You may be tempted by the allure of various advertisements that promise "a family history of [your name] in America with origins of the surname, coat of arms, and every individual in the United States with your name," or other ads touting books with information about your forebears and why they immigrated to the New World. Don't be misled. It is not your family history, or anyone else's family history. These publications are usually nothing more than paragraphs of general information that could apply to any family, followed by a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers taken from widely available sources.
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