Thanks so much for all your information.You gave me some really good tips and I'm learning a lot:)
Do you know whether Ancestry.com's "World Tree" site necessitates actual sources for the records on their "World Trees" and if so, what kind of sources?
From what I've found (after a few months of research), is that it's almost impossible to find actual birth, death and marriage certificates etc. before the 1900's.
I've been able to find some birth and death notices from the late 1800's in newspapers and a city ledger but haven't found really anything dated in the mid 1800's and before (except for a few Bible Family Record pages from the early 1800's).
What kind of records are used as sources (for these sites or by genealogists) when the records go back to the early 1800's and before?Do they use land records and how would one even access those records if they wanted to confirm the validity of the records from the genealogy sites like Ancestry.com or Familysearch.org? How does one access land titles from the 1700's and before in Colonial America or England?Would you have to travel across the "Pond" to obtain the English records?
Sorry about all the questions but I guess that I have a lot to learn.