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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.


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


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


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


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


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


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

Special Collections Librarian

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Janet Munch
Leonard Lief Library, Rm. 230
Lehman College
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, New York 10468-1589

New York Public Library--Genealogy Websites