27 Suggestions to help you find your ancestors

Jeannette Holland Austin
6 min readApr 26, 2022

I have been a professional genealogist for over fifty years, and needless to say, I learned many excellent techniques to find answers. The solutions are out there — it is simply a state of mind which must be achieved for proper analysis. Every genealogy has a great story attached to it!

You are going to learn here that there are innumerable records available to the genealogist which are not available online. GeorgiaPioneers.com has been collecting old bible records for years; however, because it is no longer fashionable to record births, deaths, and marriages and extremely difficult to locate old Bibles, the collection remains incomplete.

Also, I have added many records acquired from visiting old churches and graveyards as well as a vast collection of obituaries from Georgia’s earliest dated newspapers. You will not find these records on other genealogy websites.

Here are some suggestions to assist you in finding your ancestors.

  1. Search and clarify every record having the name of your ancestor
  2. Use a family group sheet to define families
  3. Write down the names of all witnesses to documents
  4. When you find a family genealogy in a published book, double-check out the resources provided and make certain that the information verifies the research.
  5. Tour local cemeteries and write down all of the names on the tombstones in the “old section”.
  6. Research military records of everyone in a prescribed state with the same surname.
  7. Search for bible records in local libraries and State Archives.
  8. Visit antique shops in search of old books. There are tons of lost records out there — you just have to find them!
  9. Most researchers tend to overlook certain county records because they do not realize how much business people do at the local courthouse! Did you know that when you purchase or sell a house, a deed is recorded? That deed contains the date and places that it was written and (This tells you where the person was from) and a legal description of the lot or acreage. The earliest land deeds consisted of land grants and did not list the names of neighbors, however, did reveal the amount of…