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Unusual Record Sourceshttp//ancestry.com/library
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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

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

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
    youre 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
  • You must examine every clue carefully and always
    be on the lookout for leads that can further your

Web sites
  • www.cyndislist.com/schools.htm
  • www.qwestdex.com
  • www.infospace.com
  • www.cyndislist.com/citydir.htm
  • www.cyndislist.com/taxes.htm
  • www.cyndislist.com/religion.htm
  • www.cyndislist.com/soc-frat.htm
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