“Big” libraries can help you find out more about your “small” family.
Chicago Public Library, dated 1890. Photo from Library of Congress.
Scout it out
Go for the goal
The most-productive research trips begin with specific goals. “Start off with a five-generation chart,” suggests Ann Sindelar, a reference supervisor at Western Reserve Historical Society library in Cleveland. “It helps you organize data and sets the tone for your research strategy. It also helps a reference librarian see at a glance what you need.”
Brave the bastion of books
Boston Public Library. Dated 1899. Photo from Library of Congress.
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