Taking Back What Was Once Lost

Have You Checked Published Family Histories?

Recently, I was perusing the Library of Congress’ genealogy reading room website. I clicked on the link to “Bibliographies and Guides” and the first PDF file in the list is the guide to African-American Family Histories and Related Works. I realized I hadn’t looked at this list in years so I printed it out & gave it a looksie.

Don’t you know I found one of my ancestral families on there?

Well, not a direct ancestor, but basically the family that one of my ancestors married into, the Crowders of Decatur County, TN. You know I cannot wait to get back down to the LOC in order to look at it.

So, if you haven’t looked at the list lately (or you haven’t ever looked at the list) take a look & see what you found. Many of the items I noticed were programs from family reunions that people submitted. Even that is a great find.

I’m convinced that those of us who have been researching 10 years or more (or just those of us who have researched enough to have a good collection of material) need to have submitted copies of our work for inclusion on this list. That means me too.

And while you’re at it, check the published family histories at your State Archives, local historical societies and libraries. Just like I was amazed to actually find a match, you never know what might turn up.

6 Comments

  1. January 10, 2010    

    Robyn,
    I really enjoy reading your blog; always interesting and useful things here. Hope you had a great holiday. Happy New Year. BTW, I picked you for a Happy 101 Award, head over to my blog and pick yours up. http://ineverknewmyfather.blogspot.com

    Thanks for providing such great content. I really look forward to reading your posts.

    Sandra

  2. January 10, 2010    

    Robyn,

    Thanks for providing the info on this resource.

  3. January 10, 2010    

    I’ve nominated you for the Happy 101 Award! Please stop by my blog to pick up your award!

    Happy blogging!
    Renate
    http://www.justthinking130.blogspot.com

  4. January 10, 2010    

    One additional note, Robyn – many published family histories are also available at the DAR Library if you can’t make it to the Lib of Congress. I assume that they are also at the Allen Co. Public Library, and some may be available online on Google Books, Internet Archive, or BYU’s Family History Archive http://www.lib.byu.edu/fhc .

    Great finding one of your families in the catalog! Have fun with that!

  5. January 10, 2010    

    Oh yeah, and I also awarded you with the Happy 101 award. Pick it up at my personal blog: Tricks of the Tree http://tricksofthetree.spaces.live.com

  6. January 11, 2010    

    I’ve nominated you for the Happy 101 Award! Please stop by my blog to pick it up.

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I blog, teach, write and lecture about family history research and it's just as rewarding today as it was when I began 18 years ago. This lifelong quest has helped me to better know my past and I've taken back--reclaimed- my kin and some of that lost memory.  

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Hardin, Chester and Lawrence Counties, TN
Holt, Barnes, Harbour, Bradley Springer and Fendricks
Lawrence County, AL
Springer and Fendricks
Montgomery County, MD
Prather, Simpson
Somerset County, MD
Waters, Fountain, Curtis
Duval and Madison County, FL
Smith, Harris, Garner

Favorite Family History Quotes

"The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past."
-William Faulkner

"Call it a clan, call it a network, all it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one"
- Jane Howard

"Friends are God's apologies for relations."
-Hugh Kingsmill

"No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?"
-Elbert Hubbard

"Families are like fudge; mostly sweet with a few nuts."
-Unknown

"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you might as well make it dance!"
-Unknown

"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city;)"
-George Burns

"Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl. No superior alternative has yet been found."
-Winston Churchill

"The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never ever introduce yourself to had life not done it for you."
-Kendall Hailey

"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all the generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people."
-Thich Nhat Hanh

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