Always begin with yourself.
Document all the information you find.
Document the positive and negative of
Don’t believe everything you see or hear
unless it is cited.
Make photocopies whenever possible.
Always write out the date.
*June 15, 1977 vs. 06-15-77
Always record a person’s full name.
*Virginia Elizabeth (Wentworth) Peck
Research the real name, not a nickname.
Always look for variations in a surname.
Always record maiden names.
Always keep a backup copy of your research.
Family Group Sheet
A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links
that point you to genealogical research sites online.
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Church of LDS.
Ohio Obituary Index
An index to 2,750,000 obituaries, death & marriage
notices & other sources from Ohio from the 1810s
to the present day. Actual obits may be ordered
from over 60 partner libraries.
Free genealogy websites for every county in US.
Vermilion newspaper on microfilm back to 1890.
Copies of newspaper articles on popular topics.
Local history collection.
Genealogy books are upstairs: 929.1 – 929.3
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Ancestry Library Edition (in library only)
Access to more than 4,000 genealogy databases with a single
Cleveland Necrology File
contains local cemetery records and newspaper death notices
for the following years: 1833, 1847-1848, 1850-1975.
Heritage Quest Online
Contains US Census, periodical index, Revolutionary War
records, and US Serial Set (actions of Congress).
Ohio Historical Society
Full text documents and images plus research tools.
More than 4,000 genealogy databases with a single
Complete U.S. Census & Index 1790-1940
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charts to help
Usually it’s best
to start with a
• Allow for variations
in spelling of names.
•Look for occupations,
value of home.
• Who lived in the
• Where were parents
•Neighbors or relatives
•Use address and
locate home on map
or Google Earth.
Notice he lived with his in-laws, was married with two daughters, his parents
were born in Germany, many neighbors were immigrants.
Many people will have
links to their
obituaries and photos.
Browse Histories, News,
and Photos for primary
Search for a person or
use Keyword search for
Immigration & Travel >
emigration books >
Keyword Search for Ellis
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and printing on
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