To some people, this pile of old suitcases and trunks would be a nightmare. To a seasoned genealogist, this is a dream come true. I don't think we talk enough about relying on the records that may be hiding in places like this one. Over the years, I have accumulated tens of thousands of valuable records merely by asking and being willing to take all the "junk" out of the basement or attic. Even if we are so fortunate to find a treasure trove like the one above, we often throw away some of the most valuable records simply because they don't have a huge stamp in red on them that says "genealogy."
Here are some of the types of documents that can contain valuable genealogical information but are not necessarily commonly identified as genealogical records.
- Automobile records
- Fire insurance records
- Health records
- Live and Casualty Insurance Records
- Marine Records
- Deeds and Title documents
- Some kinds of Utility Bills and Records
- Letters and Diaries