Chapter 9

Specializing in Your Family History


check Seeking information in religious group records

check Finding information in membership organizations

check Using photographs as research aids

check Searching for adoption data

check Peeking in Bibles and diaries

check Digging through newspapers

Many people who are familiar with genealogy know to use vital records, census returns, tax lists, and wills to find information about their ancestors. These records offer historical snapshots of an individual’s life at specific points in time. But as a family historian, you want to know more than just when your ancestors paid their taxes — you want to know something about them as people.

For example, April once came across a photograph of her great-great-grandfather while she was looking through an old box full of pictures and letters. He was dressed in a uniform with a sash and sword, and he was holding a plumed ...

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