County histories were generally compiled after the 1876 U.S. centennial celebration and were popular from about 1880-1920. They were generally not documented at all, but through correlation with other research, these voluminous tomes can help researchers put their ancestors in their proper geographical and historical context. These books are becoming increasingly available on the Internet. In this program, Cari will demonstrate various examples of county histories, discuss their background, show you how to find them and share some examples of how they can benefit your research.
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