Apparently, in the 1700s and 1800s, a bondsman came with the groom to validate his legal status. That person was probably a relative or a close friend. If a person was underage a parent would need to sign consent. Find out the legal age in that earlier time period to get an approximate minimum age […]

Look at marriage records. Who performed the marriage? Was it a Rev. or a Justice of the Peace? Those are hints to where to look for records. The marriage license or application may have the names of parents, where people were born etc. The actual certificate may not have that info.

Check for obits and at the funeral home. The funeral home may have more information as they may have helped with the obit or even the paperwork to get a military headstone. Some people leave family information there in case people come looking years later. Perhaps if someone died during an event (train wreck, explosion, […]

Remember that in genealogy, spelling doesn’t count. Because of name changes/spelling variants, you need to look for parents, siblings, and spouses, etc. on documents to help you figure out if the person you found is who you think he/she is. When you start tracing someone you should start with the death record first if available. […]

As a reminder…make copies of vital records. Keep the originals at home and use the copies as working copies. You don’t want to misplace or lose the original in some distant library or archive that you traveled to. That goes for your charts also. Have a back up somewhere.

A reminder… When you hit a brick wall, stop and think. You can’t always go at something straight on. You need to think outside the box. Sometimes you need to use the back door, the trap door or the chimney. Sometimes/many times, you may never find what you want. You may need to use as much […]

Check American Ancestors of NEHGS homepage… Click “The bookstore” They have a list of remaindered books (extras etc.) which they have for sale. There are over 600 listed. The list includes many states, countries, counties, you name it. There might be something of interest. Some of these books could be listed on the Internet […]

Go online to American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society. There are things you can do, download, and look at as a guest. Some of the topics are… Atlantic Canadian Resources, New York Resources, French Canadian Resources, Early Military Resources (Colonial Wars to War of 1812), Irish Resources, New England Vital Records, Getting Organized […]

Joseph Anderson, editor of The Maine Genealogist gave a good reminder in the February 2018 edition to read the articles for examples on how to reconstruct unrecorded families. Another good reminder was to read the footnotes. Even though an article may not be about your relatives, it may be about an area or town where […]