How can I find out who my great grandparents parents are?

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My great grandmother was Katherine (McCay) Wilson born 8-8-1914. Her husband was Rubin Virgil Wilson born 1909.
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What country did they live in --the United States, England, Australia, New Zealand?  (The available records and where to look for them varies depending on the country.)  If in the U.S., what state(s)?  Have you found their death certificates, and if so, are their parents named on those? Do you know where they were born, or where they lived when they were young?  If they lived in the United States, have you already looked at the 1910 and 1920 census?
by Sharon Casteel G2G6 Pilot (117k points)
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further to your question, Cencus Reports, Death Cert's, Wedding Cert's, Birth Cert's and keep going backwards, MOST CERTs have other Names and Places included and a lot of searching ahead of you
by Graeme Wilson G2G3 (3.9k points)
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I did a quick search in the census records for Reuben Wilson.  There's a good chance he is the son of Alexander L. and Martha Jennie Wilson, whom I located on the 1910 federal census in Self, Blount, Alabama (Sheet 6B, lines 83-90) and again on the 1920 census in Selfs, Blount, Alabama.  His parents were born in Alabama (Alex circa 1877 and Jennie circa 1880) and married circa 1898.

Using that information, I then searchd for Alexander Wilson in the census records.  He may well be the son of William and Arinda C. Wilson, whom I located on the 1880 federal census in Blount, Alabama -- ages 31 and 26 respectively (him born TN, her born AL) with a son Alexander age 4.

That's as far as I took it, as it's all the time I have.  But this gives you a basis at least for Rubin V. Wilson.  Good luck!
by Darlene Athey-Hill G2G6 Pilot (440k points)

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