As you work on your family history and genealogy, I suggest you don’t foreget to check:
- First talk to the most senior members of your family, direct and extended! They know far more than you think and with helpful questions can get you kick-started!
- Your county archive or the archive of those counties your ancestors lived in!
- The state Genealogy Society. If your surname is unique enough they can be a huge help!
- Check genealogybank.com.
- Call or write the cemetery if you know it for deceased relatives. Cemetery files can hold excellent information and be sure to ask for a section check, so you can see who is ‘next door’. I have found many maiden names this way.
- Call or write the Funeral Home that handled your ancestors’ needs. They can be very, very helpful and their records can bust brick walls. I had a cousin who changed his name ‘on the fly’ when he got his SSN and it wasn’t until I got the funeral home records that showed his sisters paid for his interrment that I was sure who he really was.
- Check and see if the city of your ancestors have an archive. Often it is not the same as the county.
- Don’t underestimate the reach of social media such as Facebook.
- Remember snailmail can work wonders with some folks too. There is a certain cache with letters these days.
More to come, but just some of my favorites!
Onward To Our Past!