When searching for family member, no dates of birth or death any tips.

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in Genealogy Help by Andrew Malone G2G Rookie (280 points)
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3 Answers

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Hi Andrew, welcome.

When I started out - the only names in my family tree were my parents, one aunt and one uncle and my siblings.  I had a first name for my paternal grandmother.

I joined two research sites, first thing I did I purchased my parents marriage certificate to establish their fathers names and occupations.  At the time I didn't realise that the witnesses to the marriage were important.

From that I then established the first name and occupation of my grandfathers.  I researched the census records found their names and an approximate year of birth.

As and when I could afford more certificates I bought them up, these covered birth, marriage and death.

Generally thereafter was quite successful in tracing quite far back.
by Anonymous Bowling G2G6 Mach 5 (59.5k points)
+3 votes

Sometimes  using the free search tool at: https://familysearch.org/search/ helps a lot.  Particularly if you know another family members name such as the spouse, or a parent name. 
 You can include date ranges, location etc in your search. 

Happy Hunting!

by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (762k points)
+2 votes
If you're starting out in genealogy, one trick you may not have heard of that you  can use to find a spouse who you have no dates on but do have a birth year for the other spouse is to assume the wife to be 4 years younger than the husband.  You'd be surprised how often this turns out to be exactly right, but even more often it will help in finding people in search engines.  The reason it works is that often searches  are of a +-5 years search.  Four lets you find a wife who is 1 year older to 9 younger which is is almost always the case for first marriages of young people.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (408k points)

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