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Due to the lack of vital records and the difficulty of locating church records, court and probate records are valuable tools. These records can help link individuals into family units and, in some cases, flesh out the family history and breathe life into our ancestors. This course will discuss what court records may be valuable in family history research and what is included in probate records.
Many feel land records only indicate where and how much land your ancestor owned. However, there are times when these records may assist in linking families. In this short lesson state and county land records will be discussed and where these records can be located and what information they may contain. The last lesson in this series is Pennsylvania Research: County Court and Probate Records.
Birth, marriage and death certificates are very important in Family History research. Since 1906 the state of Pennsylvania has been recording birth and death events. But, before the keeping of vital records churches were the main record keepers of vital events in individual’s lives. Learn how to acquire vital and church records and discover where they are kept. The next lesson in this series is Pennsylvania Research: Land Records: Field of Dreams.