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Tips for Searching an Index



  • Some online indexes do not include all counties for all years. Your person's birth record may exist but not in the index you are searching.Check all possible indexes available.
  • Some online indexes require exact spelling to get a result. Try different ways of spelling the person's first or last name.
  • If you did not get results, type in less information about the person. Try only search for the first and last name of the person.
  • If you have too many hits, try adding information including approximate birth date and the county
  • Try a different index. Different indexes use different search parameters and your ancestor may be located in one but not the other.


Tips for Searching Beyond the Index


The birth of your ancestor may not have been recorded.  Use substitute records to find birth information.