There is nothing the Two Blondes like better than research at a local courthouse! Deed records are vital to genealogical research but most records are not digitized or even microfilmed so they can only be accessed through onsite research. Deed records will give the description of property purchased and sold by our ancestors, but there can also be evidence to support kinships, socio-economic status, vital information and more in these often extensive records! This episode takes listeners through understanding how to use and analyze deed records.
Happy is the family researcher who finds a length probate file. Even a short, standard will can be critical to proving relationships within a family. Wills and probate cases can be a Eureka! the moment for family researchers. These documents can hold the key to proving the names of spouses and children. Careful analysis can also yield clues to how an ancestor lived, where he owned property or conducted business as well as clues to the names of extended family or in-laws. The Two Blondes discuss the components of probate cases and how family researchers may maximize the use of these records in their own genealogical journey.
Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks to finding documents and other artifacts and information on your ancestors. They are in no particular order but they do cover quite a bit of area from libraries to newspapers. You might find something you don’t know about yet and can use in your personal research.
Locality Guides- how to use them for your genealogy research. Where your ancestors lived can hold important clues about their lives. Learning where to research in these areas is important to you and your quest for documents.
Overview of numerous classes and educational opportunities in genealogy