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Tracing your family history is a continuous learning experience. In order to find our ancestors, we must learn about many record types—why they were kept, what they contain, and where to find them. Because many of these records are kept in different places and are not yet available online, it is helpful to access finding aids that can lead us to rich new records we have yet to explore.

The records of our ancestors are sometimes scattered in many different places. Research guides and finding aids survey the records available to use so that we can locate them easier.

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