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When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names. *Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records. *Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records. *Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.* The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. *The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members. * Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. * Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. * When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct. *The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. *Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s. *There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
Check for variant spellings of the surnames. * Search the indexes and records of nearby localities. *Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor
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