|When You Hit That Wall|
Prepared by Electra Kimble Price, AAGSNC, September 19, 1998
|1.||Do a census history on all heads of the household.|
|2.||Track down all of the wives/mates and the children by each.|
|3.||Check the Mortality Schedules from 1850 through 1880.|
|4.||Check all the variations on the spelling.|
|5.||Review the data taken from the census schedules and see if it is consistent. Weigh the evidence.|
|6.||Try to get counties with all of your events. Once you have them, check to see what boundary/border changes have come about. Maybe the data that you are seeking is not in the county that you have listed for the individual.|
- (A good source for this is: Map Guide To The U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide. This gives you the maps so that you can see what towns were included in the counties, and just how and when they changed.
|7.||Compile information about each ancestor by time period and place. Figure out what records would be available to document and verify what you have. |
- Federal: U.S. Census Records
- State: Census data generated at the state level, also death records.
- County: Marriages, land and probate records
- City/Towns: Directories and Histories
- Repositories: Church records stored in repositories.
|8.||Funeral Homes and Church Cemeteries|
|9.||African-American Universities, Colleges, Institutes, etc.|
|11.||Social Security Death Index|
|12.||College and University Libraries|
|13.||Give each person a birth, marriage, and death date even if you have to do an estimate.|
|14.||Find a "Genealogy Buddy" and go over your information and have them play the "devilís advocate".|
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