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Finding Valuable Information from Unusual Records


In the world of family history research, church and civil records are often keys to confirming important dates and family relationships; however, these records are not always available or complete.  Both civil and census records provide less information the further research extends back in time—and eventually censuses disappear altogether.

Other common records such as wills and probates can be equally useful, and a thorough researcher will seek out and examine those records as well. Such records often provide a skeletal account of a person’s existence, but even those records may not fill in all the blanks required to create a full story of a person’s life.

Sometimes missing or additional information can be found in uncommon and unusual sources.

At RootsTech 2017, a panel of genealogy experts talked about finding and using unusual records in genealogy research.