Finding a death date with family histories and biographies
If your ancestors had a family history or biography written about them, it can be a great place to look up death dates. You may not only find the information that you are looking for, but also all sorts of other interesting information about the family.
To find a family history or biography, you need to spend some time at a few libraries. Probably the best libraries in which to search are genealogy and public libraries in the area where your ancestors lived. In addition, you may want to check in larger libraries, such as state or university libraries in the area where your ancestors lived. If you are unable to go to those libraries in person, find out if they are part of an interlibrary loan system. Finally, try checking the catalog of the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at your local Family History Center. They may have some appropriate books in their collection.
There are two other places to check for family histories. Try genealogy lending libraries -- these are companies that have book catalogs and will lend books through the mail for a fee. The addresses for three such libraries are listed below. If you have a modem, you can also search selected library catalogs through Internet. For example, part of the Library of Congress catalog is accessible via modem.
Genealogy Lending Libraries
American Genealogy Lending Library
Telephone: (801) 298-5358
National Genealogy Society
Telephone: (703) 525-0050
New England Historical and Genealogical Society
Telephone: (617) 536-5740
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