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Welcome to RecordsBase.com’s blog. Whether you’re a starting genealogist, still seeking to grasp the basics of the vast world of genealogy, it’s unique jargon and wide array of fascinating insights, or a seasoned veteran already experienced with the finer and subtler aspects of genealogical expeditions, we hope you find the information here invaluable. We’re always working diligently to bring the forefront of genealogy to your fingertips, whether with important genealogy tips, archaic public records, and accurate family history information.

FamilySearch Reaches 1 Billion Indexed Names

Posted by Grace Mitchell on November 5th 2013 under Site Reviews
FamilySearch, the largest genealogical organization in the world, has now reached an important milestone in their work. The organization recently announced they have reached 1 billion searchable records in their online archives.

Kate Middletons Surprising Ancestry Revealed to Cambridge

Posted by Grace Mitchell on October 14th 2013 under Genealogy Record Searches
When one launches a genealogy research project, it is hard to predict precisely where it will end up. That is exactly what students in a history class in Australia found, when they began to research the pedigree of the British queen-in-waiting, Kate Middleton. The princess, whose commoner ancestry has already been widely documented, is also related to Cambridge scholars and aristocrats. Read More...

Ancestry com Review

Posted by Grace Mitchell on Febuary 15th 2013 under Site Reviews
This is a thorough review of the popular family tree website ancestry.com and discusses what users can expect from doing an ancestry search on this website. Read More...

National Listing of Obituaries

Posted by Grace Mitchell on October 22nd 2012 under Obituaries
Search obituaries nationwide using online resources like legacy.com to find Tribune obituaries, Telegram obituaries and Indiana obituaries using these helpful tips. Read More...

Celebrity Obits

Posted by Grace Mitchell on October 15th 2012 under Obituaries
Use this online resource guide to find celebrity obits online, as well as learning how to use death records and death notices in your genealogy search. Read More...

1940 Census Release

Posted by Grace Mitchell on September 11th 2012 under Census
Learn more about your ancestors by accessing the 1940 census using 1940 census archives gov, a website developed for this purpose by the National Archives. Read More...

United States Census Collections

Posted by Grace Mitchell on August 22nd 2012 under Census
Learn how to track your ancestors using the US census from various years, including the 1940 census, 1930 census, and from the years 1860, 1900, 1910 and 1920. Read More...

The Process of Filing a Birth Record

Posted by Grace Mitchell on August 8th 2012 under Vital Record Searches
Laws involving the filing of birth records varies considerably from state to state. Dates when official records were kept may be different, and even the method of filing the document could involve many variations. To find birth records, it helps to know how documents were filed within that particular state. Read More...

How to Get a Copy of a Marriage License

Posted by Grace Mitchell on July 21st 2012 under Marriage Certificates
Learn how to get a copy of marriage license using this online resource guide that describes how to obtain copies of marriage records in any state. Read More...

How to Find Out if Someone is Married

Posted by Grace Mitchell on July 16th 2012 under Marriage Certificates
Learn how to find out if someone is married with this helpful online resource guide that outlines where to obtain this important information. Read More...

How to Find a Marriage License

Posted by Grace Mitchell on July 9th 2012 under Marriage Certificates
Find a marriage license for free online using these helpful hints that apply to all states, including Texas, and make it easy to obtain copies of records. Read More...

How to Find a Marriage Certificate

Posted by Grace Mitchell on June 26th 2012 under Marriage Certificates
Find a marriage certificate online with this resource guide that outlines where to obtain copies for all states, including California. Read More...

Find People by Birth Date

Posted by Grace Mitchell on June 12th 2012 under Birth Certificates
This online guide demonstrates how to lookup people for free using birth date and tools like the Texas birth index, which is useful in a genealogy search. Read More...

How to Find Date of Birth for Free

Posted by Grace Mitchell on June 4th 2012 under Birth Certificates
These guidelines outline how to discover a date of birth for free using a simple lookup tool and online resources like the Texas birth index. Read More...

How to Find a Birth Certificate

Posted by Grace Mitchell on May 24th 2012 under Birth Certificates
Use this online resource guide to retrieving a copy of a birth certificate, whether it’s your personal birth record or one needed for genealogy purposes. Read More...

Leading Causes of Death in 2012

Posted by Grace Mitchell on May 10th 2012 under Death Certificates
Discover the top reasons why people died in 2012, as well as what will be leading causes of deaths in 2013, by examining past causes in 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008. Read More...

