How to Search for Historical Societies

Finding Historical Societies or History Libraries

In many states, there are both state and county historical societies or history libaries. You can use the options below to find historical societies.


  • County name  

Ways to Use Historical Societies

Historical societies may do searches of their archives for you—often for a fee. You might also consider contacting a lookup volunteer who is able to go to a given historical society to do an in-person search. Here is one way to search for lookup volunteers.


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