Sample Genealogy Record: Town History

Sample Genealogy Record: Town History

What can you learn from a biography in a town history book? 

1. Biography sections of town histories might feature portraits of the prominent citizens profiled. 

2. Chances are this man’s family attended the Presbyterian church that he contributed to. Its records might have more information on the family.

3. The date and place of John J. Shaubut’s death point to his death record in Nicollet County, Minn, which names his parents (although omitting his mother’s maiden name).

4. The names and residences of Shaubut’s children and their spouses are essential clues to cluster genealogy research.

Citation for this record: Mankato, Its First Fifty Years: Containing Addresses, Historic Papers and Brief Biographies of Early Settlers and Active Upbuilders of the City (Mankato, Minn.: Free Press Printing Co., 1903), page 308, Hathi Trust ( : accessed 21 March 2016).



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