Genealogy Information

Yes! These research problems always seem to apply to me – Do you have more to add to the list?


  • Your great-grandfather’s obituary states that he died, leaving no issue of record
  • The town clerk you wrote to in desperation, and finally convinced to give you the information you need, can’t write legibly, and doesn’t have a copying machine.
  • That ancient photograph of four relatives, one of whom is your progenitor, carries the names of the other three.

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  • The keeper of the vital records you need will just have been insulted by another researcher.
  • Copies of old newspapers have holes which occur only on maiden names.
  • No one in your family tree ever did anything noteworthy, always rented property, was never sued, and was never named in wills.

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  • You learned that Great Aunt Matilda’s executor just sold her life’s collection of family genealogical materials to a flea market dealer “somewhere in New York City.”
  • Ink fades and paper deteriorates at a rate inversely proportional to the value of the data recorded.
  • The critical link in your family tree is named “Smith.”

As family historian, do you have friends and family ask you how to get started in family research? This is a hard question to answer in a few minutes. Refer them to the book below to help them get started in this fun hobby. Purchase several – Books make great gifts!

WHERE DO I START? Hints and Tips for Beginning Genealogists with On-line resources

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Charles Moore

    If it were easy, it wouldn’t be such a fun way of having headaches.

  2. The majority of critical links in my family tree is “Smith”, and they seemed to love the name “James” as well.

  3. My gggrandfather’s obit states where he died and his son-in-law was minister of the church, but it doesn’t tell where gggrandfather was buried.

  4. Someone wrote all over the names in the census record. Who let them do that?

  5. The 1900 Houston County, AL census shows an 18 year old daughter listed with the other children in my great-grandparents’ household. Only none of my relatives ever heard of her. So I don’t know if she died young or was a visitor mistakenly listed as a daughter.

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