There are 3,068 counties in the United States. Each county is unique in population and size. All but Connecticut and Rhode Island use county governments. Connecticut and Rhode Island have counties, but don’t have actual operating governments. Two states have different names for their counties, Alaska counties are called boroughs and Louisiana counties are called parishes.
When it comes to family history, it’s important to remember that everyone came from a different place at one point. When you are researching your family history, immigration records can be fascinating, but they can also be difficult to find.
It’s clear that military records can be useful for tracking ancestors who were in the military. However, they can also be useful for finding information about ancestors who were not in the military at all.
When tracing an ancestry it is common to encounter records filled with obsolete terms that can be difficult to interpret. Take the time to use the glossaries provided here to interpret documents correctly.