GenTip: Manuscript Collections

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Documents of genealogical value are found in many different repositories including government offices, Family History Centers, libraries and archives. Manuscript collections housed at libraries, archives and museums provide valuable information written by your ancestor’s neighbors, fellow community members, friends and even other family members. Manuscript collections include diaries/journals, letters, organizational records, theses and dissertations, basically dany kind of unpublished documents. One place to search for manuscript collections is through the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC), http://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/. When searching a manuscript collection, try several search strategies including searching by surname and locality.

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