View Full Version : I'm Stuck Help Please

06-25-2009, 04:31 PM
Ok so over the last year i got really serious about tracing my ancestors. Unfortunately both my grandparrents are gone and I dont know anything about my dads side (hes a butt). So i use the free trials on ancestory.com and used the bits and pieces my mom and aunts could offer up since they dont know much ( my grandmother left the south and never looked back my grandfathers parents moved from mississippi to Arkansas when he was 1 ). SO what few names and dates they had and I have an greataunt on each side still alive and I talked wit them. I was able to trace myy family back to slavery cause my grandmother family has lived on the same land since the end of slavery (we still own) and my grandfathers people where easy to trace and a distant cousin wrote a book that helped a lot ( not super accurate as it say my grandparents had 6 kids and they had 11 ).

But my delima is this Census records are not super accurate ( have first names tht change year to year and birthplaces change ) i really dont have anyone that can tell me much about their parents parents or any further back than what I have. Is there another way too research this information I have a lot of information im back to 1870 or so but I cant find the slave owners or anything like that and the slav regestries seem to just be sex and age. Help please ... cant afford to pay for DNA im a broke college student.

06-25-2009, 04:45 PM
Have you tried these:

http://www.archives.gov/research/african-a...eedmens-bureau/ (http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/freedmens-bureau/)

http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.as...e_resources.asp (http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp?page=home/welcome/site_resources.asp)

07-14-2009, 12:32 AM
What state and county are you researching?

07-23-2009, 02:26 PM
Of hand, if I understand you correctly, I would suggest taking the information you have and obtaining death certificates or notices since these documents often provide additional information about relatives and locations and might lead back to the birth. Have you checked any cemeteries? Also, look for records in the county they are from for Freedmen's Bureau records or other documents, such as deeds, marriage licenses to find more information. Genealogy isn't for the faint so keep looking!

Oh, also check the local library. They might have resources on microfilm to help you and books available, like a death index or information about slave owners. Yes, it is time consuming but worth it.