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Vital Records include birth, marriage, divorce and death records.
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Death Records can be the least accurate records depending upon the knowledge of the person reporting the information about the deceased.. Unfortunately, you will never be able to report your own information. How much do your children know about you?
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
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Marriage Records may only be records of the wedding. However, you may also find the Application for Marriage completed by the bride and groom-to-be. Marriage records may also be corroborated with church records. Check everything for correctness.
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Birth Records are difficult to obtain because they can be used for so many purposes. You may be required to provide proof of relationship and proof of the person's death.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
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Vital records and event information are more reliable when they are recorded near the time of the happening. The longer the time from the event occurrence that the record is made, the less accurate it may be based on the memory of the person involved.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
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Genealogy is the search for our ancestors. Family history is the study of the lives they led. Using the information from each area provides us with a true picture of our family.
[Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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Do your genealogy to learn about your family and your place in that family, to leave a legacy for your children and grandchildren and to research and trace our family's medical history.
[Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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Remember that each generation doubles the number of ancestors. It's easy to get lost if you don't plan ahead for your trip. Focus on one or two families. The others will still be there when you get to them.
[Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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Female lines are as important as male lines. One-half of your ancestors are female!
[Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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A generation is 22-25 years for a man and 18-23 years for a woman.
[Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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When taking notes... Use standard size paper, one surname per page, record source and identifying information so you can find it again, the date and place you found info (volume and page). Use only accepted abbreviations (no homespun stuff). Understand basic terminology.
[Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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Remember to document everything you find on your ancestors. UNDOCUMENTED GENEALOGY IS MYTHOLOGY!
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Meaningful genealogy requires thought. Develop a plan – "Why am I doing genealogy?" Set goals of what you plan to accomplish in a reasonable time frame i.e. go back 4 generations, go back to the immigrant ancestor, do only my father’s male line, etc.
[Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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Know your relationships: An ancestor is a person from whom you are descended. A descendant is a person who is descended from an ancestor. A relative is someone with whom you share a common ancestor but who is not in your direct line.
[Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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To find a birth date from a death date, subtract the age in years, months and days from the date of death. This is a very close approximation.
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When you're "doing" census research, be sure to look to at least 10 families before and 10 families after the family you are researching. These folks are most likely the friends (and family) of your ancestor. They lived in community... not alone.
[Located in Category: Census Research]
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Begin with the latest census available and work backwards. Census records have been take since 1790. Before 1790 you can use Tax Lists and other local lists that might have been compiled according to the state you are researching in.
[Located in Category: Census Research]
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Don't assume that all children listed in the census belong to the wife listed. This may be a second wife and the children are a combination of "his and hers."
[Located in Category: Census Research]
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A census is an official counting of the population living in the United States on a designated day set at intervals. The census places an ancestor at a specific place at a specific time.
[Located in Category: Census Research]
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The census is taken every 10 years on a designated census day by an "enumerator" in a specific area known as an enumeration district (usually referred to as ED). The first census was done in 1790. Most of the census 1890 was destroyed by fire and therefore it is highly unlikely any information can be found via this information data base for this time period. Census information is confidential for 72 years after it has been taken.
[Located in Category: Census Research]
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In addition to the census population count, there are a number of special censuses: Slave, Industry & Manufacturing, Agriculture, Mortality, Social Statistics, Union Veteran and Widow, Defective, Dependent and Delinquent.
[Located in Category: Census Research]
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Prepare a census timeline before you begin. Review what you will find in the census you are searching. Work backwards from the most recent census. Expect spelling and age variations.
[Located in Category: Census Research]
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When copying census information, copy EVERYTHING EXACTLY AS IT IS WRITTEN! Do not change or update the information even if you think it is incorrect. This is the way it was written… leave it alone!
[Located in Category: Census Research]
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Soundex is a system of coding names for the census based on sound rather than alphabetical spelling. A variation called American Soundex was used in the 1930s for a retrospective analysis of the US censuses from 1890 through 1920. To save time, a free Soundex converter is available at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com.
[Located in Category: Census Research]
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Don’t assume that all children listed belong to the wife listed. This may be a second wife and the children may be a combination of "his and hers."
