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Research Help

Tips for Searching an Index

Secrets to Successfully Searching Indexes

Exact Spelling Some online indexes require exact spelling to get a result. Try different ways of spelling the person's first or last name.
Use Less Info If you did not get results, type in less information about the person. Try searching only for the first and last name of the person.
Add Info If you have too many hits, try adding information including approximate birth date and the county
Try Another Index Different indexes use different search parameters and your ancestor may be located in one but not the other.
Incomplete 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.


Tips for Searching Beyond the Index


The birth of your ancestor may not have been recorded official by county or state agencies.  Use other records to find birth information.