You are getting started in the search for your ancestors and beginning to wonder, "Which genealogy resources do I need?" Well, that's why I'm here.
A large variety of genealogy resources ranging from general to specific are available to you. Resources might be one of the big genealogy databases. Or vital records found at the county government level. Or private collection papers. Or..... you get the idea.
Taking the time to learn what type of resources are available to you for your specific research project will make you a more efficient and successful researcher.
If you need someone to help you determine your best resources, I can help. CLICK here to check out my genealogy consultation services. The links below will also help you explore available resources.
Death certificates in genealogy research are popular records to search. Discover the meaning behind seemingly random numbers on those death certificates. No doubt about it. Death certificates are one of the most sought after genealogical records. From a death certificate genealogy researchers can learn birth and death dates of an ancestors. We can find information on a spouse and/or the names of the deceased parents. (Admit it – Isn’t that what we are really after!) But….did you ever notice that number written on the death certificate somewhere around the cause of death? I’ve seen it on all of my ancestors’ death certificates, but frankly, ignored it. I just assumed it…
Finding an ancestor's marriage record can be quite challenging. Explore 3 reasons why you may not be finding that marriage record and where to look.
Can’t find the family Bible? Don’t miss out on vital genealogy records without checking these 10 places for your ancestor’s family Bible. The Family Bible. It is the one record genealogy researchers long to find. It can also be one of the most difficult of all genealogy records to find. Family Bibles were often kept within the family to record births, deaths and marriages. They are considered a primary resource since typically, the event was recorded at the time it happened. So, in a time period before formal birth or death records were recorded, the only accurate record of those dates could be in the family Bible. Ever opened up…
Are you regularly checking the big four genealogy databases for newly added records? If not, you are missing out on potential clues to finding your ancestors. I missed some important genealogy clues early on in my genealogy research and wasted research time needlessly. Why? Because new records were added to the genealogy databases such as Ancestry.com and FamilySearch, and I did not know about those. Rookie mistake, right? I don’t want this to happen to you, my friend. Let’s Talk About the Genealogy Databases Genealogy researchers refer to FamilySearch, Ancestry, FindMyPast and MyHeritage as “The Big 4” in terms of genealogy databases. Genealogy databases in general will update regularly with…