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== Search Examples  ==
 
== Search Examples  ==

Revision as of 17:35, 30 April 2012

Finding my ancestor using the wiki

The Wiki can be a useful tool in locating our ancestors. Although it is not a place where you will find a specific name, going through a process of searching and following links can lead researchers to the needed information.  

Excellent advice for this process and information for a researcher can be found on:

To use the Wiki in searching for an ancestor, 

  • Think about what you want to know about the ancestor
  • Consider the location where that event may have happened
  • Think about other records that may possibly contain the information you need
  • Work backward, rather than forward (look for a death record before searching for a marriage record)
  • Think about the record trail that we all leave behind
  • It is helpful to know:
  • A time period
  • A possible location

 One of the following articles can help you decide where to look first for a puzzling:

Search Examples

The following case studies show how researchers used the Wiki to lead them to further information about their ancestors.


Example using vital records

Example Finding Information about a locality
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