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Genealogy Tips & Tricks

Genealogy Tips & Tricks ~Whether you've been bitten by the genealogy bug or you are researching for a 4-H project, here are a few hints, tips, and tricks to find those elusive ancestors!

1) Try to always work from the Present to the Past. Don't skip generations! 2) Talk with family and friends. They can provide clues and fill in gaps of your research. Also hunt through the attic for old boxes of photos, clippings, diaries, letters, or family bibles. 3) Fill out a Pedigree, or Ancestor, chart! When you visit Indiana or Genealogy Rooms at libraries, they will always ask if you have filled out a Pedigree chart. *Note: When writing dates, put the date first and the month second to avoid confusion. Ex: 3 July, 1890 You can download a chart for free from the Indiana State Library (http://www.in.gov/library/files/ancestry_chart.pdf). 4) Fill out a Family Group Sheet. The group sheet lists the children of those in the Pedigree Chart. This sheet and other forms are available at Rootsweb (http://helpdesk.rootsweb.com/get_started/charts_forms.html). 5) Keep a Log. Always write down where you find information. This will save time, energy, and headaches later on when you want to find that little tidbit from an old newspaper you wrote down about Great Aunt Essie. ~Okay, you are ready to log on to the Internet. Remember, the Internet is a great tool, but it is not a magical box of information just waiting to spit out every answer that you need. *A great starting point is with the Federal Census Records. The census started in 1790. It was taken every ten years after that with more detailed information recorded than the last. (Unfortunately, a fire at the Commerce Department in 1921 destroyed almost all the 1890 records.) The records are open to the public after a 72 year waiting period. So the 1930 Census is available, and the 1940 will be unveiled in 2010. Through the census, you can trace your relations' addresses and neighbors. Beware! The census holds many pitfalls. If people were not home, a neighbor might give the census taker information of the family to the best of their knowledge. If a parent was out, the children might have given information. The census taker could have even misheard what was said. So, be flexible with names and dates! The Federal Census Records can be found on HeritageQuest or Ancestry.com. These are databases that one must buy, or you may go to a local library to view the databases inhouse for free. * Cemetery Records Cemetery listings are available at most libraries. Our local cemetery lists are available on the left-hand side of this page. *Birth, Marriage, Death Records These records are a gold mine of information. Most require a fee and none exist before 1882 (at least in Indiana).



Preserve the Pensions War of 1812 The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is working to preserve the War of 1812 pension records that are held at the National Archives. 7.2 million pages have been processd and await digitization.

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Genealogy Materials @ The Library Books Local County Histories & Cemetery Listings Newspapers Fortville Tribune = 1918-1925, 1940-1946, 1948, 1949-1977, 1983, 1984 Community Shopper = 1984-2004 Fortville-McCordsville Reporter = 2005-current Yearbooks Fortville High School & Mt. Vernon High School Silhouette = 1917-1921, 1923, 1925, 1934-1937, 1949, 1951-1959, 1960, 1962-1968 Mt. Vernon = 1970, 1972-1978, 1980-2007 Cemetery Lists

Gravel Lawn (/Genealogy/GravelLawn/tabid/684/Default.aspx)

Hiday (/Genealogy/HidayCemetery/tabid/707/Default.aspx) McCordsville / IOOF (/Genealogy/McCordsvilleIOOF/tabid/687/Default.aspx)

Cauldwell (/Genealogy/Cauldwell/tabid/688/Default.aspx) Gilliam Chapel (/Genealogy/GilliamChappel/tabid/689/Default.aspx)

Reeves / Mt. Gilead (/Genealogy/ReevesMtGilead/tabid/690/Default.aspx)

Caudell-Simmons (/Genealogy/CaudellSimmons/tabid/691/Default.aspx)

Wynn (/Genealogy/Wynn/tabid/692/Default.aspx) Emment / Doty (/Genealogy/EmmentDoty/tabid/693/Default.aspx)

Fausset (/Genealogy/Fausset/tabid/694/Default.aspx) Fort (/Genealogy/Fort/tabid/695/Default.aspx) Mt. Comfort (/Genealogy/MtComfort/tabid/696/Default.aspx) Helms (/Genealogy/Helms/tabid/821/Default.aspx) Kinnaman (/Genealogy/KinnamanCemetery/tabid/908/Default.aspx) Bethlehem (/Genealogy/BethlehemCemetery/tabid/909/Default.aspx) Arnett (/Genealogy/ArnettCemetery/tabid/913/Default.aspx)

McKay

(/Genealogy/McKayCemetery/tabid/967/Default.aspx) Brooks (/Genealogy/BrooksCemetery/tabid/968/Default.aspx) More Madison County Cemeteries (http://www.cemeteries-madison-co-in.com/list.htm)

Funeral Home - Obituaries Seals Funeral Home (http://www.sealsfuneralhome.com/obits/)

+ + + Erlewinn Mortuary (http://www.erleweinmortuary.com/online-obituaries) The Fortville Library Would Like to Thank: +++

Francis B. Hart, Jr. for donating his great-grandfather’s, H. Edward Hart’s (1872-1929), top hat to the Fortville Library which is now on display. +++ Susan (Graham) Lucas for volunteering her time to create a directory of births, marriages, anniversaries, and deaths for the book-bound Fortville Tribune newspapers. She also created a list of the various businesses on Main Street in Fortville from 1950-1984. +++ Rebecca Niquette for donating the picture of Mr. and Mrs. Price (circa. 1880s) from the Cozart Building on Main Street. +++ Gary Sharrett for donating several items to the library: + Report Card from 1885 Fortville High School Commencement Program from 1897 + Tax Receipts from: William Brown - 1890, 1891, 1892, 1894, 1907 Washington Fort - 1850, 1854, 1857,1859, 1867, 1869, 1875, 1882 Micajah Shull - 1849 + Loans paid by Washington Fort for David Gardner - 1866, 1867 Promissory Notes (loans) to Cephas Fort from: Parkis Fort 1865 William Fort 1867 Henry Fort 1867, 1869 + Warranty Deeds John T. Pridgeon "Pridgen" 1873, 1882 William Brown from Mary Green - 1898 +++ Dale "Dick" Collins For donating his and his parents' WWII Ration Books +++ Eugene Dove for donating 16 genealogical books: + *Will Books & Intestate Records, Lancaster Co., PA 1729-1850 *Quaker Arrivals at Philadelphia 1682-1750 *St. Paul's Parish Register 1715-1798 *Original Lists of Persons of Quality 1600-1700 *Marriages of Loudoun County, Virginia 1757-1853 *Virginia Court Records in Southwestern Pennsylvania 1775-1780 *Cabell County Annals and Families *Early Kentucky Tax Records *To Maryland from Overseas *Official Guide to the Civil War Discovery Trail *Immigrant Ancestors: A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America before 1750 *Marriages of Lunenburg, Virginia 1746-1853 *Northumberland County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds 1783-1850 *More English Adventurers and Emigrants 1625-1777 *Parish Register: St. Peter's, New Kent County, Virginia *North Carolina Taxpayers 1679-1790 *If anyone has further information on the Price Family, please contact Rebecca at the Fortville Library.

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