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  • Info in World War One Draft Cards

    Aug 29

    With Europe at war during what was called 'The Great War' beginning in 1914, America felt it needed to be prepared to expand their army if called on. So a special draft registration form was created for males born from September 11, 1872 to September 12, 1900. It didn't matter if they were born in a different country, if they were living in Ameri...

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  • Ancestral Weddings in the 19th Century

    Aug 27

    This being my 32nd wedding anniversary, I'll provide some information on what a wedding for our ancestors in the 1800s might have been. Most weddings were held in a private home - the bride's family or groom's family or even a friend's home. About the 1820's church weddings started becoming more popular, but home weddings continued to remain pop...

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  • Genepeeks Checks DNA of Donated Eggs and Sperm

    Aug 27

    There are several genetically heritable diseases. Those who are aware that the genes for a particular disease run in their family can have a doctor do a DNA test. What if you are a person who wants to have a baby from a donated egg or from donated sperm? There is now a company that can check that DNA for you. Parents have DNA testing done in ...

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  • Instant Chemistry DNA Kits Reveal Relationship Compatibility

    Aug 26

    What qualities do you look for in a romantic partner? Many people can think of physical qualities that they find attractive. People also tend to want a partner to match their own personal religious, political, and social views. A company called Instant Chemistry believes the key to finding a good romantic partner is by having the potential coupl...

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  • Weird Places to Find Family Heirlooms

    Aug 25

    Family heirlooms are precious. Often, the value of the heirloom is apparent only to the family it belongs to. Old photos, junk jewelry, and inexpensive knick-knacks bring back memories and connection to ancestors. Sometimes, people find family heirlooms in some very weird and unexpected places. MyHeritage has a helpful blog that includes a ...

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  • Flirtation Cards

    Aug 25

    Yes, these really existed in the late 1800s (1870s to 1900). It was a method for either a young lady or young man to make known to the other their interest in each other. It was a very early form of texting someone today. It was a way to introduce yourself rather than using the formal calling call. On the flirtation card you let if be known that...

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  • U.S. Social Security Applications Claim Index at Ancestry.com

    Aug 24

    Genealogists who have been trying to find information related to social security now have a new resource to browse through. The new index has been added to Ancestry.com. One reliable resource that genealogists turn to is the United States Social Security Death Index. It can give you a lot of good information about an ancestor. This informatio...

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  • Did You Bother to Ask??

    Aug 23

    One of the main genealogical tools overlooked is asking living relatives about themselves and the other relatives / ancestors they have known over the years. True, memories can get a bit hazy over the years and there could be some wrong information given, but it is a wonderful starting point or a way to look in another direction on the family lin...

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  • Surnames are All About — What?

    Aug 21

    Family names or surnames all started in one of several different ways. In England the use of surnames did not start until the 1200s through the 1300s. In Ireland surnames started in 900 AD. Across other regions such as the Middle East and Asia there were many different methods of identifying a specific family or clan. Many were first based on wh...

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  • Wells Fargo Delves Into Genealogy for their Clients

    Aug 20

    If you needed some extra help with your genealogy research, where would you go? You might consider seeking out a local genealogy group, or hiring a professional genealogist. What about a bank? That may seek far fetched, unless the bank happens to be Wells Fargo. Big banks have started delving into genealogy. People who are employed as famil...

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  • Tips for Recovering Records Lost in a Fire

    Aug 19

    What would you do if your genealogy research was lost in a fire? People can feel quite devastated when they lose the physical records of their family history. Fortunately, there are things you can do to recover at least some of what you lost. Use these 3 Tips to recover some of your lost research: Family Photos Some of your family photos are...

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  • Finding the Right Stuff at the Courthouse

    Aug 19

    The hometown city or county courthouses are wonderful sources of official documents to use in your family history research. However, you do need to be prepared. First, learn by visiting, emailing, phoning or sending a regular letter to the hometown courthouse to see what records they do have available and in what format (microfilm, paper, bounde...

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  • Arizona Downsized Genealogical Library at Capitol

    Aug 18

    Genealogists in Arizona are losing a resource. Arizona's genealogical library has closed at the State Library at the Capitol. The space that used to hold the genealogical library will be used for other purposes now. Where will the genealogy resources go? The genealogical library at the Arizona State Capitol closed on July 31, 2015. AZCentral ...

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  • MooseRoots

    Aug 17

    It is always interesting to explore a different database, see what it might contain that you have not found to date. Even if there are records you have looked at, if doesn't hurt to re-examine those same census records, death certificates, military records - just in case you overlooked something. The new online site 'MooseRoots' (a genealogical se...

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  • AncestryDNA Partners With Calico

    Aug 17

    Genealogy has become more than vital records and family trees. It has become entwined with genetics. Those of you who have used AncestryDNA to discover more about your genes may be interested in knowing that the company has partnered with Calico. Together, they intend to learn more about how to extend the human life span. Calico is part of Al...

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