County History Genealogy Resource
In United States research, County Histories can provide clues to your family that cannot be found anywhere else.
Step 1: Go to Internet Archives website [www.archive.org] and
- Search for a “History of [the county,state you are focused on] ”.
- Click on the PDF version in the left menu to load the book.
- Use Ctrl+F to search for the family name you are working on.
- Continue to click the right arrow of the “Find” box to see all entries throughout the book
Step 2: Verify any findings of additional family members in the U.S. Censuses. Start with the census after the marriage of the parents.
|1850 U.S. Census||1910 U.S. Census|
|1860 U.S. Census||1920 U.S. Census|
|1870 U.S. Census||1930 U.S. Census|
|1880 U.S. Census||1940 U.S. Census|
|1900 U.S. Census|
To learn more about County Histories, see the following lesson in the FamilySearch Learning Center:
“County Histories and Your Family” by Janice Schultz, MLS