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.)
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