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| 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.<br>
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The birth of your ancestor may not have been recorded official by county or state agencies.&nbsp; Use [[User:Mcbridelw/Sandbox 5|other records to find birth information]].
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The birth, marriage, and death of your ancestor may not have been recorded official by county or state agencies.&nbsp; Use other records to find the information:
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:*[[How to Estimate United States Birth Information|birth information]]
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Revision as of 19:06, 4 May 2013

Tips for Searching An Online Index

Top 5 Tips for 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, death or marriage 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, marriage, death record may exist but not in the index you are searching. Check all possible indexes available.

Tips for Searching Beyond the Index


The birth, marriage, and death of your ancestor may not have been recorded official by county or state agencies.  Use other records to find the information: