Genealogy: US military records from World War II and earlier can help family historians

US military records from World War II and earlier can help family historians-Military Records-World War IIBy Barry J. Ewell

Military records kept by the United States government about soldiers and sailors who served their country can be a major source of information about individuals. The four major wars of interest to genealogists are the following:

  • American Revolution (1775-1783): Approximately one out of every 7 Americans fought in the American Revolution
  • Civil War (1861-1865): Approximately one out of every 10 Americans fought in the Civil War Continue reading

Genealogy: U.S. Civil War 1861-1865, Develop a search profile for military records

Soldier familyBy Barry J. Ewell
I have made it practice to search for Civil War military records for males that I find in the 1860-1910 U.S. Federal censuses who would have been between ages of 10 and 70 during Civil War years of 1861-1865.  Yes, I realize that a 10 year old boy or 70 year old men would have rarely be in the war, however, the Civil War was a conflict that involved the nation, loss of life and property was catastrophic, boys/men served at all ages. With the online availability of records, searching for military records should be part of your research process for males who were born between the years of 1791 and 1854. Continue reading

Genealogy: Certificates of Naturalization and where to find Immigration records

Certificates of Naturalization and where to find Immigration recordsBy Barry J. Ewell

Most certificates of naturalization contain only the name of the individual, the name of the court, and the date of issue. Certificates were issued to naturalized citizens upon completion of all citizenship requirements. The Certificate of Naturalization includes name, address, birthplace or nationality, country from which they emigrated, birth date or age, Continue reading

How to use the Soundex coding system

SoundexBy Barry J. Ewell

I have found the Soundex to be very helpful in searching for names that sound alike such as Ewell and Yule or Steward and Stuart but are spelled differently.  It uses a numbering system for letters which allows the name to be indexed by the way it sounds and not the way it is spelled.

I have used Soundex for parts of the 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 United States federal censuses.  Soundex codes were used as follows in these Federal Census years: Continue reading

Genealogy: Cite and verify every source

By Barry J. Ewell

I was given copies of some genealogy information for Christmas in 1990, but I didn’t pay too much attention to it for 14 years.

As I reviewed the materials in 2004, I found one genealogy line had ended in the late 1700s in North Carolina. I began the process of becoming familiar with the line and finally decided that I would like to see if I could extend it. Within a few weeks of research, I cracked the puzzle and was able to start moving the line out. Over a period of two years, I extended it several generations. I had carefully documented my research and was quite proud of what I had done. Continue reading

Genealogy: 1880 U.S. Federal census tutorial

1880 mastheadBy Barry J. Ewell

This is a comprehensive tutorial for researching the 1880 U.S. federal census. You will be introduced to what I have used and shared with thousands to successfully find generations of family. Begin by learning how to use the census as a foundation to effective research, identify, map, and follow family through generations.

The tutorial will expand your knowledge and skills of how to conduct an exhaustive search to find genealogical and Family History records, repositories, resolve research problems and connect with resources researching similar lines.

The tutorial is divided into the following sections:

  • 1790-1940 U.S federal census resources
  • Introduction to 1880 U.S. federal census
  • How to effectively use the 1880 U.S. federal census
  • Search the 1880 census schedules
  • Expand your census research with military records
  • Defining the U.S. federal census
  • How to use the 1880 U.S. federal census
  • Questions asked on the 1880 census

1880 Resource
Click on any of the following years and you will be taken to that years’ census tutorial:


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