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Back to Genealogy Basics – Wills and Estate Records

Wills and estate records are a rich source of information when researching your genealogy.   Wives, children and other family members can be found among the records.  A glimpse inside the lifestyle of your ancestor is found among the records.  Did your ancestor’s family members get along? Did your ancestor have any wealth? The potential …

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Census records in the early 1800s are difficult to assess. Only the head of the household was listed and the rest of the household was just a lot of tick marks. What's a genealogist to do?

Back to Genealogy Basics – The 1800’s Census, Part 2

Genealogists often divide the 1800 census records into 1850 and beyond and pre-1850 census records. Beginning with the 1850 census record, all members of the household were named.  Census records from 1790-1850 only named the head of the household. Other family members were simply noted with a mark in an age category. So, what’s a …

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Back to Genealogy Basics: 1900’s Census Records

Census records are some of the first records genealogists go to when beginning their research. It is exciting to trace a family back generations by following them backward through the census records. In our excitement of finding our ancestors, though, we can miss important clues that are important to our current research projects, but also …

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