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How to Find a Child

Summary:

  • Search FamilySearch or Ancestry with just the parents’ category filled in

  • Census 

  • Published family trees 

  • Cemetery 

  • Obituary 

  • County and local histories

  • Probate Records

  • Land Records

  • Church baptism records

  • Newspaper birth announcements

  • Bible Records

In-depth:

  • Search FamilySearch or Ancestry – with just the parents’ category filled in

  • Census – In 1850 and later, the U.S. Census lists each person by name and starting in 1880 they listed the person’s relationship to the head of household.

  • Published family trees – like FamilyTree & Ancestry

  • Cemetery – Check Find-a-Grave & Billion Graves - look for people nearby

  • Obituary – of a parent or sibling

  • County and local histories

  • Probate Records

  • Land Records

  • Church baptism records

  • Newspapers: birth announcements

  • Bible Records

  • Other Tips

    • Search for children until the mother was 50 years old and a year or two before a marriage.

    • The 1900 and 1910 U.S. Census ask how many children a mother had and how many of those are living.