When you get stuck, ask yourself what other records were created in the time and place your ancestors lived, for example:
- Did the town or village create records? Often, you can find townsfolk in town minutes, tax records, records about the town’s defense, etc.
- Was there a landlord or manor that created records?
- Were there tax records, either at the town or provincial level?
- Were there charities or orphanages that left records?
For my article “Griete Smith’s Parentage: Proof in the Absence of Vital Records” (PDF), which appeared in the December 2016 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, I used a whole range of unusual records. My favorite was a “bucket list,” a list of people who had buckets to quench fires in 1620.