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29 May 2017

How to Do Genealogy on the Cheap, the Right Way

Still Not Convinced You Need to Spend the Money to Order Records? Read this post | The Occasional Genealogist

Still Not Convinced You Need to Spend the Money to Order Records?

There is a great post on the Preserve the Pensions blog [Preserve the Pensions is a fundraiser to digitize the War of 1812 pensions, sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies]. This post highlights some great finds in War of 1812 pensions involving neighbors of the applicant/soldier. This is just one of the many benefits you'll often find when you use/order original records.

Don't Stop at the Index

The War of 1812 pensions are being digitized but you do know most genealogy records are not online, don't you? And even if they are online, they may not be images or they may not be searchable images. You can read my earlier post about unindexed images, here. You're going to have to order some records if you want to further your research.

Some genealogists find an index or database entry and stop there because it's not always easy or cheap to order the original record. It is definitely worth it, though. You can read the above-mentioned post on PreserveThePensions.org. It includes a link for a little more info on cluster research. You can also read a post about Bounty Land Warrant Applications, which is related.