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Online State Encyclopedias

When researching a family it is as important to learn about the time period and locality the family lived as it is to know about the family's biographical information. To make your research easier, you may want to check out an online state encyclopedia.

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Resource: GenWeekly
Prepared by: Gena Philibert-Ortega
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When researching a family it is as important to learn about the time period and locality the family lived as it is to know about the family's biographical information. This can be especially vital in researching places with which you are unfamiliar. Life is different from one region to another. The history of the region affects life there and how life was lived in times past.

To make your research easier, you may want to check out an online state encyclopedia. Not every state has one, but those that do include articles on people, localities, events, and history that can assist you in researching and understanding your ancestors. These encyclopedias are different from traditional print or online encyclopedias in that they solely focus on a particular state. I have used The Handbook of Texas Online numerous times to research my family and the cities they lived in. This has provided me with information about towns that do not exist anymore and may be more difficult to find information about. Here are some available encyclopedias:

Encyclopedia of Alabama

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture

Laptop Encyclopedia of Connecticut History

Floripedia

The New Georgia Encyclopedia

The Kentucky Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia Louisiana

Maryland Online Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri

Online Nevada Encyclopedia

The Encyclopedia of New York State

North Carolina Encyclopedia

Ohio History Central

Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture

The Oregon Encyclopedia

South Carolina Encyclopedia

Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture

The Handbook of Texas Online

Utah History Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia Virginia

History Link, the free online encyclopedia of Washington State

West Virginia Encyclopedia

Source Information: GenWeekly, New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2008.

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