If you want to understand the information contained in public records, it’s a good idea to do a little preparation. One of the best instructional resources on using public records for family history research is the The Basic Beginner’s Genealogy Guide from Genealogy Beginner. Chapter four of this guide is appropriately titled, “Searching Genealogy Public Records.”
One of your best resources for genealogy research is your local pubic library. Local libraries have access to online genealogy databases that may contain valuable information about your family. Librarians can significantly reduce research time by pointing you toward the resources that best fit your research needs.
You can also find a great deal of genealogy information by writing to the Social Security Administration and requesting information about family names, applications for citizenship, and birth dates. The Census Bureau has records dating back to 1745. You’ll also find birth announcements through the Office of Vital Records or by contacting local courthouses directly. These are just some of the leads you’ll find when you lean more about The Basic Beginner’s Genealogy Guide.
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