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LEH 354 The Family Jewels: Exploring Your History: Home

This guide will suggest primary and secondary sources helpful in researching family stories.

NYC Family History Center

Discover Your Story

Using Primary Sources

Sample Postwar Sources

Welcome

This guide will help you recognize sources for work on your family history project.

It will also give tips on conducting oral history interviews and saving family records.

Type of Records

   HOME

  • Letters and Diaries
  • Interviews--family, relatives, neighbors, friends
  • Photographs- albums, digital files
  • School Records, Certificates. Programs
  • Keepsakes, heirlooms, etc.

   HISTORICAL SOCIETY or LIBRARY

  • Maps and Atlases
  • Books--local history, biographical sketches
  • Newspapers--obituaries; birth, marriage announcements
  • Oral memoirs
  • Photos or prints
  • Directories--phone, business, organizational

   TOWN AND COUNTY RECORDS

  • Cemetery Records--tombstone transcriptions
  • Deeds, Mortgages
  • Naturalization Records
  • Business ncorporation
  • Wills and Affadavits
  • Tax lists
  • Vital Records --birth, marriage, death
  • Naturalization records

   STATE RECORDS

  • Land grants
  • Militia records
  • State Census
  • Tax Lists

   NATIONAL

  • Census records
  • Immigrartion records
  • Military Record
  • Mortality schedules
  • Passenger lists
  • Pension records

Special Collections Librarian

Janet Munch
Contact:
Leonard Lief Library, Rm. 230

Lehman College

250 Bedford Park Blvd. West

Bronx, New York 10468-1589

718-960-8603; janet.munch@lehman.cuny.edu

New York Public Library--Genealogy Websites