Tips to reinvigorate your search

If you’re reading this blog, you’ve likely been doing family history research for a while. Maybe you can reinvigorate your quest by reviewing some basic tips for tracing emigrant ancestors.

Alexandra Edmondson shares advice in the Findmypast blog, including a few hints I haven’t seen before. I encourage you to read her complete post (, but here are the main bullet points:

  1. Establish a clear timeline of what you already know
  2. Check the attic
  3. Use U.S. census records to get you started
  4. Locate your ancestor’s place of origin
  5. Research country of arrival records first
  6. Ship passenger lists
  7. Use wildcards
  8. Naturalization records
  9. Passport applications
  10. Search by family, not individual

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