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How Do You Know What Records Exist?

As your research moves from state to state, you begin to realize that things aren't always the same. Those birth and death records that New England towns kept in the 1600s and 1700s? Towns in Virginia weren't keeping them then. How do you know when a certain location started keeping records? Here are a few resources. Read More »

Breaking Down Marriage Records

Marriage records can contain a surprising amount of information. It's easy to confuse some of the dates and names. Let's take a look at a marriage record and break it down to see what it's really telling us. Read More »

Finding Females in Death Records

Tracing the female half of the family tree can be a bit tricky. Here are a couple of tips to keep in mind when you're having trouble finding a female in death records. Read More »

5 Tips for Finding Birth Records

You know your ancestor was born; you're living proof of that! Sometimes, however, it can be a little difficult to find his or her birth record. Here are five tips to help you find it: Read More »

Will the Real Jack Frost Please Stand Up?

It can be fun to look up famous people in the census. With so many holiday songs playing right now, it seems like a good time to look up that harbinger of winter: Jack Frost. Read More »

Second Cousins and Removed Cousins: What's the Difference

What is a first cousin once removed? Is it the same as a second cousin? The short answer is "No, they're not the same thing." Let's take a look at what those cousin terms mean and how you can figure them out in your family tree. Read More »

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