How to Find Out if Someone is Deceased or Has Died

Posted by Grace Mitchell on May 1st 2012 under Death Certificates
This online resource guide discusses how to learn someone’s cause of death and date of death, plus how to learn whether someone is deceased. Read More...

How to Find Obituaries and Death Notices

Posted by Grace Mitchell on April 25th 2012 under Obituaries
Learn more about family members and ancestors through death records, burial information from cemeteries and obituaries using this helpful resource guide. Read More...

Tips for Public Records Research

Posted by Grace Mitchell on April 20th 2012 under Public Record Searches
Launching a public records search isn’t always easy, even with all the online resources available today. To ensure your records search is successful, get tips from experienced archivists and genealogy experts who can help you get started. With key tools in hand, you are much more likely to find the information you are looking for. Read More...

Social Security Death Index

Posted by Grace Mitchell on April 17th 2012 under Death Certificates
Locate Social Security Death Records online with the helpful tips contained in this overview of the Social Security Death Index and what information it offers. Read More...

Tips for Finding Divorce Records

Posted by Grace Mitchell on April 11th 2012 under Vital Record Searches
Do you know how to launch a search for divorce records on the Internet? Sometimes the process can be more complex than it seems on the surface. Divorce records are held through a variety of government offices, and you need to know where to look to get information. Check out these tips for finding divorce records. Read More...

How to Find a Death Certificate

Posted by Grace Mitchell on April 2nd 2012 under Death Certificates
Use this online resource guide to learn how to obtain a death certificate online from various sources and why it’s important in a genealogy search. Read More...

Free Ancestry Websites

Posted by Grace Mitchell on March 26th 2012 under Site Reviews
This guide reviews the free genealogy websites that provide valued access to records for free online, such as Cyndi’s list and familysearch.org. Read More...

Online Public Records vs Privacy

Posted by Grace Mitchell on March 19th 2012 under Public Record Searches
While the Internet has made it much easier to find a wealth of public records online, there are still some restrictions in place as to the type of information you are entitled to. Those restrictions vary from state to state, but all are created for the purpose of protecting the individual on the document from identity theft. Read More...

NewspaperArchive com Review

Posted by Grace Mitchell on March 13th 2012 under Site Reviews
Research one newspaper archive or ten using newspaperarchive.com for access to millions of historic and recent newspaper articles, obituaries and more. Read More...

Is Your Professional Licensed

Posted by Grace Mitchell on March 7th 2012 under Help Resources
When you hire a professional for any type of service, you want peace of mind in knowing that you have chosen the best person for the job. By conducting an online search for public licensing in your state, you can rest assured the professional you choose has the backing of the state government to perform the job. Read More...

Legacy com Review

Posted by Grace Mitchell on March 5th 2012 under Site Reviews
This review of legacy.com discusses how to use this website to find newspaper obituaries from various sources like the Buffalo News and Houston Chronicle. Read More...

How to Use a Record Retriever

Posted by Grace Mitchell on Febuary 28th 2012 under Help Resources
A professional records retriever can make the job of an archivist or genealogist that much easier. If you are willing to pay for the service, your professional can help you find a wealth of online public records, as well as research older archives, publications and obituaries to find information about your family and your past. Read More...

Familysearch org Review

Posted by Grace Mitchell on Febuary 23th 2012 under Site Reviews
Perform a Mormon family search or research general family history records using familysearch.org, a free resource for amateur and experienced genealogists. Read More...

How to Retrieve Marriage Records

Posted by Grace Mitchell on Febuary 17th 2012 under Vital Record Searches
Marriage records can be a key component in genealogy research, but finding those records can sometimes be easier said than done. To retrieve marriage records, you must first know which government office holds that records collection. Next, you need to find out what is required to obtain copies of the document. Read More...

Basic Steps to Trace Your Family Tree

Posted by Grace Mitchell on Febuary 7th 2012 under Family History
Nothing is more fun or interesting than tracing your family tree. However, a job this big requires plenty of tips and expert advice if you want your genealogy research to be as successful as possible. Check out these steps to get you started in your genealogy research to uncover important facts about your past. Read More...

How to Find Your Ancestry and Ancestors for Free

Posted by Grace Mitchell on Febuary 4th 2012 under Trace Your Heritage
Find your ancestors using this helpful guide that discusses how to fill out your family tree using websites like www ancestry com. Read More...

