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13 September 2012

Where Did It Have To Be Done?

Vital records are usually recorded where the event took place. A child might not have been born where the couple "lived," they might have been born somewhere a slight distance away, perhaps while the mother was staying with relatives in a neighboring town. A couple might have traveled fifty miles to elope and marry in a different state. A person may die in a hospital in a neighboring town or while a thousand miles away on a trip. That death will be recorded where the death took place, not the person's residence.

Where were they when it happened?


  1. i love your tips. There are to the point. Best way in my mind to think in genealogy. No time to dilly dally. Not if you really wnat to find them.

    Cool Beans,

  2. This is a good tip... I have two examples in my family tree where 1) my paternal great-great-grandfather died while visiting his daughter's family over 100 miles away from home, in a different state, and 2) my maternal great-grandfather also died while visiting one of his daughters, about 100 miles from home. BTW -- neither of them had a headstone, but the burials were recorded. My grandparents also got married in a different county from where they lived. I think they eloped.