[Located in Category: Census Research]
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Don’t assume that all children listed belong to the wife listed. This may be a second wife and the children may be a combination of "his and hers."
[Located in Category: Census Research]
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A person may not have been living on the day the census was actually taken (not the official day). However, all information is to be "as of the official census day."
[Located in Category: Census Research]
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The Pedigree chart is the road map of you and your ancestors. It begins with YOU! Females must use their maiden names.
[Located in Category: Charts and Forms]
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The Family Group Sheet identifies a couple and their children. Everyone has two group sheets - one as a child with parents and one as a parent with children.
[Located in Category: Charts and Forms]
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A Chronological Profile begins with your ancestor's birth and is filled in with various occurrences in his life. Continue to fill this in as information becomes available to provide a picture of your ancestor's life.
[Located in Category: Charts and Forms]
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The Research Log is very important for the time when you share you data or decide to publish your work. You will need to know your sources for obtaining each piece of information. Be VERY specific with your information quoting authors, titles, pages, publishers, etc.
[Located in Category: Charts and Forms]
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Use a Correspondence Log! This includes the name and address of the person you have written to, what you requested, the date the request was sent and a column for the outcome. Remembering every letter written is impossible. Follow up if you don’t get an answer within a month.
[Located in Category: Charts and Forms]
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Church records may include births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials. Be sure you have the correct church/religious denomination. If you’re not sure, search the churches closest to home first and then broaden your search in ever-widening circles.
[Located in Category: Church Records]
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Check for cemetery records with the church, Sexton and Funeral Directors. Visit the cemetery and take a picture of the tombstone. Check the obituaries in that time frame.
[Located in Category: Church Records]
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Direct evidence speaks to the point in question.
[Located in Category: Evidence]
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Indirect evidence gives facts from which you can come to a conclusion.
[Located in Category: Evidence]
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Primary evidence is personal testimony or a record created shortly after an event by a person with personal knowledge of the facts.
[Located in Category: Evidence]
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Secondary evidence is copies or compiled from other sources written from memory long after the event has occurred.
[Located in Category: Evidence]
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City Directories provide names and occupations of town residents and much local business information.
[Located in Category: Hometown Records]
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It's very important to check maps. Boundaries change over time. Be sure the area where you think your ancestors resided is actually the area where they were.
[Located in Category: Hometown Records]
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Newspapers are wonderful Hometown Records. In addition to looking for obituaries, be sure to look for articles about special events... births, Baptisms/Christenings, weddings and pre-nuptial events (bridal showers, etc.), birthdays (parties), anniversaries, etc.
[Located in Category: Hometown Records]
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Town and county histories can be invaluable to form a picture of your ancestors in the time they lived in the area..
[Located in Category: Hometown Records]
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Immigration is entering a country where you are not a native to take up permanent residence. Emigration is leaving a country where you have been a citizen.
[Located in Category: Immigration ]
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Major ports of entry were Baltimore, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and New Orleans.
[Located in Category: Immigration ]
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Join a Mailing List (www.rootsweb.ancestry.com). Be sure to subscribe in "digest" mode. E-mails about subjects on the list will come to your e-mail box.
[Located in Category: Internet Research ]
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Search the Message Boards for others looking for the same person(s) you're researching. You go to the Board to search but you can ask to be notified of new entries.
[Located in Category: Internet Research ]
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Be sure to make a list of all living relatives when you start your genealogy research. Interview every one of them. Be prepared with a list of questions. Use a tape recorder for the answers or take very good notes. Respect the person’s privacy.
[Located in Category: Interviewing Family & Friends ]
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When writing to a relative for information, make specific requests. Don't ramble! Offer to share your information.
[Located in Category: Interviewing Family & Friends ]
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There are various types of deeds to property. The most common are the warranty deed which transfers property with assurance of good title and the quitclaim deed which transfers one person’s interest in the property without guarantee of good title.
[Located in Category: Land Records ]
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When looking at deed indexes, be sure to look at both the "Grantor Index", an index to those selling the land and the "Grantee Index", an index to those buying the land.
[Located in Category: Land Records ]