Copy of the book Townsends with title Find Published Genealogies Online
Online Genealogy Research

A Resource to Find Published Genealogies and Possible Leads

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.

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.

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.

So, whenever I’m in a Family History Library, I’ll have to add this to my To-Do List.

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.

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