Pre 1850 U.S. Genealogy Research Strategies

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Learn from professional genealogist Aimee Cross her strategies for researching pre-1850 ancestors. As you may know, census records prior to 1850 only show the head of household. So how do you research your genealogy before 1850 if they don’t show the family members? Aimee has a 7 step process she goes through to help find those ancestors and break down those brick walls.

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0:00 Intro
0:49 Aimee Cross
1:38 Pre-1850 Genealogy Strategies
3:28 Genealogy Timeline
4:23 Vital Records
4:53 Example: Mary Anne Milloway
5:38 Marriage Records
7:41 FamilySearch Records
9:35 Census Evaluation
11:18 Ancestry Search Tips
12:54 Create Family Groups
13:58 Probate Records
16:50 Guardianship Records
18:08 Ancestry Probate Records
18:33 FamilySearch Probate Records
20:12 Private Microfilms
21:52 Probate Research
22:13 How to Research Deeds
23:04 Land Records
23:53 Deed Records
25:51 Spouses in deeds
27:24 Maiden names in deeds
29:56 Dive into Deeds
31:10 Conclusion
32:17 Outro

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Richard O'Neal says:

Wrong! The wife's signature (agreement) to her husband selling property only applied to the homestead, and property she could claim dower on.

Donna c Cameron says:

Always have enjoyed your genealogical clips,not too long but to the point.Today I viewed guest speaker with Ainee Cross 1850 cencus&hints..I took in another wonderful 32 min clip of knowledge from the both of you. Probate , last will,all interesting,refreshing. Thank you.
Miss Donna C. Cameron.

CA Babyboomerq says:

I am really surprised that no one ever suggests searching your matches for people with certain surnames and/or birth places. I have been successful doing this on 2 brick walls. I follow the matches tree back, if they have a tree, and see where I end up. In both cases I was then able to see that I had several other dna matches leading back to siblings of my brick wall person. On one I also had Y DNA so was able to identify a mystery father from 1820. I always search for records also, but I let the dna give me a “tip” on where to start looking when I hit a brick wall with traditional methods. I found two 3x great grand fathers that way. One on my paternal line and one on my maternal line (I had a maternal 1st cousin Y tested.). The further back your mystery person is, the smaller you autosomal match will be. That is why I swear by keeping those distant matches on there for people to use if they want to. Both times the key match’s were under 10cMs because two times in the line the relatives were only “halfs” to us. But happily, the families were all big enough and people had tested. Plus we located someone with old family letters from the 1800s that verified the autosomal dna matches. So, DNA is a great tool in these cases in my opinion. I don’t do tons of segment matching like some people do. I look at the tree and see what I can prove with documents and other matches

Susan Clay says:

I work at a Family History Library and am not sure what exactly you were talking about being able to see at the library vs. Online (timestamp abt. 21.00 to 21.53.
I would like to know what you are referring to in case someone comes in asking about it.

sl5311 says:

Great video. Especially on the intricacies of who is being enumerated, double wedding record. Also, I confess I am a mindmapper. I have tried to go to a family history center with a research room and they said I had to either go to SLC or a place an hour away from me in another state. It was confusing. Yea for Connie for supporting other channels in the name of spreading the expertise. Thank you.

marilynjw1971 says:

My husbands great grandfather was discovered under a cabbage I think, because I can't find ANYTHING before his marriage license in 1892.

LeAllyson Meyer says:

This was fabulous. Thanks for the guidance from Amy.

Vanessa Clark says:

I just picked up my genealogy again after several years and discovered your channel. You’re doing an amazing job with this content! I especially love that you’re able to mix in videos with other well known genealogists who have a particular specialty (Judy Russell). You’re playing such an important role in making genealogy education more accessible to everyone. You are to be commended. I look forward to more videos!

Gayle Johnson says:

Dont forget church record. Quakers kept wonderful records.

carole Kotser says:

Ai have been with ancestry searching for 12 years and DNA and to say I am lost yes. I am an adoptee

andrew says:

Moms maternal grandfather 1896-1986 was a mason, how do I find his records ?

Suzanne McClendon says:

I've had good luck finding land transactions and estate sales in the old newspapers of the county for my maternal grandma's family. I found the land sales of my 3rd great-grandmother's estate just the other day.

I enjoy reading the probate inventories, too. 🙂

Lynn Hettrick says:

I need this because I'm trying to untangle two John George Otts, born about 1745.

Nancy S. says:

I learned so much, thank you!

Kathy Astrom says:

Last summer, I was researching Jacob Frost, my 1st cousin, 9x removed, who I saw on Ancestry had “lived amongst the Shakers.” I had found his baptism info (along with his twin brother Isaac) from 1785. Then, through googling, I found his signature in a bound volume of land deeds from York County, Maine, with his age and the date of signature of June 1803. Then absolutely nothing until the 1850 census, when he was living in the Shaker community at Alfred, ME. I also saw on the next page of that census record the names of three of Jacob’s sisters, also living in the same community house. I called the librarian at the Shaker Village museum for help, and he was great, pulling together a detailed bio on their father, which explained the land deed book signature (the dad had been the county recorder of deeds when the county seat changed soon after Jacob had signed, so I think that the dad asked his 18 year old son for help consolidating the paperwork at the office before the move, getting deeds bound instead of loose in a drawer).

Unfortunately, that was all the librarian had. I was particularly hoping for when the siblings had joined the sect, but without detailed names on a census, there was no trace of that info. I’m going to go back and see if I can make a guess through the father’s census info, seeing if I can at least get some hint through the tally marks of the different ages in his household and tracking the other siblings’ movements. There were 15 children in total, 11 surviving past age 5 (including four sets of twins!), so I might be able to estimate when they joined.

K.A. Bercaw says:

This is a great video!! I love videos that show strategies! I am so easily distracted at times that I find myself sort of staggering from from one type of records to another. These types of strategies help me to focus and be less distracted. Thank you both!!

Tanya Covington Radic says:

Difficult cursive writing . Children today can't read cursive. These will be Egyptian hieroglyphics

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