Before the first recorded census there was the 1783 tax record, in some states. Then comes the 1789 tax record, again only in some states. Many of Virginia's early records were burned by the British. A real issue for a genealogist!
One of the hardest tasks for my family is deciphering German handwriting hardest is translating it), Since of all Americans share German heritage, I think many of you will find this chart useful. Old German Handwriting.
It’s been almost 400 years since the good ship Mayflower landed in 1620 with the progenitors of a new nation. Here is a sampling of Mayflower offspring who made good (and a few who might have strayed a bit from their Puritan roots).
I get asked a lot. what does "removed" mean? How do you know your exact relationship to someone in your family? Here's a handy Genealogy Relationship Chart. Start with your common ancestor and move through the chart to figure out your relationship.