Materials from the
Family History Library in Salt Lake City are not loaned to public libraries. Check
and see if there is a branch Family History Center
near you-look up "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" in your phone book.
When writing for
copies of records, always request a copy of the original record. Abstracts
are not always created for genealogical purposes and may not include all the genealogically-relevant
records of step-ancestors may answer genealogical questions. The Civil War
pension record of a step-ancestor provided the maiden name of his wife, the ancestor.
Marriage information was also included with enough detail to lead to the marriage
Never assume something is irrelevant. A relative's place of elopement was originally considered to be unimportant. Later research turned out that a "unknown" aunt actually lived in that town at the time the relative got married.
information from relatives, remember that sometimes the older children in
the family may know more family details than the younger children. Be sure to
ask all family members what they know. The members of one family may know more
than the rest.
that the county is the most important jurisdiction to consider in locating
records, with the exception of towns in New England. Many counties
and towns have marriage records beginning with their formation. However,
there are exceptions. For pre-1900 records, see if the Family History
Library Catalog contains marriage records for the county of interest.
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