Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using land grants and transfers in researching immigrant ancestors

Using land grants and transfers in researching immigrant ancestorsBy Barry J. Ewell

The following are records and resources that genealogists find extremely helpful and full of clues to find immigrant ancestors. The information is designed to provide a quick reference and direction of where to find and search for records as probable places to find information.

Land records are not a great source for learning the origins of immigrants. While they are often used in other aspects of genealogy research, they seldom mention an immigrant’s Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using death records in researching immigrant ancestors

By Barry J. Ewell

The following are records and resources that genealogists find extremely helpful and full of clues to find immigrant ancestors. The information is designed to provide a quick reference and direction of where to find and search for records as probable places to find information.

Death certificates are among the first official records that can provide an exact place and date of death, as well as additional genealogical details, such as the date and place of birth, name of father, maiden name of mother, name of spouse, social security number, Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using probate records in researching immigrant ancestors

Using probate records in researching immigrant ancestorsital Records 2By Barry J. Ewell

The following are records and resources that genealogists find extremely helpful and full of clues to find immigrant ancestors. The information is designed to provide a quick reference and direction of where to find and search for records as probable places to find information.

Probate records (which document the process of passing property, both land and various goods, on to one’s heirs) are one of the major types of records used in genealogical research. Heirs may be anybody the testator (the person who made the will) chooses to name, including servants, in-laws, friends, and others. Wills and other papers created Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using military records in researching immigrant ancestors

Using military records in researching immigrant ancestorsBy Barry J. Ewell

The following are records and resources that genealogists find extremely helpful and full of clues to find immigrant ancestors. The information is designed to provide a quick reference and direction of where to find and search for records as probable places to find information.

For immigrants in all time periods, military records are very important because they often document the soldier’s birthplace and birth date or their age at enlistment. Records exist for many of the military engagements taken by the United States from the Revolutionary Continue reading

Genealogy: Where to find archives for major US religious denominations

Where to find archives for major US religious denominationsBy Barry J. Ewell

The following are locations for finding the archives of various US religious denominations:

  1. Adventists—Washington, DC
  2. American Baptists—Rochester, NY
  3. Southern Baptists—Nashville, TN
  4. Brethren in Christ Church—Grantham, PA Continue reading

Genealogy: How to increase your success in finding the ancestor’s maiden name

How to increase your success in finding the ancestor’s maiden nameBy Barry J. Ewell

It’s not uncommon for immigrant ancestors to marry outside of their culture. In my case I have Great-Great Grandmother Dahle, a Norwegian, marrying into my Welsh Jones line. In these situations the key is being able to locate the maiden name of the female ancestor. In my own research I have found that female maiden names are not included in the records of our male ancestors. For example: Females were not allowed to vote until the twentieth century and seldom owned land. Even in church records, we often find the full name of the husband or father, but then only the first name is listed for the female. Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using obituaries in researching immigrant ancestors

Immigration/Migration: Using obituaries in researching immigrant ancestorsBy Barry J. Ewell

The following are records and resources that genealogists find extremely helpful and full of clues to find immigrant ancestors. The information is designed to provide a quick reference and direction of where to find and search for records as probable places to find information.

For many of our immigrant relatives, the obituary is the only biographical sketch ever written. Men and women both are likely to have obituaries written about them. Those who died young may be fully profiled in an obituary, especially if the death was the result of an Continue reading