Unusual Record Sourceshttp://ancestry.com/library/view/ancmag/4217.asp • Need to fully examine the ancestral paper trail • Tracking down any information that could solve the dead ends • Help build a thorough life history
Researching one ancestor at a time • Focus on one person at a time (key person) • Write their name on a sheet of paper at the top • List all vital information • Birth • Death • Marriage • List in chronological order any of the additional information you have from: • Census data • Military service, • Land records • Passenger lists
Ask questions, such as • Where did he or she attend school? • Where did this person Live? What were his or her addresses? • Where did this person worship? What religious affiliation did he or she belong to? • Where did he or she work? What was his or her profession or trade? Did this person belong to a work-related organization? • Where did this person socialize? Did he or she belong to any civic or fraternal organization?
Educational Records • These records can add depth to your research • The higher the education the more likelihood you will find something • Can help you find addresses where you ancestors lived • Could help solved mysteries or dead ends • Remember to ask how much the fee is and send Self addressed stamped envelope. • Schools and colleges can be located on the internet
Places of Residence • School records • Telephone books (libraries) • City directories (libraries) • Some city directories have been found to be back to the 19th century • You could find out their occupation in these directories
Town Reports & Tax Records • These were published annually • There is alphabetical listing of property owners • You can find their addresses • You can find the value of their property • You might find out their occupation
Place of Worship • Marriage records • Birth records • Death records • Usually the ministers took their records with them when they moved • Some ministers make notes on the pages • These can serve as a back up incase of flood or fires
Places of Employment • This is probably the hardest to get much out of, because of privacy laws • Some business might not be still in business • Records could have already been destroyed • The companies may only confirm dates of employment, but this could place your ancestor in a certain place at a certain time • Jobs had a major impact on a persons life and family life
Social Organizations • Virtually every American community with an ethnic or immigrant population had organizations. They also provided services such as banking and insurance companies • Learn all you can about the social community your ancestors lived in, you can learn a lot about you’re your ancestors if you find out about the area in which they lived
Finding out about our ancestors • Puts us in touch with our ancestors and how they lived You must examine every clue carefully and always be on the lookout for leads that can further your search.
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