User:Iluvhistory66/Sandbox/Guessing a Date

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Puerto Rico Quick Start Guide[edit | edit source]

Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

  • Who to search for?
If you don’t know the names of the parents, but you know the name of a spouse and/or the names of some of the children:
begin with a marriage search
search for the birth/baptism record for one of the children

Names and Locations Known[edit | edit source]

  • Puerto Rico: Ancestor's birth, marriage, or death location and names of parents, children, or spouse are known:

Puerto Rico Guided Research contains links to the best record resources.

Names and Locations Unknown[edit | edit source]

Guided Research What else you can try gives additional guidance and resources to find information for your ancestor.

Finding a locality[edit | edit source]

  • Google
  • Wikipedia (Spanish version works the best)
  • Try a keyword search in the FamilySearch Catalog for Puerto Rico Gazetteers

Online resources[edit | edit source]

For other online resources please review the Wiki article Hispanic Genealogy Resources Online

  • Use the dates you already know to help narrow your search for additional records.
  • When possible, find each family member in all available records such as birth, marriage, and death, censuses, court, military, and other events recorded during their lifetime. This may help narrow the number of years when certain events may have happened.
  • When you are trying to find the next generation back (i.e. your grandfather's father), and the birth dates of most of the children are not known, allow for a 20 to 40-year window prior to the youngest child’s birth.
  • Calculate approximate birth years from the age found on the censuses or other documents. See Skillbuilding: Date Calculations.
  • It has been noted that in America and northern Europe men usually married around the age of 25, and women around the age of 21. However, this is only an average with widespread variation from place to place.
  • On average, the first child was born within one year of the parent’s marriage. Subsequent children were usually born about two years apart.
  • If you know when each child in the family was born, estimate the marriage date to approximately 1 year before the birth of the first child. This is usually a fairly accurate guess, however, be sure you made a thorough search for all children born to that family.
  • Generally, brothers and sisters who died of old age were most likely to die at roughly the same age. This may be helpful when looking for death records, however, it is better not to record such an average date as fact, especially on community trees such as FamilySearch Family Tree.