SEARCHING FOR RECORDS

Lou Ann Clugh

 2012

 

After doing a home search and interviewing your family for documents, photos and any other clues you can glean.  You will need to start moving to other record groups to help fill in the family lines.

 

BIRTH & DEATH CERTIFICATES

FAMILY BIBLES  

MARRIAGE

OBITUARIES

CEMETERY RECORDS                                  

TOMBSTONES

WILLS or ESTATE RECORDS

PROBATE COURT RECORDS

SOCIAL SECURITY RECORDS

 


BIRTH & DEATH CERTIFICATES

Obtained a document in the County/State that they are born or died.  Check for beginning dates at the State Health Dept.

Do a search online for these.   Some states are now adding them to the State Archives.

 

A quick Google search for [free death certificates]  brought this page with good information.

About.com Genealogy, showing Vital Records Online by State

Be sure to look at the text links, it may lead you to Family Search over and over again or to a State Archive.

 

Here is an example.  Here is one of my Ewry family members in the  Missouri State Archives.      

Ancestry also has a nice page on “Clues in Death Records”


BIBLE RECORDS  

Networking through email, phone calls and letters may help you find an original Family Bible from the 17, or 1800s.

Birth and death records are created at different times in each state.   In Indiana it was 1882 if the County conformed.  If you are lucky enough to find this kind of proof,  make a color copy or good digital copy of these pages.  

This sites shows several Surnames that have been shared.  Bible Records online.         [Ewry bible, Grandmothers bible]


MARRIAGE       You must find the beginning dates of records in each state.  When was the County formed?

      COURT BOOK        [Tippecanoe 1826]

      LICENSE   &  APPLICATION  [Indiana 1882]

      CERTIFICATE 

      RETURNS

      BONDS

      QUAKERS are different.

     JUMPING THE BROOM                                 See ROOTSWEB LESSON ON MARRIAGE


OBITUARIES

Obtaining an Obituary can be very helpful in adding information about your family.  This one was obtained in a box of items I was given.  It shows: Birth location with parents, marriage dates and location, her children and their migration to another Counties in the State.  It states her spouses Military.  Also includes Church history.

 Note** There is no date or paper on this clipping.  Always list your source. Complete name of the paper, city and state, day of the Week & page number.  

 

            

 

DEATH NOTICE

                                      Notice in the newspaper.  Its brief but helpful.   This is an early notice.  They are pretty rare.   

 

Using a Death Indexes.   Please don’t use this for you family dates.   It is only an index.  Many time they are typed worng.

 

FUNERAL NOTICE        

Until recently these Funeral notices were published on different pages from the obituary, and sometimes one or two day later.


 

 FUNERAL HOME CARD Card   from Iowa .  Helps complete this Tippecanoe County Family.

 

                   


CEMETERY RECORDS  are a wonderful resource to find missing family members. 

 

Burial Books

 

SECTION & LOT BOOK      showing the Section 1 and where everyone in this lot # 3 and $ is buried.

 

 


BURIAL PERMITS                   It may include new information. 

This one for my Great-great grandfather show his birth place.

   

TOMBSTONE

      Fannie Kantz and her baby Edgar A. at the base of her tombstone.

What can be gleaned?   Birth and Death dates and sometimes maiden names.

Cleaning & photographing tips.

Use plain water and a soft brush to clean and get your information.

Best time to go is early spring before the trees leaf out.   Hot months create growth of molds.

Try searching on Findagrave, and add your family too.

 


WILLS & ESTATES

This will has been transcribed for David Archibald http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.indiana.counties.tippecanoe/1385/mb.ashx

This transcription shows the name of his wife and several of his children and grandchildren.

Many times there is no will left, but there is a Probate to sell the family land and items so the debts can be

paid and the wife and children could have something to live on.  

   

ESTATE PAPERS

 This paper from an Estate file shows the children and grandchildren of Matthew Elliott.  It also included his death date.

 

PROBATE RECORDS  

Court books can help clear up family lines or flush out stories

 Joseph & Rebecca Martin Guardians_May 14, 1839   This one lists guardians for four of his children.

 

Social Security & Railroad Retirement Board Records   

The Death Master File (DMF) from the Social Security Administration (SSA) currently contains over 89 million records and is updated weekly. The file is created from internal SSA records of deceased persons possessing social security numbers and whose deaths were reported to the SSA. Often this was done in connection with filing for death benefits by a family member

   

Find more records at:

Ancestry.com    over 30,000 databases

FamilySearch.org   many new records are coming online daily.

You local Public Library

Your local Historical Society.   Tippecanoe County Historical Society

Your State Library,  Genealogy Division

Your State Archives.   Indiana State Archives

Review our old Walla page listing many other links.  

Billie Seaton will be showing you other useful websites in your next class.      

 

Using different records groups will help you move your tree backwards successfully.  It helps you stay on the right tracks building credibility for you and your family tree.   

We hope you will join us at our TIPCOA meetings  and continue to learn more about Genealogy.

 Enjoy the hunt  :-)

L.A. Clugh  come in and see me at the

Alameda McCollough Research Library   1001 South St. Lafayette.

Open Hours:  Thursdays and Fridays: 1 - 5 PM
1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month: 10 AM - 2 PM

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