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I Canít Find the Record

There may be times you have trouble locating a document, record, census or family. There are several reasons why this might occur, and knowing what they may be might help you locate the records.


As you do research for yourself or a client, make sure you take proper steps to avoid the above issues. Our descendants will be researching us, and we want their efforts to be rewarded by our good works, not thwarted by our mistakes.

If you fine yourself looking for a document or ancestor, do not give up. If you can not find it on Ancestry.com, try another website such as FamilySearch or HeritageQuest. Sometimes that can make all the difference. I have looked for my husband's ancestor Salvatore Lombardo, only to finally find him listed as Lombard Salvatorey; which also meant his entire family's surname was listed on this census as Salvatorey. I also have found white families listed as either mulatto or black, so I rarely use ethnicity while doing a search.

As you research and look for documents or individuals, do not give up if you hit brick walls. Try to think "outside the box" and figure out why this might be happening. Another way to figure this out is to have a friend help you; sometimes those second pair of eyes can make the difference.

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