Looks at the wide variety of primary and secondary sources that can help to determine when and where a person was born and who were their parents if a birth certificate is not available or can't be found.
See the wealth of research information that can be found in newspapers. Learn how to locate some of those little gems with published extracts, online and printed indexes, and online searches.
If you didn't find it in the index it only means that you didn't find it in the index. Looks at examples from Census, Court, printed, and various online indexes, especially online Newspaper sites
shows how maps can help to explain records and to find them. Looks at rural: Historical Atlases and Land-ownership maps; & City: especially Sanborn Fire Insurance and Panoramic maps, plus Migration, Topographical, and other maps.
Reviews the basic steps of genealogical research using Internet sites that contain images of "real records," indexes, or information about obtaining records. See the results from contacting new cousins and researchers.
Looks at passenger lists, immigration records, emigration records, printed indexes and other sources to find the ships that carried your ancestors. Then learn the ship’s history and maybe even find an image of it.
"Genealogy" and "Vacation" are rarely used together. With the Internet, planning, humor, and common sense you can do research and still have a vacation. Tips for visits to courthouses, cemeteries, libraries, and family along with some unusual sources.
Genealogy Trips - More Than Just Records
Setting goals, Planning, Doing your Homework at Home, and Establishing Contacts will help you have a successful trip where you can meet cousins, see where your ancestors lived, worked, or just spent time. You can learn more about your ancestors and maybe even yourself. Examples include locating the property and an 1861 log cabin in Colorado, meeting cousins while visiting my grandmother’s hometown in Slovenia, and visiting a town in France that my grandfather wrote about in his letters home during World War I.
Encourages everyone to preserve their family's history. Covering: Documenting the basic facts; Identifying important documents to save; Showing the importance of family photographs and how to properly identify everyone; Recording the stories that make your family "Your Family," and then Preserving it all for future generations to enjoy.
Reviews Vital Records: Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates, and Indexes. Learn about Jurisdictions and their history. Probate Records: What you might find in wills and probate files and how they can all help you with your research.
because there is often more than meets your eyes. Tips to locate them. See examples of what is above ground. Stresses getting cemetery records to see what is below ground. View photographs of unique tombstones and monuments along with samples of various cemetery records, funeral home records, and obituaries.
Find out: What Information is in the census; Who gave the information? Why doesn’t it all agree? Using other records to help find your ancestors who are “not in the census.”
Find people not listed in the index, Records to help locate them. Determine: Who gave the information? Why it doesn’t agree? Clues to other records.
Drilling Down For DNA
Explores various methods to discover distant cousins who's DNA can help solve brick-wall research problems. See how DNA tests and projects can help.
Forms: Review Ancestor Charts, Family Group Sheets, and Individual Data Sheets
Home Sources & Correspondance: Review a variety of home sources including vital record certificates.