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=== Tips for finding births ===
 
=== Tips for finding births ===
Success with finding birth records in online databases depends on a few key points:
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Successfully finding birth records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:
*Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Try the following search tactics:
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:*'''Spelling variations.''' Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
:*Try searching for the parents if known.  Sometimes a child's first name is not on the birth record.
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:*'''Search parents.''' Search for the parents, if known, as the child's first name may not be on the birth record.
:*Try different spelling variations of the first and last name of your ancestor.
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:*'''Search given name.''' Search by given name (leave out the last name) with the approximate date of birth.
:*Try a given name search (leave out last names).
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:*'''Add information.''' For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate birth date or parent's names if known.
:*Try broadening the name search, such as using wildcards or searching for similar sounding names (instead of exact matches only).
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:*'''Date range.''' Expand the date range of the search by 5 years.
::*Example: check "Name Variants" on FindMyPast or "Sounds like" or "Similar" on Ancestry
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:*'''Search county.''' Search using the county name only instead of by parish.
*Expand the date range of the search.
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*Try searching with the county name only instead of by parish.
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*If your ancestor's name is common, try adding more information to narrow the search.
   
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