Boxes hidden or stored in the attic or basement can contain valuable information you may have never dreamed possible to discover. They may prove to be an invaluable wealth of knowledge when beginning a genealogical project. While some of the information is piecemeal and perhaps some of the contents divided between family sides, but there are probably enough clues to lead to others who have what you need and other potential sources. Listed below are additional items that you might find around your home that can help you create your genealogical history.
*Old family Bible with names and dates handwritten inside.
*Births, deaths and marriages dates recorded that occurred in the family over the years
*Birth certificates of great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, etc.
*Application for naturalization; books and papers associated with this history, a
train ticket, ship manifest, and other travel documents
*Last Wills & Testaments; major and primary documents
*Military enlistment and discharge papers, medical records, group & individual
photographs, weapons, uniforms, letters and postcards from military bases or units
providing histories that put an individual at a particular place and time
*Licenses; old driver's licenses, professional licenses, or hunting/fishing licenses
*Property deeds, rental agreements, property records or census information
*Old newspaper clippings on current events, local politics, world happenings, weather *Hand-written
business ledger with notes on prevailing business practices, contracts
*School records, report cards, papers, yearbooks, certificates of achievement, diplomas
*Religious items; baptismal, communion, confirmation, marriage certificates,
burial Mass cards, obituaries.
*Letters of all kinds: friendship, love, family correspondence that may yield valuable
insight into the relationships, unique glimpses into personalities
*Scrapbooks; some of the most interesting and useful information can be found in these
mementos that many people keep. They provide documentation of certain events in that
person's life such as athletics, vacations, and entertainment. These certainly provide a
unique peek into one's life and add wonderful anecdotes to a family history.
*Keepsakes; jewelry passed down from parent to child-each with its own story. Some
have engravings that provide valuable clues, furniture, artwork, clothes, toys, books, etc.