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A Genealogist In The Archives: Are Your Ancestors on Exhibit?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Are Your Ancestors on Exhibit?

Genealogists look in every record source for their ancestors. Microfilm, vertical files, manuscript collections are some of the record sources that are staples of genealogy research. Have you ever thought of checking out the exhibits and displays at the archives?

Vertical File Drawer, Houston County, TN. Archives

Many archives, even large state archives, have prominent exhibits and displays at their facilities that are constantly changing. These exhibits and displays are filled with documents, photographs, ephemera and artifacts about the local area and the local residents.

Archives put out exhibits and displays in order to showcase the many records collections that they have stored in vaults and cold storage. Many times these exhibits and displays have original documents and photographs that rarely see the light of day. Do you walk past these exhibits and displays without checking to see if your ancestor is listed in the documents, depicted in the photographs or included in the ephemera?

Local Business Exhibit, Houston County, TN. Archives

When visiting an archive, historical society, genealogical society, university archive and especially a museum, it is always a good idea to take the time to stroll through the exhibit and display areas and check out the documents, photographs and ephemera on display. You might just find your ancestor on exhibit!



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