Places to Search
County Records Offices - Search for
State Records Offices - Search for
Federal Records Offices - Search for
- Tax Lists
- Birth Records
- Marriage Records
- Property Deeds
- Court Transcripts
Libraries in the areas in which your family resided
- Social Security Death Information - this database
is accessible through many online search sites.
- Military Involvement
Churches in the areas your family resided
- You may find information there on your family,
get the librarian to help you.
- Census Records
- If there is a Genealogical Society in your area,
you may find transcriptions of many county records in book form. Remember
that these books are copyrighted, you cannot post this information publicly
with permission, but you can use it as an "index" of sorts for when you
go to the courthouse.
- Visit the churches attended by your family members.
Some churches keep records about all their members since the church began.
- Speak with each family member including elderly
members. If you do not pressure forgetful people, they can tell you much
of your history without realizing it, and many older people remember their
childhoods with ease.
- Don't ask about dates at first. Ask where they
lived, where they went to school, where they went to church, the stores
where they shopped, what they did on Sundays. Instead of asking for dates,
ask for their ages when these things happened. You can calculate the dates
from their ages.
- Sometimes the "obvious" is right under your nose.
If you can't figure out what happened to great great Uncle John after his
military experience, ask if he was in a hospital. Even in the early 1900s
people had no way to take care of family members who had medical or psychological
problems. They were often sent to state hospitals or "insane asylums" to
live out their lives. I have several of these in my family for epilepsy
and Huntington's Disease.
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