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A Step-By-Step Guide to Your Genealogical Treasure Hunt

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Pile of old army documents and passports

Check Paper Trails


Government-issued documents or forms of ID can reveal a lot. Citizenship papers, passports, old drivers' licenses, and school records often include a person's date and place of birth. They may also list the names of both parents (including the hard-to-find grandmother's maiden name).

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