Where My Great Aunt Was From
Have you taken up genealogy as a hobby and you are becoming frustrated because you’ve suddenly realized the project isn’t nearly as easy as you thought it would be? You’re not alone, many people jump head first into building family trees or history books, only to discover that beyond their immediate family, they know little else about their other relatives. If you need to fill in the missing pieces to the relations puzzle, it’s always a good idea to ask others, such as your parents, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc.; about the person whose facts you’re missing because they may know.
However, this may not always be possible. In example, if you wanted to know where your great auntie was from, there could be a number of circumstances that would prevent you from finding this out. You may discover that no one who is still living knows the answer; you may have been told the name of different birth places from more than one person and are confused; or you may be recording the family history as a gift to someone and you don’t want them to know about it. Regardless of what the reason may be, if you are having trouble finding out where your great aunt grew up, a simple online search using a public record directory may be all you need.
How do I run this hunt? You log on to the Internet, and using a search engine lookup the keyword public records search, vital record directory, etc. Choose a few of the web results that are returned so you can look into these sites and research them a bit before you make any find decisions to use it. If after reading the F.A.Q’s, “About Us” section, checking up on the guarantee, security, and comparing prices (these searches are not free), you find a website you trust, and you can then begin your search. Searching involves looking up the person’s first and last name, city, and state and birth date (Note: only the full name is required).
Will I learn any other information aside from discovering where my great aunt was born? Certainly! If you are able to find your relative’s birth records online you will discover her:
Place of birth
Date of birth
Names of parents
Name of other family members
Any announcements that were made when she was born
Once I know where my great, great aunt was born, can I lookup other relatives without paying again, or do I have to pay for each investigation separately? Most sites that have directories usually offer those who wish to join the chance to pay a flat rate for unlimited searches for a limited time, while others will charge a very, very small monthly fee for non-stop searching.
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