Genealogy Friday—Vital Records: Birth Certificates

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Last week, we discussed vital records and their importance.  Now let’s dig a little deeper. When a person is born a birth certificate is filled out and filed with the state. The birth certificate list the date of birth and … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Vital Records

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When researching genealogy, one of the best places to start with vital records. So what are vital records? According the Wikipedia,  “Vital records are records of life events kept under governmental authority, including birth certificates, marriage licenses, and death certificates.” Why are vital records … Continued

Why Aren’t My Relatives in the Census?

      Help! I can’t find my ancestors anywhere in the census.  Where are they? This is so frustrating.  So why can’t you find them? There are several reasons: That locale was overlooked by the census taker  {I had … Continued

Genealogy Friday: The Missing 1890 Census Records

What happened to the 1890 census? For most states there is no 1890 census.   This makes it very difficult for genealogists in piecing together answers, because there is a 20 year gap. Was the census taken in 1890?  Yes, it … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Tips for Researching Census Records

Searching census records can be confusing, especially when your ancestor does not appear in a search.  These are some tips I hope helps: o   Search using various spellings of the surname o   Search using children or spouse o   Refine search … Continued

What Can I Learn From Census Records?

Census records are a great resource for genealogist.  When I began researching, I had to go to the library and search individual microfilms.  Today with the advance in technology, Ancestry.com makes it easy to search for and find an individual … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Why Are Census Records Such a Great Asset

Census records are a wonderful resource for the family historian.               Often the census records are the only resource you may be able to find on your family. Census records have become very easy to search and are a great … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Fun Activities for a Family Reunion

Pie Eating contest—see who can eat a pie the fastest {or substitute another food such as hotdog or pizza}. Family Auction—everyone brings an item to be bid on {you could also do this as a silent auction}.  The money that … Continued