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Most older family members can tell you things about the family that you want to know about. When you go to talk to them it is best to take a tape recorder so you can record everything that they tell you. If you try to write everything down you might miss something that would be important to your research later.


Alot of the Family Biblies have the birth, death and marriages of family members and sometimes it might have where each took place.


In the early days, the license for marriage had to be taken out in the county of the bride's residence. If you know the county where the bride lived check the courthouse to see if there is a record of marriage. If you find a marriage record make sure you write the information down and if you can get a copy of it.


After a will has been probated, it is copied my a clerk into a will book. The original will, along with other pertinent papers , is filed away in the courthouse. A general index to will books shows the book number or letter and the page number where the will was copied. So, look for the general index to wills and/or administrations. If there is no general index book, however, read index in each will book, starting with the earliest availabele will book. Or, if you have a dood idea of the year in which your ancestor died, look at the spine of each will book and choose the appropriate book. In the front of each book should be an index showing the name of the deceased and the page on which his records are recorded. If your ancestor left no will, you might find what is called a dministration records in the will book. These show what disposal was made of the deceased's property.
In most courthouses, there is a geneal index to deeds, both grantor and grantee. The grantor(sometimes called direct)index lists first the seller and then the buyer. The grantee(indirect) index lists the buyer and then the seller. If there is no general index to deeds, read indexes in each book, starting with the earliest deedbook available. When you find your ancestor first buying property in the county, that will give you a good idea of just how early he came into the area. And unless he died in the county where you're searching, his last deed of sale could tell you about when he sold out and moved on.
If you find a will or deed make sure you write the information down and if possible get a copy of it.


Beginning with the first one in 1790, a census was taken every 10 years, but records for some years were lost or burned. The first census in 1790 set the pattern for censuses through 1840. Before 1850, the only name recorded was the head of the household, Other members of the household were merely grouped and recorded according to sex and age. This count included in-laws, servants, farm hands, boarders, or whoever else lived under that roof at the time of the census.
In 1850, each person was listed on a separate line with age, birth place(state or foreign country), and other data. The order of listing was: Husband, wife, children(from oldest to youngest), anyone else in the household, such as in-laws, boarders, and servants. Each adult male's occupation was shown. Slaves were recorded in separate census roports in 1850 and 1860.
In 1860 census called for the occupation of everyone over 15 years old, and other columns were added.
By 1870, all persons, regardless of race, were listed on one schedule, and the number of columns were expanded.
By 1880 the questionnaire had 24 columns of data. Included were the individual's marital status and the birth place of his or her parents. The street name and house number also appeared on that record.
The 1890 census is not available . All records of that census were lost in a fire in Washington several years ago, according to several authorities. Records for some states for other years are also missing, for example, Georgia's 1800 and 1810 censuses.
The 1900 census brought a futher expanion of the form, providing a bonanza of information for researchers. It even shows the number of children of a woman and how many were alive at census time.

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