Ancestors in the Records
Understanding your ancestors’ lives can help you use the sources and trace them more effectively. In return, knowing what to look for in the sources can help you understand your ancestors’ lives better.
In this section, I’ve tried to explain how to locate and use the records as well as give tips on how to get as much as possible out of the records. With a full understanding, sometimes even a simple birth or marriage record can tell quite a bit about your ancestor.
This section will be expanding. Each month, I will send out a “Record of the Month” in the newsletter that highlights a particular source useful in understanding your ancestors’ lives. The next month, I will add that source to this page.
Below are the sections included in this website. For more information, click on that link.Getting Started
Overview Article: Getting the Most Out of Parish Records
Other Types of Parish Records
Civil Registration Records
Land and Property Records
Ports and Their Records
Article: Eight Ways to Cross the Ocean
Emigrant Name Changes
Patronymic Naming System
Name Changes at Marriage and Birth
Other Surname Changes
Clues in Surnames
Tips for Identifying Your Ancestors’ Country of Origin