How to Search for American Ancestry

Posted by Grace Mitchell on January 30th 2012 under Trace Your Heritage
This helpful resource guide discusses how to search for Native American ancestry, as well as Mormon ancestry, using genealogy websites like familysearch.org. Read More...

5 Good Sources for Death Records

Posted by Grace Mitchell on January 23th 2012 under Vital Record Searches
Death records can be an effective piece of your genealogy puzzle, but finding these documents can sometimes be a complex process. It is important to learn all the various resources for this type of archived information, dating from more recent deaths all the way back centuries to family you never knew you had. Read More...

Top Tips For Finding Ancestors

Posted by Grace Mitchell on January 10th 2012 under Trace Your Heritage
Building your family tree? You may already know just how challenging it can be to locate those ancestors you never knew. The good news is there are plenty of solid online sources to help you launch your genealogy research and persevere through your task until your family history is finally complete. Read More...

Military Records

Posted by Grace Mitchell on December 28th 2011 under Public Record Searches
Military records uncover information about your family’s history, telling you which family members served in wars or gave their service to their country. These records span back centuries, offering some of the oldest documented information available today. With online military records now available, it’s much easier to complete your family research. Read More...

Vital Genealogy Resources

Posted by Grace Mitchell on December 20th 2011 under Free Genealogy Resources
Thanks to the Internet, it is easier to find genealogy information than ever before. There is a wealth of online genealogy resources to help you trace your family tree and locate ancestors of your past. From online genealogy communities to websites devoted to the meaning of surnames, you can find the information you are looking for. Read More...

Find Your Ancestors

Posted by Grace Mitchell on December 6th 2011 under Free Genealogy Resources
Curious about where you came from? Online resources now make it much easier to unleash the skeletons in your closet or blow the dust off your family secrets. From vital records like birth and death certificates to criminal histories, court records and documentation on military service, there is a wealth of information waiting for you. Read More...

Online Public Records

Posted by Grace Mitchell on November 21st 2011 under Public Record Searches
The Internet has become a vital tool for genealogy researchers today. Now, you can find birth and death records, marriage documents and even military records and obituaries right from the comfort of home. Most government offices also provide online instructions allowing you to request official copies of documents as needed. Read More...

Trace Your Ancestors

Posted by Grace Mitchell on November 7th 2011 under Trace Your Heritage
Put your detective skills and Internet savvy to work to trace your ancestors and create your own unique family tree. Through a wealth of online public records databases today, you can piece together your family history puzzle to discover ancestors you never knew you had. Much of this information is free to the general public as well. Read More...

Genealogy Research Tips

Posted by Grace Mitchell on October 26th 2011 under Free Genealogy Resources
Even with all the online possibilities available today, conducting genealogy research can be a daunting task. How do you start, and where do you go to find your information? The good news is that there are also many good genealogy research tips online to help you initiate your search and see it through to the end. Read More...

Trace Family Tree

Posted by Grace Mitchell on October 12th 2011 under Trace Your Heritage
Tracing the family tree has become a popular hobby for many aspiring genealogists today. The task of researching one’s heritage has become much easier, thanks to the wealth of online archives and databases now available. With tips on how to access these files, you can learn plenty of interesting facts about your family history. Read More...

Family History Search

Posted by Grace Mitchell on September 28th 2011 under Family History
Looking for the history of your clan? You may be able to find all the information you need to trace your family’s history without ever leaving home. The art of family history has become much easier, thanks to a plethora of online archives available today. From vital records to obituaries, the Internet is the place to look. Read More...

Family History Research

Posted by Grace Mitchell on September 12th 2011 under Family History
Aspiring genealogists might start strong, but quickly fizzle as they realize just how challenging family history research can be. Even with the advent of online archives, it can still be confusing to know where to look for the information you need. Fortunately, online resources also provide necessary steps to successful family history research. Read More...

Family History Networking

Posted by Grace Mitchell on August 30th 2011 under Family History
Family history is an interesting subject that provides insight into where we came from and where we are going. What makes family history particularly fascinating is that it is all about people – the people who molded and shaped us into the individuals we are today. Learn more about those people with online family history networking. Read More...

Beginner Record Search

Posted by Grace Mitchell on July 13th 2011 under Public Record Searches
Getting ready to launch a public records search? The process may be more challenging than it sounds. These records are scattered throughout a large variety of public archives and databases, which vary based on the state in which they are located. Beginners in genealogy research will need help to begin a search for public records. Read More...

