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Family History: Public Records Search

Family History By September 6, 2019 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Doing genealogy can be an exciting mystery to solve. However, knowing how to start and where to look for leads is sometimes overwhelming. There’s a lot of information and databases available. Some are free. Some cost money. Of course, there is always Google. But Google’s expansive database requires you to know exactly what you’re searching for to get the desired results. Naturally we highly encourage using family history websites such as Ancestry.com. Beyond genealogy websites, there are some other fantastic sources to search through. Public Records, specifically, hold tons of information.

We’ve compiled a list of some great public records worth examining.

The National Archives

Every ten years the US government conducts their census. In those census records you can go back as far as the 1790 Census, and as recent as the 1940 Census. Within the records a plethora of demographic information is contained. It is important to note that a Census record must be so old before the information is accessible to the public due to privacy concerns. The census’ currently available are found at The National Archive website. Along with access to some military records and other historical documents and data.

Military records are an awesome way to find enlistment and discharge dates of specific family members. There are plenty of other resources to search for military records outside of the National Archives, but if you’re already there you might as well scan their records. Not all information is available to preview online, but you can request copies from the National Archives.

Immigration Records

Immigration records are a fantastic way to search a specific family members name and find out exactly what year, their age, and what country they arrived from. If a name change ever happened down the line Immigration records will also often show those. You can make a free online account at the Ellis Island website, which will give you access to immigration records, pictures, and ship information. Many genealogy sites include immigration records as well.

Criminal and Court Records

Besides immigration records, court and criminal records can be a great help in learning more about your ancestors. This doesn’t necessarily mean your relative killed someone if they have records showing up in court cases. Minor infractions such as speeding tickets will also show up on their records. Some court records will also hold birth and death certificates that can be beneficial to your search.

Cemetery Databases

The next database we recommend searching is cemetery archives. This is especially helpful if you’re looking for someone from a small town. Cemetery databases will often have birth and death dates, images of headstones, and where they’re buried. You no longer have to go to graveyards to find this information, however, if you decide you are on the adventurous side and want to physically visit gravestones here are some tips for when you go.

Public records only scratch the surface for all the information out there, but they are fantastic starting points. For more great genealogy resources and guides check out The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Genealogy.

Now that you know where to start looking, wondering what to do with all your newly found information. We have a suggestion!

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How to Make an Ancestry Calendar with MyCanvas

Family History, MyCanvas Products By October 25, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

At MyCanvas.com, you can sign in with your Ancestry account to create family-oriented custom calendars. Learn how to add birthdays, anniversaries, and names of not only your descendants, but your ancestors! Include as far back as six generations. Begin your Ancestry Calendar by following these instructions:

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How to Make a Successful Family History Book

Family History By October 5, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 4 Comments

If you’re considering making a family history book, you’ll want to create an heirloom your entire family can enjoy. But how can you share your love of genealogy with family members, young and old, who may not share your enthusiasm? Here are 5 ways to entice family members to open that family history book…

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Messages From the Past | Connie Yen

Family History, Guest Blogger By May 17, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 4 Comments

When I first began collecting postcards, I was primarily interested in cards with local images. I gradually expanded my collection to include holiday and birthday postcards. One day, while browsing through a large rack of postcards at an antique store, I noticed several cards that were all sent to the same address. At that point, my interest in old postcards converged with my lifelong interest in family history…

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Sharing and Sourcing Oral Histories | David Allen Lambert

Family History, Guest Blogger By March 29, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Genealogy has been a passion of mind since childhood. It is hard to believe it has been four decades since I first asked my grandmother about a tintype photo of her father. From her stories I was hooked into the exciting world of family history. I became the nosey nephew at family gatherings, always asking questions and seeking old photographs or documents. Many relatives would get bored with my questions, however a handful of my older cousins encouraged my research. By the time I was twelve years old I had already typed my first thirteen page genealogy book (on file at NEHGS).

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How to Index Old Family Photos | Physical Copies

Family History, Photography By November 13, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

A lot of family photos today are digitital. Information such as the day, place, and individual can be easy to record on iphones, with Facebook, or during the download process. However, the same cannot be said for the old, tarnished photographs…

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Lost Amongst the Fruits, Health & Wealth | Richard Lee Cronin

Family History, Guest Blogger By November 3, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Family trees today can still be found having empty branches. Alongside one name is perhaps a year of birth, but little else to explain away that long-lost relative, a loved one who had gone in search of America‚Äôs Paradise. But archives can often provide answers, sometimes in the least expected places…

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Hosting Your Family (History) Reunion

Family Fun, Family History By July 7, 2015 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Family reunion season is here! If you haven’t already started a list of attendees, there are a number of services out there that will allow you to keep track of your family and guests (we like to use Eventbrite). But we aren’t here to tell you where the family reunion should be held or what food should be served (although we have some ideas regarding this last subject below). We do however have some very fun ways to get your entire family involved with your family’s history.

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