Necessary Data

What do we need? As much as you can give us! Most people don’t even know for sure where their parents were married, and some don’t even know their grandparents’ names. We only ask that you do your very best in preparing information for us: the more information you can gather and submit to us, the less you’ll pay for the most basic research. Besides, gathering this data gives you a chance to call some relatives, ask questions, and have a nice chat!

We need BMDD – Birth, Marriage, Divorce, and Death – names, dates and places.

Here is a sample where Mom is still alive, Dad has passed, and the parents were divorced, including preferred format:

Your birth name: Shannon Lee Smith
Your birth date and birthplace: 3 July 1972, Bloomington, Indiana

Your mother’s maiden name: Mary Ellen Jones
Your mother’s birth date and birthplace: 2 September 1945, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Your mother’s death date and death place: n/a

Your father’s birth name: Quincy James Smith
Your father’s birth date and birthplace: 13 June 1946, Talcos, Texas
Your father’s death date and death place: 22 February 2014, Chicago, Illinois

Your parents’ marriage date and place: 1 April 1970, Ellettsville, Indiana
Your parents’ divorce date and place: 12 May 1987, Bloomington, Indiana

That gets us back ONE GENERATION from you. The next set of information we need is identical, but from your mother’s parents and your father’s parents. For them, you would fill in these blanks.

First, MOM’S PARENTS:
Your mother’s mother’s maiden name: ____________________
Your mother’s mother’s birth date and birthplace: ____________________
Your mother’s mother’s death date and death place: ____________________

Your mother’s father’s maiden name: ____________________
Your mother’s father’s birth date and birthplace: ____________________
Your mother’s father’s death date and death place: ____________________

Your mother’s parents’ marriage date and place: ____________________
Your mother’s parents’ divorce date and place: ____________________

Then, DAD’S PARENTS:
Your father’s mother’s maiden name: ____________________
Your father’s mother’s birth date and birthplace: ____________________
Your father’s mother’s death date and death place: ____________________

Your father’s mother’s maiden name: ____________________
Your father’s mother’s birth date and birthplace: ____________________
Your father’s mother’s death date and death place: ____________________

Your father’s parents’ marriage date and place: ____________________
Your father’s parents’ divorce date and place: ____________________

From there, we’d need as much as you can gather about your mother’s grandparents and your father’s grandparents. Even if it’s only names, it will help. Even if you can only guess at the state or country where someone was born, it will help. We will provide you with forms to fill out to get the ball rolling, so that you can help us to maximize our efficiency working for you.

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