Get the Real Thing

By Nancy Hendrickson Premium

With so many institutions and individuals transcribing their genealogical documents, you really can find “real records” on the Net. If you’re not sure which records are available, think about the paper trails you’ve created. Then, make a list of the records your ancestors might have generated. Here are a few ideas to jump-start your search:

? bank records

? baptismal certificates

? birth certificates

? credit cards

? driver’s licenses

? funeral-home records

? high school or college diplomas

? insurance records

? land records

? marriage records

? membership cards

? military records

? newspaper articles

? pension files

? probate files

? Social Security cards

? wills
From the February 2004 Family Tree Magazine.