In 1889 the Moore County, North Carolina court house burned.
Very few records survived that court house fire, and Moore County became a “burned county” in genealogy research terms.
My ancestors arrived in the 1840’s.
How can a researcher find ancestors when the county records for that time period did not survive?
Does your research just stop? Do other research options exist?
Is finding information on my ancestors who lived in a burned county even possible?!
Yes. Yes, it is possible!
Researching your ancestors in a burned county requires thinking “out of the genealogy box”.
What other types of records could place your ancestor in a particular location and at a particular time? What types of records do exist? Where are those records located?
Researching individuals who lived in a burned county can be quite a challenge! But…..it does not have to be an impossible task. Using strategies to analyze your ancestor’s life alongside non-county records, you can be successful in learning more about them.
I set about to learn how to research ancestors who lived in counties where a major record loss occurred. As I talked with other genealogy researchers, I realized many of you also have been in a stalled research mode from a county’s record losses. Worse, you have no idea how to proceed forward in your research. Or….if proceeding forward is even possible! (Admit it, you were thinking it! I did, too.)
In How To Research Genealogy in a Burned County, I share the strategies I have used in the past and currently still use to overcome the burned county obstacle.
What You Can Expect
- To learn strategies for finding records that do exist on a county’s citizens.
- To learn other types of records to include in your research.
- To learn where to find alternative records
- A downloadable research plan specific for your burned county research.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is it really possible to find information on my ancestors who lived in a burned county? Yes. It is possible. The research process is not quick and you will stretch your research “muscles”.
- What if I am still not successful in finding my ancestors? Not all genealogy research questions have answers that can be found. That’s okay, really it is. Even if you do not find your ancestor when using these strategies, you will become a better researcher – a more seasoned researcher. As you research, you will gather clues that will become important in future research of your ancestor and/or collateral lines.