DuPage County Genealogical Society
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Genealogy is the search for our ancestors. Family history is the study of the lives they led. Using the information from each area provides us with a true picture of our family.
[Located in Category: Basic Information]
Genealogy helps you to learn about your family and where you belong in that family.
[Located in Category: Basic Information]
A census is an official county of the population living in the United States on a designated day set at intervals. The census places an ancestor is a specific place at a specific time.
[Located in Category: Census]
Church records may include births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials. Be sure you have the correct church/religious denomination.
[Located in Category: Church Records]
Use Poll tax records and jury lists as evidence of legal age.
[Located in Category: Court Records]
State Land States are states that owned and distributed their lands. These include the original 13 colonies, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia, Hawaii and Texas. They used “metes and bounds” to survey the land.
[Located in Category: Deeds]
Cannon Law refers to Laws of the Church.
[Located in Category: Definitions]
Direct evidence speaks to the point in question. Indirect evidence gives facts from which you can come to a conclusion.
[Located in Category: Evidence and Documentation]
Registrations of births, marriges, and deaths first began for some areas in Germany in 1792 when the French invasion of the area west of the Rhine brougt that region under their administration.
[Located in Category: German Research]
Waterways were the original lanes of communication and transportation.
[Located in Category: History]
Hometown Records may include newspapers (obituaries, special events, parties, etc.), City Directories (names and occupations of town residents and business information), maps (check boundary changes over time) and town and county histories.
[Located in Category: Hometown Records]
Immigration is entering a country where you are not a native to take up permanent residence. Emigration is leaving a country where you have been a citizen.
[Located in Category: Immigration-Emigration]
The Internet is not the “be all/end all of genealogy. It is just ONE of the tools in the genealogy toolbox.
[Located in Category: Internet]
A Bounty Land Warrant is a gift of “bounty land” due to a person entitled by military service.
[Located in Category: Land Records]
Use a Migration Map which displays everywhere your ancestor(s) lived. This Map can help you determine why your ancestors moved.
[Located in Category: Migration]
Of primary interest to genealogists are service records and pension records. Many records are available through the National Archives.
[Located in Category: Military]
Naturalization is the process of becoming a citizen. It is a two step process and takes about five years. The Declaration of Intent (1st papers) can be filed after two years of residency. Naturalization and Oath of Allegiance are taken after an additional three years of residency.
[Located in Category: Naturalization]
Look for the archival label on storage products - "acid free" or 'archival safe".
[Located in Category: Preservation]
Probate records refer to wills inventories, letters of administration and guardianship. They are usually held at the county courthouse unless archived.
[Located in Category: Probate Records]
A citation is a reference to a source of information.
[Located in Category: Sources - Citations]
Vital Records include birth, marriage, divorce and death records.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
Death Records can be the least accurate depending upon the knowledge of the person reporting the information
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
Marriage Records may only be records of weddings. Look for the Application for Marriage which is completed by the bridge and groom to be.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
Marriage records may be corroborated with church records. Check everything for correctness.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
Birth Records are difficult to obtain because they can be used for so many purposes. You may be required to provide proof of relationship and proof of the person’s death.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
To find a birth date from a death date, subtract the age in years, months and days from the date of death. This is a very close approximation.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
When ordering a death, marriage or birth certificate, request a non-certified copy. It contains exactly the same information as the certified copy but is less expensive.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
Vital records and event information are more reliable when they are recorded near the time of the happening. The longer the time from the event occurrence that the record is made, the less accurate it may be based on the memory of the person involved.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
When ordering a death, marriage or birth certificate, request the long form which will have more information than the short form.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
Public record keeping was very unorganized in previous generations.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
Look carefully at marriage records. The witnesses and bondsmen may be related to either party.
[Located in Category: Vital Records]
Document as you go!
[Located in Category: Sources - Citations]
Identify all researchers by name for all contributions, including your own.
[Located in Category: Sources - Citations]
Use confidential information with discretion and sensitivity.
[Located in Category: Sources - Citations]
Enter sources and notes in a consistent format.
[Located in Category: Sources - Citations]
The details from a soruce are the skeleton of our family tree.
[Located in Category: Sources - Citations]
Thanks to Lee County Genealogical Society of Florida for sharing their Facts & Tips.
[Located in Category: Sources - Citations]
Do not laminate your documents. A laminated document can never be restored to its original stae.
[Located in Category: Preservation]
Use archival quality acid-free sheet protectors for all of your original documents, master copies and photographs.
[Located in Category: Preservation]
There is no greater legacy for your children and grandchildren than teaching them about the history and lives of their ancestors.
[Located in Category: Basic Information]
Tracing the family medical history helps your children and grandchildren to take preventive measures with their own health.
[Located in Category: Basic Information]
Because each generation doubles the number of ancestors, developing a plan of how you will proceed in your research in absolutely necessary
[Located in Category: Basic Information]
If you’re not sure which church your ancestor attended, search the churches closest to home first and then broaden your search in ever-widening circles. Check for cemetery records with the church, Sexton and Funeral Directors.
[Located in Category: Church Records]
Visit the cemetery and take a picture of the tombstone. Check the obituaries in that time frame.
[Located in Category: Church Records]
Federal Land States were created from public domain, land the United States bought or acquired. The land was created into territories as the population spread out. The survey is done according to the rectangular survey system.
[Located in Category: Deeds]
Many legal instruments other than deeds appear in deed books. They include Bills of Sale, Prenuptial Agreements, Powers of Attorney, Contracts, Affidavits, Wills and Inventories and Voter and Jury Lists.
[Located in Category: Deeds]
When you begin your genealogy research, focus on one or two families so you do not become overwhelmed. The other families will be there when you are ready for them.
[Located in Category: Basic Information]
Everyone has a mother and a father. Female and male lines are equally important.
[Located in Category: Basic Information]
A generation equals 22-25 years for a man and 18-23 years for a woman.
[Located in Category: Basic Information]
Collective naturalization is a process used when a government acquires the territory of a foreign government by treaty or cession, and the inhabitants receive the rights and priviledges of citizenship.
[Located in Category: Naturalization]