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Examples of records that might be found at county courthouses are: Property deeds, marriage licenses, divorce records, wills (require witnesses and list WHO receives what), probate records (lists survivors/heirs), lawsuits by or against the person you are seeking, etc.. Often, the persons may be listed as witnesses to marriages, or in other court cases
Very often, the county and/or the society can be found online. Many of them are very helpful. I encourage joining the societies which might be helpful to your research, as members receive regular newsletters with info on the history of the area, and can often receive discounts on materials purchased from the society. Also, queries can usually be posted in the newsletters.
- - You don't have to be a resident of the area to join a society.
- - Don't overlook your local society. They usually have information on other states and counties.
Records and/or books which can often be found in a library: Census records, Native American records, marriages, cemetery listings, historical/genealogical society issues, Goodspeed's books, helpful maps of times past, surname genealogies, etc..
What can you find in newspapers? Birth notices, obituaries (often listing burial location, survivors and their locations, and died before them), advertising for your family's businesses, local happenings, legal notices, etc.. Newspaper info can make your ancestors "come alive" for you.
When collecting newspaper articles for your records, make sure each "clipping" has the newspaper name, date and page number, and the city and state it was issued in, written on it. It is very little help to anyone, if they don't know at least the date and location of the paper it was printed in.
* birth date
* marriage date
* military branch and dates
* When and where did they move during their lifetime?
* What games/sports did they play as a child/adult and who played with them?
* Did they ever travel? When? Where?
* Did they travel to visit family? Who? When? Where?
* How did they travel? What kind of vehicle did they use, or were they on foot?
* What kind of jobs did they have? When? Where?
* How much money did they make?
* Who do they remember (and what dates and places) in the family tree?
If they remember something about an ancestor, but don't seem to remember a time period, ask what they remember around the same time - work with them and you may be able to come up with at least a general time period.
How can all these answers help you? They will give you stories to keep and dates and places to look for proof of certain events. Make LOTS of notes!!
Remember that memories can be distorted or just plain wrong, so whenever possible, get documented proof for your own records.
Always remember that many websites, genealogy CD's for sale, and other resources, contain a lot of incorrect information. Many times someone found something close and assumed it was the same person. Many times, they did not search for "proof". Also, they may have received incorrect information from someone else who didn't prove their work.
Always be on the look-out for your own proof.
I keep all the items below in a notebook. I keep them divided by subject, not persons.
birth certificates, death certificates, school records, marriage licenses, divorce records, Bible records, lawsuit records, property deeds, wills, probate records, newspaper clippings, announcement cards (birth, marriage, anniversary, graduation, etc.), social security applications, military records.
I also keep my documents inside clear, heavy-duty, vinyl slips. Always keep your documents inside these slips - even for making copies. If your slips are the clear kind, the copies should be just as good and your documents will fare better from actually being handled less.
NOTE: Making color copies from color copies doesn't work too well, so I get extra copies of the original photos, when I think someone else might want some.
Always return original items to their proper owner in the same condition they were borrowed.
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