Discover the best genealogy records using the tips and strategies in this guide, which shows you how to find and use census records, birth records, marriage records and more. With this detailed ebook, you can search for your family tree and ancestry records with ease.
Discover the best genealogy records! This ebook features guides to finding and using the most essential genealogy records, from census returns to passenger lists to birth, marriage and death records. Inside, you’ll find details on the most useful resources for each kind of record, plus how you can read records, interpret them and apply the information you find in them to your family tree.
Who Should Get This eBook
You’ll love the Ultimate Guide to Genealogy Records eBook if…
- You’ve just begun your ancestry search and need pointers on where to start looking
- You want to pull more information from genealogy records you’ve found
- You want to make the most of your research time and of the documents you find
The Ultimate Guide to Genealogy Records eBook features:
- Detailed guides to finding and using various genealogy records, both online and by contacting archives
- Samples records to help you know what to look for, plus strategies for using the records you’ve already found to discover more resources
- Key genealogy websites and resources for finding records, plus links to additional articles that will aid your search
Excerpt: Sample Tips
Here are some tips you’ll find in the Ultimate Guide to Genealogy Records eBook:
- Use records in combination with each other. You can use data from multiple record types to cross-reference and validate information as well as track down new records. For example, use the year of immigration from a census return to narrow down your passenger list and naturalization document searches, or use a person’s street address from a city directory to find him in the most recent census.
- Track down the original record. You’ll often find birth, marriage and death information in indexes, particularly on the large free genealogy websites. The information you find in indexes is often helpful, but you should always try to find the original record, as the original document may contain more-complete (and even more-accurate) information. The website with the index should provide details on where to find the source data.
- Look for the census dates. The ages and number of people in a household you see in census returns are recorded as of the official census date, which varied from year to year. Find out what census date was in place for the returns you’re looking at, as these dates may explain why family members are absent from a census.
Contents of the Ultimate Guide to Genealogy Records eBook:
Family History’s Top 10: These 10 go-to genealogy records probably name your ancestors—and we’ll help you find a way.
A Trail of Clues: How do you get from a single old record to a fleshed-out family profile? By following the signs along your ancestor’s trail. We’ll lead the way.
Part 1: Census Records
- Enumeration Nation: Your forebears answered a surprising number of questions every 10 years. And buried in those census columns may be the key to an ancestral mystery.
- Cracking the Census Code: Discover important family history clues hidden in the US census. We won’t let you miss—or misinterpret—your ancestors’ entries.
- Hiding in the Census: Censuses help you build the backbone of your family tree. Use your search strategies to overcome seven common reasons your ancestors might be hard to locate in the records.
Part 2: Vital and Cemetery Records
- Vital Signs: Has your search for online birth, death and marriage records flatlined? Re-energize your efforts with this essential five-step guide.
- No Stone Unturned: Tombstones aren’t the only records available in the graveyard. Bring your ancestors’ deaths (and lives) to light with these seven cemetery resources.
- 12 Steps to the Altar: Seeking records about your ancestors’ marriages? Follow these 12 tips and your search will end happily ever after.
Part 3: Immigration Records
- Immigration Nation: Our guide to finding passenger lists will help you retrace your ancestors’ first footsteps on American soil.
- Becoming American: These records reveal details about your just-off-the-boat immigrant ancestors when they were “aliens” in a new land.
Part 4: Other Records
- Pushing Papers: Discover family history clues and fascinating stories hiding in the ephemera of the past.
- Going into the Service: Launch an offensive to discover your family’s military history—but first, arm yourself with our guide to records and resources.
- Family Tree Treasure Hunt: The heirlooms you already own are your first place to find family history. Let’s go on a hunt for ancestor information hidden in these home sources.
The Ultimate Guide to Genealogy Records eBook comes in PDF format and can be printed out or viewed on your tablet, laptop or desktop computer for easy reference while working with your family memories.
Portions of this eBook were originally published in Family Tree Magazine.