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The Paper Trail - Finding Ancestors in Old Documents

This little corner of Olive Tree Genealogy is for miscellaneous old papers and documents. That's why I call it The Paper Trail.

It's fascinating to find an old document that describes how many pairs of shoes an ancestor bought for his children, or a receipt from a funeral home for grave-digging and a hearse and pall. We all search for census records, birth certificates, marriage records, and death certificates. Finding these documents I have here is tricky - where on earth do you start to look for them?? That's always been a problem, and that's why The Paper Trail hopes to build a massive collection of such documents.

The documents I'm collecting for researchers are varied - land grants, Civil War enlistment papers, military pay lists, receipts for items bought and sold, funeral expenses, court and legal documents, slave records, tax bills, receipts, indentures, etc

I have scans of the actual papers online for you to read. You can copy them to your own computer for your own use, but don't put them up on other websites - that's not okay.

I've organized the documents by State. Choose your State of interest first, then choose from the list. If you don't find your ancestor's name the first time, bookmark this site and come back in a few weeks to see what I've added.

If the State doesn't have a clickable link, I haven't got anything (yet) for it - but I will!

You can also view a list of all documents, these are not organized by State. They include documents where no State is known, also documents for Canada, United Kingdom, and Germany

Don't miss the documents on my Paper Trails Blog This is where I put documents that I haven't yet indexed or sorted. When I have time, I will put them here on this website, organized by state. But first - check the state pages and documents below

State Choices

[Alaska] [Alabama] [Arizona] [Arkansas] [California] [Colorado] [Connecticut] [Delaware] [District of Columbia] [Florida] [Georgia] [Hawaii] [Idaho] [Illinois] [Indiana] [Iowa] [Kansas] [Kentucky] [Lousiana] [Maine] [Maryland] [Massachusetts] [Michigan] [Minnesota] [Mississippi] [Missouri] [Montana] [Nebraska] [Nevada] [New Hampshire] [New Jersey] [New Mexico] [New York] [North Carolina] [North Dakota] [Ohio] [Oklahoma] [Oregon] [Pennsylvania] [Rhode Island] [South Carolina] [South Dakota] [Tennessee] [Texas] [unknown location] [Utah] [Vermont] [Virginia] [Washington] [West Virginia] [Wisconsin] [Wyoming]

Also see [Canada] [United Kingdom] [Europe]

Be sure to visit Past Voices: Letters Home for poignant letters to and from our ancestors

Lost Faces brings you Photo Albums Found and Rescued

 

 


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