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Booklet to help research ancestors in the US

A new booklet has been published by the Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society (SWOGS) in its "Sources and Resources" series and is available for purchase.

"Researching Ancestors in the Western & Pacific United States" (100+ pages, $13 per copy, published May, 2016) covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North & South Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

It opens with brief descriptions on using the collections in the Family History Library and the National Archives, the research benefits of PERSI and a list of some basic websites of special interest to genealogists.

This booklet then covers "sources and resources" for the pertinent states  boundaries and maps (counties, cities, towns), cemeteries and funeral homes, censuses, churches and Bible records, city directories, coroners' inquests, courts, families and settlers, immigration and naturalization, land (ownership and deeds), military, newspapers, prisoners and black sheep, schools, taxes, vital records (birth, marriage, divorce, death), organizations and societies and how to access the Family History Centers in each.

It also includes contact information for accessing or obtaining documentation from the state or city and for local organizations, lists of microfilm by title and reel number from the Family History Library and the National Archives, and websites and books that are specific to the category.

This new publication continues the series of individual booklets that lists, in one place, the many "sources and resources" on a specific genealogical topic or area that makes research more efficient. Compiled by Phyllis A. Young and published by the Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society, each booklet is a convenient tool for the beginning genealogist or one who is actively researching their family history.

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