Digging Deeper into Your Ancestors’ Lives
IN THIS CHAPTER
Using vital-records sources on the Internet
Locating immigration databases
Assessing online land records
Finding electronic military records
Searching tax-record sources
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 ...