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Genealogy & Family History

Recommended resources and search strategies, paying particular attention to Ancestry Library Edition

When interviewing relatives or gathering information from family records (letters, family Bibles, news clippings, etc.), try to learn these details that can aid your search:

Birth date

Schools attended

Names of siblings

Birth place

Cities of residence

Potential name spelling variations

Marriage date(s)

Dates of military service


Marriage place(s)

Immigration or naturalization date

Middle name(s) and initial(s)

Death date

Property ownership


Death place



Here are our top recommended strategies for searching in Ancestry:

  1. Include as much information as possible in your search, including educated guesses on location and birth date.
  2. Investigate all relevant search results, even if the spelling is different or birth date slightly off.
  3. Try searching with maiden or previous surnames.
  4. Explore different record categories beyond the census.
  5. Save images of original documents as you go.
  6. Email yourself any and all relevant search results.
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