Frequently Asked Genealogy Questions

  1. How should divorces be listed on a family tree?
  2. Why can't I find my ancestor in the SSDI?
  3. How can I find where my ancestor is buried?
  4. Where can I find burial-transit records?
  5. How does a death register compare to a death certificate?
  6. What information is given in U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules?
  7. What states took part in the U.S. Federal Census of 1885?
  8. How can I distinguish my ancestor from others of the same name?
  9. When is it necessary for a genealogist to create a verbatim copy of a record?
  10. What should a genealogist know to use and track photocopies?
  11. What is the first census year to identify the informant in every household?
  12. What is the 1940 census sampling, and how does it affect my research?
  13. What census years asked women about childbirth?
  14. Why can't I find my grandmother's passport?
  15. What is the difference between the Gregorian and Julian Calendar, and why is it important to genealogy?
  16. Was my ancestor was married more than once?
  17. How can the census help in locating my ancestor's marriage record?
  18. How can census mortality schedules help in researching my African-American slave ancestors?
  19. How can I find the second married name of a female ancestor?
  20. What records are best for finding my female ancestor's maiden name?
  21. Where can I find African American cohabitation records?
  22. How can the 1850 and 1860 census slave schedules aid my research?
  23. When were African Americans granted citizenship?
  24. What was the first census to list all African Americans by name?
  25. Where can I find a biography of my ancestor?
  26. How can the 1929 Registry help me find my ancestor's missing arrival records?
  27. Why did my immigrant ancestor have to register as an enemy in WWI?
  28. What's the difference between an AR-2 and A-File?
  29. Where can I find delayed birth certificates?
  30. Was naturalization required for immigrants to live in the U.S.?
  31. Was my ancestor's name changed at Ellis Island?
  32. What are the best records before birth and death registration was required?
  33. When were births first recorded in the United States?
  34. How can I decipher the handwriting in old documents?
  35. Why can't I find a naturalization record for my immigrant grandmother?
  36. What is a necrology and and how does it differ from an obituary?
  37. Where can I find U. S. registration certificates for a widow (or divorced woman)?
  38. How can I find information on ancestors born in the twentieth century?
  39. What does 'times removed' mean in a kinship chart?
  40. Where can I find prisoner information, in particular military prisoners?
  41. How can I find information on the men and women who served in the Revolutionary War?
  42. Where can I find records of convict transportation?
  43. How can I find out if my ancestor was an indentured servant?
  44. Where can I find ship passenger lists?
  45. Where can I find naturalization records?
  46. How can city directories be used to help my research?
  47. Where can I find Masonic records?
  48. How do I know which DNA test is right for me?
  49. What is the difference between a .com and .org website?
  50. What does the term ap mean in a family name?
  51. What does the term vulgo mean when associated with a family name?
  52. How long do funeral homes keep records?
  53. How can I locate old newspapers?
  54. How common it is for siblings to have the same first name?
  55. Are the genealogy records of the Mormon Church open to the public?
  56. Are wills a public record?
  57. How do I find my family in the census?
  58. How do I find my family history on the Internet?
  59. How do you find out if two people are related?
  60. Where did my family come from?
  61. What is a first cousin, once removed?
  62. What is the best genealogy software?
  63. Am I related to someone famous?
  64. What is my family coat of arms?
  65. What is the meaning of my last name?
  66. Where is the book on my family?
  67. How do I begin my family tree?
  68. Where do I go to find birth, marriage, and death records?

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