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  • Hometown Vintage Postcards

    Mar 29

    Your ancestral hometown, where your grandparents grew up in, might look quite different today. Many former small towns have become large towns or cities by the 21st century. So what method can you get a true sense of what the community was like that your ancestors lived in? One of the best ways is through vintage postcards, once the main form of...

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  • Why are You Having Problems Locating an Ancestor?

    Mar 27

    Have you asked yourself that question more than once? Don't worry, everyone, no matter how experienced has one or more ancestors that they barely have a partial name much less any other information about. So the following are some approaches or ideas of what might be cause. Number one reason you might be able to locate more on a specific ancesto...

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  • Send the Baby by Parcel Post

    Mar 26

    Did people really mail infants across the country via Parcel Post? The idea is both amusing and somewhat disturbing at the same time. It brings to mind images of babies snugly tucked inside mail bags with stamps glued to their foreheads. What really happened? It is entirely possible that one of your ancestors was sent by Parcel Post. People ...

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  • Additional Michigan Death Records

    Mar 25

    Being able to view an ancestor's official death record is very important as a primary source in doing the family tree. Not only to have birth and death dates listed on the document, but person who provided information on the decease as well as what the person died of. The burial location, cemetery name, is usually provided and if there was a surv...

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  • Your Female Ancestor May have Fought in the Civil War

    Mar 25

    It has been said that America's Civil War was fought “brother against brother”. This is true, for the most part. What many don't realize is that some of the soldiers were women. They had to pass themselves off as men in order to enlist. One of your female ancestors may have been among them. The Smithsonian has an interesting article titl...

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  • Your Family Name Didn’t Change at Ellis Island

    Mar 24

    There are a lot of stories out there that give details about how an ancestor's surname got changed when he or she arrived at Ellis Island. The typical story includes a part where an officer at Ellis Island wrote the ancestor's surname down incorrectly, or shortened it, or otherwise altered it. It turns out that the majority of those stories are n...

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  • Some Strange English Idioms

    Mar 23

    You could have heard some of the following expressions and sayings all your life and never knew how or why some of them started. Well, they all started with our ancestors, for one reason or another. See how many of the following idioms you recognize. All the origins of the phrases come from Anais John, an English Language specialist. Rub the Wr...

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  • Great Apps that Help with Genealogy

    Mar 23

    The ability to do genealogy research at your home computer, without having to travel to courthouses and libraries, is awesome! Doing it on-the-go is the next step. Mobile devices are quite useful for genealogists who need to take notes of photos to go with their genealogy research. Here's a few great apps that can help with genealogy. Here an...

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  • The ‘Old Kentucky’ Home

    Mar 21

    Kentucky has a long history, first as a pioneer region for those who wanted a new area to settle, away from the Atlantic coast. Most early settlers were along the Ohio River, which borders to the north. If you has ancestors at any time born, raised or lived in the territory or state of Kentucky you will need to review this site, 'Kentucky Digita...

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  • Genealogical Gophers

    Mar 19

    An online site, Genealogical Gophers, searches 40,000 genealogy books that have been digitized by FamilySearch. Most are books that were published prior to 1923, so no longer covered by copyright laws. They range from county histories to city directories to family histories. There’s a little bit of everything. In doing a search, it is easy to...

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  • Common Genealogy Regrets

    Mar 19

    Take a moment and think back about the years you have spent working on genealogy research. Chances are, what came to mind are a mixture of genealogy successes and failures. Even mistakes can be valuable when a person is learning a new skill. Did you come up with any genealogy regrets? What is a genealogy regret? It is similar to a regular re...

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  • The National Genealogical Society has a Basics Course

    Mar 18

    Those that are brand new to genealogy could probably use some guidance. Everyone starts new and lacking the knowledge that seasoned genealogists have learned. Even genealogists who have been working on their research for years sometimes need a refresher on basic techniques. One way to learn more about genealogy is to take the course offered ...

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  • Irish Genealogy Toolbox

    Mar 17

    Your 'Irish Eyes' are smiling ! For those researching with ancestors from the Isle of Ireland; whether the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom), there is an online site able to offer some direction in your quest. Using 'Irish Genealogy Toolbox' web site, free advice and resources are offered to those seeking the...

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  • You Might Need a Genealogy Do-Over

    Mar 17

    Every genealogist started out as someone who knew very little about genealogy. It takes time to learn the skills that are required in order to do good research and to document things appropriately. Years later, after you have become an expert genealogist, you may find yourself discovering mistakes your past self made. When this happens, you migh...

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  • Do a Genealogy Treasure Hunt at Home

    Mar 16

    What's missing from your genealogy research? It could be a vital record that you simply haven't found yet (but know is out there, somewhere). You might be looking for photos of your great-grandparents. Or, maybe you are just trying to sort out where a certain relative fits on the family tree. Some of these items could, potentially, be in your h...

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