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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Finding Birth Dates and Parents' Names
Posted by Diane
My great-great-grandfather Edwin Lemon was born in Chester County, Penn., in 1818. This is all I can find about him. How do I find his parent's names and the month and day of his birth?
When you boil it down, finding parents’ names is what genealogy research is all about. Make sure you've taken the basic steps to talk to family, search for home sources, and research your more-recent Lemon ancestors.
You don’t say how you know Lemon’s birthplace is Chester County. Family stories and even later records identifying birthplaces sometimes turn out to be wrong. Look into Chester County history and see if boundary changes could have affected where you should look for records on Edwin.
Assuming Chester County is the right place, you’re not likely to find a vital record from 1818, and unfortunately, no magical record is guaranteed to give you the information you need. Instead, search for records on all the members of the Lemon family and create a timeline of their locations and dates. Eventually the clues will add up to answers. Here are some records to search for:
Baptismal and other religious records
. Lutheran, Reformed, Quaker, Moravian and Roman Catholic were common denominations in Pennsylvania. Check the
Family History Library (FHL) online catalog
for microfilmed records from churches in Chester County. (Run a place search on the county, then click the church records heading.)
If you know when Lemon’s father died, look for will and estate records. But your ancestors could have shown up in court records for land purchases, trials and otehr reasons. The subscription site Ancestry.com has an
index to Chester County wills from 1713 to 1825
court records index covering the late 1600s to the mid-1700s
. The FHL has some microfilmed county court records and indexes and try the Pennsylvania State Archives (see below).
. Everyone had to pay taxes, so search for Lemons in Chester County tax records (alson on FHL microfilm) when your ancestors lived there.
: Since Ben Franklin started the
, newspapers have been a fixture in the Keystone State. Find out which papers covered Chester County, and where they’re available, at the
Chronicling America Web site
. Also visit the
Pennsylvania Newspaper Project site
sources for online newspaper databases are listed on our Web site
For more ideas, you'll want to use the
Pennsylvania State Archives
genealogical records guides
. Here, you can see the
types of county records available
what the archives has on microfilm for each county
. As one of the three original counties William Penn created in 1682, Chester County is the subject of a lot of microfilm.
For more helps researching Pennsylvania ancestors, see the
Family Tree Magazine
Pennsylvania State Research Guide.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 8:44:45 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Friday, January 25, 2008 7:30:20 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Your GGGRANDFATHER was born 1818. I don't know when registration of birth,marriage,death began. But. Perhaps - by the time he had passed away - there may have been Death Registrations. You can obtain this.Depending on the requirements of the time - and the knowledge of the informant. This may mention the names of his parents - Hopefully also including his mothers maiden name - perhaps their place of birth.
CENSUS? 1820,1830 - he would prossibly still be at home.
Search under his name.
Cheers , Stella
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