Basic Genealogy, Part Ten: Hidden Treasures–Tips & Rewards for Researching in Manuscript Collections

Watch as Bill Eddleman, associate director of the Cape Girardeau Research Center, discusses using manuscript collections for family research. Manuscript collections can often be overlooked due to the difficulty in locating relevant records and the disparate nature of manuscript collecting across institutions.

Eddleman shares an overview of the types of documents you might find in manuscript collections and discusses how information contained in these archival treasures can help you find ancestors and research their lives. Emphasizing Missouri families and collections, Eddleman details methods for locating families in manuscript collections and explains the process for gaining access to archives.

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Music: "Summer" by Yakov Golman, courtesy Free Music Archive.

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