Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Perfect Birthday Gift for a Genealogist

My in-laws were trying to figure out what to get me for my birthday (way back in December) and after talking to my Hubs, decided to send me a check. The check they sent me was to be used for one thing and one thing only, to order certificates and records to further my genealogy research. How amazing is that?

Certificates and records are expensive (usually a minimum of $15 plus processing and shipping). With my Hubs in grad school, they are not a priority in our limited budget. It took me a while, but I was able to prioritize my list of documents and send for the ones that I thought would help my research the most. I went a little over the amount of their check, but Hubs happily stayed quite about it, and I sent for the following items:

  • Marriage certificate for Judson Wilkinson and Emeline Gray (my gg-grandparents).
  • Marriage certificate for Charles R. Tyler and Mary Jane Gard (my ggg-grandparents).
  • Marriage certificate for Thomas White and Emma Tyler (possible second marriage for my gggg-grandmother).
  • Marriage certificate for Williams J Tyler and Juliana Hanson (my gg-grandparents).
  • Death certificate for Magnus Hanson (my ggg-uncle).
  • Obituary for Jasper Horton (my ggg-grandfather).
  • WWI County Honor listing for Jule Lomas (my g-grandfather).

Stay tuned for posts on each of these documents!