Ask Around on Local Research Trips
Always ask around when you pay a visit to a family locale. On our way to Alaska, my husband and I made a side trip to Chelan Washington to do some genealogy. Imagine my surprise when I walked into the local historical society, asked the attendant if they knew of the “Van Meter” family and she answered, “Why yes, I do know we have some photographs, entries in the baptismal records, and you will find some headstones in our cemetery!â€ Genealogy heaven! Now, I never hesitate to ask, ask, ask!
Long Beach CA
To maintain my letters of information about ancestors from relatives I added them to my notebook in clear sleeves so you can show who its from, then the data received. This saves time searching for these letters and other data that they sent. I put each in the notebook sleeves according to the dates received. This saves a lot of time searching for information.
Atlas Helps Sort Out Boundary Changes
The Oxford Atlas of World History is a fascinating help when researching the actual national homeland of an ancestor in a particular year. National boundaries change throughout history so the location of a city or area may be in a different country now than it was when your ancestor emigrated!
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