Now What: Finding the Family Bible
5/24/2010
How can I track down the family Bible? Expert answers for your genealogical questions.
Q. How can I find a family Bible?
 
A. First, of course, ask your family, and not just your brothers and sisters but any collateral relatives you can think of. I found my great-grandfather’s Bible by pestering my second cousin with genealogy questions until she finally sighed and said, “Maybe I should just send you the family Bible.” I never even knew she had it! Start with people who handled the funeral for a likely Bible holder. (Funeral records can tell you this if you don’t know.)
 
Also try genealogical and historical societies, libraries and archives in places your ancestors lived. Some repositories post digitized Bible pages online, such as the State Library and State Archives of North Carolina <statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/dimp/digital/ncfamilyrecords>. Other institutions have online indexes compiled from family Bibles, such as the Connecticut State Library <www.cslib.org/bible.htm> and the Western Reserve Historical Society <www.wrhs.org/index.php/library/BibleRecordsIndex>.
 
Volunteer websites are worth a look, too, notably Bible Records Online <www.biblerecords.com>; you can find others via Cyndi’s List <cyndislist.com/bibles.htm>. Don’t overlook auction sites such as eBay <ebay.com>, where your family Bible might be up for sale. Finally, military pension files sometimes have Bible pages widows sent as proof of marriage.

From the August 2010 Family Tree Magazine