Family researchers often find themselves seeking a specific piece of information about an ancestor, such as birth date. We might think that the only place to find this is the actual birth record of that person. However, these alternate sources usually include birth information as well:
- death record
- marriage record
- church baptismal, marriage records
- naturalization papers
Other records may provide the important clue of birth year, including Census, military records, and passenger lists.
Keeping track of where to look for particular information can be tricky, so we’ve created a handy “Record Selection Table” to guide you to key sources. If you don’t have luck with the sources in the first column, be sure to try the alternate records listed in the second.
Those alternate sources just might help you break through your genealogy “brick wall!”