Getting started with genealogy can be a daunting task. These tips will help you on your way to tracing a family tree.
- Search for books published by the Works Progress Administration (also known as WPA and Works Projects Administration) in the 1930s and 1940s
- Search on variations of a family or place name – for instance, Johnson might have started out as Johnsen or Jonnsen or Jonnson.
- Search for regimental histories – these military books list serving soldiers but also check out brigade and company histories.
- Search for parish registers – remember parish registers in the UK go back much further than the US
- Search for old telephone directories – phones books were preceded by city directories, books that listed local residents and businesses
- Search passenger lists of shipping lines bringing immigrants to the US
- Search for books published by either Lewis or Goodspeed around 1880 – they printed local 'vanity press' books about counties or towns that included biographies of residents
- Search for official documentation – deeds, land records, certificates of marriage, birth and death, voter registers
- Search for local histories – authors of small run historical books can provide valuable information
- Search for family bibles – birth, deaths and marriages were commonly listed within these family heirlooms.