[[United States, How to Find Family Histories]]  
*[[Step 9. Obtain and search other records]] from Pacific Island Guide
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*[[Nebraska Maps]]  
*[[Obtain and Search the Records]]
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*[[Step 9. Obtain and search other records]] from Pacific Island Guide  
*[[User:National Institute sandbox 18A]] Vicki Standings beginning. Don't know what it will be named when finished. Talks about ILL quite a bit. Some interesting views. Is this just copied or original with Vicki?
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*[[Obtain and Search the Records]]  
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*[[User:National Institute sandbox 18A]] Vicki Standings beginning. Don't know what it will be named when finished. Talks about ILL quite a bit. Some interesting views. Is this just copied or original with Vicki?  
 
*[[Denmark: Access Orginal Records|Denmark: Access Original Records]] Page name says "Orginal"
 
*[[Denmark: Access Orginal Records|Denmark: Access Original Records]] Page name says "Orginal"

Latest revision as of 03:07, 1 June 2013

United States Gotoarrow.png AdkinsWH/Sandbox Closer to home access
See also Gotoarrow.png Obtain the Records and Principles of Family History Research

The closer you can get to an original document, the better. Originals usually contain important clues that were missed or misread in indexes or transcripts.

Copying an original document or searching a set of records yourself is not always convenient. This page offers options for accessing far-away items within the United States. It is also a central listing of the many Wiki articles about the subject.

Contents

Services

Books, microfilm, other media

You may want to view the tutorial "Ancestors Season 1: Libraries and Archives" at the FamilySearch Learning Center.

Inter-library loan, etc.

Not everyone learned about ILL

Internet Resources

Millions of indexes and document images are added to the Internet every day. Some sites may be used free of charge and some ask you to subscribe ($) to search and view the indexes and/or images.

Popular sites for indexes or images

Sites for locating items in libraries or archives

(needs better heading)

  • WorldCat (Free)
  • Jstore

Government and University sites

  • National Archives
  • State Archives
  • Universities and Special Collections
  • State Libraries
  • Societies

Link-listing sites

(needs better heading) These sites scour the Internet for links to genealogy, history, and related items:

Social Media

Advantages of social media groups include: They may be willing to trade look-ups; they may have direct access or personal knowledge;

  • Genealogical community (cost trade off)
  • Forums
  • Facebook groups, etc.

Local Resources

There may be fees involved, including copy costs

Go there yourself

Search Services

"Look it up" vs. "Track it down" You have to know exactly what you want and you just need someone's feet and hands and eyes.

Look ups

You are very involved in the research when you use look-up services. You will tell them everything:

  • The name(s) you want them to look up
  • The record to search and copy, such as "index to Deed Book B"
  • A short date range, such as "The Daily World, for death notices and obituaries from April 12–22, 1915"

This may be a two-step process to have them first send you the index, from which you decide which specific copies to order.

Record holders: Libraries, societies, archives, offices, private record holders Record searchers

Researchers

You are less involved when you use research services. Frequently, you will supply what you already know and what you want to learn.

  • Referrals from libraries, societies, archives, friends

  • Then by topics -- with links to states topics? If so, then the list can be generated in Excel

with links to states topics? If so, then the list can be generated in Excel

Family Records

Many families have stories or records that will help you. Bibles, photos, deeds, marriage certificates, wills, employment records, funeral programs, and much more may be stored in an attic, garage, or basement.

For ideas to access family records, see:

Land and Property

Newspapers

To Categorize


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