When we look for ancestors the basic stone we have to turn first is, where to start.
That's simple, in the best place that suits that ancestor. Okay, maybe that's a little broad complex. Below,
I'll list a few examples that are of my own personal opinion.
Let's see here...
*If I'm looking for someone born after 1940, where would I look?
Answer = "City Directories"
*This is a great start and a bountiful secondary source.
*If I'm looking for someone born after 1880 & before 1900, where do I look and why?
Answer = "Birth Indexes"
Why = Missing 1890 U.S. Census Records.
*If I'm looking for someone who died after 1880 & before 1900, where would I look?
Answer = "Newspaper Obituaries"
Why = No other stable record's unless your lucky.