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How to Estimate a Date of Death With a Will

Death records are one of the things that we want to find for each ancestor. However, there are times when that record doesn’t exist.  (Don’t you hate it when an ancestor dies before that state started keeping death records?!) If you can’t find a death record and his or her tombstone hasn’t been found or [...]

Olde Virginia Vital Records

Such a long-standing early English colony and one of the original U.S. states, you would think all vital records would be available.  Unfortunately, they are not because such early information just wasn't officially recorded all the time. There was no state law requiring vital documents, births-marriage-deaths, to be recorded until 1912.  To help make available [...]

Social Security Applications and Death Index

A major untapped resource for those researching their family members is the information available from the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) and from the actual Social Security applications that your ancestors originally filled out. A good point to start is with the Social Security Death Index also referred to as the Death Master File.  The [...]

Family History – Is it the Same as Genealogy?

You may well have asked yourself that question more than once as you have researched your family. Starting with a definition: Genealogy - a study of family ancestors with pertinent data such as birth, marriage and death dates, usually using vital records as a source. Family History - an in-depth study of a family lineage [...]

FamilySearch.org – Inexpensive Beginning Research

Just starting your family history research, you might not know much yet. Start by writing out what information, name, dates, locations you do know, even if you need to place a question mark by something.  You would be surprised at how much you may already know. Next, go to living relatives; older siblings, parents, [...]

Great Starting Point – Family History Centers

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), along with the Genealogical Society of Utah, for many decades gathered, collected and preserved vital records, family histories, documents, pedigrees, lineage charts and any other sources to build a complete picture of a family’s ancestors.  The work has covered every area in the United States and [...]

FHL is looking for Volunteers

FamilySearch is looking for volunteers to go into record repositories all over the United States.  We would like these volunteers to do an inventory or listing of these record repositories.  Some of the record repositories may include courthouses, churches, and historical societies, both big and small. FamilySearch will provide web-training and support.  The web-training takes [...]

What is an Enumeration District?

To enumerate means to mention items by naming them one by one, just like you would do when you count out loud.  However, enumeration has to do with more than just coming up with a total count.  It means that you identify each item by naming it specifically, as in a list. It is this [...]