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See also 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.

Obtain the Records

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:

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.

Major sites (WA to here)

Government and University sites

  • National Archives
  • University
  • State Libraries, Archives, Societies

Sites that scour the internet for links to genealogy-related items:

Social Media

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


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

Inter-library loan, etc.

Not everyone learned about ILL

Local Resources

There may be fees involved, including copy costs

Go there yourself

Search Services

"Look it up" vs. "Track it down"

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


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

Land and Property


To Categorize

  • About Digital Public Library of America. Accessed 5/8/2013