Chapter 11

Vital Records and Historical Documents

Vital records are the foundation and building blocks of your family history research. These are the records of life: birth, marriage, and death. At the very least, for everyone you find in your ancestry, you need the time and place of the birth, marriage (if applicable), and death. But genealogy can also be about family history: What were the times like? What important historical events affected your ancestor?

Other important records are naturalization, census records, and land ownership. Other milestones in life can also be included in your genealogy data: baptism, bar/bat mitzvah, graduation, divorce, and so on. More and more, you can find at least clues to these records online; in some ...

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