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Question: What other things do u use to search, apart from BMD and!?
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Birth, Marriage and Death certificates, Burial records, Christening records, and wills!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

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From my personal experience:
land records
Native American registries
parish records
church records
town records
court records
military records
City directories
in addition to actual BMD certs - records, registers, and indexesWww@QuestionHome@Com

Census records, obviously!.

One of the most helpful resources I have found, particularly for post-1900 relatives, is local newspapers!. The British Newspaper Library in Colindale, London stocks hundreds of different of local newspapers from 18th century onwards and is free to use (although you need ID and sometimes have to order what you want a few days in advance)!. Browsing the BMD columns in them helped me discover information about BMDs, obituaries and coverage of funerals mentioned relations that I didn't know about, and local news articles can add flesh to the names and dates (e!.g!. you can discover that an ancestor gave amateur piano recitals or grew prize-winning cabbages)!. Even the style of the writing can give a real insight into the kind of society in which ancestors lived!.


also, gravestone inscriptions!. I've found some transcribed online and in the Society of Genealogists's Library, as well as in the actual graveyards themselves!. They often give more information and a clearer idea of the personality of the ancestor than the official death and burial records!.

Trade directories!. This is a good online site, but I've also used the real things in the SoG library and other libraries:


These particularly helped me with a branch of the family in the pub trade, who moved around a lot, running different pubs!. Finding out where they were running pubs at different dates helped me to work out which districts to search for census and bmd information in!. I was also able to visit some of their former trade premises and see the hulding for myself!. Whose name the pub was officially registered in at different dates also gave me an insight into how family business dynamics worked!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

I've used anything I can get my hands on from Military Papers to the ellis island web site, you can always tell the family historian we are the ones who read the credits at the end of a film (and yes I have found a distant relative this way) we are the ones who cannot pass a list of names with out giving it the once over!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

I used search person's criminal records, phone number, death information, reverse email, and of course address!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

The main ones that have been useful to me are census records, military records and passenger lists!.Www@QuestionHome@Com