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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date. *Use locations to find family in census, church, and land records.*Use the information to search for the family in additional state and county records.*Continue to search the index and records to identify other relatives.
=== 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 another 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. *Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor. *A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring locality.
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