Template:AR Goal Parents

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Here are a few tips for learning the names of a person's parents:

  • Many types of records were created around a person's death
  • Death related records usually give birth and marriage information, clues leading to parents
  • Later records typically provide more information and clues
  • Death certificates ask for names of parents
  • Obituaries usually identify the parents
  • Tip: Search marriage records for your ancestor
  • Marriage records often give names of parents
  • The records usually exist from the time the county was formed
  • Tip: Find your ancestor in every census taken while he/she was alive
  • They may live with or near relatives
  • Relatives, such as parents, brothers, sisters, an aunt, or uncle, may live with them
  • Censuses 1880 and later tell the state or nation where the father and the mother were born
  • Wills and other probate records often give married names of daughters
    • Online or published indexes provide every-name searches
  • These records were kept from the time a county was formed
  • Tip: Search records of your ancestor's siblings
  • Brothers and sisters had the same parents. Their records may have your answer
  • They or their children may have compiled a genealogy and included it in a local history or a genealogy database

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