04 December 2013

Finding Old State Statute Books-Three Free Places to Start

A fan on Genealogy Tip of the Day on Facebook asked about how to find old state statute books. Short of going to a university law library, here are some free online sources for digital copies of these materials.


  • Hathitrust.org -- start with subject search and use "yourstate" statute as an initial search--the year of publication cataloged in Hathitrust isn't always correct, so be careful using that. 
  • Internet Archive --search the "texts" 
  • Google Books
Determine if a nearby library has electronic access to a database that may contain additional digital copies of old state statutes. A reference librarian should be able to help you.


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