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Paper Trails & Genealogy Documents of your Ancestors

It's fascinating to find an old document that describes how many pairs of shoes an ancestor bought for his children, or a receipt from a funeral home for grave-digging and a hearse and pall.

We all search for census records, birth certificates, marriage records, and death certificates. Finding these documents is tricky - where on earth do you start to look for them??

Genealogy ancestor documents are varied - land grants, Civil War enlistment papers, military pay lists, receipts for items bought and sold, funeral expenses, court and legal documents, slave records, tax bills, receipts, indentures, etc

Birth and Baptism Records       Marriage Records       Death Records

Two sites have lots of genealogy documents that may be your ancestors! Search Paper Trails Blog and Paper Trail: Ancestor Documents on Rootsweb.com

There are 118 ancestor documents on Paper Trails Blog as of August 17, 2007

* Tredegar Cemetery Exhumation Certificate from 1879... Death Records, Evans family, Exhumation Certificate, Funeral Card, South Wales, Tredegar Cemetery, United Kingdom by Genealogy Blogger 8/17/07
* E-Bay Auction: James E. Petticrew Birth Certificat... Birth Certificate, E-Bay Auction, Pettigrew, Willett by Genealogy Blogger 8/15/07
* Marriage Certificate McCann - Brauer of Wyoming Te... by Genealogy Blogger 4/1/07
* Marriage Certificate Finegan - Mc Caffie, New York... by Genealogy Blogger 3/30/07
* Marriage Certificate 1818 BERTRAM - SMITH Pennsyl... by Genealogy Blogger 3/28/07
* 1862 Letter from Marcellus in New Jeresy Letter, New Jersey by Genealogy Blogger 3/23/07
* Marriage Certificate Walsh Waldorf in Ohio by Genealogy Blogger 3/23/07
* Baptism Certificate HERB in Pennsylvania 1878 by Genealogy Blogger 3/20/07
* Marriage Certificate Thompson-Monaghan Michigan 19... by Genealogy Blogger 3/15/07
* Marriage Certificate William Wood - Abbie Bowen, M... Maine, Marriage Certificate by Genealogy Blogger 3/14/07
* Marriage Certificate Hoffman - Parker, Michigan 19... Marriage Certificate, Michigan by Genealogy Blogger 3/13/07
* Pennsylvania Land Deed: Vernon, Cheyney, Williamso... Deed, Land Record, Pennsylvania by Genealogy Blogger 3/11/07
* Marriage Certificate Putnam - Evans Oxford County... Maine, Marriage Certificate by Genealogy Blogger 2/20/07
* Marriage Certificate Werner - Shearer, Pennsylvan... Marriage Certificate, Pennsylvania by Genealogy Blogger 2/18/07
* Marriage Certificate THORNTON - LATICK Rhode Islan... Marriage Certificate, Rhode Island by Genealogy Blogger 2/11/07
* Obituary Hattie Wilson 1888 Illinois Illinois, Obituary by Genealogy Blogger 2/9/07
* Marriage Certificate Massachusetts DAMON - LYNCH 1... Marriage Certificate, Massachusetts, New York by Genealogy Blogger 2/6/07
* Redirect draft by Genealogy Blogger 2/5/07
* Marriage Certificate Viall Thayer Rhode Island 187... Marriage Certificate, Rhode Island by Genealogy Blogger 2/5/07
* 1886 Buffalo New York Druggists to George M. Davis... New York by Genealogy Blogger 10/21/06
* Civil War Enlistment - SHUFELDT in Wisconsin 1862 Civil War, Wisconsin by Genealogy Blogger 9/30/06
* Civil War Enlistment - BLANCHARD in Wisconsin 1862... Civil War, Wisconsin by Genealogy Blogger 8/4/06
* Civil War Enlistment CORBIN in Wisconsin 1862 Civil War, Wisconsin by Genealogy Blogger 7/4/06
* Civil War enlistment - BULLAMORE in Wisconsin 1862... Civil War, Wisconsin by Genealogy Blogger 5/20/06
* Civil War Enlistment BURNS in Wisconsin 1862 Civil War, Wisconsin by Genealogy Blogger 1/26/06
* 1890 Buffalo New York Furniture Receipt A. B. Davi... New York by Genealogy Blogger 1/7/06
* Texas Military papers 1837 Thomas McMurrey Texas by Genealogy Blogger 1/4/06
* Pennsylvania RR Certificate Charles Strange 1936 Pennsylvania by Genealogy Blogger 12/28/05
* Civil War Enlistment - STEWART in Wisconsin 1862 Civil War, Wisconsin by Genealogy Blogger 12/26/05
* 1901 Letter from Gardiner in Michigan to Civil War... Civil War, Michigan by Genealogy Blogger 12/20/05
* 1818 Herkimer Ny Justice of the Peace Document CON... New York by Genealogy Blogger 12/12/05
* Marriage Certificate - PORONAL & BACHER, WV & PA 1... Pennsylvania by Genealogy Blogger 12/10/05
