Always check all available newspapers for obituaries. I found a great-grandfather and great-grandmother from following up on an obituary that said, “New Orleans papers please copy.”
Birth Record May Not Include Given Name
I have a deceased aunt and I was having difficulty locating her birth certificate in the Massachusetts archives. I did have a baptismal certificate with her birth date but when I searched the 1903 Massachusetts birth roster her name would not come up. In checking the birth date there was a female born in that year (no first name but correct last name). I ordered the birth certificate and it shows the very date my aunt was born. Apparently in those days when a baby was born and hadn’t been named yet it was just listed as female or male. Another aunt was found in the same manner. Hope this helps someone.
Skip the Apostrophe
I have found that when looking for Irish ancestors you need to leave the apostrophe out of the name. I found the O’Connor family listed as OConnor or O Connor. I am sure this is true of other Irish names also.
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