Dear Randy: What Are the Most Useful Online Record Collections For Your Research?

 My good friend Ray requested me this a number of weeks in the past in electronic mail, and I need to share my solutions as a result of it could assist different researchers.

1)  The proper reply is (as at all times):  It Relies upon!  It will depend on what you might be doing in your analysis.  For the previous a number of years I’ve been including descendants of my third and 4th great-grandparents to my RootsMagic household tree (and from there to my Ancestry Member Tree, my MyHeritage Household Tree, and FamilySearch Household Tree).  This info is used to search out widespread ancestors for my DNA matches.  I’ve additionally been including profiles to my surname research – primarily Seaver/Sever/Sevier/and many others., Carringer, Vaux, and Auble.  My focus has been on including very important report info – start, baptism, marriage, dying and burial, together with parental, spousal and youngsters relationships, with supply citations.  My focus has not been on an entire biography of every individual, no less than those that usually are not my very own ancestors.      

For the descendancy and surname research, the emphasis has been on the 1800 to current time-frame, and primarily in the USA.  Meaning working with and across the state legal guidelines for very important information – some states have pretty open very important information for the reason that mid-1800s – as an example, Massachusetts.  Different states don’t have any open very important information in any respect.  However there are work-arounds.  

Here’s a partial checklist of my go-to report collections that feed my analysis (aside from the obtainable very important information for every state or nation):

*  Social Safety Functions and Claims — $$ (solely on Ancestry and MyHeritage).  That is an index for individuals who filed for Social Safety after 1936.  They at all times embody a start date and start place, often embody a dying date, and typically embody mother and father’ names, plus a listing of names that they filed below or made claims with dates.  That is totally different from the Social Safety Loss of life Index, however some names seem in each indexes.  

*  Discover A Grave — free (index on FamilySearch ) and $$ (index on Ancestry).  That is ostensibly a burial index, however memorial entries typically have rather more info moreover a grave location and headstone photograph.  Start date and place, dying date and place, and burial place are often included for an individual, together with names of family – mother and father, siblings, spouses, and youngsters.  Some memorials embody obituaries or report summaries.  Since that is user-submitted content material, there could be errors, however for late twentieth century and early twenty first century analysis, this website is invaluable.

* — $$ (utilizing the Obituaries Index and Marriages Index on – $$).  That is my favourite obituary and marriage useful resource for late twentieth and early twenty first century analysis, particularly for DNA match analysis and my surname research.  

*  GenealogyBank — $$ (with obituary index on FamilySearch — free).  Along with the net newspaper assortment – lots of which aren’t on – they’ve an Obituaries assortment that’s searchable proper as much as the current.  

*  U.S. Public Information Index — (free on FamilyTreeNow and FamilySearch, $$ on Ancestry and MyHeritage).  This database is from public information (registrations, licenses, utilities, courtroom, and many others.) and sometimes consists of adults in a household with start dates, addresses and phone numbers.  FamilyTreeNow and MyHeritage group them into households however Ancestry and FamilySearch don’t.

*  U.S. World Warfare I and World Warfare II Draft Registrations (free on FamilySearch, $$ on Ancestry, Fold3, MyHeritage).  The registration card photos have info on each side, and often have full names, start date, residence, employment, next-of-kin and bodily description for males born between 1873 and 1927.  

*  England and Wales Parish Registers (free on FamilySearch, $$ on Findmypast and Ancestry).  These are nonetheless incomplete on all websites, however are very helpful for nineteenth and early twentieth century analysis.  

*  England and Wales Civil Registry (start, marriage, dying, 1837 to current) (free on FamilySearch, $$ on Findmypast and Ancestry).  These are incomplete on all websites, however are very helpful for twentieth century analysis.

*  Census Information (free on FamilySearch, $$ on Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast).  Simply discover household teams (and after 1880 they checklist relationships to the pinnacle of family), with approximate dates and birthplaces, residence, occupation and extra.  Nevertheless, the final U.S. census obtainable is 1940 (1950 will likely be obtainable in 2022), Canada is 1921, and England/Wales is 1911 (however 1921 will likely be launched quickly).  

*  Google — free!  Doing a reputation search with a spot and/or 12 months typically finds household tree entries for deceased individuals, and occasional entries from net pages (e.g., weblog posts, or

Utilizing these, I’m often capable of finding start, marriage, dying and partner info for a deceased individual.  Residing individuals are an even bigger downside as a result of the Public Information don’t embody start locations or relationships, however I can typically discover a start date and marriage report.  After all nearly all of my DNA matches are nonetheless dwelling.

What on-line assets have you ever discovered for locating info on twentieth and twenty first century individuals?  Please inform me within the Feedback!


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