===I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?===
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names
*Consult the [[District of Columbia Record Finder]] to find other records
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