searchable index subjects
You can search our indexes to determine if we have a document that you need. When searching, be sure to note the IMAGE or FILE ID# for documents thta interest you. Visit our Order
page to request copies. To complete the order form you'll need the ID# as well as some basic info regarding the record such as surname, date, county, etc.
Marriage Licenses contain a wealth of information for family historians and genealogists. Not only are we provided with the names of the bride and groom but in many cases, especially in Pennsylvania, we are given their places of birth, ages, occupations, as well as most of the same information about their parents. Marriage licenses do more than prove the combination of two families, they help us fill in many details and gives us clues to follow up on when completing a family history.
The information contained in naturalization records varies almost from year to year due to the many changes in immigration law. Before 1922, women automatically became citizens when the married a citizen. There are very few, if any, naturalization records for women before 1922.Until the 1950s, the first step in becoming a citizen was filing a Declaration of Intent. After a 5 year waiting period (14 years from 1798 to 1802) on could then file a petition for naturalization.Many early records can provide a person’s place of birth, age, date of arrival, and residence. Records filed from 1900 on can contain a wealth of information such as names, ages, dates of birth, and places of birth of spouses and children. In addition to arrival dates, older declarations and petitions can contain places of arrival and even the name of the ship. Some naturalization files contain supporting depositions or affidavits. The documents were filed by people who could attest to the petitioner’s residency and other facts necessary to achieve citizenship. Locating the naturalization record for an immigrant ancestor is a must for any genealogist or family historian.
Obituaries can be a rich source of genealogical information and data. Not only can one determine a date of death, in many older obits a birth date is included. Death notices and obituaries also tend to include names of family members, and may include marriage dates, religious affiliation and a place of interment. Obituaries that contain anecdotal information such as nick-names and accomplishments help us fill n the details of a person’s life.
Revolutionary War Records
Compiled service records are contained in the hundreds of rolls of microfilm comprising NARA publication M881. The records are divided by regiment (other than the Continental forces, the records are divided by state and then regiment). In addition to a soldier’s name, regiment, and state of service, the compiled service records show the rank of the soldier, commanding officer, enlistment dates, commissions, pay records, and other miscellaneous data. We can provide copies of compiled service records with 24 hours in most cases compared to2 to 3 months from the National Archives. Our price is also less than NARA and considerably less than other services.
Wills books & testators
Wills and probate records are rich sources of information. They contain a description of the wealth a person has accumulated during his/her lifetime and also help prove (or disprove) relationships. They can also help a researcher verify dates of death, residency, and places if interment.