Tips for Researching
in Walker County...
There have been many things written about how to begin
researching....here are a few ideas that seem to work for me...
Talk to everyone in your family about what they know about the
ancestors, keeping in mind that memories can fade and that some of
their information is inaccurate. Experiences with referring to a
previous generation and skipping to the next can be confusing so....
Write down what you've found out. Buy or download a free genealogy
program to organize your information.
ALL types of spellings when you look for records. Many times the
spelling changed (Buzbee to Busby) or the person writing down the
information had trouble deciphering the script. Often the double "s"
looks just like an "f". Remember they often spelled it, as they
thought it should be. (Hix-Hicks) (Drummans-Drummond)
the search engine on this web and
Post a query on the query board. There are a number of different
Join the email list and ask questions about your ancestors there. (I
also make announcements to the list when I put in new information.)
Check census records in the county and in surrounding counties. The
1850 census records begin listing all of the family members and
where each was born. The 1900 Census can be especially helpful with
the month and year of birth.
Check the cemetery records. There are quite a few on my Walker pages
and there are links to other's pages that have records.
Check the funeral home listings. Many times people did not have
money to buy a tombstone, but their remains were handled by an
Check the Jasper library to see if they have any biographical
information on the family you are searching for.
have had great luck with information from the Walker County
Genealogical Society-WCGS. They can help you with having a query
printed in the newspaper and they print a quarterly report that
includes a surname index .
have listed several books written on Walker County that you might be
able to review. Check the resource section. And check to see who
might do look-ups for you.
Check the birth, death and marriage records. Those may list parents
names, etc. Get copies of these records by ordering them from the
Check the old newspapers in the library. You may also write one of
the libraries to see if your family member's name is listed in any
index they may have of old newspapers. (Sometimes people have done
abstracts of old newspapers and have made an index of the names
the ancestor was in the Civil War, order the records! They have a
great deal of information in them!
Don't take every piece of information someone sends you as gospel!
Ask for sources! Verify information! Have an open mind! Sometimes
the best leads can be overlooked because you "knew" they were wrong.