Records and Research
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One of the most basic and most important records you can locate about your family is a marriage record. Marriage records join two families together, often providing crucial details and verifying family connections. More than that, though, a marriage record documents an event of religious significance and legal consequence for many people. Because of this, marriage records were one of the earliest started and most widely kept records. This makes them a great resource for anyone seeking to learn more about her or his family. Full Story
Anyone who has tried to uncover his or her family history knows that place is an integral part of every family’s story. The places our ancestors lived shaped their lives and experiences. They also determined what records were created about them. It makes sense, then, that to find our ancestors and understand their lives, we need to learn about the places they came from. Full Story
For many years, using FamilySearch’s vast collections of records often meant taking a trip to the Family History Library or a FamilySearch affiliate library to scroll through microfilms. Or it might have meant ordering the needed microfilm and waiting for it to arrive at a local family history center. Over the past several years, though, FamilySearch has been digitizing these records and publishing them online for people to search and view from their own homes. Online collections have continued to grow, decreasing the need for microfilms. In fact, as of September 2017, you can no longer order microfilms or microfiche from FamilySearch.org, making the shift complete. Full Story
You probably know people who are avid obituary readers. They regularly scan their local papers, looking for people they know. While reading about other people’s deaths might strike you as an unusual hobby, the truth is that every family researcher should become an avid obituary reader. The reason is simple: obituaries are potentially the most valuable record you can use to discover information about your family. Full Story
by Katy Barnes Are you looking for a way to honor your American military ancestors this Veteran’s Day? How about using historical records to learn about them and their service? You can use various repositories, collections, and websites spanning many conflicts to find your soldier-ancestor. From the Revolution to World War II and later conflicts, […]