Genealogy Friday: 3 Positives of Published Family Histories

I have several large nucleus families in my family tree.

These can create huge files and become very overwhelming

However, at least four of these families have had family histories and family genealogies that were written and published around the early 20th century.  51rgmhJO6uL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

These can come in very handy in several ways:

  1. They are a great starting place for research. I have a reference point to the ancestors, their children and grandchildren, as well as who they married and where they lived.
  2. They provide more firsthand information of the nucleus ancestor—often these may provide information and stories I would never know otherwise.
  3. I can build onto what has already been researched. These were up to date at the time, but a hundred years have passed and people have been born and died.  I can use census records and obituaries to check facts and gather additional information {marriage, children, death, etc.}

How have family histories helped you?

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