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Finding my ancestor using the wiki

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In the Wiki, you will find research advice and links to records where your ancestor's information could be found.

You won't search for names in the Wiki - instead, search for places and topics to discover the records that could contain your ancestors' information. 

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

Additional advice can be found on:


 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. Click on the case you would like to view.

Example using vital records
Example Finding Information about a locality
Example Finding a person


Each of these cases involved different research needs, methods of searching, and results.  They are good examples of how the Wiki can be used to help find information that would lead to the desired results.

Connect with Other Researchers

There are several ways that you can communicate with others who may be doing research in the same areas that you are:

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