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maaliskuu 15, 2007, 11:27pm

This can be anything at all.

Mine is that I wanted to order a copy of my great-grandfather's birth certificate to find out who his parents were. However, in Alambama, I have to wait 125 years after his birth date to check it out. Good news-I only have 12 more years to wait!! hehe!

maaliskuu 15, 2007, 11:31pm

joint and look at the U.S. census records. You can figure it out by looking for your gr-grandfather's name as a child - he will be listed in his father's household. I got back to 1811 - that's about the time that they started recording names besides the head of the household.

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maaliskuu 16, 2007, 12:01am


Wow. Too late at night to be posting. I can't do basic math. :-)

So he was born 1894? Do you know if he served in WWI? He probably had to register for the draft.


1811? The 1850 was the first US census to show the name of anyone other than the head of household. The other people were represented by checks in columns for males & females in various age brackets.

maaliskuu 16, 2007, 12:12am

Sorry, homeschoolmom, I wasn't clear. I worked back with the censuses that had names, and then used some logic to figure out which household was which before that. I can't really explain it - you'd have to be looking at the records to see what I mean.

In any case, someone born in 1894 in the U.S. shouldn't be that hard to track down, as the military records for WWI are, as myshelves points out, very helpful. Even those who didn't serve had to register, as I recall. But the census will certainly give parents for an 1894 person.

maaliskuu 16, 2007, 12:36am

hsmom #1

Most states - no matter how picky - waive that rule for direct descendants I believe. You might have to send in a notarized statement to that effect outling your lineage, but they should be able to issue the cert to you?

maaliskuu 16, 2007, 1:18am

Thanks everyone for the helpful hints! I actually had a number of those listed to try but haven't gotten around to it yet. I just thought that comment was funny. My husband and I laughed that I only had to wait 12 more years. And actually if I look at the form again, I believe it states they didn't keep records before 1900, so it was pointless anyway. I'll have to look at it again.

I haven't done any genealogy research in about a year. This group has really tweeked my interest again. I was just thumbing through a genealogy report a distant cousin did on my mom's side. Very interesting.

#4-not sure if he served or not. I am definitely going to dig through this information in the next few weeks and see what I can come up with. My postings always look late at night because we're in Japan and 13 hours ahead of the east coast.

maaliskuu 16, 2007, 1:24am

I just checked the letter I received. In Alabama, the Center for Health Statistics did not keep records on births before 1908, marriages until 1936, and divorces until 1950. According to them, counties hold the records or perhaps the Dept of Archives and History.

By the way, if anyone is calculating, if they will not release a birth record until 125 years after the birth year, they wouldn't be able to help me anyway with a birth date of 1894.

I have a county that he may have been born in. I will check with the county after I check out the census records.

Thanks everyone for your help!

maaliskuu 16, 2007, 3:55pm

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maaliskuu 17, 2007, 4:19am

#9-genea1-Wow! That's-wow! Could you imagine? I'd love to say its unbelievable, but I imagine things like that are more commonplace than we realize.

maaliskuu 17, 2007, 12:36pm

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maaliskuu 17, 2007, 1:44pm


How about Northern families? Somehow it gets forgotten (they sure didn't tell me in school!) that northern states had slavery until not that long before the Civil War. Slaves in NY who were born before 1799 were freed by July 4, 1827. Those born after 1799 were not to be free until age 28 for males, 25 for females. So a male child born in the beginning of 1827 was not to be freed until 1855.

maaliskuu 17, 2007, 3:02pm

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maaliskuu 17, 2007, 7:19pm

#12-Very interesting. I never thought about the northern states and slavery. Something they don't discuss much in school. My mother's family is all from the north, but from the research that I've done, has only been here a few generations. My father's family is from TN and AL and I'm sure I'll be hitting those records myself soon. Genea1-I'm sure I'll feel the same way as you, sick!

By the way, just a side note. One night going home in WNY, I was driving over some railroad tracks (I grew up in a rural area) I spotted a bonfire. When I looked over, there were Klu Klux Klan members around the fire. My initial reaction was fear and I drove straight home. By the time I got home however, I was so mad that people thought that way, I wanted to drive back and give them a piece of my mind!

maaliskuu 17, 2007, 8:57pm

The other thing that people forget, or never knew, is that there were free blacks who owned slaves. The more you stir it, the more it stinks, as they say in New England.

maaliskuu 17, 2007, 11:32pm

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