=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives
. *You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents . *Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date . *Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period . *You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions . *Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records . *Use the occupations listed to find employment records or other types of records such as military records . *Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual .
=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
. *Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records . *Search the indexes and records of nearby localities .
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