Genealogy Research Help and How-To
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Tracing your family’s history can easily become a lifelong pursuit. Locating relevant records, uncovering family stories and overcoming brick walls can take years, or even decades. Therefore, you may wonder what you can possibly accomplish in a mere ten minutes. In reality, though, this short amount of time can be more than enough to make real improvements to your family tree.
Much like an ancestor disembarking in New York City and asking “What are my next steps in this new land?” international research can be confusing and daunting. But the journey is worth the trouble, and with some guidance you might be surprised what you can discover.
If you’re just starting to build your family tree, or if you’ve simply put it aside due to frustration or defeat, listen up. You’re not alone in your family history challenges, and perhaps having a better understanding up front of what to expect down the road will help you overcome them.
United States tax records date back to colonial days and can bridge gaps left by decennial censuses and other types of record keeping. The annual nature of tax collection gives researchers an excellent source that can be used to trace their ancestor’s lives and discover valuable details not apparent in other kinds of documents.
Depending on the condition of the document, its date and the handwriting therein, these joyous finds can be beyond frustrating to read. Upon first glance, they seem to have been written in a foreign language, even though you know they are in English. Here are some tips to make the job of reading and transcribing old documents easier.
There’s no doubt that the landing of the Mayflower in the ‘New World’ in 1620 is one of the most important events in American history. Whether you know all of the facts about this historic voyage or not, discovering a connection to this iconic American event would be truly exciting for any family historian.
Despite the common belief that the entire 1890 census was destroyed by fire in 1921, the actual story of what happened is quite surprising and somewhat disturbing. But there is another twist to this story — some of these records DO still exist and they can be accessed online for free.
General search forms that dig through millions, or even billions, of records are certainly handy. If you have never used a site before – or have not searched for a specific ancestor – these forms can be a great way to gather the low hanging family history fruit, so to speak. But, despite this obvious convenience, they may often be stifling your efforts.
Have you ever wondered how your colonial American ancestors were able to travel from their homeland to America? Besides being uncomfortable and inconvenient, the trip was very expensive. One way many people solved this problem was through indentured service.
Over the course of family history research, many people around the world will find that their ancestry leads back to the British Isles in one way or another. If you are a part of this group, congratulations: you’re about to step into some of the world’s oldest and richest archives.