Sunday, November 11, 2012

16 Areas To Find Genealogy Sources In Your Home

This is a short list of sources, which are often found in the home.

Of course, not all the sources listed here will be found in every home, and there will also be sources other than these found in the home.

This list is provided as a general guide to the types of records, which can be found.

Can you add to this list?

1. Announcements:
Anniversary, birth, birthday, death, divorce, engagement, funeral, graduation, memorial cards, new homes, new job, professional, travel, wedding.

2. Books:
Atlases, foreign language, prizes, textbooks, treasured volumes, vocational.

3. Certificates:
Adoption, achievement, apprenticeship, award, baptism, birth, christening, confirmation, death, divorce, graduation, marriage, membership, ordination, transfer.

4. Citizenship Papers:
Alien registration, denization, deportment, naturalization, passport, vaccination, visa.

5. Employment Records:
Apprenticeship, awards, citations, graduation, income tax, pension, retirement papers, severance papers, social security, union.

6. Family Records:
Bible, birth briefs, family bulletins, family group sheet, family histories, family traditions, genealogies, local histories, pedigrees, printed histories.

7. Financial Records:
Accounts, bills, cheque stubs, estate records, receipts.

8. Health Records:
Hospital records, immunizations, insurance records, medical records, x-rays.

9. Household Items:
Clothing, coat of arms, dishes, engraved jewelry, friendship quilt, insignias, memorial rings, needlework, sampler, silverware, souvenirs, tools.

10. Legal Papers:
Abstracts of title, bonds, contracts, deeds, guardian papers, land grants, leases, loans, mortgages, subpoena, tax notices, water rights, will.

11. Licenses:
Business, drivers, firearms, hunting, motor vehicle, occupation, professional.

12. Membership Records:
Awards, cards, certificates, programs, publications, uniforms.

13. Military Records:
Bounty award, citations, disability, discharge, firearms, national guard, pension, ribbons, selective service, separation papers, service, service medals, sword, uniform.

14. Newspaper Clippings:
Announcements, home town newspapers, obituaries, professional, service events, trade, vital statistics.

15. Personal:
Address book, autograph album, baby book, biography, book plates, business cards, diary, funeral book, guest register, journal, letters, personal knowledge, photographs, scrapbooks, travel account, wedding book.

16. School Records:
Awards, diplomas, honour roll, publications, report cards, transcriptions, yearbooks.

I hope you find this list useful?

Allan Scahill

1 comment:

illyad said...

How about old business cards? They can tell you who an ancestor was employed by and what position they held.

I just started a database of old cards and am accepting donations.

Business Card Collection