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Mormon Sources



A Guide to Mormon Family History Sources

ISBN-13: 978-1-59331-301-2

Published by Ancestry Publishing, Provo, Utah

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Published 2007


Reading Early American Handwriting

Family history research can sometimes be a frustrating endeavor, especially when you’ve found a document that may contain important information but – even though it is written in English – is about as easy to read and understand as Egyptian hieroglyphs!

To ease your frustration and help you decipher those documents, "Reading American Handwriting" demystifying early American handwriting with a presentation style that is enjoyable as well as informative. Topics covered include:

  • The history of quill pens, inks, and paper
  • A detailed explanation of each letter of the alphabet
  • Sample historic documents and how to decipher them, including the date
  • How to find historic documents on the Internet


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Kirtland, Ohio: A Guide to Family History and Historical Sources

Published Provo, Utah, 2005.

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Kirtland, Ohio served as headquarters for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the early nineteenth century and has a rich history belying the town's small size. In this book, Kip Sperry has compiled a wealth of resources - historical background, a chronology of important events, and helpful sources of information that include computer databases and Internet sites; periodicals, newsletters, and newspapers; and addresses of repositories. The book features maps of Kirtland and photos of the Kirtland Temple.



Genealogical Research in Ohio

2nd edition.

Ohio has an abundance of sources available for genealogical research--statewide indexes and personal name finding aids, biographies, local histories, vital and church records, probate and court records, census and military records, land records, newspapers, naturalization records, gravestones, genealogical collections, and many others. In addition, numerous Ohio records have been published by genealogical and historical organizations, and many records and indexes are available on microfilm, microfiche, compact disc, and increasingly, the Internet.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms: A Guide for Family Historians, revised 2nd edition

Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2003

This reference guide lists hundreds of abbreviations and acronyms useful to genealogists, historians, and reference librarians.

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