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Mix genealogy with pleasure. The
next time you plan a vacation, plan to visit places where your ancestors were
born or buried. What happens might surprise you. Our family took a
genealogy vacation. We traveled through seven states, went camping, visited a
museum, saw a few fun tourist attractions, toured a major zoo and visited old
friends. We also met distant relatives, found the graves of many ancestors, did
some research at the court houses, and gathered a lot of information we had
been looking for. We were even blessed with treats we would not have received
otherwise. My aunt gave me a big box of old family photographs, going back six
generations. One grandaunt, who has no children to pass heirlooms to, gave
me a picture of my Great-Grandmother & Grandfather Caswell. (See Mert and Christine Caswell.) Another
grandaunt gave me pictures of my Great-Grandmother Moore. I didn't know
what those people had looked like until I saw their pictures. My family treasures
those gifts. That genealogy vacation was the most productive, and memorable,
vacation we ever took.
If you take such a vacation, plan time to
visit the county courthouse. Courthouses Iíve been to will allow one to search
their records for genealogy. Search birth records, death records, and land
records. If you find your ancestors owned land in the area, ask for a photocopy
of the township map for that location.
When visiting the graves of ancestors,
take your camera. Photograph the headstones. It gives you a tangible record of
what you saw. Some of my distant cousins have asked, "Do you have a picture
of the headstone?" It's nice to have that proof for my genealogy records. (If you
don't know which cemetery an ancestor is buried in, check their Death
Certificate. Check with the county courthouse to see if they know where the
cemeteries are and who takes care of them. The caretaker should have a record
of everyone buried in their cemetery. You can also try asking a funeral home, or
churches, if they have a labeled map of the local cemetery plots.)
Do cluster genealogy, also called
"extended-family genealogy" and "whole-family genealogy". This means to
widen your search to include not only your direct line of ancestors, but also
brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, spouses, children, and even their
neighbors, in every generation. When you find your ancestors on a census
record, and see there was someone else with a different surname living with
them, note that person. That person could be a cousin, brother, sister or
step-sibling. Neighbors could also be relatives--I've found a couple families like
that in my "tree". Cluster genealogy can help provide clues if you get stuck on
an ancestor. It can also help you find connections if you meet a distant cousin
also doing genealogy.
Keep extra blank forms and notebook
paper in your binder. You never know when you might need them. Besides, it is
soooo frustrating to get to the Family History Center or courthouse and start
doing research -- only to find you donít have forms or paper to write your new
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Where to Find
Here are some places to look for genealogy information. Note: If you write
to these places, and find they have moved, please let me know.
- American Genealogical Lending Library (AGLL), P.O. Box 244, Bountiful,
UT 84011. (telephone 801-298-5358) They have territorial papers, census
records, county records, local histories, cemetery records, county records,
National Archives microfilm, periodicals. There is an annual membership fee for
rental privileges and discount on purchases. Some film is available for
- Duke University, Perkins Library, Durham, NC 27706-2597. For interlibrary
loan of microfilm census schedules, contact their Newspapers and Microforms
Department. To purchase films, contact University of North Carolina, Wilson
Library, Special Collections, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514.
- Family History Library (FHL), 35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City,
UT 84150. Materials are rented through one of their branch history centers,
- Genealogical Center Library, P.O. Box 71343, Marietta, GA 30007-1343.
Rents books and has a reasonable annual membership fee.
- National Archives Microfilm Rental Program, P.O. Box 30, Annapolis
Junction, MD 20701-0030. (telephone--301-604-3699) Rent federal population
census schedules and some American Revolutionary War records on microfilm.
- Ancestral Findings Free
searches of indexes & CDís, a links page, chat.
- Ancestry Home Town Library, news,
files, how-to and more.
- Cindy's List of
Genealogy Sites Over 12,000 links in over 60 categories. Very organized
Threads Find others researching the same ancestors & add yourself too!
- Everton's Genealogical Helper
Research helps and internet resources
- Family Tree Maker
Online A How to guide, Genealogy Mall, Family Finder, and more!
- Genealogical and
Historical Societies in the U.S. This collection of links is organized by state
Gateway A comprehensive site. Add your web page, browse the archives
- Genealogy's Most
Wanted Stuck on a relative? Submit or look for that hard to find ancestor
- Helm's Genealogy
Toolbox Guides, surname data, post and read surname queries, and much
- I Found It!
Genealogy Search Engine Submit your genealogy home page, or search.
- MapQuest "Visit" places all
around the world. A great source for maps!
- The Olive Tree A
nice selection of genealogy helps: ships's lists, militia rolls and more.
- Roots-L Mailing lists,
files, and databases.
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