Local history books for the cities/towns/counties in which family members lived may yield interesting tidbits. They will also help the researcher understand the world in which these ancestors lived and lead to other clues on how to find out more information about them. “How-to” books on genealogy and taking genealogy classes can be great aids to research by providing important tips regarding sources and methods. Some areas have genealogy societies; joining societies in geographic areas of interest provides access to their newsletters, which contain useful information about genealogy in that area. Books that may be helpful in your search include:
– Centennial History of Steubenville and Jefferson County 1797-1897
– Sesquicentennial History of Steubenville 1797-1947
– Bicentennial History of Steubenville 1797-1997
PLSJ also has various other county history books available to aid you in your research.