Researcher`s advice: Never use a pen - Lamar Ledger
#1 Feb 18, 2011
So whats new, every article about genealogy says the same thing.
BUT: YOU are one of the "older members" of the family. Just getting interested. You cannot go tramping off to 5 other states looking for something you are not even sure is there.
Start on the web: census records will show where the family was (in most cases)- Find where gg Grandparents lived over a few decades (all their childern who lived more than 10 years)- sometimes occupations - did the wifes name change in 10 years.
SS death records show where many lived when they died (since 1940). Find many grave sites, and in some cases get a picture of the stone on the web. Some extended family groups have a web "chat page". Some places have immigration records on
microfilm- find out, then perhaps visit. Some county history centers can find an obituary for you
THEN you dig out your notebook.
Since: Aug 10
#2 Feb 18, 2011
The Morman Church usually has everyones death recrd.
Don't know why, the just do.
#3 Feb 19, 2011
I think I understand why, but anyhow, they do, They also have MUCH,MUCH More. You can go to Salt Lake and go thru their records; some from Europe. This also can be done at some Mormon churches, or via some Pay sites, some free sites you can explore much of this on the web. NOTE: at one time anyhow, some of the info supplied by members to the records has some incorrect info. included.
Sometimes even tombstones are read with incorrect dates,(weathered 3 vs 8 or 6 etc.) and obituaries can have incorrect data (the survivors did not know everything). You have to dig to see if all the info matches.
Even if you have "older relatives" ; or somehow contact very distant cousins, you can find conflicting information. We all remember different things. You still have to find original records of the time.
Actually, the story did cover one persons search fairly well - there is just so much more to finding "family roots" than finding a tombstone.
It is a hobby that almost anyone can do, to some extent without spending a lot of money -and yes, be prepared to rewrite your story a few times. Even if that tombstone is written in stone, your family history is written in washable chalk.
Why did some people stay in the "dust bowl" while others left after the first duster? This is history, its also genealogy.
#4 Feb 19, 2011
Yes, the website is :
It's a very good research tool.
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