* Baptism Leinbach & Seibert 1846 Lebanon Pennsylvan... Pennsylvania by Genealogy Blogger 12/9/05
* Increase Crosby, Physician Orange Co. New York New York by Genealogy Blogger 12/8/05
* Madison Co. Indiana Taxes 1863 - Elmira Smith Indiana by Genealogy Blogger 12/7/05
* War of 1812 Scarborough Massachusetts - Ezra Carte... Massachusetts by Genealogy Blogger 12/6/05
* William Schaszberger family York Pennsylvania Pennsylvania by Genealogy Blogger 12/5/05
* 1804 Indenture FISH & MARTEN Schaghticoke, Renssel... New York by Genealogy Blogger 12/4/05
* FISH & ALVORD Cincinnatus, Cortland Co. NY Indentu... New York by Genealogy Blogger 12/1/05
* New York William COLMAN 1834 Receipt New York by Genealogy Blogger 11/30/05
* Marriage Certificate JOHNSON & RAPP in Kansas 1888... Kansas by Genealogy Blogger 11/28/05
* Naturalization Certificate 1920 for Anders Alfred ... Iowa, Naturalization by Genealogy Blogger 11/25/05
* Naturalization Papers Francis Kuhn, Hamilton Co. O... Naturalization, Ohio by Genealogy Blogger 11/24/05
* Naturalization Certificate Alexander McCalmont Pen... Naturalization, Pennsylvania by Genealogy Blogger 11/22/05
* 1872 GRAYSON TEXAS CITIZENSHIP DOCUMENT C.A. ANDRE... Texas by Genealogy Blogger 11/20/05
* Documents Overseers of the Poor in Massachusetts Massachusetts by Genealogy Blogger 11/9/05
* Recognizance Bond Cummings vs Chace 1783 by Genealogy Blogger 10/27/05
* Baptism Aldophus JOHNSON in Kansas 1899 Kansas by Genealogy Blogger 10/13/05
* 1860 Slave Documents Upson Co. Georgia Georgia, Slavery by Genealogy Blogger 10/3/05
* 1873 Jacob Hermance Ellenville NY Document New York by Genealogy Blogger 9/28/05
* Herkimer & German Flats NY 1795 Documents New York by Genealogy Blogger 9/22/05
* 1899 Virginia Pay USS Pensacola - James O'Brien Virginia by Genealogy Blogger 9/16/05
* Citizenship Papers Henry McKenzie Ohio 1937 Ohio by Genealogy Blogger 9/14/05
* 1885 Varysburgh New York D. S. Davis to George Dav... New York by Genealogy Blogger 9/12/05
* 1876 Baptism Certificate STINZEL, MASON - Pennsylv... Pennsylvania by Genealogy Blogger 9/11/05
* 1880 South Carolina Planter's Contract Document South Carolina by Genealogy Blogger 9/9/05
* Citizenship Document Youdel H. Gouber, Washington ... by Genealogy Blogger 9/9/05
* 1842 Travel Documents Rinkelmann Germany to NY New York by Genealogy Blogger 9/4/05
* WW1 Death Records DUGGAN Ontario by Genealogy Blogger 8/24/05
* 1891 Warsaw New York Old Paper Document New York by Genealogy Blogger 8/13/05
* 1886 Invoice to G. M. Davis of Perry New York New York by Genealogy Blogger 8/10/05
* Photo Album: Lee, Willson, Badenoch, Pepper,etc of... Ontario by Genealogy Blogger 8/4/05
* Estate of William Walley, Gilmanton New Hampshire ... New Hampshire by Genealogy Blogger 8/1/05
* 1845 letter Elizabeth Pease, Abolitionist Quaker t... England, New York, Slavery by Genealogy Blogger 7/30/05
* Groveland Station New York Invoice to George M Dav... New York by Genealogy Blogger 7/28/05
* 1897 Cleveland Ohio Stove Co. to G. M. Davis, Rock... Ohio 3 comments by Genealogy Blogger 7/27/05
* Letter from Morgantown Virginia, Jonas Davis to Ph... Virginia by Genealogy Blogger 7/26/05
* 1797 Union NY Deed of Land to Benjamin Winchel Rev... New York by Genealogy Blogger 7/25/05
* 1897 Albany New York Keeler's Hotel to George Davi... New York by Genealogy Blogger 7/24/05
* 1892 Leroy New York W. S. Brown Carriage Factory New York by Genealogy Blogger 7/23/05
* Vienna Bakery Invoice Warsaw NY to A. B. Davis & C... New York by Genealogy Blogger 7/21/05
* 1891 Warsaw New York Letter to Davis New York by Genealogy Blogger 7/20/05
* 1890 Buffalo New York Baked Goods George M. Davis ... New York by Genealogy Blogger 7/19/05
* 1886 Buffalo, New York Invoice Mr. G. Davis, Perry... New York by Genealogy Blogger 7/17/05
* 1849 Ledger Page James Hubbard by Genealogy Blogger 7/14/05
* 1866 Idaho Territory indenture letter Idaho by Genealogy Blogger 7/13/05
* 1828 sale of shares in Sutton Bank Massachussets Massachusetts by Genealogy Blogger 7/12/05
* 1884 Marriage Certificate Young - Gardner, Kansas ... Kansas by Genealogy Blogger 7/11/05
* Marriage Certificate WAUGH - SHERWOOD, Greene NY New York by Genealogy Blogger 7/10/05
