With extensive experience of conducting both personal and professional genealogical research, including working professionally for many years at the Clayton Genealogical Library in Houston, Texas, we understand the importance of sources that might not be immediately obvious to many researchers.

For example, the missing 1890 census and lack of consistent registration information of births and deaths until around 1933 make turn-of-the-century newspapers one of the most useful, and often overlooked, sources for vital records. However, it is extremely time-consuming to read the newspapers page by page looking for the names being researched. We have taken the time to do this for you, abstracting the pertinent information (such as births, marriages and deaths) into books, and indexing it for your convenience. The abstracted news items are not only valuable for genealogical research, but make for fascinating and entertaining reading, as well. We have also abstracted useful genealogical information from other little-known sources, such as military rolls and church records.

The informative books that result make an excellent addition to any genealogical collection or personal reference library. We also offer other books of genealogical and historical interest.

Please take some time to browse through the selections in our catalog. We encourage you to check back often, as we are continuously expanding upon our library as we work our way through the vast amount of sources that have not yet been tapped. To order, please mail a completed order form with your check or money order to the address listed on the form. We are pleased to offer special services for libraries; please contact us for more information before ordering.

Thank you for visiting Abstracting the Past!

Beth Wilson
Professional Genealogical Researcher