Thursday, October 8, 2009

United States Research:

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U.S. Courthouse Records

U.S. Military Records:
Civil War

Pre-WWI Pension Applications

Revolutionary War

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Record Search

Search millions of records for your ancestors. More records are added each month.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

England Beginning Research Classes Online

England Beginning Research Series:


Research Series Classes Online

The beginning research course for England is provided by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Learn the basic methods and key resources to start your family history.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Social Security Death Index

Social Security Death Index
Historical Context: Begun in 1935 by the Social Security Act signed into law by FDR, more than thirty million Americans were registered for the economic security sanctions by 1937. From 1937 to 1940, payments were made in one-lump sums amounts with the first amount being seventeen cents. Following amendments in 1939, the payments turned into monthly benefits and increased. Following further amendments in 1950, cost-of-living increases were awarded to those who were receiving benefits. From 1950 to the present, benefits have increased yearly in response to inflation concerning the costs of living.

Questions Asked: Social security number Name Date of birth Date of death State or county of residence (prior to Mar 1988) ZIP code of last residence, ZIP code of lump sum payment (Prior to 1939).

Why This Database is Valuable: The Death Master File (DMF) from the Social Security Administration (SSA) contains over 80 million records of deaths that have been reported to SSA. This file includes the following information on each decedent, if the data are available to the SSA: social security number, name, date of birth, date of death, state or country of residence (prior to Mar 1988), ZIP code of last residence, and ZIP code of lump sum payment. The SSA does not have a death record for all persons; therefore, SSA does not guarantee the veracity of the file. Thus, the absence of a particular person is not proof this person is alive.

You can search the Social Security Death Index online at FamilySearch for free:

Next Steps: For a computerized extract of the Social Security Application or the original:
To purchase the originals (with the Social Security number supplied) the request will cost $27.
Source: Social Security Administration, Death Master File, December 2007.

Research Tip: Vital Records Chart

Take note of the years statewide vital-record-keeping officially began in each US state—that’s when counties started to collect birth, marriage and death information and report it to state offices. Some counties or towns kept stats earlier, and some were slow to comply with state laws, so check with your ancestors’ local government for record availability.

For official dates of vital record keeping: CLICK HERE

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Free Extraction Forms Link

Pick an An Ancestor to Research

With all the resources which you have collected so far, you probably have a good idea
which ancestor you would like to know more about. It is wise to select one direct-line ancestor rather than trying to research several at a time. This way you can be sure that you do not get side-tracked and become discouraged or miss important details.

You will want to be sure you enter important details and sources into your PAF 5.2 database, or one of your choosing. We recently discussed the importance of entering information onto extraction forms, and we even included a link in the last post to several of my favorite free extraction forms.

Keep in mind also that as you search, you may not find records on your ancestor. You may find that you are only able to document a death and not the birth. It is important to become familiar with the spouse and siblings of your ancestor in case the documents that you need to find the previous generation name these individuals instead. I have used my collateral line many times to link back to the previous generation.

We are going to move next to our next phase of research. We will focus the next several posts on specific records, how to use them, and where they can be found. We will begin death records. Hopefully as you commit to following this process, you will find success you have not thought possible.

I began my own research with very little details. I have been able to find a great deal. I will not live to complete all the books that need to be written to preserve all I have found. I am hoping that by sharing what I have learned, you too will discover enough to satisfy your curiosity about you own heritage. I hope you will also preserve it for future generations. I firmly believe society today would benefit from the stories of faith and courage that are waiting to be told. We have the power to change the tide, one story at a time!