32 Ways to Find Ancestor Locations and Addresses

When researching our ancestors, one of our most important goals is to determine where they lived. This information is key to finding other aspects of their lives, whether they be local or state vital records or newspapers where there might be further information about them. Most folks limit their search to the obvious repositories, whether …

27 Ways to Find Ancestor Marriage Information

When researching our ancestors, one of the most important events is their marriage(s). Determining their spouse and the date and location of marriage is important as we document the major events in their lives. Most folks limit their search to the obvious repositories, whether online or not, focusing primarily on marriage certificates and licenses. There …

Historical Naturalization and Immigration Laws from 1790 through 1952

When researching our ancestors, one of the most important events, especially if they immigrated to America in the 19th and early 20th centuries, is their immigration and naturalization. The laws have changed multiple times and can be confusing if your ancestor is a woman or is non-white. The first Naturalization Act was passed in 1790. …

24 Ways to Find Ancestor Death Information

When researching our ancestors, one of the most important events is their death (otherwise they wouldn’t be ancestors, they’d be relatives? – but I digress). Determining the date and location of death is important as we document the major events in their lives. Most folks limit their search to the obvious repositories, whether online or …

32 Ways to Find Ancestor Birth Information

When researching our ancestors, one of the most important events is obviously their birth (otherwise they wouldn’t be ancestors – but I digress). Determining the date and location of birth is important as we document the major events in their lives. Most folks limit their search to the obvious repositories, whether online or not. But there …

280 Old Occupations Used in the Census and Newspapers in the U.S. and U.K.

When searching old newspapers and census records, we are often faced with unusual names of occupations, and we have no clue as to their meaning because the terms are not in use today. I have collected a list of about 280 old occupations and their meanings from a variety of sources. Dan Burrows and Jan …

33 Different Things You Can Find About Your Ancestors By Searching Old Newspapers

Searching old newspapers is my favorite genealogy research activity. Why? Because it helps me to discover the stories of my ancestors lives. Looking for obituaries is rather obvious, but what other things can one find in these sometimes one hundred or hundred and fifty year old pieces of paper? In the attached Quick Reference Guide …

19 Places Where You Can Access Old Yearbooks Online

Primarily a North American phenomenon historically, the first yearbook published was the Yale Banner in the early 1800’s. I encourage you to research old yearbooks, and not just for yourself and close relatives. What about your ancestors? They went to school too (at least some of them in the last 200 years). And they belonged …

8 Free Genealogy and Newspaper Research Quick Reference Guides

Recently I have gotten the itch to create what I call Quick Sheets, more commonly called Quick Reference Guides. There now are a total of 8 of them. In case you missed them here they are for your downloading and reading pleasure. I hope that they are useful in your genealogy and newspaper research. Abbreviations …

25 Lodges, Clubs, or Secret Societies Your Ancestor May Have Been a Member Of

One of the more interesting parts of our ancestors lives that we often discover only via their obituary, is their membership or attachment to a fraternal, ethnic, religious, or service organization or society. Part of an ancestors life story, here is a list of 25 of the more common ones in the United States. The …