Where to Find Personal Papers in Genealogy Searches

Sometimes, the documents we seek as genealogists go beyond government-generated paperwork like vital records, federal and state censuses and military records. Sometimes, we need private documents — letters, business records and diaries or journals — to confirm dates or relationships. Those aren’t the kinds of things you usually find at the National Archives or your state’s archives.

Daniel Klein has published an interesting article in The Jersey Journal that offers suggestions for finding these personal documents, wherever they may be stored. The article may be found at: http://bit.ly/2Ja1FTy.


The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island (JGSLI) also has a short video titled, “6 Forms of Unpublished Personal Writings to Consider for Your Family History” in its YouTube video library at http://tinyurl.com/y85s3v3j


Used this and found in Netherlands 10 family portraits all named and dated from the 1830s and 40s. Thanks for this posting. jon


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