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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tips on Finding Ancestors: Where to Start

Here is a guide line of where to start.

Relatives
Family Bibles. Search local archives and special collections from groups such as the DAR
Cemeteries. Get a county map with a good legend.
Church Records. While out visiting cemeteries, visit local churches to learn if they kept baptismal records, etc.
County Records. Search wills and estates (everything), plus marriages, deeds and tax digests.
Census Records.
Pensions, civil war, Mexican war, War of 1812 and Revolutionary War. These are found on microfilm at the National Archives.

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