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  • California Court Records

    Oct 19

    You may not have thought of checking about your ancestors using county court record, but it could prove to be a good resource. Court records can deal with criminal and civil cases and including probate court. A good deal could be learned on relatives and properties of an ancestor this way. A good place to start is the online site 'California Cou...

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  • Family Home Movies Day

    Oct 18

    Oh yes - family home movies - whether they are 8 mm, Super 8, 16 mm film, or the old VHS tapes, they can be the most cherished family memories and can not be replaced. It can show a time, event and people that can not be repeated. Some family movies can even date to the early 1920s. However, those memories can be played, relived and shared with gen...

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  • Pacific Coast Newspapers

    Oct 17

    An assortment of newspapers is still one of the best methods to uncover new information on ancestors. Just about everyone had their name in the local newspaper sometime in their life.   Birth, marriage and death announcements are the most frequent, but also just everyday happenings. The purchase of property, a new business opened up, the illness...

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  • Gravestones – Then and Now

    Oct 16

    Gravestones can provide a wealth of information to genealogists. This is probably why many genealogists enjoy visiting graveyards. It explains why so many people are willing to photograph gravestones and post them online in resources that can be shared with other genealogists. That being said, while some things about gravestones have remained th...

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  • The Sinister Side

    Oct 15

    Sometimes people are worried they may find a 'black sheep', 'a skeleton in the closet' or some other shocking or upsetting information about an ancestor. This is sometimes referred to as finding the 'dark side' or 'sinister side' of the family tree. A few of such shocking news can be that your ancestors owned slaves, killed a person, was married...

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  • The FBI is Digitizing Records

    Oct 14

    You may have heard that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been making an effort in converting their paper files into digital ones. At first glance, this may sound like excellent news for genealogists. Unfortunately, these records will not be made available to genealogists. Even so, the story about the records is quite fascinating. The F...

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  • That Awesome Photo

    Oct 13

    Generally every family history researcher has at least "one" very special photograph of a specific ancestor. It could be a great uncle, a second cousin, or your youngest brother. It is a photo by itself that speaks volumes about the person's life and character to anyone who sees it. It can make a person say 'Wow!' What a super gift, if you selec...

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  • Oct. 18th – Find-A-Grave

    Oct 11

    Locating that ancestor's headstone can be quite rewarding, with information you might not have known before, along with nearby graves of other relatives. You can't always go directly to a family hometown to visit the cemeteries. The next best thing is to use the 'Find-A-Grave' site online. Here people have take the time to photograph headstones in...

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  • Advertisements & Ancestors

    Oct 9

    Using vintage newspapers is great for locating an obituary on an ancestors, a good deal can be learned. However, generally the information from an obit was supplied by someone else - spouse, relative or friend. An another idea is to research in those family hometown or county vintage newspapers are advertisements. These were put in by the indivi...

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  • The Ice Bucket Challenge is not Trademarked

    Oct 8

    The Ice Bucket Challenge was extremely popular in the summer of 2014. It involved dumping a bucket of ice water over one's head and donations to ALS charities. You may have heard some news about plans for the Ice Bucket Challenge to be trademarked. That did not end up happening. ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Some might recog...

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  • Great Chicago Fire

    Oct 8

    If you had ancestors living in the city of Chicago, Illinois in 1871, they were surely affected by the events of Sunday, October 8 through the 10th in that year. That rather hot day for October, was when a fire started on the O'Leary property on DeKoven Street about 9 p.m. There have been many theories as to what started the fire including the O'Le...

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  • Get Back on Track

    Oct 7

    Yes, it happens you have been away from actively doing your family tree and now you want to kick start the research. Or you have been working on the family history and are running into road blocks. Here are a few suggestions to 'get back on track' and have success. If you haven't already, go to the closest Family History Center (Church of the La...

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  • The History of Trick-Or-Treating

    Oct 6

    One of the traditions that children participate in on Halloween is trick-or-treating. This involves dressing up in costumes and going door to door asking for candy. Have you ever wondered how trick-or-treating got started? The practice of trick-or-treating comes from several different holidays that were celebrated near the end of October. Thi...

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  • Comical Family History Sayings

    Oct 5

    Every hobby or occupation has its funny and humorous sayings -- genealogy (family history) is no exception. Here is a sampling and see how many describe you and your family research to a 'T'. Genealogy is all about 'chasing your tale.' If your family members won’t talk about a particular relative (a black sheep) that means it is really int...

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  • Vintage Book & Publication Images

    Oct 3

    There is more to knowing your ancestor's past besides their names, dates, and hometown. Many enjoyed reading books, magazines, newspapers and special publications; several of which had illustrations, drawings and photos. Even if you had an ancestor who couldn't read, they did enjoy looking over those drawings and photos of people, events and places...

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