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== About birth records: ==
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*Name indexes to births make it possible to access a specific record quickly.
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*[[United States, How to Use Birth Records|United States, How to Use Birth Records]]
*Indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations. If the information was scanned, there may be character recognition errors.
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*[[United States, How to Use Death Records|United States, How to Use Death Records]]<br>
*The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant
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*[[United States, How to Use Marriage Records|United States, How to Use Marriage Records]]<br>
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*[[United States, How to Use County and Town Records (Those Including Vital Records)|United States, How to Use County and Town Records (Those Including Vital Records)]]<br>
*The type of information given may vary from one record to another record.
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*[[United States, How to Use Census Records|United States, How to Use Census Records]]<br>
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*[[United States, How to Use Probate Records|United States, How to Use Probate Records]]<br>
  
== To search the index, you need to know the following:  ==
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*The name of the person born.
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*The place where the birth occurred.
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*The approximate birth date.
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== Tips for finding your ancestor:  ==
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*Verify whether the name you found is your ancestor’s. Compare the information you know to the information you find. Look at relationships.
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*When looking for a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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== If you don’t find your ancestor in the index, do the following:<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1293577862044_710" />  ==
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*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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== Find your ancestor’s birth record:  ==
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1. Find your ancestor in the index.
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*Note the locator information (such as page, entry, or certificate number) for the record.
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2. Find your ancestor’s birth record:
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*Look for the page, entry, or certificate number (or other locator information) you found in the index.
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3. Evaluate and record each piece of information you find.
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== Find birth records for other family members:  ==
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While you are searching birth records, it is helpful to follow the same steps to find the birth records of other family members who lived in the same time and place.<br>1. Look for:
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*Every person with the same surname. This is especially helpful if the surname is unusual or the family lived in rural areas.
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*Children, siblings, parents, and other relatives whose records may be in the same county.
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*A second marriage of a parent.
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2. Compile the individuals into families, with the appropriate parents. (Create family group records for the families.)<br>3. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
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== Continue your research:  ==
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Use the information you found to search other records. You can learn more about the same family or look for additional ancestors. Choose what you want to look for next.
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== Next Research Steps  ==
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| style="background: #f0f0f0" align="center" | '''Search for or do this:'''
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| Birth date and place of birth
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| Find the family in census records.
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| Residence and names of parents
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| Find church records.
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| Find land records.
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| Find census records.
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| Father’s occupation
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| Find employment records.
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| Find military or other types of records.
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| Parents’ birth places
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| Find former residences.
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| Establish a migration pattern for the family.
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| Find census records.
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== About death records:  ==
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*Name indexes make it possible to access a specific death record quickly.
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*Indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations. If the information was scanned, there may be character recognition errors.
+
*The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
+
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
+
*The type of information given may vary from one record to another record.
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== To search the index, you need to know the following:  ==
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*The name of the person at the time of death.
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*The place where the death occurred.
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*The approximate death date.
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== Tips for finding your ancestor:  ==
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+
*Verify whether the name you found is your ancestor’s. Compare the information you know to the information you find. Look at relationships.
+
*When looking for a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
+
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
+
 
+
== If you don’t find your ancestor in the index, do the following:  ==
+
 
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*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
+
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
+
 
+
== Find your ancestor’s death record:  ==
+
 
+
1. Find your ancestor in the index.
+
 
+
*Note the locator information (such as page, entry, or certificate number) for the record.
+
 
+
2. Find your ancestor’s death record:
+
 
+
*Look for the page, entry, or certificate number (or other locator information) you found in the index.
+
 
+
3. Evaluate and record each piece of information you find.
+
 
+
== Find death records for other family members:  ==
+
 
+
While you are searching death records, it is helpful to follow the same steps to find the death records of other family members who lived in the same time and place.<br>1. Look for:
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*Every person with the same surname. This is especially helpful if the surname is unusual or the family lived in rural areas.
+
*Children, siblings, parents, and other relatives whose records may be in the same county.
+
*A second marriage of a parent.
+
 
+
2. Compile the individuals into families, with the appropriate parents. (Create family group records for the families.)<br>3. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
+
 
+
== Continue your research:  ==
+
 
+
Use the information you found to search other records. You can learn more about the same family or look for additional ancestors. Choose what you want to look for next.<br>
+
 
+
{| border="3"
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| style="background: #f0f0f0" align="center" | '''If you know this information:'''
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| style="background: #f0f0f0" align="center" | '''Search for or do this:'''
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|-
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| Birth date or age and place of birth
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| Find or verify birth records and parents names
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| Find the family in census records.
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|-
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| Residence and names of parents
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| Find church records.
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|-
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| Find land records.
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|-
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| Find census records.
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|-
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| Occupations
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| Find employment records.
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|-
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| Find military or other types of records.
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|-
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| Parents’ birth places
+
| Find former residences.
+
|-
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|
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| Establish a migration pattern for the family.
+
|-
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| Find census records.
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| Names of the officiator (clue to the religion)
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| Find church records.
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| Find the area of residence in the county.
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| Name of the undertaker or mortuary.
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| Look for the names and residences of other family members in funeral records.
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| Look for the names and residences of other family members in cemetery records.
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