|The New Yorker Store|
My hubby would like to delve into more depth on his lineage. Pretty hodgepodge European on mother's side, but his father's (and hubby's interest) is Irish. Problem in searching is seems all of the Irish who came over had the same names. HaHa how do you know which one is right? Yvette
Perhaps a3Gen really stands for Analyze, Analyze, Analyze genealogy documents, data and information! At least that's what I thought when Yvette sent me the above inquiry (part of a longer email). Not to simplify the issue, but truly, this is where your analytical and research skills should shine. You want to start with the most recent generation and work yourself backwards. And, the following suggestions only work if you take the time with each generation.
- The goal is to identify who's the last Michael McCabe standing!
- The winner gets a full scale scrutiny. Of course there may be 2-5 still standing at this point.
- Census Records: residence, occupation, birth place, age
- Birth Records: parents data and birth place
- Death Records: parents names and spouses are listed as well as vital dates are provided
- Military Service Records: birth date, enlistment place/residence, beneficiary and next of kin, last pay vouchers may show the location of where a veteran will live after service
- Employment Records: beneficiary and spouse information, residence and vital records to include birth date
- Obituary: family members listed, residence, birth data, career, service records
- Cemetery/Funeral Records: family information in funeral programs, veteran record information, residence, and informant names
- Wills/Probate: gives children and spouse names, maybe even grandchildren or great grandchildren
- Land Records and Maps: an analysis of land records may in reveal spouse information and other family members.
- County/Town Histories: an often overlooked resource, but should be reviewed for family information
- Immigration Records: remember to note if they were going to be residing with a family member. This has been the final clue for me several times.
- Naturalization records. Remember witnesses can also be your key.
There are so many more records that can help, but the goal is to gather data and organize it into family units.