records are not as easily available as, for instance, census, land, and probate
records, so genealogists often overlook them during their research. Many
businesses did not bother keeping their records and fewer have offered them for
one of Janna's friends found the Polish hometown of her ancestor named in the
records for a School for the Deaf. That same friend found great amounts of
useful information in the records of West Point Academy. Janna was able to trace
one of her ancestors from Western Maryland, through several counties, back to
Baltimore using railroad records. She found a photograph of one of her ancestors
in a vaudeville yearbook. Another friend bought a book on E-Bay of records of a
life insurance company that mentioned her ancestor.
or account books for a local business may have survived that mentions purchases
your ancestor made or services he required. The name and residence of a
photographer may appear on a picture of your ancestor, pinpointing him at a
place in time. You may then find the photographer’s studio listed in a city
churches keep lists of members joining, participating in, and leaving the
congregation. Fraternal organizations and other society records may be
available. Schools kept lists of teachers, pupils, and sometimes the grades
genealogical periodicals have been publishing business records, for example,
funeral home records.
may be surprised to learn that many businesses have a history department, or
archives in which they keep memorabilia. A special appointment may be necessary
to view selected items.
Security records, though only available since 1935, have an abundance of
information. The applicants needed to prove their birth in order to collect.
Life insurance records contain much family information, including names, ages,
health, names of next of kin, and residences. Railroad employees usually had
their own retirement system.
whether business records are available at a major library.
whether business records have been published in a genealogical periodical.
whether Social Security records are available for my ancestor.
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