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Having a difficult time finding your ancestor’s gravestone?

It could be that there is no stone.  It could be that no one ever erected a stone.  Or, it could be that the stone erected has deteriorated.

And, have you found a stone for your ancestor that does not have a death date listed on the stone?  It could be that your ancestor is buried in this place. Or, maybe not. It could be that your ancestor had the stone erected when his/her spouse died – thus no death date for the “living” person.  And, the “living” ancestor may have been buried someplace else.



If you find your ancestor “Out West”, and then lose the relative, it could be that he/she returned to their previous home.

Don’t assume that your ancestors stayed in the West after moving there!


Deeds can be a gold mine of information.  And, they can be the opposite.

I have found deeds that mention family names and relationships – a gold mine of information.  And, I have found deeds that tell me very little about the family.

However, this does not mean that I don’t research deeds.

As with all research, one never knows what may be found in a record.  It is always “worth it” to look at the record.


In some city directories, there is a directory that contains residents by address – not by last name of the resident.

If you are wondering where your ancestor resided in-between the census years, determine whether or not a city directory is available for your ancestor’s place of residence.  It could be that you will be able to determine whether or not your ancestor was residing in the same-place as the previous census.



In the early census years, relationship was not a question that was asked of the head of the family.

Do not assume, with the head being a male, that the first female listed is his wife. She may be a sister of the male head.  And, the children listed may or may not be the children of the male head.



If you find a marriage record for your ancestor, this record may provide quite a bit of information.


One of the Indiana marriage collections at is the register of county marriages.  The images in the collection are of the registration book found in the county.  The information for each marriage is contained over many pages.  The beginning of each record, the party’s names, is on a left-hand page, with the information carrying over to the right-hand page.  One must be careful when examining the remainder of the record.  The right-hand page is a partial-page – when turned, the party’s names (on the left-hand page) will continue to show.  This happens again when the right-hand page is turned again.

record-image(199) marr mary mcintire first page

record-image(200) marr mary mcintire ssecond pagerecord-image(201) mary mcintire marr third page


The way that the information is recorded is not evident when examining the first microfilmed image.  It is only when examining the remaining pages that it is known as to how the information is recorded – over multiple pages.


Be careful!



Just because a person is born in a state does not mean that the residence of the family is in that same state.


It could be that a person lives in one state, and the closest hospital is in the neighboring state.  Therefore, the child is born in Iowa, yet the parents live in Illinois.