14 March 2013

Bibles -- The importance of and resources for this wonderful genealogy and family history resource!

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Bibles, Bibles, Bibles.  So many of us wish our family had one!  Though, a family Bible doesn’t come without some risks!  Were the dates entered in real-time and in different handwriting through history?  Is the Bible dated 50 years after the first documented event? Can you even read the hand-writing?

A recent post by Vi Parsons, The Importance of Family Bibles in Genealogy Research, brought Bibles back onto my radar.  She mentions some neat resources for where you might look for Bibles records.

Don’t forget that NGS members have access to the NGS Bible Records collection. This collection is currently being indexed and digitized. A large percentage of the Bibles, but not all, have an every-name index. The index to the database is fully searchable. Images of most of the Bible pages have been scanned and are available for download in PDF format.

And, if you have ancestors who spent time in NC, have you looked at the Bible collection (part of North Carolina Digital Collections)?  The New BernCraven County Public Library has just made available its collection of Family Bibles. Does your state or local archive or library have a similar collection?

Some additional information about Bibles as a genealogical resource tool:



If you know of a large collection of bible records, originals or transcripts, that might help your fellow genealogists and family historians, please do post a comment!


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