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  • Gen Gathering – Acts of Kindness

    Nov 21

    Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) was a very valuable asset for many family history researchers to have a photograph of an ancestor's headstone, copy of a death certificate, a microfilm copy of an old newspaper clipping, etc. Unfortunately the former RAOGK had to close down awhile back due to the death of its creator. New on the Interne...

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  • Your Genes Influence Whether or Not you Love Coffee

    Nov 20

    Are you someone who loves to drink coffee? Or, are you among the group who simply doesn't like coffee at all? Have you ever wondered why you like coffee but your sister, or mother, doesn't? The answer could be in your genes! Genealogy and genetics are becoming more and more connected. This is, in part, because we are now able to have our gen...

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  • Which Surname Will you Give Your Baby?

    Nov 19

    Parents-to-be spend a great deal of time deciding upon a name for their baby. Usually, it is the first name that gets a lot of consideration. What about your baby's surname? Today, a baby could be given the surname from either parent. The choice you make is an important one - for your baby and for future genealogists! A surname tells a lot a...

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  • 1941-1945 Yearbooks

    Nov 19

    From the National World War II Museum, they have a site online titled "See You Next Year." It refers to the school yearbooks produced across the United States during the war years of the early 1940s. Presently there are some 42 but more are being added. From the youth, some who then went off for military training and to serve during the war, the...

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  • Grandma Used It

    Nov 17

    As antiques can be referred to as 'old dusty objects' they were also very important everyday objects with a purpose for our ancestors. Of course today, if such an object is no longer used, its name and purpose can be lost to the ages. Yet to better understand the life led by our relatives, whether 50 years or 150 years ago, we have to understand wh...

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  • New York Times ADS

    Nov 15

    All researchers quickly see the importance of locating newspaper articles whether they are trying to find information on ancestors or historical events. The newspaper has always been one of the best source of information at any given time period. Another great purpose of the newspapers are the advertisements (which help pay for the news producti...

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  • Understanding English Surnames

    Nov 13

    Family English surnames rarely existed until well after the year 1066 AD with William the Conqueror invading the island that would become England. What was commonly done was a description for a person such as Thomas the Baker, Norman son of Richard, Henry the Whitehead, Elizabeth of the Field or Joan of York. Surnames evolved based on those desc...

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  • The Origins of Jewish Surnames

    Nov 12

    One important thing to know about your ancestors is their surnames. Knowing a last name, and how it is spelled, can help you to find a vital record. It can also be really interesting to learn what the surname of a particular ancestor actually means. Surnames can give you clues about your family's history. Many Jewish surnames have meanings that...

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  • US / Canadian Veterans – WW I Files

    Nov 11

    In the 1910s with Europe in a wide-spread war, many Americans, some recent immigrants from Europe wanted to help fight the war. Since the United States had not joined the war efforts by sending troops in 1914, many fellows from America went north to Canada to join the Canadian military and serve.   You not even be aware if you have a rel...

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  • Genealogy and Google Encrypted Search

    Nov 10

    It has been said that one way to find genealogy information about your relatives is to Google them. Have you ever tried a Google encrypted search? It is possible that doing one could bring you results that you didn't get from the regular Google search. You can't do an encrypted Google search from the regular Google search engine. Instead, you...

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  • Vintage Magazines – 19th Century

    Nov 9

    Just like newspapers can be a 'window' into our ancestors' lives so can periodicals / magazines read by our relatives. Reading material, especially magazines have been quite popular with the public since the mid-1800s. Not only the interesting stories of events of the day, also social events, along with illustrations / photos of places and peopl...

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  • Collections of U.S. Historic Photos

    Nov 7

    There is a saying: "A photo is a window into the lives of your ancestors." Never were there truer words. Many of us would given anything to have some image of a grandmother, great uncle, etc., but don't give up -- many people have located images of ancestors they never knew existed. Yes, there will be some that were never taken, so of course don't ...

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  • Tips for Planning a Family History Trip

    Nov 6

    There have been several popular television shows that inspired people to start digging into their own family history. Some of those shows include travel. A celebrity is taken to a location where his or her ancestors lived or worked. Have you ever wanted to do a genealogy trip of your own? Here are some tips to help you make the most of it. G...

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  • Old Phone Books

    Nov 5

    When searching for cousins, great aunts, or grandparents, it can be very helpful to find an address of where they did or presently live. The online site titled 'Old Phone Book' can take you back 20 years to 1994 and allows you to search across the United States for individuals who were listed in a phone book. Keep in mind the family or person yo...

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  • Ways to Use Social Media for Family History

    Nov 4

    Many of us spend time on Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of social media chatting with friends and family. Did you know that you can use social media for family history? Social media is a tool that can be used to connect with a target audience. This means you can use it to connect with your family members in ways that are efficient and fun! ...

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