Finding the minimum information for family histories and biographies
To get a copy of a family history or biography, you must at least know the full name of your ancestor and the approximate area (state or county) in which the individual may have lived. If you do not have the minimum information to find a family history or biography, you can either:
Get help finding some of the minimum information by selecting one of the following items, or
click the Back button on your browser to return to the list of other places where you can find an individual's religion, or
read the paragraphs below for a few additional tips.
Finding a religion
You can sometimes find references to an individual's religion on their gravestone. If you haven't already tried this possibility and would like help locating the burial site, see the topic Burial place.
Make sure to check photo albums, scrapbooks, and diaries at home. Also check for mementos such as rosaries, religious jewelry, yarmulkes, or other religious items. See the topic Finding information at home for more information. If there is a family Bible, look for the version: A Douai Bible would indicate a Catholic family, for example, and a King James Bible could indicate a Protestant family. A copy of the Old Testament or a Torah would indicate a Jewish family.
A local history about the hometown may indicate what the predominant religion in the area was. For help with finding local histories, see the topic Previous research.
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