Great news for those of us out there that are always on the lookout for new source material.  After reading a post over on Dick Eastman’s blog, I learned that the website has announced that they have digitized over 40,000 family history books, and posted them online.  Here is what the Familyhistory website has to say:

Family History Books is a collection of more than 40,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. The collection includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees. The valuable resources included in Family History Books come from the following partner institutions:

  • Allen County Public Library
  • Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library
  • Brigham Young University Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library
  • Church History Library
  • Family History Library
  • Houston Public Library - Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
  • Mid-Continent Public Library - Midwest Genealogy Center 


This is great news for me, as I am going another year without subscribing to or fold3 (footnote).  So I am always looking for access to free new sources of genealogy data.  This could be a pretty big boon for me.  I did a quick look for a few things and discovered book on the Lawrence Family, to which I have ties.  I also found a few books that on Jefferson County, Indiana that might be useful to me as well.  

You can search the database, and using the advance search feature, you can narrow the query a bit and you are likely to produce better results.

Take a look at the new database here:

Happy hunting!