|This guide is intended primarily to help genealogy researchers discover information about a defunct family-owned business or ancestor's occupation, but may be useful to any researchers looking for historic business information.|
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Researching a historic business can be challenging. Since It is cheaper and easier for companies to destroy outdated records than to maintain them, most businesses come and go without leaving much of a paper trail.
Even when a company's own records have not survived, however, there are other sources that may document its existence. This guide will describe how to uncover the history of a business using the following resources: