Sorry to be so late in responding. I have been frantically trying to find a missing great grandmother. I am sure she gave birth to my grandfather a then died within 1 to 4 years, but cannot find a record of her death. The reason for the frantic concentration? My mother died four years ago, one of the eldest of a family of 12. Only three remain, one who is deaf, one who has Alzheimer's and one in her late 80's who is very alert and active. They all live quite far from each other and communication has been difficult. No one in the family ever talked about their lineage, until I asked my 87 year old aunt a year ago if she knew anything. Out came a couple of old pictures and a list of names that had been passed from my mother to this aunt. Since then, I have found unbelievable family ties and she has been so excited. I am trying to complete a tree for her as a Christmas gift, but the missing great grandmother is threatening to halt the project. I am in another state right now to dig into some records in a library that has collected achieves that may not be on the Internet.Originally Posted by Ldsdad
To answer your question, I use Ancestry.com, Archives.com, and Family Search. Ancestry has been growing so fast in the last couple of years that I have become "spoiled" in expecting it to have records for the years I need. I envy those who go to the actual sites of their linage and complete "authentic" searches.
I have also learned the value of knowing the history of the regions I am searching. For example, I finally hired a researcher to find my great grandfather and, much to my surprise, he had lied about his place of birth on his marriage application. The researcher told me she had found this type of occurrence before. The marriage was performed in the home of my great-grand mother who was the daughter of a prominent southern Civil War leader and was performed by the family's minister. The researcher explained that the marriage would have been forbidden because my great grandfather was considered a "Yankee", even though the war between the North and the South ( in America) had been over for a few years! Now that one was a splendid surprise !