Finding Your Early 1800s US Ancestors Online

James M. Baker, PhD
Apr 19, 2016
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Case Study: Jonathan Tracy
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Value of Different Record Types
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About this webinar

This presentation describes strategies to find early 1800s United States data. A case study illustrates the use of different record types to trace families backward in time from Illinois through Indiana, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Key online sources include newspapers, historical books, property records, marriage records, military records, and city directories.


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About the speaker

About the speaker

Mr. Baker, an active genealogist for the past fifteen years, completed the requirements to become a BCG associate in 2011. He specializes in German, Midwest U.S., and early American research. He was an officer of the Sacramento German Genealogy So
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