Google Books. An often-untapped source which is just waiting for you to dive in. Oh, yes, I’ve heard of it, you say – but what actually IS it?
Google Books is a massive online collection of out-of-print, out-of-copyright books. Yes, there are also in-print books, and you can always buy them (and GB gives you the link) – or borrow them. If the book is in the public domain, you can even download a pdf copy FREE.
There are different views of a book:
Full View – if it’s out of copyright, or the author/publisher has requested it – and you may be able to download a pdf.
Limited Preview – you can see a limited number of pages only
Snippet View – information about the book and a few snippets
No Preview Available – information about the book only
Google Books is really a huge search engine just for books. Try going to it at https://books.google.com/?hl=en and searching for "genealogy" (without the quotes). I got 1,570,000 results in .67 seconds. How about you? Try searching for your surname. See what you turn up.
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