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Re: Legitimate Sources for Genealogy Records..
Posted by: Sherry Marshall (ID *****0267) Date: October 24, 2008 at 11:52:47
In Reply to: Re: Legitimate Sources for Genealogy Records.. by andrea of 4315

Dear Andrea,

You are posting on multiple sites.

My experience is that family tree are NOT sourced.

Yes, there are certainly vital records prior to 1900. Purchasing a book like “The Handy Book for Genealogist” will give you an idea what is available in an area and where to write for the records.

I used death records for most of my first four generations. A 20th C. death record will most likely give date of death, spouse, date of birth and parents! They cost from $3-10/each. Used along with censuses, etc. they will be good proof.

It sounds like you are trying to just use the web. It isn’t going to work. There is a saying, ‘The first four generations are on you..’ What is on the web is maybe 1% of the available documents.

The Federal Censuses (indexed, albeit not perfect) are wonderful. There are also other great records like draft registrations.etc.

Yes, I could tell you about early records but you are jumping too fast.

Best wishes,


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