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Documenting Difficult Cases

Documenting Difficult Cases: Some heavy Lifiting may be requried

Not everyone has an easy case, where a family member has already done a lot of the research, some individuals may need to do some of the research themselves.  Do not fear, these days, it is becoming easier to find the documents that you need, and below we provide a list of resources for you to start with.


OK, maybe you don't have a family tree, but the family believes that it goes "way back" or you think it might because you don't know for a fact that all your ancestors came to this country recently.  Where to start? ....

When you have run out of leads from the items list on the other pages you will have to get into the items shown below.  This may be more that you want to do, especially if the information has to come from another state....

From the census you can get get year of birth (by subtracting the person's age -- or age bracket -- from the census date) and sometimes the parents names, the state where the person was born, and the states where the person's parents were born.   Census records are available ....

County and town records may be your best bet for documenting family relationships and dates prior to the 1850 census.  While the originals are filed in county courthouses or record centers, it is often easier and more efficient....