Genealogy: Choose a record or source of information

Choose a record or source of informationBy Barry J. Ewell

Once you know what information you’re looking for, ask yourself where you might find it. Then choose one source or record to on which to focus your research. For example, if I had the objective of finding the birth date of an ancestor, I would ask these questions: “What type of records could I find a birth date in? Where are these records kept? How do I get access to the records?” And so forth. I then record all questions, thoughts, and findings in my research log. Continue reading

Genealogy: Obtain and search the record

Obtain and search the recordBy Barry J. Ewell

As a genealogist/family historian, we are continually searching for the records our ancestors left behind. They come in all forms such as vital records (like birth, marriage and death certificates), census records, land records, military records and more. Oftentimes, however, we only look for the name of an ancestor, dates and places.

Do you know that every record you find, an additional search has the potential to give many clues that will lead to more documents, resources and family members than what you searching the document for? Continue reading