Thursday, May 19, 2011

Family Tree

Family tree of Ellis Cook by C. W. Holland, as submitted to the Morristown Library.
This beautiful drawing of a family tree resides at the Morristown/Morris Township Library.  (Physical address is One Miller Road, Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey.)  An extensive genealogical collection is in the lower level.  You can read about it online, but I recommend visiting if you have research to do in New Jersey.  The drawing of the Ellis Cook family tree was found in a file for the surname Cook.  Some libraries keep files on local families and fill them with documents and donated matter.  You won't know what is there until you sort through the contents.  The Cook family folder contains compiled genealogies by individuals, copies of indexes from books, and letters of inquiry from researchers to the library staff, some dated in the year 1906.  You can scan papers of interest and then either print them onto paper or save them on a flash drive.  Most libraries do not offer electronic copying.