Search Living People

Posted by Grace Mitchell on June 21st 2011 under Living People Searches
Whether you are trying to track down a lost classmate or learn more about a potential date, a living people search may provide the information you are looking for. Hoards of online public records can now be viewed right from the comfort of home, offering information that helps you re-connect with or research persons of interest to you.

Living People Searches

Posted by Grace Mitchell on June 8th 2011 under Living People Searches
While the most of the resources on RecordsArchives.com relate to finding people from your past, this section will help you find people from your present (and possibly your future). Living people searches have become incredibly popular in the internet age because they allow you to know more about the people you interact with Read More...

Genealogical Search Tips

Posted by Grace Mitchell on May 31th 2011 under Genealogy Record Searches
Finding yourself stuck in your quest to re-create your family tree? Join the club. Most aspiring genealogists find themselves hitting a brick wall once in a while. Fortunately, there are plenty of good online resources available to help you scale that wall, find the information you are looking for, and make it over to the other side. Read More...

The National Movement for Tombstone Preservation

Posted by Grace Mitchell on May 1st 2011 under Vital Record Searches
Over periods of time gravestones will tend to accumulate a considerable amount of dirt, mold and water spots. The practice of tombstone preservation is a commitment to conserving the quality of aging gravestones in an effort to maintain a loved one's resting place intact. Read More...

Uncommon genealogy resources

Posted by Grace Mitchell on April 27th 2011 under Free Genealogy Resources
When most people think of public records, birth, death and marriage records come to mind. However, there is also a wealth of information available through more uncommon genealogy resources, such as military records, obituaries and newspaper clippings. Guess what? Much of this information is now available online for quick and easy access. Read More...

Surname Meanings

Posted by Grace Mitchell on April 14th 2011 under Trace Your Heritage
Curious about what your last name might mean? Find out, with a wealth of online resources regarding the meaning behind surnames. Most of these websites are completely free to use and offer plenty of information about the origins and meanings of a huge database of surnames. This is a perfect step in completing your fascinating family history. Read More...

Public Record Uses

Posted by Grace Mitchell on March 25th 2011 under Public Record Searches
There are many reasons why you might need access to online public records today. Perhaps you need a copy of your birth certificate to obtain a passport, or a death certificate to settle an estate. You may want to complete your family history project, which requires access to birth, death, military and marriage records. Read More...

Genealogy Records Virtue

Posted by Grace Mitchell on March 15th 2011 under Genealogy Record Searches
It is the most basic human desire to have an understanding of where one came from. Fortunately, finding that information is significantly easier today, thanks to the advent of online public records options. Through vital records, criminal histories and military service documentation, you can collect a wealth of information about your ancestors. Read More...

Public record information

Posted by Grace Mitchell on March 4th 2011 under Public Record Searches
Many different types of public records are available online today to offer you a glimpse of your past through a variety of lenses. These public records may include vital records like birth and death certificates, histories of military service, obituaries and court records. Find information about yourself and others right on the Internet. Read More...

Genealogy Searches

Posted by Grace Mitchell on Febuary 25th 2011 under Genealogy Record Searches
While online public records have made information more accessible, they have not done much to make genealogy searches less complex or confusing. Fortunately, along with access to public records, aspiring genealogists can also find a wealth of articles online with helpful tips for launching a genealogy search and finding success in your efforts. Read More...

Obtaining Marriage Records

Posted by Grace Mitchell on Febuary 15th 2011 under Vital Record Searches
Marriage records provide an essential piece in your family history, but gaining access to these documents can be easier said than done. Storage of marriage records varies from state to state, and it may also depend on the year the marriage took place. Finding public records may involve ample research on how marriages were done and recorded at the time. Read More...

History of Divorce

Posted by Grace Mitchell on January 31th 2011 under Vital Record Searches
Divorce is a difficult subject that actually boasts a long history in the U.S. and across the globe. Learn how the history of divorce can impact where public records documenting these events might be stored. Locations of divorce records vary from state to state and may also change depending upon the year in which the divorce was recorded. Read More...

Birth Records

Posted by Grace Mitchell on January 18th 2011 under Vital Record Searches
Did you know there is a difference between birth certificates and birth records? Learn all about the history of these public records, when they first began to be documented, and how states store the files today. This knowledge will help you locate the birth records you need for personal reasons or to complete your family history project. Read More...

