From our recent Ancestry poll, Question #8, “What place is hardest for you to find documents?” showed that researching the United States was the next hardest place to find family genealogy information. This can be attributed to records just not being available for a particular place in time. Too many migration routes, and not knowing which one(s) were used by your ancestor.
It is wonderful when we can find something out about our family from a record that was easily found on line. But when the low hanging fruit is dried up, you need to roll up your sleeves and do some really genealogy research. Working with others, making phone calls, looking through catalogs to find books with hints, ordering and viewing microfilms, expanding your search to other relatives and friends that lived in the same area, are all part of the quest to find something about your ancestor.
Some popular types of records that should be considered in your search include:
- Digital Archives of the State
- Bureau of Land Management
- Land Grants and Warrants
- Books of all kinds
- WPA Documents
- Military Records
- Last Will and Testaments
- Probate Records
Click here for a larger list of potential types of genealogy documents where you may find family information.
Genealogy Research Tips:
Remember to think outside of the box and try different things to discover your family story. Remember, sometimes a family member may have changed their name, inadvertently given wrong birth information, or changed details that can throw you off your track.
Names can be spelled wrong either on purpose, or accident. Many people did not ask how a person’s name should be spelled, and recorded the information according to how it sounded to them.
Document your research. It is important to know what you have looked at, and what research you have conducted, so you don’t do the same research in the future.
Analyze your information for clues, for confirming or not validating family data. Take the time to write your conclusions based on your findings.