Know your relationships: An ancestor is a person from whom you are descended. A descendant is a person who is descended from an ancestor. A relative is someone with whom you share a common ancestor but who is not in your direct line.
Church records may include births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials. Be sure you have the correct church/religious denomination. If youâ€™re not sure, search the churches closest to home first and then broaden your search in ever-widening circles.
USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) was formerly known as INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service). Searching for Immigration and naturalization records is essential in genealogy research. The website which allows patrons to order index searches or record copies is at: CISHistory.Library@dhs.gov. Payment is required for searching the indexes, and then payment again to obtain copies of records located. 20th century records include: Certificate Files (C-Files); Registry Files; Visa Files; Alien Registration and A-Files.
The 1910 census lists survivors of Union or Confederate army or naval service.
Vital Records include birth, marriage, divorce and death records.