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Looking Into Genealogy Records

May 23, 2008
Tracing a family tree may at first, seem like a simple idea, however; most people discover it is not as easy as they first thought. Many begin their pursuit by talking with relatives. This is the first step, and it makes the most sense. Many will find, that people have faulty memories and the information that they think is correct may not be.

Although family members are the best initial step, and they can certainly give good insights into family lore and names of potential ancestors, after getting basic information it may be time to try and find documentation of family connections and this is when many begin looking into outside sources to find genealogy records.

Where To Begin Looking

For many, they begin their search with the internet to find genealogy records. The internet has many resources, and some of these do cost a membership fee. Be sure to carefully inspect any sites that request a fee for their legitimacy. Genealogy records exist, but many have not been taken from their original text and put on web-sites.

Genealogy records are generally documents that include things like marriage certificates, death certificates, and birth certificates. There are also tax records and land deeds that can be found. Often, records for specific regions are kept in court houses in that area. Because some people may be searching for genealogy records from several centuries ago, it can be difficult to locate the actual paperwork.

Keep in mind that between natural disasters, fire and even the Civil War, paperwork can be lost or destroyed. This makes the process of looking for genealogy records even more difficult. There are some places that contain genealogy records that may only be on micro film too. Often by making phone calls to courthouses a person can help narrow the focus of where genealogy records are kept.

The Mormon Church also has a genealogy resource to share. They have genealogy records and census information that may come in handy when trying to make a family tree. They do have an on-line resource that anyone can use and it gives good explanations on how to use their system and also contains tips on how to focus on an individual person to get the most information possible.

Libraries are another good source for information. Many contain old newspapers on file that can be searched through for general information that may lead to more definitive information about a relative. There are genealogy records, and over time and through research a person can find which ones are the best to use when researching a family tree.
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