Probate records refer to wills, inventories, letters of administration and guardianship. They are usually held at the county courthouse unless archived and they are indexed by the name of the testator.
The Pedigree chart is the road map of you and your ancestors. It begins with YOU! Females must use their maiden names.
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The 1910 census lists survivors of Union or Confederate army or naval service.
Start with yourself. Document everything you know about yourself. Include your spouse, children, grandchildren, etc. Include occupations, where you have lived and all important events in your life. Then, and only then, start working backwards and with your living relatives.
The 1890 U.S. Census records were destroyed by fire on January 10, 1921.