Genealogy Information - By Type

Instructions, if needed, are given below this form.

Fields with * are required.


First, choose a type of record for which information is sought.

Second, after choosing the type of record to view, one can choose either a last name or a state or both, with the latter being more restrictive than just choosing a name or a state. For example, choosing the last name "Hibbard" would find all records of the chosen type in all states but if the state of "Minnesota" is chosen, this would restrict the set returned. Note, however, that for some types of records, choosing both a state and a last name does not make sense. For example, when choosing Cemeteries, the last name is ignored. Similarly, when choosing Obituaries, the state is ignored. Also, some records may have a state or name in several parts of the record and all parts are examined. For example, birth certificates not only have the name of the child but also both parents and so a name search will also look for the mother's name. The headings describe the type of records returned. Then choose submit.

Finally, keep in mind that the records revealed may be reduced for several reasons: (a) The number of records are only as good as what I have done in adding and assigning properties. I may have not yet added all records or processed all of them. (b) If you are viewing these records without having logged in, they will only show those that pertain to those who have deceased (except censuses names given in obituaries). If you are a relative, logging will show all the records. Use the Contact menu item to check with me about gaining access, if you do not yet.

Some descriptions of the types of records listed above:

  • All records - this is the same as checking all the rest of the boxes
  • Births - this will list basic birth information in the database for the specified name and/or state
  • Birth Certificates - this will list all the transcribed birth certificates for the specified name and/or state. There is a limited set of these in this collection, mostly from MN from 1904-1934.
  • Birth Records - this will list all formal birth records found in various locations for the specified name and/or state. Note that some states do not have these readily available and most states did not start requiring these until 1900-1915 (varies by state). County records tend to be better but there is a wide range of dates for when these were collected and these are generally not as readily available.
  • Burial Records - this will list basic burial information for those in the system (with specified surname and/or state), possibly including cemetery name (and link to more info), tombstone inscription, a link to the Find A Grave record, and a link to all others in the system buried at the same cemetery
  • Cemeteries - this will list the cemeteries in the specified state with links to additional information about the cemetery
  • Census Records - this will list all census records that have been entered for the specified name and/or state (rounded to a relevant census year, if possible). These are transcriptions of the records, with links to the original. These are generally accurate but keep in mind there are also a number of errors.
  • Deaths - this will list basic death information in the database for the specified name and/or state
  • Death Certificates - this will list all the transcribed death certificates for the specified name and/or state. There is a growing set, mostly from MN covering years 1904-1991.
  • Death Records - this will list all formal death records found in various locations for the specified name and/or state. Note that some states do not have these readily available and most states did not start requiring these until 1900-1915 (varies by state). County records tend to be better but there is a wide range of dates for when these were collected and these are generally not as readily available.
  • Marriages - this will list basic marriage information in the database for the specified name and/or state
  • Marriage Records - this will list all formal marriage records found in various locations for the specified name and/or state. Note that some states do not have these readily available and most states did not start requiring these until 1900-1915 (varies by state). County records tend to be better but there is a wide range of dates for when these were collected and these are generally not as readily available.
  • Obituaries - this is a list of all obituaries in the system for the specified name and/or state. This is a growing collection of records. Some obituaries may have some of the people mentioned in the obituary indexed with links to their overview page (see below).
  • Photos - This will provide a link that shows photos that have been identified taken at the specified name and/or state AND also deemed to be a public photo (so that living people are not included in it). This may also contain a link to show all photos that are associated with a person (typically documents).
  • Social Security Records - this will list all the entered social security records for the specified name and/or state.
  • Database-generated Biography - this provides a links, one for each person with specified last name, that takes one to a computer-generated biography of person based on all the types of records listed here as well as some other data. This is a great overview of a person.
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