Searching for Marriages
When searching for a marriage, I often find entering too much info into a search can result in thousands of results to sort through. To avoid this, first, try entering only the coupleâ€™s surname and the wifeâ€™s maiden name; if you still have too many returns, add a location and/or date.
Similarly, if you want to find unknown siblings, use advanced search option and enter the surname and motherâ€™s maiden name and location, I have found this particularly useful.
Save Election Ballot Samples
Now that we have had what some may call a historical election, save any election ballot samples that came to your home. If you have already thrown them out, you can start with the next election.
AWJ Editorâ€™s Note: You can search online for â€œ[your state] election ballot sample.â€ Many locations still allow you to print out ballots; fill them in and keep them to let your descendants know how you voted.
Reach Out and Share
I currently have several family researchers who share ancestors with me. When any of us has hit a brick wall, often one or more of us can make that wall disappear. In the hunt for â€œofficialâ€ records, we often forget that records in the hands of family members can be of equal or greater significance. Plus the family stories add dimension and have more to do with heritage than just names, dates, and places.
Recently I did a favor for a distant cousin (we share the same third-great-grandmother). I live near an area where one of his ancestors settled, lived, and died. I took a short trip for him to document the family burial plot. I was able to find the plot and share pictures with him.
Encourage your readers to reach out to other family researchers and share. It is a great way to pay it forward.
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