Question: When researching your genealogy what are the most helpful sources!?
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The Mormon church archives; as they believe that you can save your dead relatives so they have large amounts of data!. My father has used the Church in Salt Lake city many times and has done ours back to the early 1500's!. (you do not have to be a member of the church to use it and any local church may have lots of info also!.
also ask all your relatives as there is often lots of good info with them!. If you know which town they died in you can search or hire a collage kid to search the grave yards for you!. (many of my relatives were Mennonites and built the church halls in Penn on there farms)!. Have fun!.Www@QuestionHome@Com
For me, Number 1 are libraries!.
Number 2 are books!.
My Dad's maternal grandmother died in 1915, in Kansas City!. She is not listed in ancestry!.com, or any of the other big shot genealogy websites!. I thought it strange, and contacted, via e-mail, a library in Kansas City (the day before Christmas yet)!. The day after Christmas, the librarian there, on her last day of work before retiring, sent me a weblink with her death certificate!.!.!.and her parents names and that they were from England!.
So, by all means, use ancestry!.com (available at many libraries), but libraries, genealogical societies, historical societies, and books are the most reliable, and get me out of "dead ends"!.Www@QuestionHome@Com
The ones I find the most helpful are the census, obits, birth and death certificates!. If I get real lucky i might find a family bible along the way!.
I also use cemetery records whenever I can get them!.
The whatever websites I can come up with!. Family search now has a link that has some old death certificates!. Saves me tons of money and time!. I can print them off and be done with it!.Www@QuestionHome@Com
The Ancestry census images for me, but I'm a non-Hispanic white whose lines have been in the USA for 150 - 350 years, depending on which line!. Your results may vary depending on who you are, where you are, and if you can afford the $15 a month it costs to feed your habit!.Www@QuestionHome@Com
The other answer is good but also where these people were born and or lived!. What year they were born and or died!.Www@QuestionHome@Com
grandmothers and fathersWww@QuestionHome@Com