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Genealogy information is wherever you find it. Have you ever thought of looking for genealogy books and records at everyone's online garage sale on eBay? I keep an eye on the genealogy-related offerings and have found some interesting items.
Perhaps the best thing I ever purchased on eBay was a tax collector's book from Corinna, Maine for 1907 that listed the taxes my grandfather paid that year. Another was a handmade quilt made by a distant cousin in the 1840s. I have also purchased limited edition history books for several of the small towns that I research with some of those books mentioning my ancestors. Some of the books were original editions that were 100 years old or more although recently I have limited my purchases to scanned images of old books that are sold on CD-ROM disks.
Of course, you can find software for sale as well as old family Bibles, microfilm and microfiche copies of old records, and much, much more. In fact, the major problem is there is too much! You may be overwhelmed with the available items.
When preparing this article, I checked and found that eBay had 69,476 items listed for sale with the word "genealogy" in the description. I was also amused to find 373 items listed with a description keyword of "geneology." I guess some people can't spell. In any case, when you are searching on eBay, you might want to try both spellings.
Of course, you don't want to spend hours paging through more roughly 70,000 listings. You want to quickly narrow the search to items you are interested in. Luckily, eBay makes that easy.
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