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Baby Books

Baby books can be excellent sources for genealogy.

They typically contain the baby's full name, the date and place of birth, the names of parents and grandparents, a physical description, and photographs.

Some books may even have the great-grandparents' names, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, and others.

Events are entered over time which may provide clues and pointers to records in government offices, the family church, and other places.

Events may also be included which describe where the baby was taken, what gifts were given and by whom, and the baby's first steps and first words.

Baby books can paint a picture of the times and places in the family history and are therefore interesting additions to your genealogical collection.



Remember that the early censuses always have a hard copy index, alphabetized by surname, and then by first name of the heads of households.

These indexes usually cover the entire state and are easy to search.

You can find them in most large public libraries and genealogical societies. The indexes are also available at the

Online Geneolagy Library.


Military Organizations that Supply Markers for Members:

  • Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
  • Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) - Veterans and Descendants of Union Civil War Soldiers
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans
  • Department of Veteran Affairs/Headstone or Marker Program
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • AND

    Abbreviations on tombstones can also be confusing.

    The most often used are:

  • d/o -- daughter of
  • m/o -- mother of
  • s/o -- son of
  • f/o -- father of
  • w/o -- wife of
  • R.I.P. -- Rest in peace


    Several people have asked about Native American tribes with unfamiliar names.

    A good online source for locating information about tribes is's Native American Tribes page.

    This site gives you valuable leads on where to start your search.

    To find a tribe's original and current landholdings, visit Native American Online.

    This site also has extensive links that can be of great assistance.


    The key to conducting research on Canadian ancestors is knowing where to start.

    One of the best places is the vital records office for the province in which the family lived.

    Although these records may not go back very far (the 1850's at the earliest), they can be useful for finding death certificates of original pioneers.

    Below is a list of sites you may want to check out:

    Canada GenWeb Project

    Provincial Archives of New Brunswick


    GenWeb of Quebec

    Newfoundland and Labrador GenWeb

    Saskatchewan GenWeb

    Alberta GenWeb

    Manitoba GenWeb Project

    British Columbia GenWeb

    Yukon GenWeb

    NWT (Northwest Territory) and Nunavut GenWeb Project

    If you can't find what you're looking for, check with the GenWeb host. Do you have some genealogy knowledge to share or have a question?

    You can Write to me!

    Include your first initial and last name and put the word GENEALOGY in the subject.

    I'll try to use your contribution in a future column.

    (Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so publishing it will be delayed accordingly.)

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