Genealogy: Organize your research #5— Determine what resources are available in that area

Genealogy: Organize your research #5— Determine what resources are available in that area By Barry J. Ewell

Before you start your trip, do research to determine the places that have information or materials you can use. Resources can include libraries, archives, genealogical societies, historical societies, courthouses, vital record offices, churches, funeral homes, chambers of commerce, cemeteries, schools, and fraternal organizations.

Don’t just concentrate on libraries, courthouses, and cemeteries. Frequently, genealogists ignore regional archives or regional libraries that may contain useful records.