What Are Some Easy And Difficult Pieces Of History To Locate?

What are some easy and difficult pieces of history to locate? The easiest thing to locate is normally family pictures and the information you have at the house. The next easiest thing to locate is the federal census records.

The easiest thing to locate is normally family pictures and the information you have at the house. The next easiest thing to locate is the federal census records. You can find them at your local library, you can rent them from the national archives, your local genealogy societies normally have them, and you can find them online.


The absolute hardest thing to find sometimes is old newspapers and you have to understand that there are records that will never be available. A courthouse that was burned during the Civil War or a courthouse that burned just because a lamp or a fire got out of hand, those records are gone. Those records, the marriage records, many of the land records, the court records, those can never be reconstructed. You have to go around that situation to find peripheral information in other places, but by and large the majority of the courthouses in the United States have been in existence from the time a county was formed. Every courthouse has land records, what we call deeds, and that is the single largest and oldest group of documents in the United States. Even when a courthouse burns the majority of people take their deeds to the new court house and have them recorded because that's your proof that you own that property. Deeds contain things other than the legal description of property, for example if someone dies and their land gets split between their children all that information is found in deeds. Deeds chain every single piece of property all the way back to the original deed.


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