Chapter 5

Digging Deeper into Your Ancestors’ Lives

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Using vital-records sources on the Internet

check Locating immigration databases

check Assessing online land records

check Finding electronic military records

check Searching tax-record sources

check Researching court records

As we all know, governments love paper. Sometimes it seems that government workers can’t do anything without a form. Luckily for genealogists, governments have been this way for many years — otherwise, it might be next to impossible to conduct family history research. In fact, the number of useful government records available online has exploded in the past decade. Not only have government entities been placing records and indexes online, but private companies have put great effort into digitizing and indexing government records for online use.

In this chapter, we show you what kinds of records are available and describe ...

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