Most genealogists search the obvious birth records such as Church records and Vital Stats (Birth Registrations or Certificates). These records are fairly well known but before Civil Registration began in whatever country your ancestor was from, you will have to look for other records for a birth date. If we don’t find our ancestor in one of those common birth records, we’re stuck! Where to search next? The Ancestor Birth Finder can help direct you to alternate sources for birth records. All we need to do is think outside the box. What happens when a child is born? When a woman becomes pregnant? What events take place around the birth of a child? What kind of birth record paper trail is created on the birth of an individual? The answers to these questions will lead you to other sources of birth records and hopefully end that brick-wall. When an ancestor is born, many records leading up to and surrounding that birth might be created. Let’s talk about records kept before an ancestor is born, and those created after a birth up to the individual’s death.
Lorine McGinnis Schulze is the creator and owner of Olive Tree Genealogy website which she established in 1996. She is also the creator of several other websites, all bringing free genealogical content online for genealogists and historians. Lorine has an Honors B.A. in Psychology and a B.Ed. For 20 years she taught teenage boys who could not be in regular schools because of behavior issues. Before that she was a child care worker working with younger children with emotional disturbances, autism, developmental delays and cerebral palsy. Now she spends her days working on her genealogy websites and blogs and writing her mystery novels. Visit Olive Tree Genealogy and read more about Lorine and her books here.