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The use of the term Junior did not always mean the son of. Sometimes it identified the younger of two persons in a locality with the same name.
[Located in Category: Genealogy Trivia]
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In early American History, the term "son-in-law" referred to one's step-son or the husband of one's daughter.
[Located in Category: Genealogy Trivia]
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The first federal census was taken in 1790 and is taken every 10 years on an established day.
[Located in Category: Genealogy Trivia]
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In early American history, a cousin was a relative by blood or marriage of any degree outside the immediate family.
[Located in Category: Genealogy Trivia]
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Genealogy is the search for our ancestors. Family history is the study of the lives they led. A true picture of the family is the result.
[Located in Category: Important Facts]
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Genealogy helps you to learn about your family and where you belong in that family.
[Located in Category: Important Facts]
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There is no greater legacy for your children and grandchildren than teaching them about the history and lives of their ancestors.
[Located in Category: Important Facts]
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Of primary interest to genealogists are service records and pension records. Many records are available through the National Archives.
[Located in Category: Military]
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The first step is to examine indexes to compiled records on microfilm at the National Archives.
[Located in Category: Military]
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Microfilmed pension records are available from the National Archives, HeritageQuest Online and the Family History Library.
[Located in Category: Military]
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In Colonial days, men were eligible for service at age 16.
[Located in Category: Military]
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In the Virginia Militia, free males ages 18 - 50 were members unless exempted.
[Located in Category: Military]
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In the Virginia Militia, each private was required to have a rifle or musket, a pound of lead and half a pound of powder.
[Located in Category: Military]
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In the Virginia Militia, a Company was suppose to consist of 40 to 64 men, who mustered 56 times a year for drill and training.
[Located in Category: Military]
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Pension files may contain birth date and place, and the names of the wife and children.
[Located in Category: Military]
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Military records subscription site Fold3 has released a new collection of Navy Casualty Reports, 1776-1941.
[Located in Category: Military]
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Church records may include births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials. Be sure you have the correct church/religious denomination.
[Located in Category: Church Records]
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If you're not sure which church your ancestor attended, search the churches closest to home first and then broaden your search in ever-widening circles. Check for cemetery records with the church, Sexton and Funeral Directors.
[Located in Category: Church Records]
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Visit the cemetery and take a picture of the tombstone. Check the obituaries in that time frame.
[Located in Category: Church Records]
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Vital Records include birth, marriage, divorce and death records.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
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Death Records can be the least accurate depending upon the knowledge of the person reporting the information.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
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Marriage Records may only be records of weddings. Look for the Application for Marriage which is completed by the bride and groom to be.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
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Marriage records may be corroborated with church records. Check everything for correctness.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
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Birth Records are difficult to obtain because they can be used for so many purposes. You may be required to provide proof of relationship and proof of the person's death.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
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To find a birth date from a death date, subtract the age in years, months and days from the date of death. This is a very close approximation.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
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When ordering a death, marriage or birth certificate, request a non-certified copy. It contains exactly the same information as the certified copy but is less expensive.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
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Vital records and event information are more reliable when they are recorded near the time of the happening. The longer the time from the event occurrence that the record is made, the less accurate it may be based on the memory of the person involved.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
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When ordering a death, marriage or birth certificate, request the long form which will have more information than the short form.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
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Public record keeping was very unorganized in previous generations.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
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Look carefully at marriage records. The witnesses and bondsmen may be related to either party.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
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Probate records refer to wills inventories, letters of administration and guardianship. They are usually held at the county courthouse unless archived.
[Located in Category: Probate Records]
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There are three types of wills: Attested, Holographic and Nuncupative. The attested will is the most common and is prepared for the testator. A holographic will is written by the testator himself. A nuncupative will are the deathbed wishes of the testator, recorded by a witness present at the bedside. All wills must be witnessed.
[Located in Category: Probate Records]
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A person who dies intestate dies without a will.
[Located in Category: Probate Records]
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An executor is named by the testator and is required by the court to post a bond. An administrator is appointed to handle the affairs of one who dies intestate (without a will).
[Located in Category: Probate Records]
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When looking at deed indexes, be sure to look at both the Grantor Index, an index to those selling the land and the Grantee Index, an index to those buying the land.
[Located in Category: Probate Records]
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A bequest is a legacy, usually a gift of real estate by will.
[Located in Category: Probate Records]
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A Codicil is a supplemental document to a will.
[Located in Category: Probate Records]
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Decedent refers to the deceased person.
[Located in Category: Probate Records]
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A widow's dower is her claim to a portion of her deceased husband's estate during her lifetime for her and her children's support.
[Located in Category: Probate Records]
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When doing research in probate records, request to see the entire file.
[Located in Category: Probate Records]
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Waterways were the original lanes of communication and transportation.
[Located in Category: History]
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In America, early generations settled in the east and gradually moved westward.
[Located in Category: History]
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The first settlements in an area were along the shoreline, rivers and lakes where they found good harbors for consumable needs and transportation.
[Located in Category: History]
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Early roadways were established following Indian paths or trade routes.
[Located in Category: History]
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Migration patterns and trends were usually tied to economics.
[Located in Category: History]
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Wars influenced migration patterns. Check military, pension and land-bounty grant records to see where a soldier was llving when the record was recorded.
[Located in Category: History]
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Towns, cities and counties have changed names over time. Check a Geographical and Historical Dictionary or a Gazetteer.
[Located in Category: History]
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Genealogists should read history to gain perspective on your ancestor's life and times; to learn the hows and whys of their lives; to see their place in the overall flow of history; because it's great reading.
[Located in Category: History]
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A Bounty Land Warrant is a gift of bounty land due to a person entitled by military service.
[Located in Category: Land Records]
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Bounty Land is public land given by the government to induce young men to join the military. Applicable for soldiers prior to the Civil War.
[Located in Category: Land Records]