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Discover your history in the ‘Family History Books’ at FamilySearch

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Are you looking for access to more genealogy resources online? Several of the largest genealogy libraries in the world have shared over 100,000 digitized resources providing you access to a wealth of information to help you with your family history research through the Family History Books on FamilySearch. The digital software used for viewing, ExLibris Rosetta, is much more appealing and easier on the eyes than others of its kind. See the following examples of the types of resources that await your discovery:

Family histories

Different types of records found in Family History Books can help further your research. A few include:

  • Pedigrees
  • Bible records
  • Cemetery records

In Mississippi cemetery and bible records, Vol. 1, births, deaths and marriages, primarily from Copiah County, are recorded in the family bibles of the Milsap, Cook, and Lowe families in addition to burial records from several different cemeteries. Births as early as 1769 are recorded in the bibles. The Milsaps original bible was place at Milsap College in Jackson, Mississippi. Those who have ancestry recorded in these bibles are very fortunate because the dates for birth, marriage, and death in most instances occurred before these events began to be documented officially.

This publication of the Mississippi Genealogical Society in 1954 was the first of its kind. Some of the cemeteries included may no longer exist, making this a valuable record.

County and local histories

You should study the history of the county or local area where you are researching. The resources you find in Family History Books can help you learn more about what went on in the area during the lifetime of your ancestor. You may gain insight about possible records that might exist, or you may find clues about other people who knew or were related to your ancestor.

In one such history, Early History of Hopkins, County Texas: biographical sketches and incidents of the early settled families by the author E. B. Fleming, an account is giving of Rev. Joe Hooten, known as Uncle Joe. It says that he was born in 1824 in Tennessee and moved to Hopkins County, Texas in 1848 where he married and had ten children. He served as a minister for over 52 years where he performed marriage ceremonies for 502 couples and only four separated.

Rev. Hooten is said to have also been a teacher to fathers and sons up to three generations, and no one he schooled for at least five months ever went to prison for committing a crime.


In this database you may find an index to periodicals from local genealogical or historical societies where the surnames or places that you are researching can be found. Articles about genealogy resources or research as well as queries about ancestors submitted by researchers and published in periodicals may be helpful to you.

The 2007 first quarter issue of The Genie, published quarterly by the ARK-LA-TEX Genealogical Association in Shreveport, Louisiana, includes all the known names, births and death dates of African Americans buried in the African American section of Eppes Cemetery in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. If you find a periodical that covers the area where your ancestor lived, you should search the Family History Book database using the name of that publication to see if any other issues are there.


Gazetteers can help you learn more about the geography, social customs, and terrain. For example see the 1925 Florida state gazetteer and business directory.

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