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  • Stamps Can Date Photos

    Feb 9

    You have seen those stamps placed on the back of some of the family vintage photos of the mid-1800s, well this is why they are there and how it can help date the photo. The U. S. Federal government placed a new tax on photographs between August 1, 1864 to August 1, 1866. This new tax was named 'Sun Picture Tax'. The money raised was used to help f...

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  • Things to Expect From FamilySearch in 2016

    Feb 9

    It's always nice when a popular genealogy website gives users hints about what to expect from it in the upcoming year. Genealogists tend to prefer advance notice (rather than having something unexpectedly discontinued or dropped on them). Here are some things to expect from FamilySearch in 2016. FamilySearch is one of the most popular genealogy ...

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  • Organize Family Photos With Flickr

    Feb 8

    It can be difficult to organize family photos. Where should you begin – with the oldest photos, or the newest? What criteria should you use when sorting your photos into albums? How can you easily share your collection of photos with family that lives far away? Flickr might help you solve some of these problems. Flickr is an online photo websi...

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  • Tips for Successful Newspaper Searching

    Feb 7

    Using vintage newspapers from hometowns or neighboring communities, is so essential to gather information on individuals, families or towns when collecting data for your family tree. There are some key tips you should follow in doing newspaper research. First one, most important, write down the source, the name of the newspaper, the full date of...

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  • English Victorian Criminals

    Feb 5

    Available now on Ancestry.UK is the UK Police Gazette with articles about British wanted criminals, crimes committed, criminals who had been apprehended, and missing persons. The dates range from 1807 to 1902 and 1921 to 1927 (but not every year in that range is available). The Ancestry - UK version is a fee based subscription. If you have this d...

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  • Stamp Collecting and Genealogy

    Feb 4

    What do stamp collecting and genealogy have in common? More than you might think! Each one can be a starting point for a person to venture into the other hobby. In other words, your interest in genealogy and family history can benefit from the knowledge you gain from your stamp collection (and vice versa). James Tanner wrote an interesting blog ...

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  • Railroad Men – WW I – UK

    Feb 3

      Since railroad travel became an important method of transportation beginning in the mid-1800s, those who work for the railroad systems across the globe have been numerous. You may have had an ancestor who served in some form for a railway system. To investigate one time frame and location, the United Kingdom's National Railway Museum has p...

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  • DNA Testing and Informed Consent

    Feb 3

    What happens to the DNA sample that you provide to a DNA testing company? Some of it is used to inform you about your heritage. What about the rest? Some people are concerned that their DNA, or other information, is being used without their consent. 23andMe has a Privacy Statement that notes that your Genetic and Self-Reported information ma...

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  • FamilyTree.com Toolkit – Census

    Feb 2

    A census can tell you a lot of things about your ancestors. You can learn the names of all the family members who lived in a household, their ages at the time, their state or country of birth, and their parent's birthplaces. In addition, a census can tell you the year your ancestor immigrated, their street address, their marriage status, occu...

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  • The History of Divorce

    Feb 1

    There was a time when divorce was considered to be a scandal. Over the years, there have been different laws regarding divorce. The history of divorce is filled with interesting stories! The most well known divorce in history involved King Henry VIII who decided that he no longer wanted to be married to his wife, Catherine of Aragon. Henry fel...

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  • Define Cemetery vs Graveyard

    Feb 1

    We use the two terms; cemetery and graveyard, all the time, believing it means the same. Traditionally, people were buried near their church, in the churchyard. This became known as the graveyard. As churchyards / graveyard filled up over the decades and greater populations in towns and cities, a separate burial location was needed. By the late ...

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  • Maps-Atlases of New York City

    Jan 31

    The use of maps, long before GPS, has been a very helpful tool, not just to find places, but for someone doing genealogy to better understand the areas their ancestors lived. True, you can visit an old family neighborhood today, but that general store or the three neighbor houses across from that of your grandparents might not be there anymore. H...

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  • Symbols on Arlington Headstones

    Jan 29

    Whether you have any ancestors buried at Arlington National Cemetery or just have toured this magnificent place outside of Washington, D. C.; you might not have been aware of the different sections of the cemetery and especially the meanings behind the symbols on the white headstones. The military issued headstone does list the name of the decea...

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  • Interesting Classes at RootsTech 2016

    Jan 28

    RootsTech 2016 will take place February 3 – 6, 2016. There will be more things to listen to, learn from, and participate in than any one person can possibly do. Therefore, it is a good idea to plan ahead and make calculated choices about what you most want to experience. Start by viewing the RootsTech 2016 Classes and figuring out which ones y...

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  • Collections from New York City Library

    Jan 27

    The New York Public Library has a vast array of collections, now made digital. The categories range from NY World's Fair 1939-40; photos of the city 1931-1942; atlases of NYC; street views of New York; a collection of the front of doors in the city; NY World’s Fair of 1964; construction of the subway; art photos from the NY Museum; the East Riv...

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