Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Methodology of how to find the origin of your immigrant ancestors

Methodology of how to find the origin of your immigrant ancestorsBy Barry J. Ewell

Genealogy is a process, a methodology, for finding our ancestors. There are many tools available, but knowing what to use and when to use the tool makes the biggest difference.

I remember many years ago when I was a Boy Scout, a member of our troop became lost. The first thing many of us did was rush right out and start looking in the wilderness and calling out his name. We had no record of who had gone where or what—if anything—was found. Any evidence that may have been found was trampled over. When evening came, we built large bonfires, hoping he might see us in the dark. As the morning came, we gathered as a troop and discussed what we remembered and what we knew Continue reading

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 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

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using cemeteries in researching immigrant ancestors

Using cemeteries 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.

Cemetery records have their own limitations as sources for immigration information. While it is not common for a foreign birth town to appear on a cemetery headstone, there are literally thousands of cases where such is the case. Such circumstances seem to be Continue reading