Black Sheep in Your Family Tree ~ You may not have found your black sheep yet, but we are all bound to have them. In fact, many genealogists relish a good black sheep story because we know they are the people for whom the most records can be found. Join Crista Cowan for a look at prison, convict and criminal records available on Ancestry.com.
Before the first recorded census there was the 1783 tax record, in some states. Then comes the 1789 tax record, again only in some states. Many of Virginia's early records were burned by the British. A real issue for a genealogist! ;p
Divorce Records in the States | Genealogy, Ancestry, and Family Tree Research| Like any of the vital records a family historian needs, such as birth-marriage and death records, one that can also be important are any divorce records. Since it is a civil matter to be officially divorced from a spouse, there have been official governmental documents.