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April 16, 2019


During most of the early history of the United States, women came under the legal status of their husbands. This meant that women were not required to be directly involved in many of the records kept at that time. Since this can make women harder to find, to be successful you need to understand which records might provide you with their names, or at least clues you can combine together to identify them. To find women in the records, it is important to focus on the men they were related to: husbands, fathers, grandfathers, brothers, sons, and even uncles or cousins.

Records are listed in general order, starting with the records most likely to be successful du...

January 24, 2017

One of the reasons family history is among the most popular hobbies in America is because of the vast amount of information that is available online. This is also one of the great challenges in doing genealogy - there is so much information out there, where do you search first? And then next?

BestSteps Genealogy evolved from the need we saw in our professional research to make sure we were utilizing the best sources out there for our clients. We would ask each other, "What do you think is the best source to find...?"

In searching for the best methodology we have learned from research experience, reading books and blogs, listening to webinars, and attending genealogy confe...

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