In “What’s in an Address?” by Juliana Smith on 24/7 Family History Circle, Smith reminds us that addresses play a very important role in discovering magical links to our past.
The conversation was a reminder of how important it is to document our trail through addresses. If for some reason my personal history didn’t survive the years, for a future family historian researching my life, knowledge of my relatively brief stay in that house would be helpful in locating several important vital records, and in separating my Smith family from the countless other Smiths in the area. Because I didn’t live there during a census year, that knowledge would have to come from other sources.
Knowing your ancestor’s address can be an important key to locating other records. Let’s take a closer look at where to find addresses and how they can be used.
The article continues with great tips and resources for putting together a “chronology of addresses” for your ancestor’s lives, helping to fill in the blanks on your family’s history.
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