Genealogy Communities

Posted by Grace Mitchell on January 7th 2011 under Free Genealogy Resources
When you immerse yourself in genealogy research, you quickly discover what an addictive hobby researching your past can be. Many aspiring genealogists like to gather online with other new and experienced family researchers to exchange tips, learn the finer points of public records research, and share their passion together through virtual genealogy communities. Read More...

Uncovering your roots

Posted by Grace Mitchell on December 29th 2010 under Trace Your Heritage
Discover secrets of the past and skeletons in the closet, by uncovering the roots of your family tree. Online public records and genealogy research makes the process of learning about your family much easier today. With a wealth of information available online, as well as numerous online archives, you can uncover all kinds of interesting family roots. Read More...

Marriage Record Genealogy

Posted by Grace Mitchell on December 16th 2010 under Vital Record Searches
The history of marriage in your family is a key component to completing your family tree. Fortunately, most marriage records can be found online today, making it easy for you to trace your marriage record genealogy right from home. The key to finding marriage records is knowing where to look in the state where the marriage took place. Read More...

Finding death records

Posted by Grace Mitchell on December 9th 2010 under Vital Record Searches
Death records may prove useful for a number of reasons today, whether you need the records for legal reasons or are simply trying to complete your family tree. The location of death records may vary from state to state, so you need resources to assist you on your search for public records in the appropriate state archives. Read More...

Pension Military Records

Posted by Grace Mitchell on December 5th 2010 under Public Record Searches
The federal government and some state governments granted pensions to officers, disabled veterans, needy veterans, widows or orphans of veterans and veterans who served a certain length of time. Pension records usually contain more genealogical information than service records. However, not all of our veteran ancestors applied for or received a pension. Read More...

Genealogy Resources and The National Archives

Posted by Grace Mitchell on December 5th 2010 under Genealogy Record Searches
The U.S. National Archives office is one of the best resources for people who wish to find out more about their extended family, particularly relatives that have since passed on. Read More...

How Criminal Statistics are Collected

Posted by Grace Mitchell on November 16th 2010 under Public Record Searches
Crime statistics, despite what one might believe, are not always accurate as we'd hope. For start, the reports only include crimes where the criminals were caught. In other occasions, data is gathered from insurance companies which do not cover 100% of the population. In addition, for obvious reasons, data may be inaccurate since some crimes never get reported at all. Read More...

Researching Public Records Through the FEC

Posted by Grace Mitchell on November 13th 2010 under Public Record Searches
 

The Federal Election Commission, also known as the FEC, provides interested parties with the capability of finding public records information. The documents provided by the FEC are available to be inspected by the public. Read More...

Death Statistics and the CDC

Posted by Grace Mitchell on November 12th 2010 under Vital Record Searches
Every time someone passes away, their untimely demise is recorded. The CDC gathers and uses this information in order to uncover patterns in statistics. Mortality rates are kept on all deaths in the United States. Read More...

The PACER Service Center

Posted by Grace Mitchell on October 14th 2010 under Public Record Searches
The Public Access to Court Electronic Records, also known as PACER, is a service that allows users to obtain court information from different courts using the internet. By registering with PACER, you have electronic access to all courts. Read More...

The NBER and Birth Records

Posted by Grace Mitchell on September 12th 2010 under Vital Record Searches
While you might think that your birth certificate and birth records are of no importance to anyone but yourself, they actual provide vital information about the health of the nation. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) keeps track of this type of information. Read More...

The National Obituary Archive

Posted by Grace Mitchell on July 11th 2010 under Vital Record Searches
Back in the year 2000, the Continental Computer Corporation first opened the National Obituary Archive (NOA). Already the developer and manufacturer of the top selling software for funerals and funeral home management, this online tool was a natural next step in the evolution of the company's offerings. Read More...

The History of American Divorce Law

Posted by Grace Mitchell on Febuary 19th 2010 under Vital Record Searches
In the United States, federal legislation has been enacted to proetect the rights and responsibilities of the married couple. Read More...

Marriage Statistics Reports

Posted by Grace Mitchell on Febuary 10th 2010 under Vital Record Searches
In 1996, the CDC has ceased gathering marriage statistics as part of its vital statistics due to funding issues and limiations on the information by the government. Read More...

What You Can Find in Criminal Records

Posted by Grace Mitchell on January 12th 2010 under Criminal Records Tips
Criminal records offer a wide range of information, from misdemeanor records to traffic violations and sex offender reports. Use this data for hiring purposes, to ensure the safety of your neighborhood, or check out a potential date. Information can be found online, and some of it is completely free for the taking. Read More...