Where can you find the date of birth of ancestors to complete a family tree?


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To find the date of a person's death, vital records, the Social Security Index and military records may be searched. Other options include newspaper archives, probate records and church records. Some websites such as Ancestry.com search public records for a membership fee, providing vital statistics.

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Where can you find the date of birth of ancestors to complete a family tree?
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To use vital records successfully, an individual must know the full name of the deceased as well as the approximate year of death. It's also helpful to know the state and county where the person was at the time of death. Searching newspaper archives and probate records require the same type of information to successfully find an obituary or date of death.

The Social Security Index requires little information, and can produce a date of death with only the full name of the deceased. Cemetery records are also helpful if the full name of the deceased is known, as well as the general area where the deceased is buried. Church records usually require a full name, and knowledge of the church itself.

Military records require a great deal of information, including the branch of service, wars the deceased served in and what entry and release dates were. In some cases, a social security number, date of birth and military rank are also needed.

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