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County histories provide a wealth of information for family historians. They offer a snapshot of an ancestor’s community and sometimes even the ancestor themselves—with an image! These histories are often referred to as “mug books” or “vanity books,” due to the included historical and genealogical sketches of an area’s notable residents.

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