Family Resources

Marriage certificates, wedding invitations, and marriage announcements

There are a few documents that you may have at home that can help you with your search, that you wouldn’t think would be important in your Genealogical Search.

A good example of this would be a marriage certificate . Marriage Certificates give you the

Brides Maiden name

Grooms Name

The person who performed the marriage

and the parties invited ( usually parents, siblings, maybe children )

When someone passes you will want to look and save the ” funeral or mass card ” this may be able to give you a date of Birth, date of death and place of both.

Have you ever opened a box and found old photos, a Diary or Journal kept by your family member?!? Well dont forget to keep or ask about them if soemone in the family still has them. These are a list of facts documented by previous family members and usually name family members and include information about their births, marriages, and deaths. Letters written from one family member to another can also have information about family births, deaths, weddings, christenings and things of that nature.. so save all your letters!!!!!

A Newspaper clipping is a great resource to have. Sometimes you have to watch as a name may be misspelled, but they information that is collected is usual factual and are a great collection of


birth and marriage announcements

and other articles about older generations of your family.

Photographs are, of course, valuable family heirlooms. On the backs of some photographs you may find the name of the person in the photograph with other identifying information. The name and location of the photographer may suggest where you should look for vital records.