During Fort Wayne Ancestry Day's Ask the Experts Panel, we received so many questions that we were unable to answer them all during the event. The following are questions asked and The Genealogy Center staff's responses.
How to find birth early 1800, can’t find church records?
Depending on the locality (county and state), birth records may not be available. We usually use baptismal records to supplement the lack of birth records, but if you can’t locate church records, search for other ancillary records. A marriage or death record can provide a date of birth. Military enlistment and pension records are other sources, or vital records for the individual’s children might list a birth date.
How do you find birth records in West Virginia?
FamilySearch has birth records indexed and digitized for 1853-1930. Another place to look is the West Virginia Archives & History Site, which has digitized images as well.
I have not been able to find a Georgia marriage license dated between 1940 and 1945. Any suggestions?
Marriage records in Georgia for the 1940s are retained at the local county courthouse, so you’ll need to know the county and request the record from the county clerk of court. Some Georgia marriages are indexed on FamilySearch to help determine the county.