Family Bibles are fun when you do find them. They never seem to hold the answers you want, but you do get information that exists nowhere else. I have three family Bibles that have helped me, none of which I own.
- The Heard/Hayes Bible is the oldest of the Bibles and one of the few family Bibles of which I know that contains a 17th century birth. I wrote an article on this Bible, basically outlining the people mentioned therein. I also noted that despite the fact my 6th great-grandfather Reuben Heard owned the Bible originally he failed to put his own marriage date or wife's name in it. His bad--my loss.
- The Pinkham Bible once owned by Thomas Pinkham 1752-1820 was copied into his Revolutionary War Pension papers.
- The Martin Bible once owned by James Martin 1759-1842 was graciously copied and the information given to me by a cousin.
Additionally, there were a few others of more recent vintage I was able to look at and use (but don't own), including the Kinmond Family Bible.