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Surprising Your Family With A Genealogy Thanks to Iowa Marriage Records
Do you like to give gifts that you know others are going to love? There are some people who simply give gifts and don't care how the recipient feels about the gift, but there are many who desire to give gifts that they know their friends and family will actually love. If you're that type of person, you may eventually fall into the same problem that many do: you run out of ideas!
There are some people who are very difficult to buy presents for. Often it's because the person already has everything they could ever need, or because they are just the type of person that is hard to figure out. So what do you get for a person who is hard to purchase presents for? If it's a family member you can get them a family tree!
Making Family Trees
Do you have a family tree for your family? Shockingly, most people do not, either because they never had the money to hire someone to put one together, or because they aren't sure how to make one. Creating a family tree for members of your family is the ultimate way to help them remember their past and is a perfect gift for all sorts of family members, from cousins to grandparents. How do you go about doing it?
You need to start the process by finding a website that allows you to make a free family tree online. Make sure it's one that you're comfortable with. Then pick a person in your family to start your research with. It's often easiest just to start with yourself and to work backwards. Start by adding your parents and any siblings, then your grandparents. If you're just creating the tree as a present for one side of the family, focus on that side. Focusing on both sides at once can cause things to get very confusing.
Eventually, you'll likely find that you've gotten stuck in the genealogy. This happens even to seasoned experts, so don't get discouraged! One trick to helping you get past your slump is to look for marriage records. If your family is from Iowa, for instance, then you'll want to search for Iowa marriage records. Why marriage records? Marriage records have a wealth of information on them. Iowa marriage records actually allow you to learn about the legal name of the couple, their birth date, and then it gives you information about the parents of the couple as well as where they were born. It even includes the mother's maiden name, which is usually all you'll need to get past your slump and to continue in the creation of your family tree. Imagine how surprised they will be when you present them with a framed copy of the family tree!
Iowa Marriage Records:
Adair County Adair County IAGenWeb View website
Adams County Adams County IAGenWeb View website
Allamakee County Allamakee County IAGenWeb View website
Appanoose County Appanoose County IAGenWeb View website
Appanoose County Courthouse
Audubon County Audubon County IAGenWeb View website
Benton County Benton County IAGenWeb View website
Black Hawk County Black Hawk County IAGenWeb View website
Boone County Boone County IAGenWeb View website
Bremer County Bremer County IAGenWeb View website
Buchanan County Buchanan County IAGenWeb View website
Buena Vista County Buena Vista County IAGenWeb View website
Butler County Butler County IAGenWeb View website
Calhoun County Calhoun County IAGenWeb View website
Carroll County Carroll County IAGenWeb View website
Cass County Cass County IAGenWeb View website
Cedar County Cedar County IAGenWeb View website
Cerro Gordo County Cerro Gordo County IAGenWeb View website
Cherokee County Cherokee County IAGenWeb View website
Chickasaw County Chickasaw County IAGenWeb View website
Clarke County Clarke County IAGenWeb View website
Clay County Clay County IAGenWeb View website
Clayton County Clayton County IAGenWeb View website
Clinton County Clinton County IAGenWeb View website
Crawford County Crawford County IAGenWeb View website
Dallas County Dallas County IAGenWeb View website
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