A Genealogist's Quick Guide to Finding County Histories
To commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, FamilySearch estimates that, "Thousands of county histories were published as part of the U.S. Centennial Celebration of 1876."
With more than "5,000 county histories...published for over 80 percent of the counties in the United States," the chances are good that your ancestors' county was among them.
Why are county and local histories important to my genealogy?
In my experience, there are two key reasons why county histories are an imperative for genealogists: context and biographies.