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  • A ‘Famous’ Ancestor

    Feb 1

    It appears everyone has a secret desire that as they work on their family history that a famous relative will be found. Viewing the recent 'Genealogy Roadshows' on PBS, that is a common theme. Checking a dictionary, the word 'famous' means a renown, notable, illustrious, eminent, distinguished or celebrated person. To include a former U. S. pres...

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  • Digital Scrapbook

    Jan 31

    With these very cold and snowy weeks coming in February, it will be an excellent time to get some of the scanning of the vintage family photos. Better yet, start creating on your computer a complete digital scrapbook -- one that can later be shared easily with family members. When the traditional cut and paper scrapbook is put together, there is ...

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  • Anyone Ever Spot a UFO?

    Jan 29

    There can be many legends in a family and one just might be a relative seeing a UFO (unidentified flying object). Actually from 1947 to 1969, a total of 12,618 sightings were reported to the U. S. Air Force 'Project BLUE BOOK'. Of these 701 remain "Unidentified." The project was headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and records kept in...

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  • How to Find Storage for Digital Records

    Jan 28

    Genealogy is a study that can create vast amounts of “paperwork”. In many cases, the original documents, photos, and family trees are written down on actual paper. In addition, it is also entirely possible to end up collecting bits and pieces of digital research that connects to your ancestors and living relatives. Where are you going to put...

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  • Search Social Media

    Jan 27

    You are always looking for new methods to connect and learn more about your relatives and hopefully gather new information on ancestors. Using today's social media such as Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter you just might be able to connect to new resources. Locating distant cousins or those with an interest in specific surnames might have photos, ...

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  • How to Record a Gravestone Without Damaging it

    Jan 26

    Genealogists can learn a lot from a visit to a graveyard. There is a plethora of information that can be found on a gravestone. You can learn an ancestor's birth date, death date, surname (sometimes including maiden name) and even a little bit about their personality and interests. It is easy to see why genealogists want to make a record of what i...

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  • Maryland – Rose Hill Cemetery Info ONLINE

    Jan 25

    You would think this, Rose Hill, might be a small cemetery in Hagerstown, Maryland, but it is quite a large public cemetery, dating back to 1865 with some 42,000 burials. It was started by William T. Hamilton, who later became Maryland’s Governor from 1879-1883. Burials included ordinary citizens from around the region of Maryland to Senators, ...

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  • Extinct Family Names

    Jan 23

    Many things can become endangered or eventually extinct. Many species of animals from the dinosaurs (from over 100 million years ago) to a specific type of lizard today can decrease in numbers so they no longer exist. However, did it occur to you that family surnames could also become extinct? If a family name has approximately less than 200 pe...

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  • How to Find Out What’s In Your Genes

    Jan 22

    Genealogy and genetics are two different fields of study that have become very overlapped in recent years. In addition to creating a family tree, many genealogists are making a medical family tree as well. Discovering what is in your genes can lead you to locating relatives you did not know existed. It can also point your toward health related dec...

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  • Slang of the 1970s

    Jan 21

    It may not seem like that long ago, but the decade of the 1970s is 45 years ago, nearly half a century. Many of us along with our parents grew up during those years. Just like any other time frame, there were the unique clothing styles, fads and slang words used as was found in any other decade. It can be helpful when doing family research to be...

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  • How to Tell a First Cousin from a Second Cousin

    Jan 20

    Most people can easily identify who their great-grandparents are. It isn't incredibly difficult to figure out who your aunts and uncles are (and to sort out which are “blood relatives”). Cousins, however, can be more difficult to figure out. Here are some tips to help you tell a first cousin from a second cousin. It might be just fine t...

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  • Civil War Medical Records

    Jan 19

    During the American Civil War of 1861-1865, the governments issued uniforms both Confederate and Union sides which included socks, undershorts and drawers (underwear). However, those items didn't get cleaned that often, especially the underclothes, so a major source of germs. Men many times requested additional underclothes be sent by their famil...

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  • Direct Ancestors – So Many !

    Jan 17

      Direct lineage on your family tree is just that - you - your parents - your grandparents - great grandparents - great great grandparents, etc. You do not count aunts, uncles, cousins as direct ancestors but rather as extended family line, just as important but just examining direct lines can be sometimes a bit overwhelming. Look at the num...

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  • Checking Your Research

    Jan 15

    It is called human error and there were many mistakes in the vintage vital records of our ancestors. Some errors due to carelessness along with inaccurate information known or provided to an official. These are just documents, but there were mistakes even done by stone cutters in making headstones for grave sites. So as a family history researcher,...

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  • How to Make a Basic Family Tree

    Jan 14

    A family tree is an important part of genealogy research. It is something that genealogists spend a lot of time putting together and building up. At a glance, a family tree can show you exactly how a group of family members are related to each other. Family trees can become quite complex, but it is possible to make a basic family tree. Star...

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