Genealogy Search Tips

Surname Forum, Message Board and
the Search for Charles Hart

We decided to see if we could find additional information about Charles Hart who was the subject of a case study previously published on this site. See Genealogy-Search-Historical-Newspapers-Hart to read the original case study.

So we posted and requested information about Charles Hart on 1 Genealogy Surname Forum and 1 Genealogy Message Board. Here are the links to

One reader in response to our post provided information that Charles Hart married Winifred Gill on October 28, 1919 in Washington, DC. He also provided the Family Search link to the website where this marriage information can be found. Here is the link - District of Columbia Marriages, 1830-1921.

So we followed this link and entered "charles hart" as the search term. We learned that Charles was born in 1882 in Washington, DC and that Winifred Gill Hart was born in Parsons, Pennsylvania in 1885.

With this information it is possible to find both Charles and Winifred in the 1900 and 1910 Census when Charles was living with the Hart Family and Winifred was living with the Gill Family.

The reader also posted that Ella Hart married Albert Lovelace on Nov 27, 1902 and we know from reading the Charles Hart obituary in our original case study that Charles had a sister named Mrs. Ella Lovelace.

Genealogy Search Tip

Find an Obituary

Sometimes you know the year of an ancestor's death but don't know the month or day. Try to find a local newspaper that was published weekly during the year of your ancestor's death.

There may be no index or an available index might not be very complete and so you might need to look at each edition of the newspaper until you find your ancestor''s obituary. A local library might have microfilm copies of the newspapers and it might also have copies of the newspapers online. Check the local library's website to find out what online resources are available.

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