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  • Curse Words Your Ancestors Used

    Sep 23

    Today, there are many people who express displeasure about the amount of curse words that they hear in TV shows and in popular music. The use of curse words, or swear words, isn't new! Your ancestors used quite a few of them. The curse words of yesteryear sound a whole lot tamer than the swear words you hear today. There is a wonderful blog c...


  • Transcribe Handwritten Manuscripts, Letters, Journals, Books, Documents

    Sep 23

    For just over a year, there has been a great program at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC (plus its branches), to turn the reams of archival material into digitally searchable files that anyone can view on their own home or public library computer.  The Transcription Center allows any interested person to sift through scanned, handwrit...


  • Pre-Post World War II Photos

    Sep 21

    It was the Zionist Federation of Germany in the 1930s had sought to collaborate in the identification, location, and removal of German Jews to Palestine. This caused some 60,000 German Jews in a forced emigrate before the start of what would become World War II. Some of your ancestors may have been a part of that emigration. The photographic wor...


  • Family Secrets – What to Do?

    Sep 19

    As you proceed through your family history research, you will already have heard about or even come across what can be called 'Family Secrets'. They were generally the forbidden family subjects, not to be spoken or written about for generations. However, as you work on your family tree, each person should count and not just as a name and date, b...


  • The History of Dice Games

    Sep 18

    What's your favorite dice game to play with your family? There are so many to choose from. Some games consist of little more than seeing who rolls the highest. Other games, like the popular Dungeons and Dragons, require players to roll dice in order to determine how the story they are playing through continues. Your ancestors may have been play...


  • Just Starting? Ideas to Begin your Family Tree

    Sep 17

    That's your new goal this Fall, to begin your family tree? First, realize this will be a long project, years in the making - nothing that can be done overnight. However, the lasting reward will be magnificent, a true family treasure. Key to begin - start with yourself. Have a basic family tree chart (pedigree tree) and place your name, birth dat...


  • Great Genealogy Podcasts to Listen To

    Sep 16

    Today, you can find a podcast about any topic you can think of. That includes podcasts that focus on genealogy and family history. Listening to podcasts about topics that you are interested in is a great way to learn more about your favorite hobby, keep up with genealogy related news, and maybe even connect with other genealogists. Here are some gr...


  • Early Oregon-’Go West’

    Sep 15

    'Go west young man' was the popular saying of the 1850s-1890s and for many individuals and families that meant going to the Pacific west coast of the United States and settling in Oregon. A special route was established known as the Oregon Trail, which provided the safest path to the west. It went from eastern Kansas, some 2,200 miles, to the Pacif...


  • Severe Mistakes in doing Genealogical Research

    Sep 13

    There might be severe mistakes unbeknownst to you as far as working on your family tree. The following is a list of just a few. Check and correct, if necessary, any such errors. First, see that you place a source for all your research. It can save you from redoing the same search a couple years later and you will have a listing to back up where ...


  • Family Tree Magazine Picks 101 Best Genealogy Websites of 2014

    Sep 11

    Looking for some new (or new to you) genealogy websites to check out? It isn't always easy to tell the good stuff from the stuff that isn't really worth your time. Family Tree magazine has compiled a list of the 101 best genealogy websites of 2014. You are bound to find something awesome on their list! Family Tree magazine does an annual list ...


  • Remembering 9/11 Anniversaries

    Sep 11

    This is the 13th anniversary of 9/11 -- the tragedy terrorist destruction of people and buildings when planes hit the two World Trade Centers in NYC, the Pentagon in Washington, DC and brought another plane down over Pennsylvania. Altogether, with the police and firemen who tried to save the victims, just under 3,000 died that day. Everyone knows w...


  • Family Church – Religion

    Sep 9

    Often overlooked are the numerous resources connected or relating to a family's church or religion. It not just the fact if a family was Presbyterian, Baptist, Catholic, etc, but more what valuable bits of information can be contained by checking the family's church. First is to see if there was a family Bible, here is where the generations' of ...


  • Are You Sure You Can Use That Photo?

    Sep 8

    Do you have a genealogy or family history blog? If so, then you have very likely run into a dilemma that all bloggers face, eventually. You just found the perfect photo to go with your blog. Are you sure you can use that photo? Here are some tips to help you find the answer to that question. Is the photo yours? You are allowed to use your o...


  • Think Outside the Box

    Sep 7

    That is what you need to do to find any and all available resources that might have information on your ancestors. The following are a few such ideas: If your family had a ranch, do check the state recorder of marks and brands. It was later titled the Livestock Board. Here will be the records of brands, some dating back to the early 1800s. Each...


  • You’re Invited to the Global Family Reunion

    Sep 6

    There's a family reunion scheduled for next summer and everyone's invited to attend! It will be the world's biggest family reunion. The Global Family Reunion was inspired by the work of author A. J. Jacobs. Will you be attending? The Global Family Reunion will happen on June 6, 2015. It will take place on the site of the 1964 New York World'...


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