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Some readers may be unaware of the term, “Mugbook”. The name is derived from a book with the pictures or “mugs” of many, many local ancestors of those who contributed to the books. Along with the pictures are the known data. Let me back up and give an example.
I have one in my library entitled “The Heritage of Hopkins County, Kentucky, 1806-1988”. It was published in 1988 by Turner Publishing and has an ISBN of 0938021672. It was sponsored by the Genealogical and the Historical Societies of Hopkins County, KY.
Publishing companies and their associates traveled to many towns especially in the 1980s soliciting Genealogical or Historical Societies to help them collect from the residents of a town or a county that which the citizens knew about their ancestral history. In the case of Hopkins County cited above, this led the Turner Publishing Company to some 300 pages and an estimate of close to 1,000 brief family histories. Like all such collections there are errors but if your family came and stayed for a significant time in one place, you will find data on many of your ancestors, your cousins and those who interacted with them in a variety of transactions.
While I scanned this from a xerox and may be hard to read, below is a somewhat typical entry.
While these books are not found for every town or county, if you find one it will be a goldmine. They will cost from about $10 to $50. Here are the web sites to start with and after these have ben explored, use Google and Amazon.
http://turnerpublishing.com/
http://www.newberry.org/
•   http://higginsonbooks.com/Some readers may be unaware of the term, “Mugbook”. The name is derived from a book with the pictures or “mugs” of many, many local ancestors of those who contributed to the books. Along with the pictures are the known data. Let me back up and give an example.

Some readers may be unaware of the term, “Mugbook”. The name is derived from a book with the pictures or “mugs” of many, many local ancestors of those who contributed to the books. Along with the pictures are the known data. Let me back up and give an example.

I have one in my library entitled “The Heritage of Hopkins County, Kentucky, 1806-1988“. It was published in 1988 by Turner Publishing and has an ISBN of 0938021672. It was sponsored by the Genealogical and the Historical Societies of Hopkins County, KY.

Publishing companies and their associates traveled to many towns especially in the 1980s soliciting Genealogical or Historical Societies to help them collect from the residents of a town or a county that which the citizens knew about their ancestral history. In the case of Hopkins County cited above, this led the Turner Publishing Company to some 300 pages and an estimate of close to 1,000 brief family histories. Like all such collections there are errors but if your family came and stayed for a significant time in one place, you will find data on many of your ancestors, your cousins and those who interacted with them in a variety of transactions.

While I scanned this from a xerox and may be hard to read, below is a somewhat typical entry.

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While these books are not found for every town or county, if you find one it will be a goldmine. They will cost from about $10 to $50. Here are the web sites to start with and after these have ben explored, use Google and Amazon:

• http://turnerpublishing.com/
• http://www.newberry.org/
• http://higginsonbooks.com/

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