October 24, 2014

Marriage Index: Iowa, 1851-1900

Approximately 157,000 individuals who were married between 1851 and 1900 in select Iowa counties.
Marriage indexes can save you research time by telling you that a particular marriage record containing your ancestor’s name exists. With the information provided, you may be able to find a newspaper announcement, which may provide more details about the bride, groom, and their families.
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October 23, 2014

Disappointing Branch of Family Tree (Genetoons Cartoon #11)

Disappointing Branch of Family Tree (Genetoons Cartoon #11)
Genetoons is a simple, one-panel, Genealogy cartoons or the whole family to enjoy. Using a Genealogical idea or fact, I want the reader to laugh! I hope you enjoy them.


Vital Records: Massachusetts, 1600s-1800s

The depth and quality of information contained in Massachusetts vital records is more significant than any other state. Although Massachusetts did not develop a centralized system of collecting vital information until 1844, they did require that towns collect vital records (births and deaths) very early on. Though sometimes incomplete and varying in accuracy, the importance of this data set cannot be over-emphasized.
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October 22, 2014

Death Certificates: Your Doorway to Your Ancestor’s Life

Death Certificates: Your Doorway to Your Ancestor's Life
It might seem strange that a death certificate, which is a document of an ending, could be the beginning of your journey into your ancestor’s life. However, a death certificate can hold a wealth of information that either directly tells


Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920

Trace your turn-of-the-century ancestors with information on approximately 886,000 individuals whose deaths were recorded in Indiana. Originally compiled by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), this collection covers 67 of Indiana’s 92 counties.
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October 21, 2014

Darth Vader’s Guide to Genealogy

Darth Vader's Guide to Genealogy
Have you ever wondered where your inner strength developed? Have you wondered about the people who may have passed you your intelligence, your fighting skills, and your survival instinct? Do you feel a dark power lurking over you and suspect


October 15, 2014

New York Deaths, 1700s-1900s

This information derives from a great variety of local sources including cemeteries, churches, newspapers, and town records. Because it originated with local sources, the information included here is especially valuable and would otherwise be quite difficult to find.
Knowing the date and location of a vital event such as a death, you can determine where to follow-up with additional research. For example, you may wish to write to the county to obtain copies of the original records. Original death records can provide you with information such as the names of the individual’s parents and the name of a surviving spouse, if any. The birth and death dates and locations may also allow you to find newspaper announcements about the person’s birth or death, which may provide more details about the family.
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