Family Trivia: Sources for Public Records

by Lori Fairbanks

 

Free Family Search Resources

If, like Cindy, your heirlooms or family trivia stories leave you with a desire to learn more about a family member, look to free online sources like these:

 

 

A great place to start is Family Search. Find birth, marriage, death, census, church, and other indexes.

 

 

Did your ancestors come to America by boat between 1892 and 1924? Search the Ellis Island/Port of New York Records.

 

 

Find military service records, census records, naturalization records, and more.

 

 

Were your ancestors homesteaders? Find land patents at this site.

 

Get more links to help you with your family history research on page 3.

 

Appeared in:

July/August 2011

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