Are you struggling with finding basic details about your ancestor? Maybe it is time you stepped away for a moment and tried searching in a less obvious place for your ancestor who lived in Charleston.

Charleston city directories from as early as 1782 still survive and are within your reach, and you can use them to learn more about your ancestor where traditional records come up short.

Finding clues about your ancestor's marriage can be a challenge. If the marriage occurred during the colonial period or before the recording of marriage licenses, you may feel bombarded by the various names for marriage records.

You will need to determine if the record that you find is only just a clue that points the way to that actual record of the marriage taking place.

Look at the photograph, look again. Dunham who? After years of attempting to identify this small bit of family information, it is time to hire a professional. This article will explain what to look for when hiring a professional family researcher. Answer a few questions.

What is your specific goal?

Were your ancestors "First Boat" or "Second Boat" immigrants? Do you have ancestors from both waves of immigrants? Page 31 explains the differences such as date of arrival and possible origins.

Start with the census records. Every census provides different clues. For discrepancies , usually the answer closest to the event provides accurate the information. Know history, what stigma may provoke answers.

Kerry expertly demonstrates how to organize your research and boost productivity. In her introduction, the author writes, "Evernote is actually the key to being a more efficient, more effective person in every part of my life. It's been especially helpful in making me a better genealogist."

The chapters are detailed, yet not overwhelming.

The DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) is the free online portal to genealogical records maintained by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

It provides seven databases that contain a wealth of information to help potential DAR members complete membership applications, but even genealogists who do not plan to join DAR may find valuable information on their ancestors.

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