In genealogy work, home is a valuable source for family information
Every research project begins at home. Whether you are looking for information for the first time or searching through your personal research folders, your home is a valuable source of family information.
Take time to look for records you might already have. Use the following list as a guide to sources of information that you might find in your home or in the home of a relative.
- Birth: Birth certificate, adoption record, baby book
- Citizenship: Alien registration, deportment papers, naturalization papers
- Civil and legal activity: Bonds, contracts, guardian papers, summons or subpoena
- Death: Death certificate, funeral book, memorial cards, obituary, will
- Divorce: Paperwork
- Employment: Apprenticeship records, disability records, income tax records, pension records, retirement records, Social Security card, union records
- Everyday life: Biography, journal or diary, letters, newspaper clippings, photographs, publications, scrapbooks
- Family: Bibles, bulletins or newsletters, coats of arms, histories, lineages or genealogies
- Health: Hospital or medical records, immunization records, insurance papers
- Household items: Dishes or silverware, engraved items, quilts, tapestries or needlework
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