All About Historical Records
As romantic and exciting as family history may be, the truth is, it’s based upon simple facts. That’s where the names, dates and places in historical records come in. These details connect people and events in history to create the unique story of how you got here today. Historical records also hold fascinating facts about ancestors’ cultures, occupations, and more — and can help you create timelines of their lives.
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How can you find your ancestors in historical records?
Ancestry has the world’s largest online collection of historical records. You can search these records directly. However, we think the best way to find your ancestors in historical records is to begin your online family tree. Enter any names, dates and places you can from recent family history into your tree. We’ll use what you enter to immediately start searching Ancestry for missing details about your ancestors. You’ll see a hint ( ) in your tree when we find a related record.
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Ancestry also has millions of birth, marriage and death indexes, Parish and Probate documents, family and local histories, plus historical maps, photos from the mid–1800s, millions of member-contributed photos and audio stories – and much much more.