Search FindAGrave.com

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FindAGrave.com is a database containing photos and information from 162 million graves. Often there are pictures of the graves, but usually there is important vital information like birthdate, date of death, parents, spouses, and children. Just go to findagrave.com‘s search … Read More

Use Ancestry.com’s record hints

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Ancestry.com can give you automatic record hints (e.g. suggesting a birth certificate for one of your ancestors) without you doing nearly anything. To get their automatic record hints, you just need to sign up for ancestry.com and enter as much … Read More

Google it

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When using http://Google.com to search for family history data, here are a few tips to bear in mind: record what search terms you tried (eg “John Nelson Ireland reverend”) in deadeasyfamilyhistory.org, or wherever you keep track of your research progress (this way … Read More

Inspect sources in family search

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If your ancestor is listed in familysearch.org, chances are there are some sources attached to them about their birth, death, etc. Sometimes the details on the sources give you some other clues. Eg, the source on the person’s birth might … Read More

Talk to living relatives

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When researching someone from the last 100 years or so, it helps to first talk to your living relatives to get some clues. It’s nice to record them too for later

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