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Monday, August 1, 2011

Back to Basics - Vital Records, Census Research and More

Over the last couple of days a number of friends have asked how to start researching their ancestors. It can be hard to give an answer that is clear, concise and not too full of genealogy jargon. I hope this week's tips can help folks start their genealogical adventure.

Sunday July 31
* Searchable Casualty Lists for the Korean War can by found at the National Archives
* Visit:

Monday August 1
* Colorado became a state on this date in 1876
* The Colorado State Archives has online indexes including but not limited to WPA Employment files, Old Age Pensions and Probate files.
* Visit:

Tuesday August 2
* Hawaiian birth, christening, death, burial and marriage records are available online at FamilySearch.
* Visit:

Wednesday August 3
* Census Research - Have you looked in the census records but could not find them your ancestor? Here are some reasons why:
* They may have been out of town
* Or they may have been living with a friend or other family member
* Or their name may be badly misspelled. The accuracy of the spelling may have been influenced by their limited knowledge of English and the ability of the census taker to understand them. I often find "Schwemm" as "Swim"!

Thursday August 4
* Genealogy Glossary - Bounty Land - Land promised as an incentive for enlistment or payment for military services. Those that enlisted under this provision received a Bounty Land Warrant from the newly formed government after the war.

Friday August 5
* Genealogy Books: Locating Your Roots: Discover Your Ancestors Using Land Records Author: Patricia Law Hatcher

Locating Your Roots: Discover Your Ancestors Using Land Records

Saturday August 6
* Wondering if a county courthouse in Kentucky was destroyed? Check out the list of Kentucky Courthouse Disasters.
* Visit:
* Select -> Researchers -> County Courthouse Disasters in Kentucky

Hope these tips and links help in your research.

Take Care,

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