Stuck on the census? Can't see past vital records, wills and deeds? Spice up your research and break through your brick walls with these 10 essential — and often-overlooked — sources.
Genealogy is like a kitchen spice rack. You may have 10 to 15 different spices in your cupboard, but there are only a few that you use in almost every recipe: salt, pepper and maybe garlic powder. Every now and then, a recipe calls for other spices — rosemary, curry, thyme, sage — that have been in your cabinet for heaven only knows how long, but they're there when you need them. Similarly, in genealogy, you may rely on those few records that researchers use all the time in their ancestral quests: censuses, vital records, wills and deeds. But in order to break through the brick walls in your family research, you'll need to look at the lesser-used records in your genealogical spice rack. We've identified 10 such sources that are sure to spice up your search.
1. Draft records