Land records can give us loads of information about our ancestors. But what do you do when you go through the deed index and you can't find your ancestor's land records? There are some reasons why you're not finding them. Fortunately, there are some ways around it.
The federal census forms the foundation of much of our genealogy research in the United States. But there is a gaping hole between 1880 and 1900 due to the loss of the 1890 census. However, there are sources we can use to fill that 1890 census gap.
Newspapers are a gold mine of information for genealogy research. Facts, context, photographs — what more could you ask for? But if you're stopping with the "regular" daily and weekly newspapers where your ancestor lived, you might be stopping too soon. Here are 3 other types of newspapers that every genealogist should know.
Most archivists and government clerks are quite helpful in maintaining public records and giving us access. However, there are some instances where the records custodian isn't fulfilling records requests as required by law. That's why there's a group called Reclaim the Records.
Before you fill up the tank and hit the road, take some time to prepare for your genealogy road trip. Here are some things you can do ahead of time as well as a checklist of things to take with you that will help you have a successful and enjoyable trip.