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  • Mixing in History

    Aug 3

    You are gathering the names, dates and hometowns of members on your family tree. You might also want to step your research up to learn more on each individual or family, their occupations, skills, religious beliefs, etc. However, to really better understand the life in whatever time frame you are examining you have to view your ancestors in a hi...

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  • 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – School Days

    Aug 3

    The No Story Too Small blog has been helping genealogists and family historians by creating a series of writing prompts. Use them all, and you will end up writing about 52 ancestors in 52 weeks. One of the themes they suggest for August is "School Days". One great way to use the “School Days” theme is to write about an ancestor who was a t...

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  • Prisoners of WW One

    Aug 2

    Wars and the casualties they bring are never pleasant. Everyone has in their family tree, ancestors who served in times of war, not just in military service to the United States but many also for their native homelands in Europe or for Canada. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has worked for decades to be that helping hand duri...

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  • Updated Newspapers on Chronicling America

    Jul 31

    Twenty-six new and updated collections from Chronicling America Newspapers from the Library of Congress are now available. Ten states / district included: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina and West Virginia. The updates represent additional newspaper issue dates. Some e...

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  • Genetic Testing Company Used Child’s Photo Without Permission

    Jul 30

    Do you post photos of your ancestors on your genealogy or family history blog? Have you put those photos on Facebook? There's a chance that those photos may be stolen and used without your permission. Such was the sad situation for a mother who had a photo of her daughter used in an ad for a genetics company. It has been said that once someth...

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  • Occupational Clothing

    Jul 29

    Sometimes in your research on family members you might not think of the type of clothing they wore at their job. Many would wear the style fashionable of that decade. However, many did have to wear special outfits for what they did as a occupation -- even the ladies. Decades ago some of those outfits were a bit outlandish for the times. The follo...

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  • Genetics Affect What Age Women Have Their First Child

    Jul 29

    Want to do something a little different with your genealogy research? Figure out how old your female relatives and ancestors were when they had their first child. A study reveals that genetics plays a role in what age a woman will have her first baby and the total number of children she will have. Many women are waiting to start their family lat...

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  • Schizophrenia Can Run in Families

    Jul 28

    Every so often, a story in the news causes people to question what they know about a specific type of mental illness. Such is the situation with the “Slender Man” case that is making its way through the courts. Could the defendants have schizophrenia? The "Slender Man" case is a strange one. It starts with two 12 year old girls, who lived ...

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  • Family Heritage Month

    Jul 28

    The month of August is known as 'Family Heritage Month.' So what is family heritage? By definition: Researching your family tree would help you gain a sense of your personal heritage. It is those cultural traits passed down through the generations from great grandparents to grandparents to parents. It can include personality and skill traits, such ...

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  • Nicknames

    Jul 27

    You have tried and still can't seem to locate a specific ancestor. You have tried the various spellings for the surname and still no luck. It just might be that all documents, records, census papers, certificates, etc. the individual used one or more nicknames rather than their birth proper name. Or there is a combination of nicknames and proper ...

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  • Ted Cruz’s Book Reveals Family History

    Jul 27

    There are a whole lot of people who have announced that they are running for President in 2016 on the Republican ticket. Some of them, including Lindsey Graham, Carly Fiorina, and Ted Cruz, have released a brand new book about themselves not long after their campaign started. The Ted Cruz book reveals some of his family history, which may be of i...

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  • Tree of Weddings

    Jul 25

    Someone in the family about to be married? Is there a big wedding anniversary coming up soon? Here is a gift idea that will be appreciated my anyone. Create a 'Tree of Weddings'. It is the family tree idea using photos of couples on their wedding day. Now that can prove to be a challenge, gathering all the needed photos. Even if it is not of the...

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  • Insurance Companies & Your Ancestors

    Jul 23

    Now that may be an area of research you have not checked yet in reference to your ancestors. You may have just passed over any insurance papers when sorting through documents held by a relative. Plus they might have held policies that actually belonged to a distant ancestor. I found such a document, an fire insurance policy for a distant cousin'...

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  • How We Define Race Might Not be as Clear as Once Thought

    Jul 23

    What race are you? Were all of your ancestors the same race as you are, or were some of a different race? The way we think about race today is different than how your ancestors might have thought about it. Rachel Dolezal, former chapter head of the Spokane NAACP, got a lot of attention after declaring that she was an African American. She h...

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  • The Enrique Hutado de Mendoza Collection

    Jul 22

    Have you been struggling to find information about your Cuban ancestors? There is a resource that might help you. The Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Collection of Cuban Genealogy has been described as the “Cuban equivalent” of Ancestry.com (by FIU News). The Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Collection is a unique research collection that is located ...

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