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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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. *Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records .*Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses . *Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family . *[[Ohio Church Records| Church Records]] were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900 .
=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
.*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county . *Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name .*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well . *Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records .
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