Monthly Archives: August 2010

They Aren’t All on Facebook and the Internet

Remember that not every relative or genealogist who might be able to help you is on Facebook or even the Internet. If the only people you interact with are on Facebook or the blogs, you are really selling your research short and probably are overlooking possible connections.

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Recorded Their Discharge?

Many soldiers recorded a copy of their discharge papers in the county in which they were living when they enlisted or where they lived right after their discharge.

If you can’t find military information on your ancestor, see if they recorded a copy of their discharge papers at their local county recorder’s office.

Be Careful Inputting Relationships From Obituaries

Be careful using relationships from obituaries as your sole source of information for your database.

Modern obituaries especially may:
  • not mention all children
  • may not distinguish children from step-children
  • may not indicate which spouse was the parents of which children
Any of these things can confuse later genealogists if you assume an obituary was entirely correct.
Best bet is to transcribe it (or scan it) and look for other materials to back it up.

Occupational Clues

Are you looking in other records besides census records for occupational clues on your ancestor?

Estate inventories are good places to get an idea of what occupation your ancestor might have had. Those with city-dwellers in their family tree should use city directories for clues of this type. And don’t forget some European church records use occupations to distinguish men of the same names from each other.