A Resource to Find Published Genealogies and Possible Leads

Find Published Genealogies Online

Many people have a printed family history book in their home, or discover their family names in a book at a genealogical library and set out to do research from this starting point. What if you don’t have such a luxury? Are you out of luck? Were there no previous ancestors who crafted a family history to bless the lives of others?

Maybe, but maybe not. ¬†There is a place that you could find out. It’s generally not going to be quick or easy, but it’s worth investigating.

Published Family Histories on FamilySearch

Family History Books, according to the website, has 200,000+ digital periodicals from family histories or from genealogy societies and magazines. The digital books could be from the Family History Library (in Salt Lake) or nearly a dozen other partner societies.

I attempted to find the Geiszlers and the Zumsteins and came up short. Well, for the Geiszlers they could be mentioned in a few articles, but nothing that really caught my eye. Same for the Zumsteins. There was a Zumstein history, but it’s from the 1600s and I haven’t traced my lines back that far.

I did enter the terms Townsend and Ohio and came across an interesting entry.

Searching family history books on FamilySearch.
Entry on the Family History Books website for Townsend + Ohio.

I didn’t know there was a Townsend Society! That’s pretty cool. I don’t know that I can connect into Richard Townsend that settled in New York in 1640, but I like the idea of seeing who is on the “Ohio” line of Townsends. Perhaps there are a few clues that point to my brick wall Townsend and his likely brothers that could explain their ‘missing’ parents.

Once you find published family histories, then read this post to learn how to critically read that published work for more research questions.

Are your ancestors recorded in a published genealogy? Read a few tips on how to find out.   #genealogy #familyhistories
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Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

2 thoughts on “A Resource to Find Published Genealogies and Possible Leads

  1. Thanks Michelle. Generally speaking, my family is a bunch of 'nobodies'. I think I'm the one who needs to write their stories the best they can. If they're only somebodies to me, that's perfectly acceptable.

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