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Those new to genealogy may be unaware of the existence of town and county web sites. They can be a bit difficult to locate, but once found, many of them are a fountain of useful information. Many towns are too small to support a web site, yet are more than willing to help support a county and thus broader web site.

How do you find them. One way is to use Google. For an example, google ‘Hopkins County, KY’ and you find a site called “Hopkins County Kentucky Genealogy and History”. Spend a few moments there and you will see an enormous amount of useful data.

Now try ‘Marlborough, MA’. Nothing of particular value there. But now google ‘Marlborough MA Genealogy’ and you begin to find much of interest, including links into the related Middlesex County genealogy.

Next try “Monongalia County, WV’. This site provides an extensive history of the county, but no useful links beyond that history. However, going on down the google page one begins to see related sites very useful to a genealogist.

The point is that you may not immediately land on a useful site, but by trying different but related words in your search, value turns up. And further, you will find cities and counties with varying levels of usefulness. So don’t be surprised at both the good and the less good you will find.


Those new to genealogy may be unaware of the existance of town and county web sites. They can be a bit difficult to locate, but once found, many of them are a fountain of useful information. Many towns are too small to support a web site, yet are more than willing to help support a county and thus broader web site.
How do you find them. One way is to use Google. For an example, google ‘Hopkins County, KY’ and you find a site called “Hopkins County Kentucky Genealogy and History”. Spend a few moments there and you will see an enormous amount of useful data.
Now try ‘Marlborough, MA’. Nothing of particular value there. But now google ‘Marlborough MA Genealogy’ and you begin to find much of interest, including links into the related Middlesex County genealogy.
Next try “Monongalia County, WV’. This site provides an extensive history of the county, but no useful links beyond that history. However, going on down the google page one begins to see related sites very useful to a genealogist.
The point is that you may not immediately land on a useful site, but by trying different but related words in your search, value turns up. And further, you will find cities and counties with varying levels of usefulness. So don’t be surprised at both the good and the less good.
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