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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date. *Use the soldier's age and location of the military unit to find his family in census, church, and land records. *Use the county code and the certificate number to obtain a copy of the original death certificate from the county.*Use the parents’ places of origin to find former residences and establish a migration pattern for the family.
*Use the couple’s marriage date and place to find records of their children
*Use the burial place to help you identify their migration pattern
Use the surname to compile baptism entries for each child and sort them into families based on the names of the parents.*Use the titles as clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community. *Repeat this process with additional family members found to find more generations of the family.
=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? ===
*Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.
*Search the records of nearby localities (or military units, counties, parishes, etc.).
*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. *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.
*Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. In addition local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
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