* New York Legal document 1713 Nicholas Dallie (Dale... New York by Genealogy Blogger 7/5/05
* Marriage Cert: Poronal - Bacher, PA and VA 1898 Pennsylvania, Virginia by Genealogy Blogger 11/28/04
* 1839 Document, Mainie. Benson, Heath, Tinker Maine by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* 1812 & 1823 Kentucky Slave Documents - Alexander P... Kentucky, Slavery by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* 1832 Holy Communion Document Germany by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* 1825 ALBANY DOCUMENT - GROESBEECK'S RETURN OF DUTY... New York by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* Certificate re John Johnson of Albany New York. 17... New York by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* 1802 STATE OF NEW YORK DOCUMENT - Newman, Van Ness... New York by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* Schooner Endeavour of Portsmouth 1828 St Thomas to... by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* 1809, Jesse Hurd,New York shipbuilder documents New York by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* Irish Excise Document 1843 , Portballlintrea Ireland by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* 1896, Medal of Honor, Wilber Wilder, West Point New York by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* 1847 Russell County, VA Tax Receipt Slave Document... Slavery by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* 1925 Texas State Teachers College Diploma - John C... Texas by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* Last Will and Testament, June 2, 1866, Mrs. Mary H... by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* Probate of Will, October 11, 1871, Mrs. Hannah Smi... by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* 1825 FALKIRK SCOTLAND Doctors medicine bill - Wils... Scotland by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* 1865 INTERNAL REVENUE TAX COLLECTION NOTICE Chicag... Illinois by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* New York. Lake Champlain. Canada. Petition, 1790 -... New York, Ontario by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* 1917 Passport Kingdom Preussen - German reich by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* New Hampshire Will 1859 - Isaac Morse New Hampshire by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* Stock Transfer, Maryland - Brumbaugh, Angle Maryland by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* Rhode Island Deed 1796 - Olney, Hopkins, Tillingha... Rhode Island by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* 1899 MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE - MICHAEL & HURSEY, FLIN... Ohio by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* 1854 English passport - Sophie Anne Noble England, Passport by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* 1918 BRISTOL CONNECTICUT GRAMMAR SCHOOL DIPLOMA -... Connecticut by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* Catskill National Bank Signed Check, 1901 New York by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* The National Bank of Newburgh Signed Check, 1901 New York by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* The National City Bank of Brooklyn Signed Check, 1... New York by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* Steamer Julia - Pittsburgh & Zanesville Packet - 1... Ohio, Pennsylvania by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* 1839 Washington DC Indenture District of Columbia by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* 1839 WASHINGTON D.C. Indenture Deed Document District of Columbia by Genealogy Blogger 11/26/04
* Early Pennsylvania Envelope & Document, 1840 Pennsylvania by Genealogy Blogger 11/25/04
* Court Document, 1833-1918- Lancaster Co. Pennsylva... Pennsylvania by Genealogy Blogger 11/25/04
* 1868 Document From Philadelphia Custom House Pennsylvania by Genealogy Blogger 11/25/04
* Kingston, Massachusetts, 1802 Document Massachusetts by Genealogy Blogger 11/25/04
* Revolutionary War Document 1778 - Private Edward B... Connecticut, Military by Genealogy Blogger 11/25/04
* Louisiana Plantation Estate Purchase April 1817 Louisiana

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