United States, Newsbank, Historic Newspapers, Births - FamilySearch Historical Records
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection consists of birth notices indexed from thousands of newspapers, for the years 1815-2011, throughout the United States. Records are being published as they become available. This collection is created in partnership with GenealogyBank.com
Image Visibility[edit | edit source]
Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. These images can be viewed online by members of the supporting organization(s), at a family history center near you, or the Family History Library. For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.
To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
|You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Birth date
- Sex of the child
- Parents’ names
- Place of birth
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
- Newspapers are generally easy to read due to the typescript
- Preservation of newspapers is ongoing through various agencies
- Newspapers oftentimes receive birth information from the hospitals where the births occurred and tend to have accurate information
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor.
- The approximate year your ancestor was born.
- The place where your ancestor was born.
- The names of family members and their relationships.
- Newspaper titles for the area where your ancestors lived.
Search the Index[edit | edit source]You will be able to search this collection when it is published.
View the Images[edit | edit source]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page
- Select State
- Select Publication Title
- Select Year to view the images.
Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
When you have located your ancestor’s birth notice, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These records are often brief so it can be easy to confuse individuals. Compare the information given with what you already know to determine if this is the correct ancestor.
Next, look at the pieces of information given in the birth notice for new information. Add any new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Use the birth year found in the newspaper to find the actual birth record.
- Use the birth date along with the relative's names to find the family in census records.
- Use the locality of the birth to locate additional records such as marriage and church records.
- The place of birth could lead you to a birth certificate for the child.
- Search the newspaper several days before and after the probable birth to locate and entry.
- Search the newspaper for additional years to determine if other children were born in the family.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Check for variant spellings of the names.
- Search the records of nearby localities (or military unties, counties, parishes, etc.).
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You can then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the United States.
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
A citation will be available on the Collection Details page when the collection is published.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]
|We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records. |
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