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08 June 2011

Ask A Local

You can obtain a lot of information via libraries, microfilm, published books, etc. You can get help from people who have never stepped foot near where your ancestor lived.

And sometimes it is extremely helpful to ask a local. They may know about unpublished, local sources that are difficult to access or have other "tricks" up their sleeve based upon years of experience with local families.


  1. I start a lot of researches by calling the local library. They either have a librarian that specializes in local history, or a number to the town historian. It's amazing at how many researchers overlook this affordable resource in the field!

  2. There's no substitute for someone who knows the local situation! Also, the same applies to family research. With errors in public records, etc., sometimes it takes a knowledgeable family member to sort out the details.